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About The Project


The Global Existential Summits were developed by Dr Natalie Fraser following her training in existential philosophy and psychotherapy. As she fell in love with these powerful, liberating ideas, she realised that no one gave the same answer to the question ‘what is existential philosophy?’.


Natalie began to interview inspiring people from around the globe asking what ‘existential’ meant to them. This summit project welcomes people from all walks of life to watch these interviews, and hear about these life-changing ideas in a more creative and accessible way than mainstream academia.

What to Expect...

Through the summit talks you will explore questions such as:
– What on earth does ‘existential’ even mean?
– What is the meaning of my life?
– Why do I struggle, even when things ‘should’ be okay?
– How can philosophy be helpful for human wellbeing?
– What activites, music, art, and films can help me explore philosophy?
– How can I work existentially with clients and colleagues?
– How can attending this summit inspire me SO MUCH – is there magic involved?!

All Access Pass:




- Recordings and reseources from all the summit talks:
Summit #1 (2022) & Summit #2 (2023) & Summit #3 (2024)

Programme | Summit #1

The Global Existential Summit Mission #1 took place in  January 2022. This was the amazing line-up of speakers that took part.

Day 1
Professor Lewis Gordon | USA & Caribbean | A Philosophy of Love & Cruelty
Dr Meg-John Barker | UK | A Philosophy of Relationships & Self-Discovery
Dr Annie Jones | UK | A Philosophy of Shamanism & Motherly Love
Professor Kevin St Arnaud | Canada  | A Philosophy of Psychedelics & Self-Transcendence
Yannick Jacob | Germany | A Philosophy of Fearful Freedom & Hip Hop

Day 2 
Dr Yaqui Andres Martinez | Mexico | A Philosophy of Tribes & Passion
Dr Christopher Wurm | Australia | A Philosophy of Humility & Addiction
Dr Holli-Anne Passmore | Canada | A Philosophy of Stardust & Nature
Dr Anders Draeby | Denmark | A Philosophy of Suffocation & Shamanism
Dr Siebrecht Vanhooren | Belgium | A Philosophy of Existential History & Experiential Connections

Day 3 
Professor Kevin Aho | USA | A Philosophy of Absudity & Confronting Personal Truths
Professor Alfried Laengle | Austria | A Philosophy of Love & Self-Connection
Professor Carol Ryff | USA | A Philosophy of Comedy & Kindness
Dr Joel Vos | Netherlands | A Philosophy of Punk & Meaning Making
Dr Martin Adams | UK | A Philosophy of Art & Phenomenological Constant Curiosity

Day 4 
Professor James Haile III | USA | A Philosophy of Extra-Terrestrials & Courage
Professor Ernesto Spinelli | UK | A Philosophy of Unity & Arrogance
Dr Greg Madison | Canada & UK | A Philosophy of Homelessness & Focusing
Dr Iva Paska | Croatia | A Philosophy of Existential Sociology & Personal Growth
Professor Geir Sigurdsson | Iceland | A Philosophy of Comedy & Taoism

Day 5 
A. Shahid Stover | USA| A Philosophy of Slave Revolt & Existential Liberation
Professor Christian Schulz-Quach | Germany & Canada| A Philosophy of Acceptance & Palliative Care
Professor Mick Cooper | UK | Philosophy of Pluralism & Avant Garde Cinema
Sasha van-Deurzen Smith | UK | A Philosophy of Human Animals & Spectrums
Dr Patricia Bonnici | Malta | A Philosophy of Relationships & Self-Respect

Programme | Summit #2

The Global Existential Summit Mission #2 took place in  January 2023. This was the amazing line-up of speakers that took part.

