Selected PCC Adjunct Faculty Bios
Christopher Bache received his PhD (1978) in Philosophy and Religion from Brown University. He is the author of Lifecycles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life, and Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind. He has also published numerous articles on consciousness studies, the psychology of mysticism, and near-death studies.
Blair Carter, who received his MA (2003) from CIIS, is currently a doctoral student in the PCC program. He is a certified Permaculture teacher and designer, environmental educator, wilderness guide, and experienced deep ecology workshop leader.
Stanislav Grof received his MD (1956) from Charles University, Prague, and completed his in Medicine (1965) from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology, and founding president of the International Transpersonal Association.
For the past 35 years he has conducted research on therapeutic and heuristic aspects of non-ordinary states of consciousness; experiential psychotherapy using psychedelics and nondrug techniques; alternative approaches to psychoses; the problem of spiritual emergencies and treatment of transpersonal crises; and the implications of new developments in quantum physics, information and systems theory, biology, brain research and consciousness studies for psychiatric theory and the emerging scientific paradigm.
He is the author of Realms of the Human Unconscious (Viking Press, 1976), Beyond the Brain (State University of New York Press, 1985), The Holotropic Mind (Harper Collins, 1992), The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (SUNY Press, 1998), and Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research (SUNY Press, 2000).
Joanna Macy received her PhD (1978) from the State University of New York, Syracuse. She is a visionary activist and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology.
Weaving these threads together, she has created both a groundbreaking theoretical framework for a new paradigm of personal and social change, and a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science.
This work is described in her books Despair and Empowerment in the Nuclear Age; Dharma and Development; Thinking Like a Mountain (coedited with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory; World as Lover, World as Self; Rilke's Book of Hours (with Anita Barrows); and Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown).
Jacob Needleman was educated in philosophy at Harvard, Yale and the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has also served as Research Associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, as a Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, as Adjunct Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of California Medical School and as guest Professor of Religious Studies at the Sorbonne, Paris (1992).
He is the author of The New Religions, a pioneering study of the new American spirituality, The Wisdom of Love, Money and the Meaning of Life, A Sense of the Cosmos, Lost Christianity, The Heart of Philosophy, The Way of the Physician, Time and the Soul, Sorcerers, a novel, The American Soul , Why Can't We Be Good? and The Essential Marcus Aurelius.