Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.
“Having started this research as a convinced materialist and atheist, I had to open myself to the fact that the spiritual dimension is a key factor in the human psyche and in the universal scheme of things.” – Stanislav Grof
Stanislav Grof is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness (induced by psychedelic substances and various non-drug techniques) and one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology. .He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he also received his scientific training – an M.D. degree from the Charles University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Grof ‘s early research in the clinical uses of psychedelic substances was conducted at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, where he was Principal Investigator of a program systematically exploring the heuristic and therapeutic potential of LSD and other psychedelic substances. In 1967, he was invited as Clinical and Research Fellow to the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
After completion of this two-year fellowship, he stayed in the US and continued his research as Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Henry Phipps Clinic of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. In 1973, Dr. Grof was invited to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where he lived until 1987 as Scholar-in-Residence writing, giving seminars, lecturing and developing Holotropic Breathwork with his wife Christina Grof. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Esalen Institute.
He is the founder of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and its past and current president. In this role, he has organized large international conferences in the United States, the former Czechoslovakia, India, Australia, and Brazil. At present, he lives in Mill Valley, California, conducting training seminars for professionals in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology and writing books. He is also Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and at the Pacifica Graduate School in Santa Barbara and gives lectures and seminars worldwide.
In 1993, he received an Honorary Award from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) for major contributions to and development of the field of transpersonal psychology given at the occasion of the 25th Anniversary Convocation held at Asilomar, California.
In 2007 Stan was awarded the prestigious Vision 97 award from the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation for his pioneering work on the frontiers of human consciousness.
Dr. Stanislav Grof’s overview of his life’s work and thought (288-page PDF):
List of published works in English
Dr. Grof has published over 140 articles in professional journals, as well as the following books, which have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Russian, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, and Chinese:
1. Realms of the Human Unconscious. Viking Press, New York, 1975. Paperback: E. P. Dutton, New York 1976.
2. The Human Encounter with Death. E. P. Dutton, New York, 1977 (with Joan Halifax).
3. Beyond Death: Gates of Consciousness. Thames & Hudson, London, 1980 (with Christina Grof).
4. Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science. State University New York (SUNY) Press, 1984 (ed.).
5. Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy. State University New York (SUNY) Press, New York , 1985.
6. The Adventure of Self-Discovery. State University New York (SUNY) Press, 1987.
7. Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution. State University New York (SUNY) Press, 1988 ( ed .).
8. Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis. J. P. Tarcher, Los Angeles, 1989, (ed. with Christina Grof ).
9. The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crises. J. P. Tarcher, Los Angeles, 1991 (with Christina Grof).
10. The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives. Harper Collins (1992), (with Hal Zina Bennett).
11. Books of the Dead: Manuals for Living and Dying. Thames and Hudson, 1994.
12. The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness. State University New York Press, Albany, NY, 1998.
13. The Transpersonal Vision: The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness. Sounds True, Boulder, CO, 1998.
14. The Consciousness Revolution: A Transatlantic Dialogue (two days with Stanislav Grof, Ervin Laszlo, and Peter Russell). Element Books, Rockport , MA, 1999.
15. Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research. State University of New York Press, Albany , NY , 2000.
16. Call of the Jaguar. A science fiction novel available currently only in Russian translation (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Press and K. Kravchuk Publishing House, Moscow, 2001) and Danish translation.
17. When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-Ordinary Realities. Sounds True, Boulder, CO, 2006.
18. The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and The Mystery of Death. MAPS, 2006.