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Jorge N Ferrer, Ph.D., holds a degree of Lic. Psicologia Clinica (1991) from the University of Barcelona (Spain), where he carried out doctoral research on the electrophysiology of Soto Zen meditation. Formerly the chair of the EWP department, he has been a fellow of "La Caixa" Foundation, a research fellow of the Catalonian Council, and an ERASMUS scholar at the University of Cardiff, Wales (United Kingdom).
Ferrer is the author of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality (SUNY Press, 2002) and Participation and the Mystery: Transpersonal Essays in Psychology, Education, and Religion (SUNY Press, forthcoming), as well as the co-editor of The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008).
His writings have also appeared in The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Journal of Transformative Education, Studies in Holistic Education, Journal of Holistic Psychology, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, ReVision: The Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, The Scientific and Medical Network Review, The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Transpersonal Psychology Review, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Kosmos: An Integral Approach to Global Awakening, and Tikkun: Politics, Spirituality, Culture, among other publications. He currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, ReVision, Spirituality and Health International, Journal of Holistic Psychology, The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, The Journal of Transpersonal Research, and Transpersonal Psychology Review.
A leading scholar on Transformative Practices and Integral Epistemology at the Esalen Center for Theory and Research, California, he also served as member of the Planning Committee of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's BASE (Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement).
Ferrer teaches courses on transpersonal studies, East-West psychology, embodied spiritual inquiry, comparative mysticism, integral development, theoretical research, and spiritual perspectives on sexuality and relationships, as well as offers workshops, seminars, and presentations on integral spirituality and education both nationally and internationally. Featured in The Journal of Transformative Education, Religion & Education, and Journal of Holistic Education, his participatory integral pedagogy is the focus of Yoshiharu Nakagawa and Yoshiko Matsuda’s Transformative Inquiry: An Integral Approach (Kyoto, Japan: Institute of Human Sciences, 2010), an anthology of writings based on Ferrer’s teaching at Ritsumekian University, Kyoto.
In 2000, Ferrer received the Fetzer Institute’s Presidential Award for his seminal work on consciousness studies. Since 2003 he is an advisor to the Salamander Fund for the Advanced Study of Consciousness, and in 2009 he became an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United Nations on a research project aimed at solving global interreligious conflict. He was born in Barcelona, Spain.