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28th September – 1st October 2017

Beyond materialism – Towards wholeness

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming International Transpersonal Conference will take place on 28 September– 1 October 2017 on the premises of the Top Hotel in the magic city of Prague.

In terms of transpersonal psychology, this year is very significant in several respects. First and foremost, it has been 50 years since transpersonal psychology was founded as an independent field. It has been 25 years since the International Transpersonal Conference was held in our country. And this very year, the Czech Republic will yet again become the host country of this unique global meeting. Following on the tradition of large international transpersonal gatherings, we will meet once again, under the auspices of Stanislav Grof (key speaker) and the title “Beyond Materialism – Towards Wholeness”, in order to enrich each other and discuss the progress made in the field of psychology, spirituality, psychedelics & consciousness.

We will introduce lectures held by transpersonal pioneers (Stan Grof, Paul Grof, John Rowan, Vladimir Maykov), psychedelic leaders (Charles Grob, Rick Doblin, Janis Phelps), prominent thinkers (Ervin Laszlo, Richard Tarnas, Peter Russell), psychologists, psychiatrists and parapsychologists (David and Christel Lukoff, Etzel Cardeña, Sandra Harner, Dean Radin, Jenny Wade, Eduardo Luna, Regina Hess), world famous artists (Alex and Allyson Grey) and many other outstanding speakers, for whom spirituality is not an unknown expression and consciousness is not just a part of the brain.

The Call for Abstracts of ITC 2017 has been opened and we invite scholars, researchers, students and practitioners of the disciplines falling within the spectrum of its 7 thematic tracks to submit their applications by 30 April 2017, using the following link:

The conference website is:

The organizers of the conference include the Czech Transpersonal Association, Transpersonal Centre HOLOS, the Club of Budapest Czech Republic and the Czech Psychedelic Society, in cooperation with the EUROTAS (European Transpersonal Association), CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) and ITA (International Transpersonal Association).



4th to 7th September 2015

Blossoming of Awareness, Awakening the Heart:
Embracing Spirituality Across Science, Philosophy, Arts and Tradition

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The IX ALUBRAT International Congress gathers researchers from Brazil, Portugal, United States, England, France, Germany, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, and South Africa. For the first time the most important transpersonal associations such as: ITA (International Transpersonal Association), EUROTAS (European Transpersonal Association), ATP (Association for Transpersonal Psychology), ATI (Asociación Transpersonal Iberoamericana), and ABRAPET (Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Ensino Transpessoal) join together in Salvador, know as “The African cultural capital of Brazil”.


  • To explore the potential of spirituality for the awakening of human consciousness in the knowledge of science, philosophy, arts and tradition;
  • To broaden the dialogue between professionals, researchers and students about the transpersonal approach in the several contexts of its expression in Brazil and around the world;
  • To promote trans-disciplinary approach as an epistemological guiding field for the discussion about consciousness and its blooming;
  • To stimulate the discussion about the academic insertion of several transpersonal disciplines;
  • To provide experiences and reflections that awaken the spirituality and love, promoting genuine individual and collective transformations.

Main Topics:

  • The contribution of the Integrative Transpersonal Approach (ITA) for the movement of integration and transformation of Consciousness in Brazil: 20 years of history.
  • Integrate to transform: dialogues between the great spiritual traditions and scientific thoughts of nowadays.
  • Studies of Consciousness: from Neurosciences to anomalous phenomena.
  • Valuing education: the perennial values and the contemplative practices in the learning environment.
  • Complementary and integrative practices in the context of public and private health in Brazil and in the world.
  • Spirituality and transformation: the healing and caring of the Being.
  • Transpersonal Psychology and other contemporary approaches in psychology: different expressions of the same vision of man?
  • Organizations and transpersonal approach: aligning companies and business leaders to the New Consciousness.
  • Are culminating experiences likely to be achieved by everyone?
  • The Visionary Art and spiritual experiences.
  • Awareness, relations with the Sacred and the everyday.
  • The awakening of loveliness and Social transformations.


