Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading:


1) Mind Before Matter; Visions of a New Science of Consciousness. Edited by Trish Pfeiffer, the late John Mack, MD, and Paul Devereaux. 


This collection includes essays by Christopher Bache, Anne Baring, Amit Goswami, Ervin Laszlo, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Elisabet Sahtouris, Riachard Tarnas and Hank Wesselman.  


Mind Before Matter represents the first concerted salvo in a debate that could affect the worldview held by the modern, dominant culture.


2) A New Renaissance: Transforming Science, Spirit and Society, edited by David Lorimer and Oliver Robinson.  


A New Renaissance diagnoses an urgent need for change and renewal in a period of crisis for philosophy, science and society. The Florentine Renaissance, some six hundred years ago, took a huge leap forward into realism, rationality and self-awareness. It was born out of the waning authority of medieval institutions and beliefs. We stand now at a similar junction in history. It is apparent to many that reductionist science with its materialist values - the worldview that has driven modern culture for the last two centuries - is losing credibility. Its objectives of growth and acquisition, and its guiding principles asserting that there is no intrinsic meaning to life or purpose in the cosmos are now widely seen as creating an unsustainable world.


The essays gathered in A New Renaissance are a cultural response to the failings of the materialist worldview. Contributions in the first part diagnose the sources of the crisis in the current worldview. The second section searches for a new understanding of consciousness and mind, based on findings in new non-materialist philosophy. The third section looks to a renewal of spirituality beyond religion, aiming to recapture the personal depth and connection to the cosmos that materialism denies or ignores. The fourth section examines possible reforms in politics, economics and education to help bring forth a society that can sustain the flourishing of human beings in the globally interconnected world of the twenty-first century.

The following short list of books address the theory and practice of Holotropic Breathwork:


1) The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How they Shape Our Lives, by Stanislav Grof


2) Considering Holotropic Breathwork, by Kylea Taylor


3) Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research, by Stanislav Grof


4) Exploring Holotropic Breathwork: Selected Articles from a Decade of the Inner Door, edited by Kylea Taylor


5) The Breathwork Experience: Exploration and Healing in Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness, by Kylea Taylor


6) The Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in our Professional Healing Relationships, by Kylea Taylor and Jack Kornfield


7) Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-exploration and Therapy by Stan and Christina Grof.


1.) The Association for Holotropic Breathwork International:


2.) Stanislav Grof's personal website:



Centers/Institutes of Affiliation

Karharos House: An integrative approach to addiction recovery.


“Katharos” is a Greek word which means “innocent, clean, free of what is false”.  If you or someone you care about is struggling to resolve a problem with alcohol or drugs, we are here to offer you hope and help.  Our approach to recovery from chemical dependency is truly unique and our program draws from such diverse fields as brain research, integrative medicine, traditional addiction counseling, transpersonal psychology and mind/body therapies. We also incorporate 12 step recovery principles, mindfulness interventions and community based living. By combining "best practices" from a number of related disciplines, we are able to help people recover from chemical dependency and move towards a life of wholeness and wellness.


Executive Director


Brack Jefferys, Ph.D., has been working with individuals, groups and families since 1983. He holds a doctorate in psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Registered Nurse. In addition to his responsibilities as Executive Director of Katharos House, Brack consults with a variety of agencies, primarily in the areas of addiction treatment, clinical supervision and organizational development. He has completed training programs in body-mind approaches at Eupsychia Institute and the Hendricks Institute and is also a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (NC#44). Certified in 1988 by Christina and Stanislav Grof, M.D., in holotropic breathwork, Brack brings his deep commitment to the holotropic perspective into his professional and personal endeavors. He has written and taught extensively on the relationship between mental health, addiction recovery and transpersonal psychology.