Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Grof Studies
Our Doctoral program is open to a spectrum of disciplines and interests, focused around Grof’s extensive lifework and research. It will help you to develop safe and effective practices to explore your own psyche and to support the deep exploration and healing of your clients. We will guide you in pursuing original research for your thesis.
By fostering your own personal growth and education, this program will help you to find your niche in guiding and supporting others and in teaching Grof’s important work in the social and academic worlds.
We will guide you through every stage in the process. You will be required to take several core courses and will also have the freedom to design the rest of your program in consultation with us. Students can select elective courses either from our suggested list or from another training or college. This means that if there is a course you need to take that is offered through another institution, you are free to do so.
Partner Degree Arrangement With Ubiquity University
We have a Partner Degree arrangement with Ubiquity University. We offer all the Grof-specific coursework, for a total of 13 credits, after which students receive a certificate of completion from us. They then top up their degree requirements with Ubiquity University.
Prerequisites: Master's Degree in any field (transcript with proof of graduation is required) or equivalent.
Admissions Process: Complete an initial interview with our Director and Registrar, then submit all materials prior to registering for courses.
The PhD Degree is composed of 60 credits:
Core and elective courses (24 credits)
Dissertation (36 credits) 150 - 250 pages total
Required Core Courses With Us (Grof Studies Graduate Programs) (10 credits):
You will be required to take three core courses. People pay for all courses as they go and payment plans are available.
Grof Studies: Stanislav Grof’s Research in Deep and Effective Psychedelic Therapy and Self-Exploration (Fall 2023)
8-week course beginning October 1, 2023 (11 am - 12:45 pm Pacific time followed by live Q & A)
With Renn Butler, PhD, Jay Dufrechou, PhD, Mari Castle, PhD, and staff TBA
2 academic credits toward a Ubiquity University degree
The Holotropic World View (Winter 2024)
8-week course beginning January 7 (11 am - 12:30 pm Pacific time)
With Renn Butler, PhD, Jay Dufrechou, PhD, Mari Castle, PhD, and guest teachers TBA
This course will explore some of the most profound and influential writings of our time, including major books by Grof.
2 academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree.
Grof® Breathwork Training or Workshops (in-person experiential)
6 academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree. (Payment for these trainings and workshops are made to the event organizers, not to us.)
Partial credit for other breathwork and psychedelic training programs or experiential workshops may also be recognized, on a case-by-case basis.
Elective Courses (3 credits)
An additional 3 credits must be earned through coursework approved by the Director and Registrar. These may include courses offered by us or from other partner teachers, organizations, or colleges.
Here are several courses that we highly recommend:
An In-Depth Exploration of Archetypal and Holotropic Astrology
(Begins September 30, 2023) 22-week online course with Renn Butler, PhD and guest teachers
(Saturdays Noon - 2 pm Pacific time)
5 academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree. This course is also available for non-academic students. For info please see: www.rennbutler.com/uucourse/
*If you have already completed this course with me, you will just need to write a 20-25 page paper and pay an additional $125 tuition.
The Power of Myth and Archetype
4-week online course with Mari Castle, PhD. November 21-December 12th, 2 pm EST.
Joseph Campbell firmly believed myths provide clues to our spiritual potential and that we should trust our inner guidance to understand the meaning of life not based solely on the external world but on the internal as well. Carl Jung's discovery of archetypes as images or symbols help us gain a deeper knowledge of the Self through identification. Together, along with holotropic states of consciousness, these powerful concepts can expand one's perspective to develop a deeper sense of wholeness. Cost: $198 or $150 if paid by October 20th.
1 academic credit toward a Ubiquity degree. For information or to register: https://breathwork9.com/courses/
Dreaming Awake: 4-day Breathwork and River Retreat in Crystal River, FL
January 12th-15th, 2024. Grof Breathwork Facilitators Mari Castle, PhD and Amy Burrell. We will explore our inner and outer nature, to include 4 Grof® Breathwork sessions with an emphasis on integrating nature and archetypal identification. For information or to register: https://breathwork9.com/product/riverretreatcrystalriver/ 2 academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree.
