Stanislav Grof, MD

Stan is a psychiatrist with more than forty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association. Currently, he teaches psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Pacifica Graduate School, conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide.

He has authored Realms of the Human Unconscious; The Human Encounter with Death (with Joan Halifax); LSD Psychotherapy; Beyond the Brain; The Adventure of Self-Discovery; Beyond Death; The Stormy Search for the Self (the last two with Christina Grof); The Holotropic Mind; Books of the Dead: The Manuals for Dying and Living; The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness; The Transpersonal Vision; The Consciousness Revolution (with E. Laszlo and P. Russell), Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.

Monday, April 25 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research
- Stanislav Grof -

In the last four decades, various avenues of modern consciousness research have revealed a rich array of “anomalous experiences” and observations that have undermined some of the most basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy concerning consciousness and the human psyche in health and disease. Many of these observations are so radical that they question the basic philosophical assumptions of materialistic science.

We will review these remarkable data and explore the most important major revisions that would have to be made in our understanding of consciousness, of the human psyche, and of the nature of reality to respond to these conceptual challenges


  • to define and describe a distinct category of non-ordinary states of consciousness (holotropic experiences), and bring to the attention of participants their heuristic importance and therapeutic potential
  • to show that these experiences have played a critical role in the ritual and spiritual life of ancient and pre-industrial cultures and in the history of religion, and
  • to offer theoretical and empirical justification for transpersonal psychology, a discipline attempting a synthesis of science and spirituality.


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