Stanislav Grof


Stanislav Grof is a psychiatrist and PhD in Medicine born in Prague the 1st of July, 1931. He has over fifty years of experience in the research of the transformative and therapeutic potential of Non Ordinary States of Consciousness.

Between 1960 and 1967 he was the Principal Investigator of a psychedelic therapy program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague. Later, in the United States, he was the Chief of Psychiatry Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He was also a resident professor at the Esalen Institute.

Stanislav Grof is one of the founders and main theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology. Some of his major contributions include:

  • His pioneering work in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
  • The extended cartography of the psyche (biographical, perinatal and transpersonal dimensions).
  • The concept of Spiritual Emergency and its psychotherapeutic approach.
  • The alternative approaches to the traditional psychiatric paradigm for treating mental illness.
  • The development of Holotropic Breathwork.

He continues giving seminars and teaching internationally. He teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and continues to actively participate in the training modules for future Holotropic Breathwork facilitators.

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