Stanislav Grof is a psychiatrist with more than sixty years of experience in research of holotropic states of consciousness, a large and important subgroup of non-ordinary states that have healing, transformative, heuristic, and evolutionary potential. In the past, he was Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.
Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA, conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). In 2007, he was granted the prestigious Award >Vision 97< from the Václav and Dagmar Havel Foundation in Prague and in 2010 the Thomas R. Verny Award from the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) for his pivotal contributions to this field. In 2004 he received an honorary Ph.D. degree from the World Buddhist University in Bangkok, later one from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology ( ITP) and in 2018  another one for Psychedelic Therapy and Healing Arts from the Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, California.
Among his publications are over 150 articles in professional journals and the books Beyond the Brain; LSD Psychotherapy; The Cosmic Game; Psychology of the Future; The Ultimate Journey; When the Impossible Happens; Healing Our Deepest Wounds; Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art; The Stormy Search for the Self; Spiritual Emergency; and holotropic breathwork (the last three with Christina Grof who died in 2014. Her memorial website is: He was also invited as consultant for special effects in the Metro Goldwyn Meyer science fiction movie Brainstorm and 20th Century Fox science fiction movie Millenium.
Since April 2016, Stan has been happily married to Brigitte Grof. They live together in Germany and California and travel the inner and outer worlds in tandem, conducting seminars, trainings and holotropic breathwork workshops worldwide.
In August 2019 his life´s work encyclopedia “The Way of the Psychonaut” got published and the documentary film about his life and work got released “ The Way of the Psychonaut- Stan Grof and the journey of consciousness”.
In May 2020 he launched together with his wife Brigitte their new training in working with Holotropic States of Consciousness, the international Grof® Legacy Training.

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Brigitte Grof is a Dipl. Psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, and artist with over 35 years of experience in holotropic breathwork and Holotropic States of Consciousness. In 1986 she was trained at the Esalen Institute in California and got certified in the first training groups in USA and Switzerland. From the beginning of the Grof training, she has been teaching training modules in USA, France, and in Germany (with Dr. Sylvester Walch) and was leading a 3-year holotropic breathwork training group with Dr. Ingo Jahrsetz in Germany. Since 2004 she developed and has been teaching her own method of individual therapy combining breathing and bodywork based on holotropic principles. Currently she works in her private practice in Wiesbaden, Germany, and offers holotropic breathwork workshops and retreats.
Her artwork is inspired by her own experiences of non-ordinary states of consciousness and by shamanic art of native cultures.
In 2017 her book “The True King,” a spiritual fairy tale with her narrative and illustrations has been  published in English.
Since April 2016, Stan and Brigitte Grof are happily married; they live together in Germany and California and travel in the inner and outer worlds in tandem. In the last years they conducted holotropic breathwork workshops and seminars in China, Chile, Ecuador, USA, Sweden, France, Argentina and Peru, Switzerland and at the Esalen Institute, California, USA. In May 2020 they launched their new training in working with Holotropic States of Consciousness, the international Grof® Legacy Training.
In 2022 she received an Honorary PhD from Ubiquity University for her lifelong  work with Transpersonal Psychology, Holotropic States of Consciousness and  Art , and for co- creating the International Grof® Legacy Training together with her husband Stanislav Grof.




Paul Grof is a Canadian research psychiatrist, clinician and administrator. Dr. Grof has been involved in transpersonal activities since 1962. As of 1990, he practiced and utilized holotropic breathwork with groups of meditators and psychiatric residents and with clients suffering from severe depressions and bipolar disorders. He published the relevant observations in the literature and a video.
Paul Grof has also been using psychedelics in the treatment of mood disorders and participated in the development of recommendations on the appropriate use of them for treatment, spiritual advancement, and personal growth. Earlier, he also taught at the Prague Music Conservatory on the psychology of music and worked as a professional musician.
Dr. Grof has collaborated on numerous international clinical and research initiatives in the area of mood disorders. He has carried out a five-decade follow-up of clients with bipolar disorders and their families. For his research, he has received several international awards in the USA, Canada and Europe, in particular for his role in demonstrating stabilizing effects of lithium in bipolar disorders.
In addition to his therapeutic and research work in North America and Europe, he has worked in the National Institute of Mental Health, USA, and at the World Health Organization, Geneva (1985-2000), where he chaired the Committee on Psychotropic Substances. From l988 to 2005, he was initially Clinical Director of the Royal Ottawa Hospital and later Director of Mood Disorders Research.
Presently Paul Grof is a Professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Director of Ottawa Mood Disorders Center. He is actively involved in teaching the appropriate use of psychedelics for treatment and personal growth. He participates in the Website and has a YouTube channel. He has authored and co-authored 506 publications and three books.







