This program will now be 100% live online.
Our daily lives and our world have been dramatically changed in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, but one constant remains—the guidance, wisdom, hope, and comfort found within the Edgar Cayce readings.
One important aspect of that legacy is the tradition of our annual members gathering—A.R.E. Congress. This tradition continues today, adapted for these times. We are bringing some of your most beloved presenters and expert teachers directly to you in the comfort and safety of your home, LIVE and interactive!
Hosted by our special moderator Peter Woodbury MSW, this event includes inspiring presentations from Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick, Mark Thurston PhD, Cindy Griffith MA, Dr. Bruce Baar, Tom Baker MSW, Kevin J. Todeschi, MA, Cindy Griffith, MA, Joanne DiMaggio, MA CHt, Jessica Newell, M.A.L.S., Adrian E. Castillo, LMT, and Jon Shatat bringing you insights from the Cayce readings on remaining resilient in the face of this global crisis, balancing spirit, mind and body, staying centered, embracing our spirituality, and enriching our souls.
Continuing the tradition of Congress as a forum for updating our members and friends on the work at A.R.E., we are including a live, real-time update from our CEO, Kevin J, Todeschi, and our Directors team as well as a presentation from our Board of Trustees on their vision for this work, with an opportunity for questions and answers. AND we will continue a beloved—and FUN—part of every Congress with our first-ever LIVE online “virtual talent show”! There will be a special donor appreciation event, and lots of other interactive options too, with Peter and with our presenters—including a private Facebook group where you can connect with your fellow attendees and speakers, ask questions, and get supplemental information.
Includes a special fun virtual red wine and brown bread ‘cocktail party’ “ hosted by Patrick Belisle, featuring messages and updates from A.R.E. staff and views of changes to the A.R.E. campus.
Past-Present-Future Meet at A.R.E. Congress!
Join us for this special immersive four-day event and experience the fellowship and personal connection to this association that Edgar Cayce envisioned, and make memorable connections with members of ages and backgrounds from all across the globe. While many of us remain in isolation and lock-down, the readings assure us that we are joined in spirit and truly one.
Upon registration you will receive an email with links to the viewing pages for each day, and there you will find a daily schedule and answers to frequently asked questions (“FAQ”), as well any speaker handouts or other relevant information.
Life members may redeem their passes for this program.
Sidney D. Kirkpatrick is an award-winning filmmaker and international best-selling author. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include A Cast of Killers, Turning the Tide, and Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The New Yorker. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Sidney lives with his wife, Nancy, and frequently travels for work, engaging audiences in lively discussions about the Cayce material and more.
Long-time friends and champions of the Edgar Cayce work, Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick are former editors of our member magazine Venture Inward and our Cayce Quarterly member benefits newsletter.
Nancy Kirkpatrick is a writer who has ghost written, edited, and helped publish several books on a variety of topics. In partnership with her husband, Sidney, the Kirkpatricks worked for several years on Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, described by The New Yorker as "a codex for the New Age" and considered the definitive biography of Edgar Cayce. Most recently, they partnered again on the title, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives.
Long-time friends and champions of the Edgar Cayce work, Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick are former editors of our member magazine Venture Inward, as well as our Cayce Quarterly member benefits newsletter.
is Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research & Enlightenment, A.R.E. (www.EdgarCayce.org) and Atlantic University, AU (www.AtlanticUniv.edu),responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Edgar Cayce organizations. As both student and teacher of the Cayce material for more than forty years, he has lectured on countless subjects in front of thousands of individuals upon five different continents.
A prolific writer, he is the author of more than 25 books, including the best-selling Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates, Contemporary Cayce, Edgar Cayce on Auras and Colors (co-author), Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation and Family Karma, Edgar Cayce's Twelve Lessons in Personal Spirituality and The Best Dream Book Ever. He also authored A.R.E.'s "Dream App" for both iPhone and Android.
Known for his knowledge of the Edgar Cayce information, his sense of humor, and his ability to explain complex topics in a straightforward and easy to understand manner, Kevin remains one of A.R.E.'s most popular speakers. To find out Kevin's upcoming A.R.E. sponsored events please visit EdgarCayce.org/kevintodeschi.
Peter Woodbury, MSW, originator and instructor of A.R.E.’s popular Past Life Regression Hypnosis Certificate Training and Professional Life Coaching Certificate Training, is a graduate of Harvard University and of Boston University School of Social Work, and a former faculty member of Boston University School of Social Work and Atlantic University. Peter has become one of, if not, the most prolific regressionists in the world today. He has conducted approximately 6,000 regressions, between 350 to 400 regressions a year. His work has evolved beyond past life regression into what he calls ‘Soul Contact’.
A student of Cayce material for over 30 years, he is a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and life coach, a contributor and columnist for A.R.E.’s member magazine Venture Inward, host of A.R.E.’s Reflections show, and is a popular leader of A.R.E. Tours. Fluent in three languages, he travels the world speaking on behalf of the Edgar Cayce work and is one of their most respected and in-demand presenters.
