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Mark Thurston, PhD

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 (, 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




Events by Mark Thurston, PhD:

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September 18 - 20, 2020
Explore the latest research into the nature and power of consciousness—the very essence of our being— including the reality of psychic ability and the interconnectivity of our consciousness, and parti… Read More
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Join us online for this on-demand conference session featuring Edgar Cayce expert and author Mark Thurston on Ideals, Intuition, and Guidance. Read More
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Join us online for this online presentation and explore how the Pattern can be integrated with the Journey and give this soulful adventure expanded prospects for spiritual awareness and fulfillment. Read More
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This lecture and workshop experience will explore a deeper meaning embedded in Edgar Cayce's treatment of cooperation, self-knowledge, setting an ideal, and living with faith. Read More