Bernadette Blin is a Dipl. Clinical and Social Psychologist, a licensed psychotherapist in France.
She has more than 40 years of professional experience, mainly in private practice.
She trained originally in Reichian body-psychotherapy and got a diploma in Gestalt therapy (EPG) and a certificate in Holotropic Breathwork® and Transpersonal Psychology from Stan and Christina Grof through GTT in 1991.
She has been initiated by shamans from different traditions (Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Siberia, United States…).
For the last 30 years, she has been totally involved in the development and recognition of Transpersonal Psychotherapy and holotropic breathwork in France and worldwide.
She created the first training transpersonal institute in France (1995), IRETT, which later became CESHUM. She is a teacher, a supervisor and the author of numerous articles on the transpersonal approach and the current global challenges. She is co-author of several books: “Healing the ego, revealing the being, the challenge of transpersonal therapies”; “Manual of Transpersonal Psychotherapy” and “When Consciousness will awaken”.
She is the current President of EUROTAS (European Transpersonal Association), Honorary President of CesHum and IPTB (Barcelona Transpersonal Institute).
In her teachings and writings, she focuses on the important of opening our heart and our consciousness to embrace everyone and everything life is offering us. She is deeply concerned at this stage of her life by the future of humanity and how as transpersonal psychotherapists and teachers, we can transmit tools, awareness, knowledge and experiences that will help human beings to create a more sustainable and fraternal world.




Javier Charme is a Teacher and Co-director of Formación Transpersonal Grof in South America since 2009. He is a Clinical Psychologist with a Transpersonal Orientation, in private practice. He has worked as a Holotropic Breathwork® facilitator since 1999. He was licensed in Psychology at Universidad Santo Tomas in Chile and later did his Master in East-West Psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies, USA. He has facilitated thousands of participants in over 400 holotropic breathwork sessions around the world. He has training on different Eastern traditions, and has explored Holotropic states for almost 30 years.
Javier has participated in the training of hundreds of transpersonal therapist and psychologist in several post degrees in South America. For a decade he taught several courses on Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy at Universidad Del Pacífico, Chile. He is an international speaker on themes related to Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology, and has organized transpersonal conferences, lead trainings and workshops in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.




Jay Dufrechou

Jay Dufrechou holds a doctoral degree in transpersonal psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and has taught in the ITP/Sofia hybrid global doctoral program (combining web and seminars), including courses in transpersonal psychology, transpersonal research methods, research ethics, and, most recently, Psychedelics: Clinical and Transpersonal Applications. Jay’s dissertation research into experiences of grief, weeping and other deep emotions in response to nature received the 2002 Sidney Jourard Award of the Humanistic Division of the American Psychological Association and became his 2015 book, Moving through Grief, Reconnecting with Nature. Since the early 1990s, Jay has found Stan Grof’s work the most useful and comprehensive framework for personal and collective healing, transformation and evolution. Jay has supervised numerous dissertation projects, often for students relying on Grofian psychology or researching related topics. holotropic breathwork has been an important part of Jay’s personal and professional path since the mid-90s. He is a certified Holotropic Breathwork® facilitator through Grof Transpersonal Training and has been on breathwork facilitation teams in the US, UK, India and China. After growing up in New Orleans, and many years in California, Jay has lived in Montana since 1999, where he has trained horses, enjoyed nature, helped raise three children, and worked as attorney-mediator.