Day 1 
Mukesh Gupta | India | A Philosophy of Unlearning & Self-In
Dr Piers Worth | England | A Philosophy of Permission & Positive Psychology
Dr Hillary S Webb | USA | A Philosophy of Cosmic Dance & Comedy
Dr Anna Westin | Canada & UK | A Philosophy of Self, Movement & Musical Healing

Day 2 
Professor Louis Hoffman | USA | A Philosophy of Passion & Poetic Rebellion
Professor Emily Lee | South Korea & USA | A Philosophy of The Phenomenon of Race
Professor Eric Nelson | USA & China | A Philosophy of Multicultural Philosophical Intersectionality
Professor Michael Monahan | USA & Carribbean | A Philosophy of the Politics of Mythological Purity & Sonic Movement

Day 3
Professor Jonathan Webber | England | A Philosophy of Imagination & ReThinking Existentialism
Dr Adam Buben | USA & Netherlands | A Philosophy of Existential History & Immortality
Professor Marie-Eve Morin | Canada | A Philosophy of New Phenomenological Possibilties
Dr Vanessa Uribe | Columbia | A Philosophy of Human Possibilities & Community


Day 4 
Professor Claude-Hélène Mayer |  Germany & South Africa | A Philosophy of Intercultural Mediation & Finding Belonging
Professor Zoltán Kőváry | Hungary | A Philosophy of Dreams & Revolution
Professor Robert Kramer | USA & Hungary | A Philosophy of
Rankian Revolution
Dr Christine Daigle | Canada | A Philosophy of Caring & Inter-Material Entanglement


Day 5 
Professor Emmy van Deurzen | Netherlands & England | A Philosophy of Existential Evolution
Professor Digby Tantam | England | A Philosophy of Psychiatric Puzzles & Projects
Dr Alison Strasser | Austraila & UK | A Philosophy of Grief, Hope, and Time-Li
mited Therapy

Programme | Summit #3

The Global Existential Summit Mission #3 took place in  January 2024. This was the amazing line-up of speakers that took part.

Day 1
Derek McKenzie: A Philosophy Confronting Reality & Reclaiming Humanity | UK & Trinidad and Tobago

Magdalen Cheng: A Philosophy Questioning Universal Authenticity | Singapore

Kate Brassington: A Philosophy of Trauma, Easing Suffering and Getting the Fun Back | Northern Ireland

Sabine Indinger: A Philosophy of Abundant Meaning & Overcoming Suffering Playfully | Austria


Day 2
Mark Yang: A Philosophy Bridging the East and West | Taiwan & USA

Marcos Maria Mendez: A Philosophy of Infinite Questioning from Ancient to Modern Times | Argentina

Leah Kalmanson: A Philosophy of Ancient Traditions Across Existential Cultures | USA

John Krummel: A Philosophy of Intercultural Wisdoms & The Power of Translation | Japan & USA


Day 3
Mia Burroughs: A Philosophy Enriching Existence Through Literature, Art, Music & Film | USA

Ed Mendelowitz : A Philosophy of Unfinished Artwork & Existential Tributes | USA

Hidayet Ceylan: A Philosophy of Timeless Poetry & Humane Wisdom | Turkey

Elizabeth Addison: A Philosophy of Liberation Through Stories & Musical Theatre | USA

Andrew Soren: A Philosophy of Eudaimonia, Theatre & Possibility | Canada


Day 4
Hanétha Vété-Congolo: A Philosophy of De-existentialisation | Caribbean, Africa & France

Catherine Bell: A Philosophy Grieving Stolen Destiny & Recreating Meaning | Australia

Erkan Kalem: A Philosophy of World History & The Development of Existentialism | Turkey

Britt-Mari Sykes: A Philosophy of Identity, Decision Paralysis, and Burnout | Canada


Day 5
Kirk Schneider: A Philosophy of Life Enhancing Anxiety & The Drama of Birth | USA

Ronnie Dunetz: A Philosophy of Sacred Legacy, Harvesting Wisdom, & Holocaust Survival | Israel

Bob Edelstein: A Philosophy of Authentic Engagement & A Radical Way of Being | USA

Guy du Plessis: A Philosophy of Ideological Possession, Utopian Fantasy, and Addiction Care | South Africa

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