Sondra is an engaging speaker offering keynote presentations and more intimate talks. 

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“One scientist who is busy reinventing herself and her profession by regaining awe as a priority is Sondra Barrett.  Barrett has brought awe into her life by asking different questions about her specialty, biology, and by connecting biology to photography so that she and others can actually meditate on the awesome wonder of the cell itself.

Barrett talks about the cytoskeleton, the vibrating dynamic matrix of the cell, as the true mastermind of cell intelligence, which helps manage and coordinate cellular operations.  How significant is the work of the cytoskeleton?

Just consider what intelligence it takes to develop an entire cell.  And what about the construction and coordination of communities of cells?  If we were going to construct a vast community we’d hire a city planner and architect to draw up the plans.  We’d also need a master coordinator to decide what to build first.”

~Matthew Fox The Awe Project: Reinventing Education, Reinventing the Human

Sondra Barrett, author of “Secrets of Your Cells,” delivers a spell-binding presentation that weaves together the science of cellular biology and the intuitive artistry of our cells.  Using colorful photographs, Sondra takes the audience on a journey of personal discovery as she teaches about cellular intelligence and beauty.  Thanks so much for joining Pat, me, and members of our Marin IONS community.  Great job!  Much appreciation, Susan K

It was such an excellent program that you did for our Marin Community Group of IONS.  You gave a very high caliber presentation, from the Power Point, to how well it was organized, to your willingness to answer questions and explain.  You obviously have done so much work in your field of science – and yet have been one of the ones we need… you’ve applied it to the heart aspects of living!Thank you! Love, Pat 

Rev. Pat Palmer, Unity In Marin

Dr. Barrett is a remarkably insightful and informative instructor.  Her lectures are characterized by wisdom, wit and warmth.  Her lecture style bridges the gap between molecules and mind, and experiential ways of activating the healer within.  Dr. Barrett shares a sense of awe and mystery underlying the remarkable complexity of the biological universe, and expresses fundamental and practical discoveries with eloquent simplicity.

~Will Gordon,PhD, President, Cortext Continuing Education Seminars for Health Professionals

Sondra Barrett was invited to lead a day-long workshop on the Sacred Secrets of Our Own Biology for an international meeting of music-thanatologists.  These are clinicians who use music to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of dying individuals through the prescriptive use of musical elements.  Sondra helped all appreciate the biological, artistic, and mystical aspects of the building blocks of our own being (the cells) and the beings with whom we work.  Her workshops were experiential and inspirational and they helped the participants in their work as well as in their own self-care.  Most of all, Sondra’s warm presence embraced the participants, making her words come alive in a caring and truthful message. ~Donna Madej, Certified Music Thanatologist, Spokane, WA

Hi Sondra, thanks for the wonderful weekend and for all the knowledge and wisdom your energy shared with all of us. Everything in the training was perfect.Thank you all for your divine presence and your contribution to this wonderful weekend of knowledge and compassion. Angie Maldonado

Amazing felt emotional there, what a wonderful informative weekend I’ll never forget it. So sad for you to be leaving us going back to the States. Come back with your wisdom real soon!  💕Joy-Elisabeth Gill

I have been thinking about your workshop and discussing it with friends.  I really enjoyed and found it very informing.  It must be hard for you as the instructor, as all the participants come with their own individual story and there is no truly “one size fits all” situation, pill, healing or health cure. But that being said, I thought everyone worked well and you did a great job in explaining everything.    But the most intriguing thing for me was your explanation of the “intelligence” of the cells and that you have SEEN this. All the fun stories you told to illustrate this.

I am continuing on my path of knowledge concerning thoughts and beliefs and it makes this, for me, so much more “real” the knowing of the cell intelligence. I came away with a feeling that I now have a more personal relationship with my cells.  What could be more important?~ Joan Gaston

Sondra’s presentation was very informative.  I learned a lot about the inner workings of the body and how to deal with stress.  She has assisted me in being able to take better care of myself. A much needed course.~ EA, Los Angeles, CA

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At a recent seminar in California, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., spoke to Masters of Wine hopefuls on photographing the guts of the fermented drink. As if this cadre of connoisseurs hadn’t already been accused of joylessly stripping this liquid pleasure down to its bare essentials, Barrett, a onetime cancer researcher turned photographer and author, took it one step further by employing a microscope to capture wine’s molecular structure.

Turns out her photos are a lot more compelling than any MW tasting note. From droplets on a slide, the magnified liquid revealed striking colors and shapes reminiscent of our macro world, from dragonflies to emeralds. The artistic images were surprisingly illustrative of wine’s perceptible taste attributes. Sharply acidic sauvignon blanc evoked a spiky sea urchin, while an aged merlot spread in a soft blob across the film. Barrett shared the story of a perpetually irate winemaker. She said his wines, jagged at the molecular level, reflected an angry energy.

Which brings me back to love. If a wine can reflect anger or peace (myriad studies have tested the response of plants to human touch, tone, musical genres), could a wine made with love reflect it, too? What would it look or taste like?  ~LAUREN MOWERY IN VILLAGE VOICE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Dr Sondra’s microscopic discovery was like an adventurous journey that was so eyeopening.  It provided us with an entirely different perspective to look at the unfamiliar side of our familiar wines.  Surprisingly, these pictures are not merely a feast to eyes, but also scientific indications regarding the various status and quality of wine.  It is so amazing to be led by Sondra’s presentation to connect our taste senses and the knowledge at microscopic level. 

Young Shi  AIWS   施晔  Co-Founder |TasteSpirit Wine Academy Director   

Spread Wine Culture in China.  TasteSpirit.com is a leading Chinese online wine magazine partnering with Le Figaro. We are dedicated to providing Chinese wine enthusiasts with comprehensive and authentic wine culture and knowledge and building mutual understanding between wine producers and Chinese wine consumers.

12 Glasses and Harry Potter ~STACEY DALTON

Anyone who’s seen the Harry Potter movies knows about Platform 9 ¾ where the kids catch a train that mysteriously transports them to an unknown world at the mythical Hogwarts School. The School is full of fascinating characters and all sorts of special knowledge that they can’t learn anywhere else.   That’s probably the best way to summarize the past 6 days that I spent at the Masters of Wine Residential seminar in San Francisco. There were about 100 students there (a mix of Stage 1, Stage 2, and those only re-taking the Practical Tasting exam). Note that the study phases are called “Stages” versus “Years” as many people need more than one year to get through either stage.

Other than the first day, every day started at 7:30am with a 2:15 hour timed blind tasting exam of 12 wines – white, red, or mixed bag of sparkling/fortified/dry. This was followed by another hour of feedback and review of all the humiliations we suffered during the exams. One thing (of many) we learned during these sessions is that the exam is not meant to trick us and primarily focuses on classic wines from classic regions.    

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Afternoons were blessedly filled with lectures on the costs of owning a vineyard, digital marketing in the wine world, historical origins of wine, and many other compelling topics. One of my favorites was by Sondra Barrett, who takes pictures of wine drops (and body cells) under a microscope. Not only were the pictures strikingly beautiful, they oddly resembled what you might mentally conjure up as how a particular wine might look if visually displayed. For example, think about the taste of Sauvignon Blanc – how would you illustrate its lean acidity, tart grapefruit, and grassy flavors in a diagram? Probably something with angled or jagged edges right? That’s exactly what it looked like. Check these pictures out here, they’re stunning.

Thank you so much Sondra for presenting to our MW group today. What a fascinating presentation and such beautiful work and context. It’s such a pleasure to get to hear you speak and see your work. Thank you again for your time and would love to stay in touch.