Alexandra Emelianenko graduated Rostov State Medical University in 1995, where she specialized in endocrinology. During many years she works together with her husband Vladimir sharing professional interests. She completed post-graduate education in psychology (2001) and clinical psychology (2002) which allowed her to work with clients with numerous addiction problems and neurosis first in the addiction treatment center and later in the South Russian Center of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy. In 2004 she completed her training in gestalt therapy, which enabled her to begin individual practice. Alexandra first met with holotropic breathwork in 2000 as a client and completed her own training in 2012 certified as a Holotropic Breathwork® practitioner. In 2013-2017 Alexandra together with her colleague and husband Vladimir Emelianenko was leading Russian GTT training. As a team member she took part in different holotropic workshops in Russia, China, Israel and Ukraine. She is fond of art, movies and books. For more than 15 years she was travelling to China exploring the world of Chinese culture and now she combines in her practice psychotherapeutic approach with Taoist principles and Chinese tea art. Holotropic work remains her main practice for inner work and together with Vladimir they are leading holotropic breathwork workshops in Russia on regular basis.




Vladimir Emelianenko graduated from Rostov-on-Don Medical University in 1994, having specialized in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Beginning in 1994, he worked as a psychiatrist in the in-patient department of the intensive care of psychosis in Rostov Municipal Psychiatric Hospital. He participated in clinical and scientific research of serial killers and social aggression phenomenon. In 2000, he organized and led the South Russian Center of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy, where he started to use holotropic breathwork in psychotherapy, combined with 12-step programs and traditional Chinese qigong practice. Since 2001, Vladimir teaches Transpersonal psychology in the Southern Federal University (SFU) and takes part in scientific research projects on holotropic breathwork. In cooperation with his wife Alexandra and colleagues from Faculty of Psychology of Southern Federal University (SFU) Vladimir wrote handbook on Holotropic psychotherapy, which is now used in the study program for the students and postgraduates.
He was certified as Holotropic Breathwork® practitioner by Grof Transpersonal Training in 2009. Together with Alexandra he is leading numerous workshops in different parts of Russia. He has also worked as a staff member at international holotropic breathwork events in Ukraine, Israel, and China. From 2012 to 2017, together with Alexandra, he lead Grof Transpersonal Training program in Russia.
Besides psychotherapy, during many years Vladimir is deeply involved in studying and practicing Taoism. In his professional life, he combines holotropic breathwork with individual psychotherapy and Taoist practice.




Paula Guzmán Luvecce. Formación Transpersonal Grof Chile.
Paula Guzmán Luvecce, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and an Holotropic Breathwork® Facilitator.
She Coordinates Formación Transpersonal Grof for Latin America.
She is a Magister in Psychology of Physical activity and Sports, Universidad Central ChiIe & Universidad Islas Baleares Spain.
Currently a University Professor, at Universidad Autónoma, in the Subjects of Clinical Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, Psychological Theories (systemic, humanistic and transpersonal) and Professional Abilities. She has been a practitioner of meditation with different teachers for many years. She has lecture on different Programs on Mental training for sports, sports psychology and mindfulness for athletes. Relator at the program “Reducción de estrés con Mindfulness y Cognitivo Conductual integrado (MCCI) and Teacher at different programs related to mindfulness and psychology.
She leads regular Eastern and Western meditation practices in Chile. She also  created a program of mindfulness for sportsmen
Paula has organized several International Congresses on Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy and modules on Transpersonal Psychology in South America.




Neil Hanon, is a psychiatrist in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the Year 3 Director (the clinical year) of the Southern Medical Program of UBC. Dr. Hanon has been teaching medical students, Psychiatry residents, and Family Practice residents clinically and didactically since 1996. Dr. Hanon also does inpatient work at Kelowna General Hospital, and outpatient work at Outreach Urban Health (a primary care clinic where he works with homeless, street entrenched people often struggling with addictions and other mental health challenges), and at his private practise. In 2018 he was awarded the Clinical Faculty Award for excellence in clinical teaching by the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
Dr. Hanon has a research interest in legally sanctioned trials with ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for the treatment of complicated grief, treatment resistant depression, and severe addictions. He has been working with TheraPsil (a non-profit) to help people legally access psilocybin mushrooms, for therapeutic journeys to treat end of life/existential anxiety. Dr. Hanon got involved in holotropic breathwork first as a participant to help with his grief after the death of his 17 year old son, then continued on to become certified as a Holotropic Breathwork® facilitator, and has carried on facilitating holotropic breathwork groups. Dr. Hanon was fortunate to have Dr. Ralph Metzner as his teacher and mentor from 2015 until Ralph’s death in 2019.




