Program for the 1st festival day
mit Dr. Urs Honauer (CH),
Host and initiator of the Bildungsfestival
10.45 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 6.15 pm
Bridging Polyvagal Theory and Clinical Applications: A Personal Journey
Prof. Dr. Stephen Porges (USA)
Heart rate variability (HRV) has been a focal point throughout my academic history. To put into perspective, I have published studies spanning seven decades focusing on HRV (1969–2022). My interest in HRV started early in graduate school and continues to be an important portal informing my theoretical perspective. This history started as an empirical observation and moved through several scientific stages including development of quantitative methods and investigations of neural mechanisms. Along this journey a variety of hypotheses were tested including the relative sensitivity of HRV metrics to neural mechanisms, psychological processes, and medical diagnoses. In addition, the research led to the identification of portal of intervention that have become strategies to optimize mental and physical health. These apparent disparate programs of inquiry have been tightly merged as the Polyvagal Theory evolved.
This talk will describe my personal journey through these stages of scientific inquiry and my attempts to integrate this new knowledge into an expansive theoretical model and use this model to inform healthcare, education, and our understanding of human behavior in our challenging world.
8 pm - 9.30 pm
Anthony Gory (GB) and Prof. Dr. Stephen Porges (USA)
About a year ago, two distinct worlds converged, as Anthony Gorry and Dr Stephen W Porges embarked on a transformative journey. The ground breaking creation of their collaboration, Polyvagal Music and the “Rest and Restore Protocol”, stemmed from their achievements in totally different domains – science and music. Fuelled by a shared passion to lessen the burden of chronic disorders, they embarked on a challenging journey to create a new technology and form of music to enhance health and well-being.
Their commitment to this goal required them to blend their skills and insights to create a biologically informed music, composed to signal the autonomic nervous system to promote the homeostatic processes of health, growth, and restoration. The creative magic of the “Rest and Restore Protocol” lies in the harmony of their passion, drive, and natural curiosity, which has enabled them to blend their creative resources into a unique partnership.
Anthony Gorry is a music producer, audio designer and composer; he has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Performing Arts and a diverse portfolio which includes co-producing music for nature documentaries, collaborating with BAFTA award-winning production teams, and working with renowned artists and Grammy award winning producers, including Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, Richard Ashcroft and Moby, having had success at the top of the U.S and International charts.
Anthony has worked with many international brands, including L'Oréal and Adidas producing content for worldwide campaigns and has had his work featured in movies and television. Recently he served as an audio consultant for LG’s emerging technology team in Silicon Valley.