Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. 

Grof Foundation

In October 2014, a community of academics, medical doctors, psychotherapists, artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and spiritual seekers came together to give birth to the Stanislav and Christina Grof Foundation, a US not-for-profit organization (501c3). The Grof Foundation will address the full spectrum of Stan and Christina's legacy, including support for people in spiritual emergency and research into the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Our vision:

A world where
safe, powerful means for inner transformation
are widely available to help transcend violence, foster sustainability, and enrich life.

To make a donation, get involved, or find out more, visit:


Healing Our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm Shift

Stan Grof's book was published on July 1, 2012, his 81st birthday, as his present to the world. This book is an unprecedented consolidation and focusing of Stan's lifetime work in consciousness research and the application of that work to the individual and collective healing we so desperately need. (276 Pages, 80 black and white pictures.)

Stan Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension. On October 5, 2007 Dr. Grof received the prestigious VISION 97 award granted by the Foundation of Dagmar and Vaclav Havel in Prague.

He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology and received an Honorary Award for major contributions to and development of the field of Transpersonal Psychology from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology in 1993.

Dr. Grof is also the founding President of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and was its President for many years. He has organized large international conferences throughout the world and continues to lecture and teach professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology.

Currently, Dr. Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness in San Francisco, CA, and at Wisdom University in Oakland, CA.

Dr. Grof was born in 1931 in Prague where he received an M.D. from Charles University and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine) from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences. Between 1960 and 1967, he was Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

In the United States, Dr. Grof served as Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He was also Scholar-in-Residence at Esalen Institute.

Dr. Grof’s extensive research includes experiential psychotherapy using psychedelics and non-drug techniques, especially the holotropic breathwork (a method he developed with his wife Christina), alternative approaches to psychoses, understanding and treatment of psychospiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”), the implications of recent developments in quantum-relativistic physics, biology, brain research, and other avenues of the emerging scientific paradigm, for psychiatric theory and consciousness studies.

Among his publications are over 150 papers in professional journals and many books including Beyond the Brain, LSD Psychotherapy, Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Game, and the newly-released When the Impossible Happens and The Ultimate Journey, as well as many more.

Western science is approaching a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions, one that will change our concepts of reality and of human nature, bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, and reconcile the differences between Eastern spirituality and Western pragmatism.
                                                  - Stan Grof from Beyond the Brain

New! Lillibit's Dream by Melody Sullivan. Illustrated by Stanislav Grof

“I want to FLY!” Lillibit, the caterpillar, declares. But how will she fly? After all, she is not yet a butterfly, and the other caterpillars don’t believe she can do it. “Lillibit wiggled and squiggled. She jerked and jiggled. But still nothing happened.” In fact, it will take something greater than her best efforts to fly. It will take her letting go of everything she knows. For only within the mystical brew of metamorphosis will she leave her old life behind and begin a new one.

Certain to appeal to children and adults alike, Lillibit’s Dream takes readers on a heartfelt journey of big dreams, profound changes, and the gifts of acceptance, patience and faith. With easy, engaging language and charming, vibrant illustrations, author Melody Sullivan and illustrator Stanislav Grof deliver a beautiful analogy for life’s transitions and the miracles of personal transformation.

Click here to see Stanislav Grof talk about coming full circle from his childhood passion of becoming an animator, to illustrating this children's book, Lillibit’s Dream, which is based on the death/rebirth theme of his life's work in consciousness research.

Click here to see a one-minute Video Trailer


Now Available - "Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy" by Stanislav and Christina Grof.

This book provides the most comprehensive look yet at this profoundly healing technique - the “definitive overview of this transformative breathwork." Available in hardcover and softcover. Learn more.


New! Stanislav Grof: Researcher, Author, Teacher, and Visionary. An Elgin Production DVD

A documentary tracing Dr. Grof's phenomenal fifty-year career as consciousness researcher from his early research on psychedelics, to the birth of the transpersonal movement, to Holotropic Breathwork. Click here to view the trailer.

Visit Stan Grof's website created and maintained in Russia by Grof Transpersonal Training -



I know of no work that so well incorporates the findings of Freud, Jung and Rank, adding fresh insights, which the methods of those psychotherapists could never have achieved. I do not doubt that many others working in this field would find Dr. Grof´s discoveries a basis for a whole new strategy of research.

- Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God

Grof's work is the most important contribution to personality theory in several decades.

- Abraham Maslow, founder of Humanistic Psychology