Diane Haug is a licensed therapist living in rural northern New Mexico. Her background includes a decade of working with adults and children dealing with life-threatening and terminal illness. Having completed the Grofs’ first three-year training, Diane has been involved with transpersonal psychology and holotropic breathwork since 1986.    As a senior staff member with Grof Transpersonal Training, she has taught modules internationally (South America, Scandinavia, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Mexico and China) and in the United States.  Diane has developed optional training modules for GTT including Shamanism: An Exploration of Traditional Wisdom;  The Art of Integration;  Living With Dying;  The World Within: Jung’s Red Book(with Monika Wikman, Ph.D.);  and The Psychedelic Experience: Promises and Perils.
Diane maintains a strong interest in using holotropic breathwork within a wide variety of contexts, including social and environmental activism, women’s leadership, intentional spiritual community, transformational education, and gender equity and reconciliation.
Diane has recently been in creative collaborations with other teachers and activists including Jungian analyst, Monika Wikman, Ph.D. (Pregnant Darkness);  Kylea Taylor (The Ethics of Caring);  Will Keepin and Cynthia Brix (Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Men and Women); and Nina Simons (Nature, Culture and the Sacred).  Until his death in 2019, Diane had experienced a long friendship and professional collaboration with transpersonal psychologist, Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.   In 2019 she has presented holotropic breathwork at the Esalen Institute with Stanislav and Brigitte Grof.
Diane is an adjunct faculty member and mentor with the Center for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA);  Southwestern College (Santa Fe, New Mexico);  and the Academy for the Love of Learning (Santa Fe, New Mexico). She also served on the staff for the MAPS MDMA-Assisted PTSD Therapy Training Programs in March / April 2017.
On a personal note, Diane has enjoyed a land-based life in rural northern New Mexico for over twenty five years. She is the Executive Director of a small seasonal retreat center in northeastern New Mexico while maintaining a home with her partner, Robert, and animal companions closer to Santa Fe.




Milan Hrabánek is a psychiatrist and transpersonal psychotherapist with almost 30 years of field experience, researcher and university professor. He is the founder and head of the therapeutic team of the International Transpersonal Center Holos (, which helps people in life crisis situations, in spiritual emergency, and people with addictions.
Milan’s general medical education and postgraduate certification in psychiatry certainly forms an important basis for his work in the field of transpersonal psychology and psychiatry. As the deputy head physician of the Psychiatric Hospital in Opava, Czech Republic, he founded the first coeducational clinic for the addiction treatment combined with therapeutic program in the years 1993-1997. At the same time, he also undertook the International European Drug Abuse Treatment Training Project (USA). Milan’s personal spiritual emergency (1991 – 1995) caused a shift in his career, leading him, after his encounter with Stanislav Grof, to the path of a transpersonal therapist. He passed out the Grof Transpersonal Training and obtained his certificate in 1997. At that time, he was working as a transpersonal therapist at the SIDRO center and as an assistant of Stanislav Grof in Italy (1995 – 2000), where he was managing the Grof Transpersonal Training at a global level. After he returned to the Czech Republic, Milan founded the Center for Alternative Healing Holos in Opava (2000), where he later established the first inpatient ward for the people undergoing spiritual emergency in the country (2011). In 2016, he reconstituted the project into the psychotherapeutic International Transpersonal Center Holos, becoming the head of the therapeutic team. In 2017, he undertook the training in the therapeutic use of the Sandplay technique certified by the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia.
Milan is the organizer and promoter of transpersonal psychology and assistant of Stanislav Grof in the Czech Republic and in Poland (from 2014 on). He co-organized many conferences, for example the International Transpersonal Conference 2017 in Prague, the conference honoring the 75th anniversary of the discovery of LSD, and the global project Holotropic ART. He is the co-author of the documentary movie about spiritual emergency “From Darkness of the Soul… Light“. He is the founder of the platform Transpersonal forum, which interconnects and supports the people and subjects applying transpersonal crossover during their work.
He draws his insights for the transpersonal therapy of psychiatric, psychological and psychosomatic illnesses from his almost 30-year experience in working with holotropic breathwork and personal psychedelic experiences.
His life experience gave him deep understanding that spirituality and science, when understood correctly, are not and cannot be in conflict but, on the contrary, express two complementary approaches to being.




