Stan and Brigitte Grof send the following message and links for those interested in the Psyche Unbound Symposium that took place last Saturday, January 22, 2022.
On Saturday January 22, 2022 we had an amazing symposium with many wonderful friends celebrating the Festschrift Psyche Unbound in honor of my 90th birthday. We are very grateful to Synergetic Press, City Lights Bookstore, MAPS and everyone contributing to this successful event. You can watch the symposium on Youtube now, here are the links. – Stan
Session One: Charting the Way of the Psychonaut – A storytelling event and tribute with Stanislav and Brigitte Grof joined by Rick Tarnas, Sean Kelly, Rick Doblin, Susan Hess Logeais, Will Keepin and Diane Haug. Moderated by David Presti.
Session Two: Psychotherapy and Consciousness – An overview of the research and main ideas of Stanislav Grof with Michael Mithoefer, Roshi Joan Halifax, Charles Grob, Paul Grof, and Jenny Wade. Moderated by Janis Phelps.
Session Three: Comparative and Theoretical Studies: Current Applications and Future Paradigms of Therapeutic Practice – A panel discussion with Tom Riedlinger, Tom Roberts, Diane Haug, Jasmine Virdi, and John Buchanan. Moderated by Maria Mangini.
From October 2021 through January 2022, Dreamshadow and Psychedelics Today offered a free webinar series exploring Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork, presented by Elizabeth Gibson, Lenny Gibson, Kyle Buller, Joe Moore, and others from the Dreamshadow community. Topics covered were:
- Webinar 2: Foundations of Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork: Theory and Practice
- Webinar 2: Role of Group Process: How Shamanic Practices Foster Community
- Webinar 3: Body Awareness in the Breathwork Experience
- Webinar 4: Significance of Exceptional Experience for Human Psychology: Psychedelic, Mystical, Near-Death
Replays of all webinars are now available here: Exploring Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork.
The practice of Holotropic Breathwork, like most depth therapies, is an art more than a science. At its best, breathwork does not take place in a few hours. It requires that participants be persuaded into an attitude of open-mindedness and invited into an appreciation of community adventure. The essence is an experience that transcends any particular circumstances that engender it – an experience that springs to light in the soul and becomes self-sustaining. It is ultimately the nature of the soul that is the fundamental matter of interest for exceptional experience. Its locus cannot be found by those who would look here or there, for it lies in that boundless expanse within that knows no coordinates.
Dreamshadow and Psychedelics Today are collaborating on a 15-week live, online course on philosophy and psychedelics, starting on Wednesday evenings starting October 28, 2020
The history of Western philosophy lays groundwork for understanding the importance of psychedelics today. Philosophy began with the Greeks as a quest for the meaning of life. Orphic, Dionysian, and Eleusinian initiations celebrated experiences of death and rebirth, inspired the great tragedies, and nurtured mystical experiences that influenced philosophers’ inquiries into the meaning of life.
In the long path to our modern technological culture, philosophic endeavor endured many twists and turns – to the point today where it needs refreshment from the ancient psychedelic knowledge. How does history of western philosophy have significance for us now?
We will explore the practices and ideas of Socrates and Plato and their predecessors, the impact of Rome and the Middle Ages. We will examine the Cartesian-Newtonian turn toward modernity and its benefits and deficits as they have developed today. Finally, we will consider the cosmology of Alfred North Whitehead and other contemporary ideas for their value illuminating psychedelic experience.
For enrollment information, visit history of western philosophy
Stan and Christina Grof developed Holotropic Breathwork at Esalen Institute as an alternative to psychedelic therapy. Esalen had fortuitously engaged Stan as Scholar in Residence when prohibition defunded his psychedelic research at Johns Hopkins. As Scholar in Residence, Stan had time for extended writing to produce his first and many subsequent books, and to create the workshops that became Holotropic Breathwork.
Holotropic Breathwork combines group process, intensified breathing, evocative music, focused bodywork, and expressive drawing in a way that facilitates transpersonal experiences similar to psychedelic sessions. Groups of participants provided Stan with more extensive accounts than could individual psychedelic therapy. The growing body of data from breathwork inspired him to develop holotropic theory – beyond his groundbreaking discovery of the psychological importance of the human birth process – to its archetypal and cosmological dimensions.
This lecture will recount the history of the Grof’s work, explain its significance for personal self-discovery, its connections with the work of Carl Jung, and its implications for the future of the psychedelic renaissance. The renaissance undergirds the most important psychotherapeutic research in modern times, research that promises genuine cures for depression, addiction, and anxiety about dying.
Lenny Gibson holds Ph.D.’s in Philosophy and Clinical Psychology, has 55 years of experience working with exceptional human psychological experience, and trained with Stan and Christina Grof from the beginning of Holotropic Breathwork. Recently Lenny and his wife Elizabeth founded Dreamshadow Group (www.dreamshadow.com), a Vermont-based nonprofit dedicated to the creative application of exceptional experience based on an approach combining personal development and community building in the context of a process-based metaphysical framework. The Gibsons have conducted hundreds of Holotropic Breathwork workshops in the US and internationally over the last quarter century. Lenny is a founder and currently Vice Chair of Community Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving forty thousand patients in the Rutland Vermont region.
Jean Wood will be the primary facilitator for the December Holotropic workshop in Topsham, Maine. She will introduce Lenny to the group, add thoughts or personal experiences of her own, and will assist in answering questions for the group. Jean has been participating in Holotropic Breathwork sessions since 1989, and certified as a facilitator with the Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) in 2006. She has facilitated in large groups with Stan Grof and staff at Naropa University, Omega Institute, and Kripalu, and has assisted with smaller groups in the Pacific Northwest. She has long used this work as a primary psycho-spiritual discipline for her own personal growth and learning, and is always eager to share it with others. She lives in Maine and offers weekend workshops in the Midcoast area as well as in Boston. Jean is a botanist, naturalist and inveterate gardener with a master’s degree in botany from the University of Wyoming. She has long been fascinated by the potentials of self-exploration and inner healing, and finds the natural world to be a powerful source of connection to the inner world and the human soul. She is also a student of astrology, pursuing – and awed by – the archetypal correlations between the planetary transits of participants and their experiences in our workshops.
Dreamshadow is now an Affiliated Program as part of the Center for Process Studies’ Process Phenomenology Project. “Experience is fundamental to reality. As Alfred North Whitehead wrote, the “final real things of which the world is made up….are drops of experience, complex and interdependent.” The Process Phenomenology Project focuses on research and programming pertaining to the nature of experience. This involves a wide range of themes, including transpersonal psychology, psychedelics, philosophy of mind, and more.”