Welcome to the Grof Foundation Open Space

I believe that the best way to ensure quality of training, and remove obstacles to expansion,
of the work that Christina and I created is to have an open process of community consultation,
such as the Grof Foundation is proposing. I invite you to join the conversation.

Stan Grof, August 1, 2015

The Stanislav and Christina Grof Foundation Visioning event on October 26, 2014 at the Women's Building in San Francisco was an Open Space creative explosion by the 60 persons who participated. You can find a summary of the discussions, plus additional comments posted later online, here.

The most active and passionate discussions concerned the future of training in all forms of work derived from the principles of Stan and Christina Grof, such as Holotropic Breathwork, psychedelic sitting, and spiritual emergency support. How can we expand opportunities? How can we make this affordable? How can we guarantee quality?

On August 1, 2015, the Grof Foundation posted the following general concept of a possible way forward to address these needs (below) as well as 11 sub-topics or questions for community comment and discussion. Participation in the discussion was open to anyone who joined this site.

Over the 6 week discussion period, lasting until September 15, 2015, exactly 100 comments were posted, expressing a broad range of points-of-view, including arguments for and against the proposal, or providing other information or commentary.

The discussion is now closed to new comments.

An update on the results of the discussion and the way forward for the Grof Foundation is posted as an announcement on the Grof Foundation web site.

Here is the essence of the approach envisioned by the Grof Foundation that served as the beginning point for the discussion:

Rather than provide facilitator training, the Grof Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, would take on administrative responsibility for the accreditation of those training organizations that wish to be part of this community of quality. Actual decisions about accreditation would be made by an independent Quality Council, the first members of which would be directly appointed by Stan. The Grof Foundation would then be responsible for implementing the decisions of this independent Quality Council, and for providing the infrastructure necessary to ensure the quality, visibility and accessibility.

An accreditation structure such as this—clearly defined, transparent, and publicly accountable—is standard practice for most professional associations. As a working model, we have been specifically inspired by the structures used by many therapeutic and medical associations, as well as the comprehensive model recently developed by the International Coach Federation.

We believe this kind of structure is particularly valuable because it puts a clear division between the accrediting organization, on one hand, and the training organizations, on the other hand—a division that is vitally important for stability, continuity, ethics, and accountability..

The Grof Foundation did not restrict or edit content of this discussion in any way.

See the Accreditation discussion topics and read the discussion comments here.