By the end of this one-day online workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the role of the inner healing intelligence in psychedelic sessions
  • Recognize the important role of guides/sitters/psychedelic therapists
  • Define the realms of the expanded map of the psyche, and compare the features of each of the four perinatal birth matrices
  • Discuss how COEXes may arise and resolve in psychedelic work
  • Identify the importance of integration to the psychedelic experience
  • Explain protocols, standards, ethics and accountability
  • Begin to examine one’s own skills and competencies pertaining to psychedelic psychotherapy

>>>Participating registrants of the live workshop were able to attain CE credits.


The Way of the Psychonaut Volume One: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys (Stan Grof 2019)

The Way of the Psychonaut Volume Two: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys’ (Stan Grof 2019)

The Ethics of Caring: Finding Right Relationship with Clients for Profound Transformative Work in Professional Healing Relationships (Kylea Taylor 2017)

Registration closed.

However, you can access the edited video recording available for rent on Vimeo:

PSYCHEDELIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: The Insights of Stanislav Grof 

An approach to personal and collective transformation.

Come and explore the conceptual foundations of Grof’s legacy at a full-day Saturday online workshop. It will be led by members of the Grof Legacy Training-Canada with special guests Stan and Brigitte Grof. This is an informational workshop not an experiential / hands-on training.

Saturday October 17, 2020 – 9:00am – 6:30pm   Pacific time

Dr. Stanislav Grof is one of the pioneers of psychedelic psychotherapy.  As Michael Pollan wrote — “the knowledge and experiential basics of both underground and legal psychedelic psychotherapy is traceable to four lineages that evolved during the pre-prohibition era. These pioneers include Al Hubbard, Timothy Leary, Leo Zeff … and Dr. Stan Grof” – the only living member of this group.   

This online workshop provides an opportunity to learn about Stan Grof’s insights from the Grof Legacy Training Faculty, with Stan making live and pre-recorded contributions to the introduction, Q&A and closing. Stan is one of the major inspirations of the psychedelic renaissance. His work has inspired and educated many of its current leaders. After the prohibition of psychedelics, Stan and his late wife Christina developed a drug free technique to facilitate access to non ordinary states – Holotropic Breathwork™. The theory and practice of Holotropic Breathwork extended the theoretical and practical underpinnings of working with non-ordinary states of consciousness at a time when psychedelic medicines were banned. These protocols have become the standard upon which current psychedelic research, practice and training are based (e.g. CIIS, MAPS). Grof’s writings on his experimental, observational and experiential insights explain why many see him as the father of transpersonal psychology.

You should attend this workshop if you:

  • are curious about psychedelic psychotherapy
  • are currently training as a psychedelic therapist
  • have an interest in becoming a trainer of psychedelic psychotherapists
  • are fascinated by the arena of human consciousness evolution
  • want a deeper sense of Stanislav Grof – the man and his work

Part 1. PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION: The Foundations of Practice

9:00am-9:30am Live Virtual Welcome, with Stan and Brigitte Grof.

Due to a small stroke that has impacted Stan’s speech, but not his mind, Brigitte will assist him as necessary.

Grof Legacy Canada faculty Introduction, hosted by Mark Cornfield.

The day will open with a choice of:


Track I.  Film: The Way Of The Psychonaut, a documentary based on the life and work of Stanislav Grof.


Track II. Archetypal Astrology: The Rosetta Stone of the Psyche, with Renn Butler


Track I.  A conversation with the Grofs and special guest filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais

Track II. Renn Butler will entertain questions on Archetypal Astrology

11:30am-11:45am Break


11:45am to 1:30pm Grof’s Expanded Map of the Psyche, presented by Sean O’Sullivan and Donna Rosenthal

The four realms of the human unconscious will be described: (1) sensory/somatic; (2) personal biographic; (3) the prenatal/birth experience, the four perinatal matrices; (4) the transpersonal (beyond the individual). We will also explore systems of condensed experiences (COEXes) from concept to practice.

Stan Grof famously said that psychedelic medicines are to the study of the psyche what the microscope is to biology and the telescope is to astronomy. He began investigating psychedelic experiences as a psychiatric resident in Prague in the 1950s.

