Best Foreign Documentary at the First Hermetic Film Festival in Venice, Italy
A Documentary on Stanislav Grof’s Journey of Consciousness…
The Way of the Psychonaut: Stanislav Grof’s Journey of Consciousness announces its highly-anticipated VOD release for October 14, 2020. The feature length documentary explores the life and work of Stanislav Grof, Czech-born psychiatrist and psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer. Stan’s quest for knowledge, and insights into the healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness, provides a roadmap for how humanity might navigate these unprecedented times.
The seamless blending of historic footage and re-enactments tells Stan’s story, from the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Prague, to his arrest by the communist regime, and his eventual disillusionment as a “fresh baked psychiatrist” forced to administer hundreds of electroshock therapies and insulin comas weekly. Everything changed after his life-altering first LSD session, and the expansion of his work over the past 60 years continues to impact us today.
Albert Hoffman called Stan the Godfather of LSD. For Esalen Institute co-founder, Michael Murphy, Stan is the throughline – one of the few who maintained interest in the therapeutic possibility of psychedelics when others changed focus. Murphy notes that the current psychedelic renaissance wouldn’t be possible without Stan’s diligence. In fact, most of the researchers and policy experts driving the current efforts credit his discoveries and insights.
Stan Grof’s journey from a materialist scientist into an explorer of the human psyche eventually brought him to the US and the Esalen Institute, where he served as Scholar-in-Residence for 14 years. During his time there he invited consciousness luminaries representing a broad range of disciplines to share their insights – the techniques they introduced rippled out into the rest of the country and beyond. The Way of the Psychonaut recounts this story with powerful imagery and a hypnotic soundtrack that draws the viewer in, while elements from filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais’ personal story demonstrate the healing potential of Dr. Grof’s work.
“The best film created to date on the life and work of Dr. Stanislav Grof. His work is represented with great clarity, which is rare in film … Two thumbs up and required viewing for students of Grof’s work.”
Joe Moore, co-founder of Psychedelics Today
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