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Looking For Peace in All the Wrong Places: The Antidote to Fear and Conflict is Safety

Tuesday, 19 September 2023 @ 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM EDT

Are you working towards peace internally, in your relationships, and in your work, but finding it elusive? Join us on a thought-provoking and practical journey as we delve into the heart of creating peaceful people and communities and better supporting each other as we work together for peace. In a world rife with challenges and conflicts, finding peace, connection, and unity might seem like a daunting task. But as the iconic hymn reminds us, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” Our panel discussion, “Looking for Peace in All the Wrong Places,” will take you on a voyage beyond clichés, as we explore the tangible pathways to cultivating peace within ourselves, our communities, and our world.

True peace actually goes beyond external agreements or our mental state—it’s deeply entwined with our physiology and biology and our sense of safety. The more we understand this, the clearer it becomes how foundational and important our nervous system is to creating and sustaining internal and external peace.

During our discussion, we will explore the profound connection between our bodily systems and our capacity for unity and peace. Whether you are feeling serene or grappling with inner turmoil and fear, our discussion will shed light on the intricate interplay between your nervous system’s health, your emotional well-being, and your social connections. We will be drawing insights from the Polyvagal Theory, developed by Stephen Porges, Ph.D., to examine how early experiences shape our responses and self-preservation mechanisms, and help you identify possible nervous system imbalances. But it is not just theory; we will also provide actionable exercises and recommendations to increase openness, curiosity, and the peace we all seek, within and with others.  Join us in discovering where peace already is… so we may all more effectively contribute to the collective harmony we seek.

Our panelists are experts in facilitating internal peace and in facilitating unity and peace between individuals and within and between organizations.

Suzanne Finder is a nervous system health coach, interfaith minister, and spiritual counselor.  She is a graduate of Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and All Faiths Seminary International and has been in private practice for over 15 years.  Suzanne applies a unique and highly effective multi-disciplinary approach to healing that includes: 

  • Spirituality – the awakening to the awareness of Peace within.
  • Polyvagal Theory – the hierarchical organization of the autonomic nervous system and its role in influencing our physiological and behavioral responses to stress, safety, and social interactions, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, PhD.
  • Cell Danger Response – the cellular level mechanism triggered by stressors, encompassing metabolic and behavioral changes orchestrated by mitochondria to enhance cell survival and facilitate repair, based on the research of Dr. Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD.

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Yanni Maniates, MS, CMI. I am an author, mentor, and consciousness pioneer teaching meditation, intuitive development, and Hermetic and Ancient Mystery School wisdom for 35 years. I have guided thousands of people to attune themselves through meditation and intuition. I am the author of six Kindle books on Intuition and Meditation, as well as three Meditation CDs, numerous courses, and co-editor with Lama Doboom Tulku and Dr. M. Darrol Bryant of “Practices of Compassion.”  I am also a leader in the growing inter-spiritual movement that is fostering harmony among the world’s spiritual traditions. As a spiritual activist, I am the Board chair of UNITY EARTH’s 501c3 nonprofit corporation and a core founding member of Transformation 365, an online contemplative practice community.

Prior to all the above, I was a Rare Book Librarian at Yale University. As well, I built, from scratch, a 100,000-volume interfaith seminary library. In addition, I led a large international, interfaith, ecumenical organization from 1979-1986. Also, for 5 years I headed up an 80-100 book-a-year medium-sized publishing company in Manhattan.

Lastly, and most importantly, I have been very happily married for over 42 years to my beloved wife, Jaime, and very blessed to be the parent of our wonderful, adopted from Russia, just engaged son, Sean.

Dr. Les Aria is a pain psychologist of 20 years. He is the co-founder and the Chief Clinical Officer of Menda Health, a digital therapeutic platform for pain recovery. He specializes in treating psychophysiological disorders/chronic pain and medically unexplained conditions. His passion for MindBody interventions promotes a unique style to help patients relate differently to their suffering, and thereby shifting them into pain recovery, wellness, and well-being. His current passion is assessing the combined clinical applications of The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) and Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) to promote pain recovery.


Stephanie D’Angelo MA, CMT-P is the Head of Organizational Training at the Polyvagal Institute, facilitator and co-developer for the Polyvagal-Informed Certificate for Organizations program. Passionate about community building she serves as the Manager and Host of the PVI Community App and served as a host and moderator for the Rutgers University Heldrich Center for Workforce Development- NJCNJSC platform Being in Your Search, implemented to support NJ residents in the unemployment crisis in 2020. In 2018 she founded the Mindfulness Community of NJ and continues to provide weekly Polyvagal-Informed and Trauma-Informed programming online through a mobile App. Through her body of work, she has pioneered programs in Fortune 500 Corporations, including Bank of America, Dow Jones, Miele International, Wellness Centers, Organizations, Universities, and Hospitals in the Princeton and NYC area. Her goal is to empower all people with skills that support self-regulation so they may experience calm no matter the storm they are facing in real time.

Ms. D’Angelo has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers and a master’s degree in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University. Ms. D’Angelo’s early career is working for Social Services, serving economically disadvantaged, mentally and physically health-challenged populations.  Her passion is to bring a polyvagal and trauma-informed lens to traditional mindfulness practices for people with a history of adversity.  She wrote her thesis on an 8-week program- Polyvagal Informed Embodied Mindfulness she designed during the Covid healthcare crisis for students and faculty at The College of New Jersey. She is trained as a Certified Trauma Support Specialist, in addition to Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, Somatic Regulation Strategies, Embodiment, Polyvagal Foundations and more. She is certified to teach Mindfulness by UC
Berkeley’s Awareness Training Institute and accredited by the International Meditation Teachers Association. A Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (YACEP) provider, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200).

To connect with me email me at info@polyvagal.org- addressed to Stephanie D’Angelo 


Watch it live on UNITY EARTH TV –  https://unity.earth/tv/


Tuesday, 19 September 2023
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
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Suzanne Finder, Yanni Maniates, MS, CMI, Dr. Les Aria, Stephanie D’Angelo MA