SAM – Science Art Meditation

Believing in humankind and acting for a better world tomorrow.
It starts here and now. Always !
It is not for an elite.
While practicing meditation, we can find peace, balance and courage to carry on necessary changes in our lives, in our society. We take care of tomorrow’s world challenges with small steps today… together.
Science Art Meditation will offer the opportunity to most of us to hear the call, simply, with joy and confidence.
Close your eyes, breathe and join the adventure with us!

Once upon a time…SAM

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” – The Dalaï Lama

On Friday September 16 2016, the University of Strasbourg presented « Body-Mind-Science : conversations with the Dalaï Lama », a conference merging medicine, modern science, engagement, and meditation. This unique dialogue with the scientific community and the Dalai Lama was a first in France.

The engagement was so profound, Jean Sibilia and Jean-Gérard Bloch decided to bring the experience to a wider audience.

SAM was born !

Science Art Meditation? Do you see the connection?

SAM offers a unique live experience, exploring meditation, nurturing wholeness, and encouraging intention. How? SAM is designed on an original architecture, with meditation as the common thread. Lively stage and audience interactions bring new perspectives, weaving scientific and humanistic panel discussions with sensations and emotions inspired by art and meditation. Topics include: philosophy, history, business, education, health, and science.

” The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein

The Founders

Jean Sibilia

Dean, Medical School, University of Strasbourg, Professor and practionner in Rheumatology, University Hospital of Strasbourg​.

He is the Head of the National Reference Center for Auto-Immune Systemic Diseases, and the President of the National Comity of Research Coordination dedicated to public hospitals research. As President of the Dean’s National Conference, he is in charge of implementing a study/survey on complementary medicine and integrative medicine approaches.

MD, Rheumatologistmédecine​.

He is a certified MBSR program instructor, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s curriculum of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since 2010, he develops a mind-body integrative medicine approach supported by scientific validation at the University of Strasbourg and it’s Hospital, implementing the continuing medical education course, Medicine Meditation and Neuroscience, and a meditation course at the Medical School and the School of Psychology.

Jean Gérard Bloch

Sophie Stern

Artistic Director and General Manager SAM.

Cultural events producer. From the Paris jazz scene coordinating the acclaimed Orleans Jazz Festival artistic production as well as Keith Jarrett and Ray Charles European tours, among other artists, she then pursued her career in the US with major rock tours and conferences. Trained in mindfulness meditation, she now focuses on scientific event production.

PhD in molecular biology.​

She is an expert in neurodegenerative diseases, scientific management and strategic development, with focus on crossing scientific disciplines and cultures. She was IGBMC Director of Scientific Affairs from 2009-2016 and is now Director of Scientific Portfolio Management & Strategy of Helmholtz Zentrum München. She has been actively involved in mindfulness-based approaches for many years.

Astrid Lunkes

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