This is a local chapter of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), started by
the astronaut, Edgar Mitchell.
From the Institute of Noetic Sciences' web site:
The IONS Mission statement: "Advancing the science of consciousness and human experience
to serve individual and collective transformation."
"The institute's work is dedicated to transforming contemporary worldviews on the
relationship between consciousness and matter. The implications of our empirical
research and community education efforts extend far beyond the laboratory and the
lecture hall. Indeed, our work speaks to a shift involving humanity's deepest knowing
and understanding of ourselves and our universe."