Aldoux Huxley proposed that the brain is like a “reducing valve” which protects us from a flood of cosmic input which would otherwise overload our everyday consciousness. Psychedelic states tend to open up that reducing valve. By delineating a cartography of the deeper content of the psyche, Stan has provided us with the knowledge and tools to assist journeyers to benefit from the flood instead of drowning in it.  His most significant contribution was to recognize and describe the perinatal and transpersonal realms of the unconscious. He pointed out that experiences which are seen as psychopathology by western medicine can potentially be deeply healing and transformative. Grof labelled the natural healing mechanism of the psyche “holotropic” (moving toward wholeness) resembling the way heliotropic plants turn to follow the sun.

Break – 1:30pm to 1:45pm

1:45pm-2:45pm Breakout Groups with all faculty

An opportunity to explore themes that have come up for you during the day.

Part 3. INTEGRATION: Moving Towards Wholeness   

2:45pm-5:00pm presented by Neil Hanon, Susan McBride, and Carolyn Green

Break 3:38pm-3:53pm

Psychedelic medicines if used with a proper set and setting, incorporating skillful integration can accelerate the healing of mind, body, and spirit. The process of integration starts as the individual commits to their personal journey of exploration.

Topics presented will cover:

– Role of guides/sitters/therapists

– Screening, preparation, conducting and closing a session

– How uncovering and exploring unconscious materials are necessary for the psyche to move towards wholeness

– The importance of body release work for amplification and expression

– Post-session integration: visual art work (mandalas / soul collage), integration circles, and psychotherapy

– Follow-up integration: psychotherapy

Part 4. ETHICS: Right Relationship with Clients

5:00pm-5:20pm with Carolyn Green

Topics presented include:

A comprehensive ethical framework and its importance to psychedelic psychotherapy practice will be outlined.

Frequent ethical challenges faced by psychedelic psychotherapists.

5:20pm – 5:30pm Break

Part 5. Q & A: 

5:30pm-6:15pm with Stan Grof

A question and answer session with Stan and Brigitte Grof (pre-recorded). Registrants are able to submit their questions by Aug 16 during the registration process.

Part 6. CLOSING: Consciousness Evolution and Human Survival


Stan’s pre-recorded reflections on the importance of  increasing consciousness through inner work.

“…radical psychospiritual transformation of humanity is not only possible, but is already under way. The question is only whether it can be sufficiently fast and extensive to reverse the current self destructive trend of modern humanity.” (Stan Grof, from ‘Healing Our Deepest Wounds‘, 2012)

This online workshop features special guests Stan Grof, MD, and Brigitte Grof, Dip. Psychologist, and is facilitated by members of the Grof Legacy Training – Canada faculty — Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC; Mark Cornfield, MD, FRCPC; Sean O’Sullivan, MD; Susan McBride, RN, MTS, RSW; Carolyn Green, PhD;  Donna Rosenthal, BA; and Renn Butler, BA.

Stanislav Grof, MD, 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. A winner of prestigious awards, Stan has written over 150 published articles in professional journals, as well as many well-known books in the field including LSD Psychotherapy; Psychology of the Future; When the Impossible Happens; and Spiritual Emergency (which he co-authored with the late Christina Grof). Since April 2016, Stan has been happily married to Brigitte Grof. In August 2019 his life’s work encyclopedia The Way of the Psychonaut was published and the documentary film about his life and work “The Way of the Psychonaut: Stanislav’s Journey of Consciousness” is being released this fall.

Brigitte Grof, is a Dipl. Psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, and artist with over 30 years of experience in Holotropic Breathwork and Holotropic States of Consciousness. In 1986 she trained at the Esalen Institute in California and was certified in the first training groups in USA and Switzerland. She has taught training modules in USA, France, and in Germany (with Dr. Sylvester Walch) and led a 3-year Holotropic Breathwork training group with Dr. Ingo Jahrsetz. Since 2004, she has developed and taught 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. Brigitte’s artwork is inspired by her own experiences of non-ordinary states of consciousness and by shamanic art of native cultures.

Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist working in Kelowna, British Columbia 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 in Kelowna. Dr. Hanon has been teaching medical students, Psychiatry residents, and Family Practise residents clinically and didactically since 1996. Dr.Hanon also does inpatient work at Kelowna General Hospital, and outpatient work at Outreach Urban Health (an Interior Health operated, 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. 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 in 2015. Dr. Hanon was fortunate to have Dr. Ralph Metzner as his teacher and mentor from 2015 until Ralph’s death in 2019. Since 2015 Dr. Hanon has been facilitating Holotropic Breathwork groups.