Stanislav Grof (Czech Republic), Stanley Krippner (USA), Harry Hunt (USA), Vera Saldanha (Brazil), Mario Simões (Portugal), Bernadette Blin (France), Harris Friedman (USA), Les Lancaster (UK), Elias Capriles (Venezuela), Andre van der Braak (Holland), Zana Marovic (South Africa), Rosemarie Anderson (USA), Steven Schmitz (USA), Frank Echenhoffer (USA), Kiran Kumar K. Salagame, (India), Roman Gonzalvo (Spain), Alexander Moreira Almeida (Brazil), Wellington Zangari (Brazil), Ronilda Ribeiro (Brazil), Katya Stubing (Brazil), Jean Yves Leloup (France), Glenn Hartelius (USA), Virginia Gawel (Argentina), Kaiulu Yawalapiti Kamaíurá (Brazil), Divaldo Franco (Brazil), Marlos Bezerra (Brazil), Aurino Lima (Brazil), José Clerton de Oliveira Martins (Brazil), Father Antônio Douglas de Moraes (Brazil), Kaká Werá Jacupe (Brazil), Francisco Di Biase (Brazil), Julio Peres (Brazil), Luiz Eduardo Berni (Brazil).

Event location: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil


Formating of Transpersonal Association of Ibero-America (ATI)

Recently, the Asociación Transpersonal Iberoamericana (ATI), the Transpersonal Association of the whole of Ibero-America, was constituted. The ATI Board members are:

ARGENTINA: Virginia Gawel (Universidad Maimónides / Centro Transpersonal de Buenos Aires); Daniel Taroppio (Escuela de Psicología Transpersonal-Integral) and Mariana Attwell González (Universidad Austral).

BRASIL: Vera Saldanha (Asociación Luso-Brasileña Transpersonal) and María Cristina M. de Barros (Asociación Luso-Brasileña Transpersonal).

CHILE: Héctor Bazán Álvarez (Universidad del Pacífico).

COLOMBIA: Juan Diego Duque Martínez.

ECUADOR: Jaime Costales (Universidad San Francisco de Quito).

SPAIN: Manuel Almendro (Oxígeme: Centro para una Psicología de la Consciencia);  Román Gonzalvo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Íker Puente (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona).

MÉXICO: Ana María González Garza (INIDH-Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Desarrollo Humano); Héctor Sevilla (Universidad Antropológica de Guadalajara) and Irma Azomoza (Instituto Universitario Transpersonal).

PERÚ: Eduardo Gastelumendi (Asociación Psiquiátrica Peruana).

PORTUGAL: Vitor Rodrigues (European Transpersonal Association).

VENEZUELA: Elias Capriles (Universidad de Los Andes [en Mérida, Venezuela]).


The 1st International Transpersonal Conference: Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia

July 31st – August 2nd, 2015



The First International Conference in Indonesia for Humanities and Transpersonal Psychology at Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia will be a 3-day interpersonal based conference, with a special topics theme of “Self-Transformation and Cultural Experience”. The major emphasis of the presentation will be on transformative education and experiential learning. Dedicated to the emerging global pedagogies, this conference will bring together academic and public educators to share their experiences of transformational teaching in their culturally diverse learning communities. We will examine the models of whole person learning on undergraduate and graduate levels, the values and methodological approaches, the student-teacher relationship and other components of successful education with regard to humanities and psychology. Developed on the heels of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychological approach to education will be at the center of our attention

The call for papers extended to June 30th, 2015 and selected proposals will be considered for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. Keynote and invited speakers: Olga Louchakova, Margret Rueffler, Harris Friedman, Zana Marovic, Patrick Koga, Steven Schmitz, Jorge N. Ferrer, Kelly Howlles, Andris Tebecis, Loius Downs.

The conference is co-organized by: Light Inspired Transformations Community (Redwood City, CA, USA) and Udayana University (Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia). The conference is co-sponsored by Sofia University (Palo Alto, CA), California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) (San Francisco, CA), the Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS), and the International Transpersonal Association (ITA).

The cost of attendance will include opening dinner and lunch during the conference. An optional retreat will be offered from August 3-5, which will include meditation/yoga in Ubud (Bali) and guided tour of Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple (Java).

