nalanda institute presents

Nalanda Institute Annual Benefit

Dr. Stephen Porges Polyvagal TheoryJoin us as we welcome our distinguished guest, Dr. Stephen Porges, whose Polyvagal Theory — his pioneering study of the autonomic nervous system — has forever changed our understanding of the nature of love, compassion, yoga and contemplative states. Help us to honor Dr. Porges’ revolutionary contribution, our graduates and our community, with an evening of scientific discovery, festive dining, and inspiring music—as we tap into Love’s healing network of interconnectivity!



Love’s Brain: The Science of Human Connection

Friday, June 8th, 2018
from 6–10pm

New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street


Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University
Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina,
Author, The Polyvagal Theory, The Pocket Guide to Polyvagal Theory
and Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory

More about Dr. Porges:


Geri Loizzo

Director of Programming, Nalanda Institute

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD

Founder and Director, Nalanda Institute

Randy Glatt

Sustainable Happiness Program Graduate and Board Member, Nalanda Institute


Dr. Stephen Porges

Nalanda Institute Graduates


“Polyvagal Theory and the Science of Human Connection”

Dr. Stephen Porges


Bliss-stirring bansuri flute music by Sundar Das
Sumptuous Indian dinner to follow



Benefit ticket: $250
Student ticket: $125



A Benefactor receives 4 benefit tickets and 4 pre-benefit tea passes with Dr. Porges

SPONSOR: $2500

A Sponsor receives a benefit table for 8, 8 pre-benefit tea passes with Dr. Porges, and access to Dr. Loizzo’s four-week online conference, “The Next Wave: The Art and Science of Contemplative Healing,” co-hosted with Embodied Philosophy.

CO-CHAIR: $5000

A Co-Chair receives a benefit table for 10, 10 pre-benefit tea passes with Dr. Porges, and access to the video of all six sessions of our Yoga, Mind & Spirit Lecture Series.

$10,000 and above

A Hero/Heroine receives a benefit table for 10, 10 pre-benefit tea passes with Dr. Porges, access to Sustainable Happiness Course video of all six sessions of Dr. Neale’s Buddhist Psychology Course or Dr. Loizzo’s Role-Modeling Imagery Course, and a four-course Sicilian feast for six, home-cooked by Joe and Geri Loizzo.


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  • A thriving Contemplative Psychotherapy Program in NYC, San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, and Mexico.
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