Mark Cornfield, MD, FRCPC, is a Community Psychiatrist with a special interest in longterm psychotherapy, complex PTSD, dissociative disorders.and couples therapy.  He trained in Imago Relationship therapy, EMDR, and Holotropic Breathwork, and completed Ketamine trainings at the Orenda Institute and the Wolfson Ketamine training at Empower, Vancouver.  For the last two years, he has been treating patients with IM, sublingual and intranasal ketamine.  He has a special interest in Ketamine as an empathogen and facilitator of other therapeutic techniques such as Imago couples therapy and EMDR.

Sean O’Sullivan, MD, started his breath work training with Stan and Christina Grof after the first Insight and Opening retreat at Green Mountain College in Vermont in 1985, and became a Certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator in 1987. For many years, Sean, together with his wife Donna Rosenthal, was involved in the efforts to make the Santo Daime religion legal in Canada. Sean opened his medical practice in 1970 in family medicine with a strong focus on psychotherapy. His current practice includes Emergency Medicine and a private psychotherapy practice using non-ordinary states of consciousness, primarily, but not exclusively, induced by Ketamine, currently the only legal psychedelic substance in Canada. Sean is at present also working with Bruce Tobin, PhD, and his team to move Psilocybin towards legal status, focusing initially on patients in End Of Life Distress (EODS) [Section 56 exemption application pending].

Susan McBride, RN, MTS, RSW, worked as an emergency room RN dealing with physical and emotional crises.  She obtained a B.A. in Psychology and worked at a children’s mental health agency helping parents deal with crisis situations with their children.  An interest in spirituality led her to complete a Masters in Theological Studies. She has been working in private practice since 2002 using Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Gestalt therapy, EMDR, Imago Relationship therapy and, along with her partner, Mark Cornfield, psychiatrist, running Imago weekend workshops for couples. Susan certified with GTT as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 2005 and has continued to facilitate monthly HB workshops.   Recently, Susan and Mark have been involved in using Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for individuals as well as couples and have been facilitating Ketamine Learning Experiences for psychotherapists and physicians.

Carolyn Green, PhD, started her own adventures in self-discovery using breathwork with Dr Ingrid Pacey in 1993 then completed the Grof Transpersonal Training program in 1999. She has facilitated over a thousand non ordinary sessions using Holotropic Breathwork™ in workshops and individual sessions in BC and Alberta and co-founded thesecretofbreath.com. She is also a practicing academic who has degrees from McMaster, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and the University of Alberta. Her current research is in the area of pharmaceutical safety and policy research. She is a non-practicing physical therapist (with decades of experience) and has worked in volunteer capacities in China, Africa, the Caribbean and Nepal involved, for example, in training the first Nepalese physical rehabilitation workers. For Carolyn the Holotropic Paradigm is powerful and valuable because it blends the best of the western scientific scholarly traditions with the practical wisdom of longstanding world spiritual traditions to provide rapid access to the power within.

Donna Rosenthal graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, and completed three years of graduate studies in Sociology and Religion at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She worked for 15 years at the Chedoke-McMaster Child & Family Centre with multi-generational, multi-problem families. Certified by Stan & Christina Grof in Holotropic Breathwork & Transpersonal Psychology, she led Holotropic Breathwork Workshops for 15 yrs, and taught courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. For many years, Donna, together with her husband Sean O’Sullivan, was  involved in the efforts to make the Santo Daime religion legal in Canada. She currently offers Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and other individual and group in depth therapies.

Renn Butler, BA, lived at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California for two and a half years, where he studied with Stan Grof and Rick Tarnas. He certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 1989 and offers workshops in British Columbia and abroad, as well as doing archetypal astrology consultations with clients around the world. His focus as an astrological counselor is to help clients understand and integrate the material that emerges in their holotropic and psychedelic sessions. Renn’s first book, Pathways to Wholeness, an exploration of the correlation between planetary alignments and psychedelic experiences, was published in 2014, followed by The Archetypal Universe in 2018, which focuses on dreams, and Oh, Goddess in March 2020 on the astrology of relationships. Renn has a B.A. in English and Religious Studies and has worked as a health care worker with physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged adults for over thirty years.