Kevin Boileau and Nazarita Goldhammer, announce the grand opening of their Non-Violent Life Design Firm, the mission of which is to develop non-violent housing, work space, and community space internationally. We are truly excited about our grand opening because we have been developing underlying an underlying phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and topology of human space for 10 years, and are now actively serving clients all over the world. With offices in Encinitas, California, USA, Missoula, Montana, and a research retreat in the Madison Valley in Central Montana, we are now team-ready for consultation, design, and building in a brand new way that goes beyond sustainability models. Our work will have the important NVLD label, insuring that products, services, and design do not come from exploitation, harm, or destruction of humans, animals, forests, water, and mother Earth. ALL profits will be spent on further development, and contribution to needed projects for inner-cities, agrarian, and third-world needs. We have put our life-blood into this work, and are excited to bring it to the public for human good, and for the Good in general. No one will be left behind in this work, and we are excited to share our ideas with all interested parties. Please feel free to contact Principal and President, Nazarita Goldhammer, Master Designer, or Dr. Kevin Boileau, Chief Scientist, at the Firm. We are pleased to help individuals, non-profits, cities, corporations, designers, scholars, teachers, and others in any way we can. In solidarity, Nazarita and Kevin, USA

The Existential Psychoanalytic Institute & Society is accepting  up to 4 psychoanalytic candidates for its 2-year program in psychoanalysis, phenomenology and critical theory. Candidates who successfully complete the 2-year program, which includes a published book, are eligible for a seamless matriculation into the longer, 4-year program, clinical or theoretical track.

Please email for further information:

Prof. Kevin Boileau, PhD, Dean of Faculty


The EPIS Institute has been studying the existential elements of the human condition for several years.  Now, various clinicians and theorists have decided to start a new initiative to closely study the relationships amongst death – life – meaning – and current social outcomes along various dimensions. This Initiative will involve research, theory, clinical practice, cultural practice, history, our human anthropology, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and critical theory.  The goal is to pursue a deeper understanding of our attitudes toward death, and how they inform our lifeworld – the lebenswelt.  If you are interested in this project, please feel to contact the institute.

Phenomenology, Transcendence and Other:
A Problem of Immanence & Worlds
Invitation to submit a book chapter

Phenomenology’s relationship with the concept of transcendence – the wholly other – the numinous – is complex and problematic. Phenomenology is a philosophy of givenness, restricting itself to describing carefully and without prejudice whatever is given to experience in the manner in which it is given. But if phenomenology is restricted to givenness, then what do we make of that which does not presence itself in that givenness? If the epoché brackets the transcendent, how can phenomenology lead to change by imagining and committing to that very transcendent? We do see in Sartre a complex relationship between the self as ego and the pre-reflective self, with the possibility of transcending present ego formations. Yet, in our present world, which is strongly structuralized from the outside, there is a difficulty of reaching the transcendent in a way that facilitates change and transformation. Transcendence means to go beyond toward Otherness – – other than one’s self. Thus, phenomenology is a philosophy of otherness. More trenchantly, transcendence is a going beyond toward a deeper experience of the self, thus transcendence is discovered in immanence and never in transcendence as such. More simply, whatever our commitments that have been actualized, they cannot totalize our-selves as future possibility. Thus, the very self is a transcending and transcendent process, but not egoistic in its originary nature. However, this is not to say that the self is not subject to enclosure, oppressive structuralization, and de-presencing through social mechanisms and self-infliction. Instead, the self by its very nature is always a reaching toward the Other, ineluctably transcendent though not without peril or limit. Transcendence, therefore, can only be experienced through the immanent. In contemporary culture, we see serious restrictions on the transcendent, both individual and cultural, which may preclude access to alternative world structures. Thus, this book series, through the discourses of psychoanalysis, existential phenomenology, and critical theory, will seek to clarify the problem of closure – what operates as the inert – along with possibilities for genuine transcendence through an exploration of immanence. The editors at EPIS Press therefore seek book chapters that explore this serious problem, and phenomenon – clinical, theoretical, and practical.
EPIS Press
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If you are an interior/exterior designer and are looking to deepen your theoretical base, you can consider the one-year program in design and phenomenology at the Existential Psychoanalytic Institute & Society. For more information refer to episeducation.com or write Dean of Faculty, Kevin Boileau, PhD, at kbradref@gmail.com.  All programs can be accessed online.

If you have an MA or PhD in Philosophy, Psychology, or a related field, are looking for rigorous training in psychoanalysis, please refer to episeducation.com, or write Prof. Kevin Boileau, Dean of Faculty, at kbradref@gmail.com.

Admission is on a rolling basis.

Whether you are a graduate student, younger scholar, or senior scholar, you might consider publishing an article in our peer-reviewed, academic journal.  Please review episjournal.com for information and policies.

From the Executive Editor