6th EUROTAS Conference: 1st to 5th October 2014, Crete, Greece

6th EUROTAS conference in collaboration with the ATP (Association for Transpersonal Psychology) and the ITA (International Transpersonal Association) at Pilot Beach Resort, Georgioupolis on the island of Crete.

6th EUROTAS Conference, Pilot Beach Resort

6th EUROTAS Conference, Pilot Beach Resort

Metamorphosis: Disintegration, Integration, Conscious Living

At the core of our transpersonal vision lies the idea of metamorphosis, the ability of individuals, cultures, and organizations to transcend the limited sphere of mind associated with the ego, and to live in ways that incorporate a richer and more interconnected consciousness. Metamorphosis teaches us of the progression through disintegration to reintegration, a lesson of immense importance in our day as systems collapse globally. Transpersonal Psychology brings together the profound lessons from mythic and mystical systems of thought with the rigor of psychological science to address these issues. We are interested in a multi-disciplinary global collaboration that explores the best of research, scholarship, education, and practice having a transpersonal orientation. We invite academics, psychotherapists, educationalists, and other specialists to submit presentations related in the broadest sense to the theme of metamorphosis. We welcome proposals for all appropriate forms of presentation, including research-based papers, workshops, multi-media events.


Annual conference of the British Psychological Society Section of Transpersonal Psychology

10th – 12th October 2014, UK.

Contextualising Mindfulness: Between the sacred and the secular

From being topics at the margins of psychology fifteen years ago, meditation and mindfulness have spectacularly entered the mainstream over recent years. In terms of research and applicability their rise has been exponential. For those of us who have had long-standing interest in spiritual practices, these developments are to be welcomed. The question to be addressed in this conference, however, concerns the context of mindfulness practice within the spectrum from sacred to secular. To what extent is mindfulness practice as promulgated in therapeutic and social contexts true to its roots in the spiritual traditions? Have the bounds of the term ‘spiritual’ become so elastic as to be of little value? What impact is the widespread incorporation of what is at core a spiritual practice having on contemporary society? And is the popularization of meditation practice leading to a distortion of the root traditions from which it has been extracted? These are the kinds of questions that we believe to be critical as we move forwards beyond the mere acceptance of mindfulness and its health benefits towards a potential re-alignment of spiritual and transpersonal goals in contemporary society.

For more information please contact the Section secretary, Dr Elliot Cohen at


Transpersonal Training: Tuning the Self of The Therapist & Integrative Psychotherapy

5th – 6th April 2014, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa

Tuning the Self of The Therapist & Integrative Psychotherapy, Forum Homini

Tuning the Self of The Therapist & Integrative Psychotherapy, Forum Homini

This weekend’s training will rejuvenate your body, inspire your clinical practice and nurture your soul. Join us for a stimulating weekend workshop with Dr Zana Marovic (South Africa) & Prof Harris Friedman (USA). Your senses will be re-awakened by Forum Homini Eco-Lodge’s unspoiled beauty and your taste buds will be aroused by the tantalizing meals of the award winning Roots Restaurant.

About The Workshop

Integrative psychotherapy acknowledges there is no one truth but rather different therapeutic modalities that have greater or lesser relevance depending on the nature of our clients and what they are hoping to achieve through therapy. We will discuss aspects of Eastern, Western and African indigenous psychological and spiritual cosmology aimed at integrating the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life. You will have an opportunity to dialogue with colleagues of diverse orientations, experience and learn about holistic approaches, discuss therapeutic applications of breath, mindfulness and exceptional human experiences as well as reflect on ethical and cross-cultural aspects of integrative practice.

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Forum Homini Participants with Zana
Lunch time! Participants during a lunch break with Harris


Consciousness in Transformation: spirituality and transpersonal and integrative practices

30-31 May 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Luso Brazilian Transpersonal Association (ALUBRAT) Pre-International Transpersonal Conference, at São Camilo University in São Paulo, under the theme: Consciousness in Transformation: spirituality and transpersonal and integrative practices. A video link may be available for parts of this event.

(NB The major international conference for which this is a lead-in event will be in Águas de Lindóia, São Paulo from 4 to 7 September 2015.)