Cindy Griffith is a psychic, spiritual teacher, conference speaker, and blogger. She is the author of Soul Soothers: Mini Meditations for Busy Lives and co-author of Voyage of Purpose and Grow Your Spiritual Business. Cindy travels extensively as a guest psychic and spiritual teacher, sharing her intuitive insights and teaching both live and online. Cindy recently earned her master’s degree which focused on the mystic's journey to spiritual maturity. Find more about Cindy, her classes, articles, books, and psychic readings at CindyGriffith.com
Bruce Baar is the Owner and CEO of Baar Products, Inc. Dr. Baar has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics, a Masters in Health, and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. Bruce and his wife, Kathy, are Life Members of the ARE and have been a part of the ARE and the Edgar Cayce Readings for over 40 years.
Baar Products is the Official Exclusive World Wide Supplier of Edgar Cayce Health Care products, formulas and appliances. Bruce has lectured for numerous health and wellness conferences on Edgar Cayce Health therapies, throughout the USA and internationally.
With his experience in the medical field combined with his Naturopathic training, Dr. Baar has created an enterprise that today, brings these two worlds together. The therapeutic formulations and products bring the Cayce Health readings alive and are made available to anyone who wishes to take control of their health.
has an exciting and varied background. He grew up with the Edgar Cayce readings, is a student of the Course in Miracles, and served as a Roman Catholic priest and seminary professor until 1990. His most outstanding work is with love, forgiveness, and living gracefully—or “full of grace.” Known for presentations filled with humor, warmth, depth, and insight, he combines a lifetime of study of the Edgar Cayce readings with A Course in Miracles. He grounds his spiritual quest by continuing to study contemplatively Christian theology and spirituality.
Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is an educator, psychologist, and author of more than a dozen books about personal spirituality. He is currently an associate professor at George Mason University in the School of Integrative Studies, and he serves as the faculty coordinator for a campus-wide undergraduate minor in well-being – including academic courses about mindfulness, resilience, and positive psychology. Mark worked at A.R.E. and Atlantic University from 1973 to 2008, including periods in jobs such as A.R.E. Camp counselor (two full summers), youth activities coordinator, director of educational development, co-executive director, and for his final eight years in Virginia Beach as Atlantic University’s director of academic affairs. Mark and his wife of 39 years Mary Elizabeth Lynch are co-founders of the non-profit educational organization the Personal Transformation and Courage Institute (Transformationandcourage.org), for which Mary Elizabeth serves as president. They are parents of two adult children, and they also love their relatively new roles as grandparents. More about his work can be found at MarkThurston.com.
Adrian E. Castillo, LMT is an environmental scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He is also a licensed massage therapist, musician, and a student of the Edgar Cayce readings. He volunteers his time with the A.R.E. Southeast Gold Coast Team and has lectured on programs with John Van Auken, Kevin J. Todeschi, MA, and others.
is a respected expert on the topic of reincarnation, as well as soul writing, which she describes as a written form of meditation. She has been actively involved with Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) since 1987 and has been the Coordinator for the A.R.E. Charlottesville, VA team since August 2008. She earned her Masters in Transpersonal Studies degree and her Spiritual Mentor certification through Atlantic University. Her thesis on inspirational writing served as the basis of her first esoteric book: Soul Writing: Conversing with your Higher Self.
Joanne has given talks on the subject of past-life exploration, life-between-lives, and soul writing to audiences across the United States. In addition, she has been a guest on numerous podcasts that have a global audience.
Joanne has been professionally pursuing past-life research and therapy for over 30 years. She is a graduate of the Eastern Institute of Hypnotherapy, completed additional training in hypnosis at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL and studied under Dr. Irene Hickman, a pioneer in the field of non-directive hypnotherapy. The years she spent as the head of PLEXUS, her own past-life research center outside of Chicago, enabled her to interact with some of the country’s leading past-life professionals.
In addition to Soul Writing, her other books include Your Soul Remembers: Accessing Your Past Lives Through Soul Writing and Karma Can Be a Real Pain: Past Life Clues to Current Life Maladies. Her latest book is: I Did It To Myself…Again! New Life-Between-Lives Case Studies Show How Your Soul’s Contract is Guiding Your Life. Her next book, Edgar Cayce and the Unfulfilled Destiny of Thomas Jefferson Reborn, will be published by Ozark Mountain Publishing in January 2021.
Joanne is an active member of Unity of Charlottesville, where she founded and was director of the Unity Holistic Healing Center from 2013-2020. She has lived in the Charlottesville, Virginia area since 1995.
Jon Shatat is from Ottawa Canada and has been studying the Edgar Cayce readings for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of the Cayce Reilly School of Massage, a Cayce trained Life Coach and is a past life regressionist. He has lectured at conferences with a focus on Oneness, Healing, God’s Other Door and the Universal Laws. He has traveled extensively across the US, Canada, the Middle East and Asia. As a volunteer for the Edgar Cayce foundation, he has had the privilege of interviewing people who had readings from Edgar Cayce.
has a master’s in archival studies from East Tennessee State University, which she pursued after a rewarding internship working with 19th century court documents at a county clerk’s office. Her position as the archivist for the Edgar Cayce Foundation combines her love of historical preservation and public history education. Her passion for the Cayce legacy is evident in her presentations.