with Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson in Southern Vermont

Leonard Gibson, Ph.D., graduated from Williams College and earned doctorates from Claremont Graduate School in philosophy and The University of Texas at Austin in psychology. Lenny has 50 years of experience working with non–ordinary states of consciousness. He has taught at The University of Tulsa and Lesley College and served his clinical psychology internship at the Boston, MA V.A. Hospital. He also taught transpersonal psychology for 20 years at Burlington College. Lenny serves on the board of the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region in Vermont. A survivor of throat cancer, he facilitates the head and neck cancer support group at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is a past president of the Association of Holotropic Breathwork International.

Elizabeth Gibson, M.S., holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree in biology from The University of Tulsa. She has completed Herbert Benson’s Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Previously she worked as a consultant at Arthur D. Little, Inc., and Radian Corporation in the areas of environmental protection and food research. She is a writer, editor and homemaker with interests in environmental literacy, yoga, music and gardening. Elizabeth is the editor of Stanislav Grof ’s The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death and a contributor to  the teaching manual MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, both published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. For the past 12 years, she has been responsible for local news for the Town of Pawlet, and from 2008 – 2014 she was the editor of the weekly environment section for the Rutland Herald and Montpelier Times Argus newspapers in Vermont.

Elizabeth and Lenny are Grof–certified Holotropic Breathwork™ facilitators. They have raised their two sons on a hillside at their homestead in Pawlet, Vermont, where they have built a retreat and offered workshops since 1994.

Lisa Gilbert, M.D.graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Biology and then worked as a teacher, athletic trainer and coach for five years. She then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and after graduating she completed a residency in psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic. Lisa has practiced psychiatry in a wide variety of settings, predominately serving trauma survivors. Since 2009 she has worked entirely with veterans. She became certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 2017 through the Grof Transpersonal Training program, some of which was directly taught by Stanislav Grof, M.D.

“Focus on the Greater Mystery in life has been a long-held theme throughout many facets of my life. Holotropic Breathwork has been by far the most beneficial experiential tool along the way. Through this process, I have completed over 60 breathwork sessions. These sessions and other personal work have accelerated deeper spiritual connection and profound healing.”


Kyle Buller’s interest in exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness began at the age of 16 when he suffered a traumatic snowboarding accident. After this near-death experience, Kyle’s life changed dramatically. Kyle subsequently earned his B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College, where he focused on studying the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness by exploring shamanism, Reiki, local medicinal plants and plant medicine, Holotropic Breathwork, and psychedelic psychotherapy. Kyle has been studying breathwork with Lenny and Elizabeth since October 2010.

Kyle is currently pursuing his M.S. in clinical mental health counseling at Prescott College with an emphasis in somatic psychology. Kyle’s clinical background in mental health consists of working with at-risk teenagers in crisis and with individuals experiencing extreme states. Learn more about Kyle at settingsunwellness.com and psychedelicstoday.com.

Brian Bauer has a B.A. in English and languages from Lake Forest College, and a Certificate of Special Studies in Business & Management from Harvard University. He is a consultant in integrated web-based and print advertising. Brian has been participating in Holotropic Breathwork since 1997 and regularly assists at workshops. He is the current Office Manager for the Association of Holotropic Breathwork International (www.ahbi.org). He is also a Reiki Master Teacher and a meditation instructor in Transcendental Meditation and Vipassana. He lives in Somerville, MA.

“I’m honored that Lenny and Elizabeth have asked me to assist , and I deeply appreciate the trust they have in me to work with them and the participants.”