In May 2020 Stanislav Grof and his wife Brigitte Grof launched their new International Grof® Legacy Training authorizing qualified teachers worldwide representing the Grof® work and legacy.

Grof® Legacy Training is based on Stanislav Grof’s research into psychedelic therapy, holotropic breathwork, transpersonal psychology, and spiritual emergencies. His work has been published in two comprehensive volumes “The Way of the Psychonaut: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys,” television courses, lectures, interviews, and many books.

Video: Grof Legacy Training 2020

Participants in this training will develop theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that are the result of more than 60 years of research of holotropic states of consciousness – a large category of non-ordinary states that have a healing, transformative, heuristic, and evolutionary potential. Holotropic states were identified and coined by Stanislav Grof; the term holotropic means literally “moving toward wholeness.”

Holotropic is a new word (neologism) that is composed of two Greek words - holos, meaning whole and trepo/trepein, meaning moving toward or being attracted by something. Holotropic is related to the commonly used term heliotropism — the property of plants to always move in the direction of the sun. The holotropic states of consciousness that the participants in our training will study represent a common denominator for phenomena that are important in health and emotional disorders of the human psyche.

Training authorized under Grof® Legacy Training will be conducted within various countries or regions of the world the way Stan Grof would like it to be taught. In the GROF® Legacy Training, experience and instruction in holotropic breathwork as developed by Stan Grof and his late wife Christina at the Esalen Institute, California in 1974 will be given under the brand name Grof® Breathwork. Christina Grof died in 2014, her memorial website is Stan and Brigitte Grof are authorizing teachers who have been known by the Grofs as exceptional carriers of Stans work to lead their own trainings under their supervision.

Stanislav Grof is not associated with the Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) and their brand Holotropic Breathwork® anymore.

Link: History of Grof Training / open letter to the holotropic community



- Sitters, experiencers, and participants in research of psychedelic sessions

- Supporters of people  in spiritual crisis ("emergency")

- Breathers, sitters, and facilitators in holotropic sessions (GROF® Breathwork)

- Students exploring transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy

- Assistants of people in the process of dying

- Students of  the use of archetypal astrology for work with holotropic states

Grof® Legacy Training will provide abundant resources for both teachers and students from Stan’s sixty decades of consciousness research. These resources include books, videos, Power Points, articles, paintings, films, audios and telecourses for which we will have permission.

Sri Yantra is the most sacred archetypal symbol of Tantra.
It represents the union of Masculine and Feminine Divine.
Her other name is Nava Yoni Yantra (nine triangles Yantra)
because four upward-pointing triangles represent the
goddess's masculine embodiment, while the five downward-pointing triangles symbolize the female embodiment.


The two volumes of The Way of the Psychonaut are the basic sources of the training. This two-volume encyclopedia has been specifically created to provide all the most important information for taking or guiding inner journeys (psychedelic and holotropic breathwork sessions) and in working with Spiritual Emergencies. All the chapters are provided with literature that help teachers and students give lectures and write papers or dissertations.

the way of the psychonaut | Stanislav Grof

the way of the psychonaut | Stanislav Grof

The Psychonaut books will be accompanied by 90 minutes of the film bearing a similar name: The Way of the Psychonaut: Stan Grof’s Journey of Consciousness, produced by Susan Hess Logeais.

The Psychonauts Books are translated into many world languages (Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Russian, Czech, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, coming Hebrew, Georgian translation). This will enable students to read these books at home and deepen all that they learn in their classes. The Way of the Psychonaut film is available in English with subtitles in several world languages (


Psychology of the Future (Shift Network) … 7 weeks
The Way of the Psychonaut (Shift Network) …. 24 weeks
Is Archetypal Astrology the Rosetta Stone of the Human Psyche (Shift Network) …. 8 weeks (with Rick Tarnas)
Psyche and Cosmos (Shift Network) …. 16 weeks (with Rick Tarnas)
Holotropic States of Consciousness: Technologies of Sacred (Science and Non/Duality)

    1. Radical Revision of Psychology
    2. Spiritual Emergency
    3. Understanding Violence and Greed
    4. Cosmic Game

Teaching videos about bodywork and music and manual for working with Holotropic States of Consciousness (by Stan and Brigitte Grof 2021)


Shiva Nataraja, the Hindu god of the Lord of the Dance, creates and destroys the universe. He has appeared in many of Stan Grof´s  psychedelic sessions, and he considers him his most important archetype. Shiva has also been present in several remarkable synchronicities which involved Shivait Swami Muktananda, the head of the Siddha Yoga lineage.



"Stan Grof is one of the most brilliant and heart full visionaries of our time, and his work brings life-changing benefit to those who follow it.
His powerful legacy includes revolutionary worldwide trainings combining the wisdom of psychedelic exploration, transformative breath work, maps of consciousness, spiritual emergency, transpersonal psychology, and so much more. He has woven the understandings and skillful means of modern psychology, medicine, physics, anthropology, art and music, shamanism, healing and universal spirituality into a whole,  reflecting the breadth of consciousness itself, and the invitation to awaken to this vast mystery."

Jack Kornfield PhD. Buddhist Teacher


Podcast: Tim Ferriss' Interview with Stanislav Grof

Other than occasions where Stan and/or Brigitte Grof will teach in an individual Grof® Legacy Training program, the Grofs will not receive any profit from Grof® Legacy Training or from the trademark GROF®. Grof® Legacy Training and the brand name Grof® Breathwork for holotropic breathwork have been created with the goal of protecting and spreading the Grof® work. Stan and Brigitte Grof believe it belongs to the world and should be taught for the generations to come.