Connecting Nature With Our Inner God and Goddess
4-week on-line course with Mari Castle, PhD in April of 2024. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a literary masterpiece about man’s search for immortality, the confrontation of death, and the destruction of nature. Five thousand years ago the Sumerian culture celebrated the Sacred Marriage fertility rite as a way of symbolically connecting man to the divine. We will explore how the symbolism of these closely connected myths have affected mankind along with C.G. Jung's balance of masculine/feminine, animus/anima principles.
Begins April 3, 2024
For information or to register: www.breathwork9.com/courses/ 1 academic credit toward a Ubiquity degree.
Grof Breathwork Retreat and Pilgrimage in the Coastal Rainforest of Oregon
May 30th-June 2nd, 2024. Grof Breathwork Facilitators A four-day Breathwork retreat in Oregon near the enchanting coastal rainforest of Cape Perpetua. Join us for this nature immersion on the Pacific coast including guided hikes, scenic coastlines and majestic views. For information or to register: https://breathwork9.com/product/breathwork-oregon-coast/ 2academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree.
Subtotal Tuition and Fees:
7 credits x $300 credit (or less) = $2,100
+ $400 administrative fee
= $2,500 tuition to Grof Studies Graduate Courses
Complete this registration form.
And make your administrative payment of $400.
Required Core Courses Through Ubiquity University
As well as completing the 13 academic credits with us (i.e., Grof Studies Graduate Programs), students in the PhD program in Grof Studies must complete 47 credits with Ubiquity University.
The Creative Journey to Dissertation: Finding Your Voice, Making Your Mark (Dates TBA)
Virtual Intensive with Gyorgyi Szabo, PhD and Melissa Pritchard, MFA
4 academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree. $1200
Chartres Academy (July 2 - 8, 2023)
Waves of Love: The Healing Music of the Spheres
Faculty: Heather Ash Amara, Lynn Bell, Apela Colorado, Collette Corcoran, Ruth Cunningham, Chloe Goodchild, Jim Garrison, Clair Hiles, Peter Merry, Paula Petry, Calen Rayne, Banafsheh Sayyad
4 academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree. $2,695. There is also a virtual option for $199 (on top of the $900 for 3 credits)
Great Books (dates TBA)
With Jim Garrison, PhD and Gyorgyi Szabo, PhD
3 academic credits toward a Ubiquity degree. $1,395
*NOTE: You can alternately do these 3 credits with us (Grof Studies Graduate Programs).
Doctoral Dissertation (150 - 250 pages)
36 academic credits
Ubiquity University Tuition and Fees:
Ubiquity fees are $300 per PhD credit x 47 academic credits = $14,100
+ $900 administration fee + $199 extra for the virtual Chartres Cathedral option
(or $1,495 extra for Chartres Cathedral in-person experience)
= $15,199 (subtotal to Ubiquity University)
(will be $16,495 if students choose the in-person Chartres Cathedral experience).
+ $2,500 (subtotal to Grof Studies Graduate Programs)
= $17,699 total for PhD Degree in Grof Studies
(*This does not include additional fees for any Grof® Breathwork workshops you may need or choose to do. It also does not include extra fees, and travel and lodging expenses, for Ubiquity's Chartres Cathedral in-person experience.)
*Ubiquity University also offers a combined MA/PhD option which requires another 8 elective credits on top of the normal PhD. You can also choose to do some of these credits with Grof Studies Degree Programs, i.e., us.
Two Timelines for Pursuing Your PhD Degree
1) The first and ideal option is for you to register both with us (Grof Studies Graduate Programs) and Ubiquity University at the outset. This will enable you to take the important Creative Journey to Dissertation course early on, which will help you to appreciate your course work in the context of your upcoming dissertation. If you sign up for the whole package up front, Ubiquity will offer you a discount of $250 on your first tuition installment to Ubiquity.
2) The second option is for you to do your course work with us (Grof Studies Graduate Programs) and then choose to complete your degree work with Ubiquity University afterward.
Link to the Grof Studies Landing Pages at Ubiquity