Contact in the desert Tiffany Grandstaff Tiffany Grandstaff UCM Reporter August 1st 2013 Since the beginning of time, mankind has wondered about the existence of intelligent life on other planets. With the influx of public interest seemingly peaking sometime around the 1940s, modern society is now saturated with UFO information, theorists, and researchers. To their pleasant surprise, new discoveries have been found that point to confirming their wildest dreams. Photo via: jtrcc.org Located at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree, California, this mind-blowing convention is set to blast off between the dates of August 9th through the 11th, 2013. The three-day event, known as Contact in the Desert, features a panel of speakers and presenters including such notable figures as David Wilcock, George Noory, and Steven Greer. The subjects being covered are as follows: UFOs & Ancient Civilizations: Unifying What We Know Are we Alone – The Right to Know The Contact Experience & Their Messages to Humanity The interest in these matters has been an underlying conversation point for many common citizens, but it has not been until lately that the issue has taken on some momentum towards getting taken seriously. In fact, there was recently a new discovery that has shaken up the scientific community. Photo via: Sirius Press Kit Dr. Ralph Lachman, hailing from Stanford University, got the chance to examine the remains of a 6-inch tall Atacama Humanoid; his review of the specimen and of photographs, X-rays, CAT scans led him to conclude that the humanoid was between 6 to 8 years old, but the species and the origin remains presently unknown. This finding has raised even more questions among the already curious. The Contact in the Desert event is designed to answer these questions, while offering new insights that may pose more. Photo via: Sirius Press Kit This subject is just the tip of the iceberg for what is planned for the Contact in the Desert event at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Several other thought-provoking topics will be discussed with guests via a panel of celebrity presenters, aside from the aforementioned. These notable speakers include: Giorgio A. Tsoukalos Graham Hancock (Live Stream UK) Jim Marrs William Henry Laura Eisenhower Barbara Harris Mark “Dr. Dream” Peebler and many, many more You are going to want to see every panel that is being shown from Friday the 9th until Sunday the 11th. Currently all of the onsite housing is sold out. But don’t let that discourage you, There are many nearby hotels. If anything it goes to show you the popularity of this exciting conference. No matter where you stay, you will able to go back to your space at the end of the event each day and ponder the new information that was presented to you. There are plenty of bright stared campgrounds around the area to check out also. Click here for more information. Additionally, if you do not wish to be cooped up in a room, especially considering you will be visiting a beautiful area of the country, you may want to check out local amusement that is provided in the nearby areas. To turn some once-in-a-lifetime educational trip into something of a vacation is a feat all in itself. The following are some exciting things to do to distract yourself on your downtime: Visit the Joshua Tree National Park for a Reconnection to Nature – You may find that spending so much time inside learning about exciting information leaves you wanting to enjoy more time outside with nature. Thankfully, the Joshua Tree National Park is just a stone’s throw from the retreat center. You can participate in ranger-guided walks and talks, while planning for one of their rejuvenating evening programs. The weekly schedule is available at the Visitors’ Center, but the regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more information. Photo by: Eric Allix Rogers, cc-nc-sa-3.0 Take a Trip to the World Famous INTEGRATRON – This seamless combination of art, science, and magic is located in close-by Landers, California. Positioned in an acoustically perfect, all wood, energy machine, guests can enjoy a 30-minute sonic healing session that isperformed live in the INTEGRATRON sound chamber through quartz crystal bowls. This place is not only amazing to look at, but it is also extremely exciting to visit. Rolling Stone Magazine positioned it highly on their 2009 Hot List, with one reviewer candidly saying, “The notes sound like they’re coming from inside your mind . . . it was the closest thing to a psychedelic experience I’ve ever had.” Click here for more information. Developed by George Van Tassel, and based upon the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the INTEGRATRON takes its inspiration from the writings of Nikola Tesla (and telepathic directions given to Tassel by extraterrestrials). Visiting this attraction while you are in the area is the perfect way to wrap up such a life-changing pilgrimage. Keep in mind that, during the month of August, sound baths are by appointment only; so you will want to call ahead in enough time to secure your spot. Events like the Perseid star Party sell out every year, making tickets limited but worth searching for. Also, credit cards are not accepted, so bring your cash or pay for your reservation ahead of time online here. Whatever you decide to do while you visit the Contact in the Desert event at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, you will want to make the most of your trip. Going to such progressive presentations says that you have an open mind that is willing to consider hard facts and unconventional realities. Do not travel in vain; after you soak up all the information in the convention, why not take some time to explore the local area for more exciting things to do? For more information on other activities in the nearby area, be sure to visit the official website of the Contact in the Desert event for a complete listing of local attractions. The event will be held at 59700, 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. Tickets to the event are extremely affordable, especially considering the notable speakers and the information presented within. Get your ticket today, and give yourself something to write home about.