Sungok Hwang

Sungok Hwang majored M. A in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and currently is running the Korean Transpersonal Breathwork Center in Seoul. She was trained as a Transpersonal Breathwork facilitator by Dr. Ingo and Dr. Judith for several years. And she was a licensed practitioner in gambling addiction for many years. She is also a Professional in EUROTAS and a licensed psychotherapist in Korea. She had long devoted herself to practicing Zen Buddhism.
Through the Transpersonal Breathwork, she was able to experience psychological healing, spiritual growth, and further psycho-spiritual integration. It was a huge driving force for her to work as a transpersonal breathwork facilitator. Since 2018, she has been working as a facilitator of Transpersonal Breathwork for Koreans. In particular, she is specified in bodywork. She is very excited to see the healing potential and spiritual awakening that breathwork shows to Koreans. Particularly as she has been watching many Koreans who overcome their childhood trauma, attachment problems, spiritual crises, and spiritual bypass and experience spiritual awakening, she is looking forward to practicing the breathwork for the future of a unified Korea. Now she works mainly with her husband Myoungkwon Kim as a transpersonal breathwork facilitator.





Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz is a psychotherapist. He was trained in psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy, in systemic family therapy, systemic constellations, and in psychodrama.
He was qualified in Holotropic Breathwork® 1989-92 in an ongoing 3-year’s group in California led by Stan Grof.
This was a turning point in his life on many levels.
Since then, he regularly offered many HB-workshops, some of them with his wife Christiane.
With Brigitte Grof he facilitated several ongoing annual groups and later (1998-2001) they facilitated a HB-training in Germany.
From 2009 onwards, he offered several international 3-year’s trainings in “Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Transpersonal Breathwork and Spiritual Guidance” together with Dr. Judith Miller.  
With her, he also was facilitating HB-groups focusing on the after-effects of Auschwitz, WWII and the German-Jewish relationship.
Ingo B. Jahrsetz initiated the Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN) in Germany, from 1989-97 he was its chairman. He is the co-founder and director of the “International Institute for Consciousness-Exploration and Psychotherapy”, Freiburg/Germany and former President of EUROTAS.
He published a book “Holotropes-Atmen – Psychotherapie und Spiritualität”, 1998 as well as various articles, and he gives presentations internationally.
Currently, Ingo B. Jahrsetz has a small practice for transpersonal psychotherapy, supervision and spiritual counselling in Wittnau near Freiburg.
Together with Judith Miller, he facilitates a 3 ½ year’s pilot project in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Transpersonal Breathwork in Henan / Central China. It will end 2020 in November; a continuation is planned. (English / Chinese)
Another “Training in Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Transpersonal Breathwork, and Spiritual Guidance” currently is running in South Korea. (English / Korean).
For further projects and trainings, please visit and
Info: or +49-761-475846






Dora Jardim is a clinical psychologist for over 39 years in private practice working with individual and group therapy, and with over 23 years of experience in holotropic breathwork and Holotropic States of Consciousness. She is Specialist in Applied Transpersonal Psychology, focused on the theory of Stanislav Grof, Lato Sensu Post-Graduation 2002, by the Centro de Educação e Psicoterapia with the seal of the Universidade Católica de Goiás, in Brazil. 
Dora is a Professor at SOBRAP - Brazilian Society of Psychodrama, Psychotherapy and Group Dynamics, and was certified by Grof Transpersonal Training in March 2008. Since 2009 Dora works with Álvaro Jardim at Grof Transpersonal Training Brazil.
Dora worked with a project in which she used holotropic breathwork to work with people with PTSD and other emotional and psychosomatic disorders, having attended 293 individuals at Banco Nossa Caixa, in 2007/2008, São Paulo, Brazil, and in the Grof Transpersonal Training Brazil certification program, since 2009.
In 2016, she was trained by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). In 2018 / 2019, she was MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy Therapist for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Phase 2, in a study approved by ANVISA and CONEP, at the Centro de Educação e Psicoterapia, in Brazil, of which she is Director and Clinical psychologist since 1988.
Scientific article -  
"3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy for victims of sexual abuse with severe post-traumatic stress disorder: an open label pilot study in Brazil – by Alvaro V. Jardim, Dora V. Jardim, Bruno Rasmussen Chaves, Matheus Steglich, Marcela Ot’alora G., Michael C. Mithoefer, Dartiu X. da Silveira, Luís F. Tófoli, Sidarta Ribeiro, Rebecca Matthews, Rick Doblin, Eduardo E. Schenberg".




