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.
Christopher Bache received his PhD (1978) in Philosophy and Religion from Brown University. He has been a professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University for almost 30 years. At YSU he teaches courses in Eastern religions, transpersonal psychology, consciousness research and Buddhism. He was awarded YSU's Distinguished Professor Award twice, once for teaching and once for research. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences located outside of San Francisco. He is the author of Lifecyles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life, and Dark Night, Early Dark: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind. He has also published numerous articles on consciousness studies, the psychology of mysticism, and near-death studies.
Kathren Murrell Stevenson received her Ph.D. from University of California, Davis in Plant Ecology, and her B.A. from University of Texas at Austin in Biogeography and Botany. Her areas of specialization include Plant Ecology, Environmental Conservation and Restoration, Cultural Ecology, and Yoga. Applying her academic training to hands-on projects in ecology, Kathren served as the Restoration Program Director for the Friends of Sausal Creek (2006-2009), and collaborated with the US Forest Service and the US National Park Service on a number of projects, including the GLORIA mountaintop monitoring project, the SIEN Vital Signs Monitoring Program, and various meadow, forest, and rare plant monitoring projects. Currently she is working on a manuscript detailing the flora of Devils Postpile and is conducting research on people's unique and personal relationships with the plant world.
Blair Carter, who received his PhD (2013) from CIIS, is a certified Permaculture teacher and designer, environmental educator, wilderness guide, and experienced deep ecology workshop leader.