The Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It

Special Event

The Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It

An Immersive GeoDome Experience with Rick Ingrasci MD

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 , 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Rick Ingrasci MD, MPH
Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Join Rick Ingrasci and the Whidbey GeoDome team for an awe-inspiring journey to the farthest reaches of the known universe and back—30 billion light years in 30 minutes! In the process, you'll experience an innovative approach to science education and worldview expansion utilizing immersive visualization environments like the GeoDome. In addition to the Earth Portal show, there will be a live interactive demonstration of the GeoDome's unique capacity for "big data" visualizations from NASA and NOAA, designed to demonstrate the interconnectedness of ecosystems at multiple scales.

The Earth Portal show has just completed a successful six-month run at the Seattle Center where it was a featured exhibit for the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair.

Marilyn Schlitz, Ambassador of Creative Projects and Global Affairs at IONS, will introduce IONS' Worldview Literacy Project curriculum and discuss potential applications of the GeoDome in this educational work.

The Whidbey GeoDome Project (

The Whidbey GeoDome is a portable immersive visualization environment (an inflatable dome, 25 feet in circumference and 13 feet high) designed to facilitate dialogues about what it takes to increase the resilience of communities and bioregions. Its mission is to inspire participants to ask questions about humanity's place in the cosmos.

The Whidbey GeoDome provides a cosmic context for exploring the patterns of nature and finding biomimetic solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Following Buckminster Fuller’s suggestion to “Start with Universe,” we are telling new stories that help people expand their worldviews and transform the way we learn through the power of immersive visual storytelling. See for photos and more information.

The Whidbey GeoDome Project created The Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It for the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair (April–October 2012). The Earth Portal experience helps people to gain a deep appreciation for the latest scientific understanding of the Universe and the preciousness of life on Earth. This immersive experience is coupled with interactive exhibits and educational materials that demonstrate ways in which whole systems thinking, design science, and collaborative processes can be used to address many of the complex challenges facing humanity.

We are currently exploring the use of immersive learning environments for the teaching of STEM literacy and Next Generation Science Standards in k-12 settings. We are developing innovative curricula that combine the GeoDome experience with pre-and-post Geodome integrative learning activities (e.g. arts-based self-expression with poetry, free writing, drawing, small group discussion, as well as direct encounters with the natural world). We have been invited to continue to use our Earth Portal space at the Seattle Center for another six months in order to bring k-12 classes in on field trips, and to continue to develop innovative uses of the GeoDome for teaching science.

Rick Ingrasci MD, MPH, Director of the Whidbey GeoDome Project, is a social entrepreneur with a rich background in psychiatry, holistic medicine, and consciousness research. He is co-author of the bestselling book Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Daily Life.

"The world gives us data. We look for patterns. Then we find a reason for the pattern, and that reason becomes a story. The stories cascade upward and are fit into bigger and broader narratives of our deepest, most compelling questions." — Astrophysicist Adam Frank, in The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate

Cost: $20 per person.

Check in at the bookstore in the Community Building.

Space is limited. RSVP: Jan Fischer,

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