Álvaro Jardim is a clinical psychologist for over 45 years in private practice, working with individual and group therapy, and with over 25 years of experience in holotropic breathwork and Holotropic States of Consciousness. He was certified by Stanislav and Christina Grof in the Grof Transpersonal Training, in 1997, and since 1999 until March 2020, he led the Grof Transpersonal Training certification program in Brazil.
He developed the project, coordinated and was one of the professors of the Specialization in Applied Transpersonal Psychology, focused on the theory of Stanislav Grof, carried out by the Centro de Educação e Psicoterapia, with the seal of the Universidade Católica de Goiás, from 2002/2004.
Álvaro was also pioneer with a project in which he used holotropic breathwork to work with people with PTSD and other emotional and psychosomatic disorders, having attended 293 individuals at Banco Nossa Caixa, in 2007 / 2008, São Paulo, Brazil.
In 2016, he did MDMA Training at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). In 2018/2019, he was MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy Therapist for the treatment of PTSD, Phase 2, in a study approved by ANVISA and CONEP, at the Centro de Educação e Psicoterapia, in Brazil, of which he is Director and Clinical psychologist since 1988. 
In April of 2020 he was authorized as a member of Grof Legacy Training to start the Grof Legacy Training Brazil, and as of March 2022 he is the General Director of Grof Legacy Training Brazil.
Scientific article -  
"3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy for victims of sexual abuse with severe post-traumatic stress disorder: an open label pilot study in Brazil – by Alvaro V. Jardim, Dora V. Jardim, Bruno Rasmussen Chaves, Matheus Steglich, Marcela Ot’alora G., Michael C. Mithoefer, Dartiu X. da Silveira, Luís F. Tófoli, Sidarta Ribeiro, Rebecca Matthews, Rick Doblin, Eduardo E. Schenberg". ​




Myoungkwon Kim

Myoungkwon Kim is a clinical psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, former professor in the department of psychology over 30 years, and Professional in EUROTAS. He was trained as a group counselor in a person-centered approach and psychodynamic orientation. Besides he was interested in Gestalt therapy and Process-Oriented Psychotherapy. He translated 20 books with his colleagues into Korean in areas of group counseling and transpersonal psychology. Recently he has translated holotropic breathwork, A Way of Psychonauts, and The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology (2013) into Korean. He also established the department of Transpersonal Psychotherapy in graduate school for the first time (2002) in Korea.
Now he is passionately spreading the breathwork to Korea with his wife Sungok Hwang (Ari) since 2016. His trainers and supervisors in Transpersonal Breathwork are Dr. Ingo Jahrsetz and Dr. Judith Miller. The Breathwork completely has changed not only his view of psychotherapy and healing but also his view of human beings and the universe. In this regard, he is very grateful to Dr. Stan Grof as well as Dr. Ingo, Dr. Judith, and professor Hyunkyung who introduced this to him.





Stanislav Kudrle graduated from Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in 1970’s.  He was trained in dynamic group psychotherapy in the 80´. Then he took part in Holotropic Breathwork® training by Stan and Christina Grof and was certified in 1992.As a psychiatrist and psychotherapist his field of profession was the treatment of addictions and the development of Addictology in Czech Republic As a therapist or supervisor, he worked gradually on all therapeutic levels including outpatient treatment, addicts’ detoxification, inpatient treatment, and aftercare. In 1990’s he created a therapeutic program for addicts at University hospital in Pilsen that was based on transpersonal psychology and holotropic breathwork techniques.  He was leading and developing this program for 15 years. He taught at Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, Charles University and at the Institute for postgraduate studies in Prague where he was giving further trainings and educational lectures to medical doctors. Since 2006, he worked for 11 years in private practice focusing on long term aftercare program for addicts which also contained holotropic breathwork.  He was also co-organizing holotropic breathwork workshops in Germany and Switzerland in the past.  In the years 2003-2006 he was trained in Integrated supervision organized by ČIS (Czech Institute for supervision).
He cooperated with Czech television on several educational projects. Once, together with S. Grof on “Healing in Europe” where holotropic breathwork was introduced as a unique healing technique that could be used also in addiction treatment. He lectured and helped with organization of many national and international conferences dealing with addictology and transpersonal topics. Currently, he works as a supervisor and a facilitator of holotropic breathwork workshops in Pilsen.






