IONS Group


The Knoxville IONS Community Group was formed in January, 2004, by members of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) living in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area.

The vision for creating the Institute of Noetic Sciences came in 1971. Nations throughout the world had galvanized around the exciting frontier of space exploration. The potential for scientific understanding of our world seemed unlimited to a naval air captain named Edgar Mitchell. He was a pragmatic young test pilot, engineer and scientist; a mission to the moon on Apollo 14 was his "dream come true." Space exploration symbolized for Dr. Mitchell what it did for his nation as a whole — technological triumph of historical proportions, unprecedented mastery of the world in which we live, and extraordinary potentials for new discoveries.

But it was the trip home that Mitchell recalls most. Sitting in the cramped cabin of the space capsule, he saw planet Earth floating freely in the vastness of space. He was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness-an epiphany. In Mitchell's own words: "The presence of divinity became almost palpable, and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident based on random processes. . . . The knowledge came to me directly."

After his safe return "home," Mitchell sought out others who likewise felt the need for an expanded, more inclusive view of reality. They resolved to explore the inner world of human experience with the same rigor and critical thinking that made it possible for Apollo 14 to journey to the moon and back. In 1973, this small group of explorers founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences-derived from the Greek word nous, meaning something close to "intuitive ways of knowing." (Dr. Mitchell's story is told in the book The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds).

Community Groups are self-organizing, self-directing, voluntary associations of members. While IONS assists these groups in many ways, each one operates independently of the institute and is legally and financially responsible for its own activities.

Although it is not a requirement to be a member of IONS to attend our meetings, we do encourage support of IONS through membership. Please view the benefits of membership at the IONS website and while there, browse the web site to discover the abundant amount of available information.

For information about the Knoxville IONS Group, contact Stephen Anthony at OASIS Institute, telephone 865.588.7707, E-mail


The next meeting of the Knoxville IONS Community Group is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

At our next meeting, we will welcome Barbara Rose RN and Ryan Teeter DC. Their presentation topic is Aging with Ease and Grace through Movement.

Degeneration of muscle and bones is not a natural part of aging. Yet, You must Move It or Lose It!

Learn about the importance of movement for Strong Bones, and Muscle & Connective Tissue Health.

Essentrics is a gentle yet powerful full body program that nourishes Muscle & Connective Tissue thus supports, strengthens and improves mobility without aggravating the joints.

BarbaraRose will talk about the 20 year history of Essentrics and guide you through a mini Essentrics movement class.

Barbara is a Holistic RN, Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Nutrition Health Coach, and Essentrics Level 1 Teacher. Her nursing background includes 20 years as an Nephrology Nurse and 8 years as a Residential Hospice Nurse.

More info on my FB page:

From infants to 100-year olds, movement is foundational to having and sustaining the best health. Dr. Ryan Teeter will dive into the relationships between movement and the body at every stage of life. However, as you age, does your movement feel restricted or even painful? Dr. Ryan Teeter will teach us why this occurs and how to correct or even avoid it in the first place so you can walk, dance and pursue your many passions for all your days!

Dr. Ryan Teeter is a Structural Chiropractor and owner of Summit Chiropractic. He provides excellence in structural correction with his unique, global and gentle style of chiropractic called Quantum Spinal Mechanics. Dr. Ryan is also passionate about teaching plant-based eating and mindfulness.

Summit Chiropractic's website may be accessed

Please join us for this presentation Saturday, January 26, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, OASIS Institute.

Suggested donation for the IONS Community group $5.00.