EUROTAS Transperonal Conference - September 22-26, 2021


Due to the Coronavirus the 2020 Eurotas Transpersonal Conference has been rescheduled to September 22-26, 2021. The conference will be held in beautiful Tallinn, Estonia. The theme of the event is “INNER ECOLOGY AND TRANSPERSONAL EDUCATION.” 


“The Lakota shaman Wallace Black Elk was once asked by a sincere young man what we could do to heal the earth. He replied this way: “We don’t have to heal the Earth; she can heal herself. All we have to do is stop making her sick.” To this simple truth, I would add that the earth can heal us, too…” (Eliot Cowan, from “Plant Spirit Medicine”)


Mother Earth is screaming and we keep demonstrating to prompt governments to do something about it. Maybe it is also time to look inwards, into our own human ecology that Mother Earth is trying to reflect to us. It is time to create our own inner balance, become aware of our feelings and unresolved issues, which we might be projecting unconsciously on our environment.


This process can start with “transpersonal education.” Abraham Maslow said that after self-actualising, the next step is to help others to self-actualise. Education is the most important tool regarding the kind of world we would like to leave behind us for the future generations.


Transpersonal education as a way of being, as education, starts at birth and ends at death. The goal is to attain a seamless self-functioning and self-regulating system that is changing and developing according to inner and outer needs. To reach this we have developed a model of preparedness that involves qualification, motivation, intuition, orientation, erudition, affiliation, style and health.


Our concern is for our children’s future and their well-being in the totally new world that is changing faster than ever.


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Corona & Beyond: Transpersonal Perspecives on Crisis, Transformation, & Wellbeing  


A cycle of dialogues, July -October 2020


This free summer series of online dialogues and embodied creative reflections expands on themes that emerged in our June session "Corona and Beyond: Trasnsitioning to a new paradign," to explore transpersonal perspectives on the global pandemic and our individual, social, and collective responses. Dr. Jessica Bockler anf Prof. Les Lancaster will be joined by transpersonal psychologists, coaches, and spiritual practitioners from the Alef Trust Faculty to actively consider what we each can do to find greater alignment, meaning, and balance in turbulent times.


For more information about dates and speakers, go to the EVENTS section. 


ATP Member Forum Online - Every other Saturday, at 12:00 noon (PDT)

With the COVID-19 health crisis gripping the USA and most of the world, the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) is reaching out to our members to extend support, connection, and hope. During the time of “physical distancing” and “sheltering in place” it becomes even more important to reach out and connect with others for support. There is strength and healing in community.

This ATP Member Forum, hosted by Dr. Steven Schmitz is being offered on every other Saturday, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (PDT). We invite you to join us. Check your email for the ATP email announcement or go to the website EVENTS section for the Zoom link for video or the telephone link to join via audio.

Stan Grof’s The Way of the Psychonaut Program Online

Beginning May 7th, there will be streaming expert interviews from The Way of the Psychonaut documentary, followed by live Q & A sessions with those experts or special guests. In addition to the full-length interviews, once a month there will be a sneak peak of the full documentary offered, followed by a live Q & A with Stan and Brigitte Grof.

For the schedule of events, the "Watch" page, and more information, please go to: 

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) invites you to a book launch, film screening, and addresses from special guests at the elegant Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco, Calif., on August 11, 2019.

This event is the official book release of The Way of the Psychonaut: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys by Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., the all-new two-volume compendium spanning more than 60 years of Dr. Grof’s work in transpersonal psychology, spirituality, psychedelic therapy, and Holotropic Breathwork, published by MAPS. Select tickets include the two-volume set which will be available for pickup at the event. Those seeking to pre-order the books only may find additional information here.

2019 EUROTAS Conference in Paris, France

"Being Human in a World in Transition"

September 25 to 29, 2019 in Paris, France

The words “being”, “human”, “world”, “transition” touch us in what and who we are – particularly in this time of transition that has become very real for the planet that hosts us, in today’s world, which is essentially constructed on patriarchal and economic values, and in the world of the future, with, we are told, will be a combination of catastrophic events and enhanced humans.

Conferences, round table discussions, workshops with professionals from a wide range of disciplines and geographical situations … Come and discover new things, question, meet, experiment, testify and consider the future during five intense days.

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ATP Welcomes Four New Board Members

At our last Board meeting on February 9, 2019, we elected four new members to our Board of Directors: Christine Simmonds-Moore, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia; George-Harold Jennings, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Drew University, New Jersey; Sabine Grunwald, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the UF Mindfulness Proigram at the University of Florida; and Chad Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma. We welcome these very qualified professionals to serve on the ATP Board and to help us grow the transpersonal field.

A Life Committed

Elliot Talenfeld decided to go way beyond the snippets of growth he was getting while attending the odd weekend self-help workshop. He wanted to live his life fully committed to building and maintaining a community of loving relationships every day. His journey was greatly inspired by M. Scott Peck's book "The Road Less Traveled"  and more specifically by this quote from the book, "...any genuinely loving relationship is one of mutual psychotherapy." 

Elliot has exposed his life and adventure in his new book, " Through a Still Imperfect Lens" which he will serialize on the ATP Facebook group page. The full book is available in print or Kindle versions on Amazon and via his website. You can also find all of his correspondence with Peck on the website ( 

Frances Vaughn died suddenly Saturday evening, September 23, 2017

The transpersonal world suffered a deep loss recently with the passing of Frances Vaughn. She was well loved and made substantial contributions to the Transpersonal field and to the world. We are saddened by her death, and we will miss her. The following is an announcement by Roger Walsh.

Steven Schmitz, Ph.D., ATP President

The following is a letter we received from Roger Walsh.

Our beloved Frances died suddenly Saturday evening, September 23

She was her usual lively loving joyful self through the day, but shortly after we arrived at a friend’s house she felt faint, short of breath, and had chest pain. We rushed her to the ER but she suddenly deteriorated and lost consciousness. A CAT scan revealed a massive aortic artery dissection (tear). Fortunately, her two children, Bob and Leslie made it to the ER in time to be with her before she died, and she was surrounded by loving family and dear friends. She had long been at peace with death, and as we were taking her to the ambulance told us that her DNR (Do Not Resuscitate form) was in her purse.

She was, by any standard, a truly remarkable woman. She was clearly brilliant, graduating from Stanford in only three years and as Phi Beta Kappa (the highest academic honor), getting a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and eventually being awarded two honorary doctorates. She raised two children and loved five grandchildren while offering a full-time psychotherapy practice, and was widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost transpersonal therapists. She published nine books and over a hundred articles and was president of both the humanistic and transpersonal psychology associations. Recently, she was on the board of the philanthropic Fetzer Institute and also on the council of Spring Lake Village where she lived.

But what was most remarkable were her personal qualities and interpersonal skills. She was, as Ken Wilber wrote in a foreword to one of her books, “the wisest of wise women” and her deepest value was love. Extraordinary wisdom and extraordinary love: what a combination! On her last day, a friend asked about her spiritual practice and she replied, as she had for many months, “I'm practicing gratitude.”

She was my priceless life-partner, best friend, beloved, and teacher for over forty years, and I'm glad to have told her many times that she was the great gift of my life. I'm trying to bring her teachings to her loss, and to practice gratitude, in the midst of shock and grief, for the time we had together and the time she had with friends like you. Her children and I would like to have a memorial for her but it’s too early to say when.

Thank you, my friend, for your contributions to her life and mine. I am deeply grateful for the many wonderful friends she had, and to know that her benevolent influence will continue to ripple out into the world through her writings, recordings, and through us.

In grief and gratitude