Viktoria Luchetti was trained and certified as a Holotropic Breathwork® Facilitator by Dr. Stan Grof and his then wife Christina in 1988.  Since then, she has led training seminars and workshops in North and South America, and in Europe, now with over 30 years experience.  Since 2007, she has co-directed the holotropic breathwork Trainings in Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.
Viktoria is also a certified Waldorf Pedagogic teacher, having been trained in Kassel, Germany.  She has worked pedagogically and therapeutically with children for over 20 years.  In Chile she co-founded and co-directed a Waldorf School that at present has over 100 students, from Kindergarten thru 8th grade.
She trained with famed Dance and Movement teacher Anna Halprin in California, learning her “Life- Art Process”.  She also learned “Authentic Movement” and has integrated both of these practices in her current work.
She had the opportunity to work for 3 years in a Hospice, accompanying dying people throughout their transition. 
For over 20 years, she has worked with both children and adults, using “Sandplay Therapy”, as developed by Dora Kalff. 
In addition, Viktoria was trained at the “Upledger Institute” in Craneo-Sacral and Soma-Emotional Therapy.  She has been involved in this work for over 15 years.
Recently, she studied and practiced “Family Constellations” with Albrecht Mahr in his year-long workshop.
Her many years of varied and complementary fields of study allow her to bring an ample and profound knowledge and experience to her current work.




Vladimir Maykov is a pioneer of transpersonal studies in Russia, President of Russian Association for Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, and the Board member of the European Transpersonal Association  (EUROTAS). He is senior research associate at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Chair of Transpersonal Psychology at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis. and founder of Transpersonal Project video archive, where he published for free over 500 transpersonal videos. He graduated in the Grof Transpersonal Training and obtained his certificate in 1993. Since then, he regularly offered many holotropic breathwork workshops, most of them with his wife Kristina. From 2006 to 2012, together with Kristina, he led Grof Transpersonal Training program in Russia.
He edited and published about 100 books of transpersonal psychology.  He is collaborated with Eduard M. Sagalayev in his TV documentary project "Mystical Journeys with Eduard Sagalayev" (of 6 series). He is also film director of “The Dance of Infinity” (2015), “Tools for Evolution” (2019), “The Secret of Carlos Castaneda” (2019) and 20 interviews with transpersonal pioneers, artists and spiritual masters «At the Origins» (2016-2017). He is the author of «Elements of Transpersonal Psychology» (2000), «Holotropic Breathing: History, Sources, Research, Clinics» (2001), «Transpersonal Psychology: Sources, History, Present-day State» (2004) and «Transpersonal Project: Psychology, Anthropology, Spiritual Traditions» (2007).




Claudia Panìco is a clinical psychologist and licensed psychotherapist in Italy with more than 30 years of experience.
She was trained originally in Bioenergetics and Body Psychotherapy with a client-centered and a transpersonal approach, and in holistic counselling for people with catastrophic illnesses. In addition, she has extensive training in Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy, EMDR, and Stress and Trauma Management (TRE).
In 2000 she completed the training in holotropic breathwork with  Stan Grof and Tav Sparks, and has offered workshops with hb since then.  
Aware of how important an undisturbed birth is for the person's health throughout their life and for the human society health as well, after a specific training on birth, childbirth assistance and prevention of postpartum depression, in 2003 she founded "Essere Genitori”, a project dedicated to the prevention and non-pharmacological treatment of postpartum depression. The aim of the project was to offer the woman and her partner holotropic breathwork and body psychotherapy to integrate the emotions related to the process of pregnancy, childbirth and becoming parents, and to facilitate the transition from couple to family.
For more than two decades she taught in training courses, mainly for nurses, medical doctors and health professionals, teachers, and at the International School for Prenatal and Perinatal Education (ISPPE)- Anep Italia .
Currently she is mainly dedicating herself to the growth of holotropic breathwork in Italy.



