Sidney Lanier

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Reverend Sidney Lanier 1923-2013 "passed away on September 25th at the age of 90 at Villa Alamar in Santa Barbara. He was a co-founder of the American Place Theater in New York, and many young actors, including Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway, got their start under his tutelage. A descendant of the great American poet of the same name, he was one of the early supporters of the Esalen Institute, and went on to establish the first residential human potential center in Europe, Finca La Follenca, in Estepona, Spain, in the early 1970s. After moving to Santa Barbara some twenty years ago be became a co-founder, with Barbara Marx Hubbard, of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and one of its Board Members." [1]

"Sidney Lanier is a co-founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. He is working with Barbara as an “Elder from the Future,“ opening dialogue on the emerging relationship between the new man and the new woman as coequal cocreators. He is also bringing forward with Barbara a new Myth for the Western World, evolving our Judeo-Christian story in the light of the evolutionary potential of humanity. He brings to this work his experience as an Episcopal priest who founded the American Place Theater in New York City to support American playwrights. Subsequently, he started the first residential growth center in Spain. He convened A New American Place Forum in San Francisco to connect leaders in the human potential and transpersonal movements, and worked with Laurence S. Rockefeller's Fund for the Enhancement of the Human Spirit."[1]

His partner is Barbara Marx Hubbard. He was previously married to Jean Lanier for 30 years.

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  1. barbaramarxhubbard Sidney Lanier, organizational web page, accessed May 2, 2012.