Ole Ry is a Danish psychiatrist, who graduated from University of Copenhagen 1973 and specialized in psychiatry 1981. He graduated as a gestalt therapist from The Gestalt Institute of Scandinavia 1981. After a first encounter with Stan and Christina Grof and holotropic breathwork at Esalen in 1987, he became a facilitator in 1993. Since then he has conducted holotropic breathwork workshops internationally. He has been a member of the Grof Transpersonal Training staff on several training modules and events.
A Certification Trainer in Stress and Trauma Management (TRE) from 2008, Ole runs training programs in Scandinavian countries, Scotland, Estonia, and Mexico. He is involved in a MA program in Emotional Intelligence, contributing holotropic breathwork and TRE. Ole has published numerous articles and co-authored a few books on psychotherapy. For many years, he worked closely with his partner Susanne Andrés, who sadly died in 2015. Ole now lives most of the year at Findhorn, in an international spiritual community, educational center and eco village in the northern part of Scotland.




Michael Vančura studied clinical psychology at Charles University. Graduated in 1975. After 8 years of working at Czech psychiatric wards he became a cofounder of Day care center, DSS, for people diagnosed as psychotics. DSS was associated with the Psychiatric clinic of Prague. After this professional period he shifted his focus to prevention of hospitalization for people in crisis. The outcome of this idea was the co-founding of the crisis intervention center RIAPS in 1991, where he was a director for the first four years. There he experienced the usefulness and power of 24hours care for people in spiritual emergency. He finished his training in Holotropic Breathwork® being certified by Stan and Christina Grof in 1992. Afterwards he had the opportunity to assist for  some time at Pocket range center, CA, led by Barbara Findaisen.
He finished his training in Ericksonian hypnosis in Germany in 1987 and training in PBSP Pesso Boyden Psychomotoric Psychotherapy in Switzerland in 1998. He has been working as a private psychotherapist since he left RIAPS in 1998. He regularly holds holotropic breathwork sessions since 1992. He is influenced by transpersonal orientation in his approach in psychotherapy and uses spiritual consulting and holotropic breathwork and PBSP in his private praxis. His interest in altered states of consciousness led him to the theme of spiritual emergency and psychedelics. The experiences he gained through trainings especially with Stanislav Grof and seminars with John Weir Perry and David Lukof and what he learned with his clients led to the founding of DIABASIS in 2004. He has been the head of the organization since its foundation. The goal of the organization is to help people who are going through spiritual emergency and to those having troubles after using psychedelics in an inappropriate set and setting - people suffering from bad trips and flashbacks and often being traumatized by that experience.
He lectures on the topic of  spiritual emergency and psychedelics  at Charles University and other places as well. He also lectures at national and international conferences. Author of articles and chapters in books about Crisis intervention or Transpersonal thinking in psychotherapy. He is managing the help for people hospitalized in psychiatric hospital in Bohnice, sharing the approach there how to differentiate and more properly diagnose and take care of people with spiritual emergency. He has some other experiences on leading and organizing the groups studying altered states of mind using tools like  sweatlodge, vision quest, holotropic breathwork and others. Recently he is certified by MAPS for MDMA Assisted Psychedelic Psychotherapy.

Czech Republic
Mgr. Michael Vančura, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist.
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Sylvester Walch has studied psychology, psychiatry, psychopathology and philosophy and is a clinical psychologist and licensed psychotherapist, with over 30 years of experience in holotropic breathwork and Holotropic States of consciousness. He got certified from Stanislav Grof in the first training groups in USA and Switzerland in the 80s. From the beginning of the Grof  Training  he was teaching training modules with Brigitte Grof. He founded and directed the curriculum for holotropic breathwork, Transpersonal Psychology and Transpersonal Psychotherapy. Many hundreds of therapists have been trained by him in more than 20 curricula. He contributed to the development of holotropic breathing in theory and practice. He is also a teaching therapist for Integrative Therapy and Integrative Gestalt Therapy as well as body-related psychotherapy and was the director of a psychotherapeutic hospital for many years. He has lectured at various universities and has written numerous scientific papers and books: The Whole Fullness of Your Life, From Ego to Self, Dimensions of the Human Soul as well as Subject and Reality. Sylvester Walch has a longstanding meditation practice and has developed a cross-cultural psycho-spiritual path, in which spiritual healing and spiritual practice are combined. He is also honorary chairman of the IHTP.