[New York, NY, October 9, 2020] - 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, M.D., Ph.D., Czech-born psychiatrist and psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer. Stan’s quest for knowledge, and insights into the healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness, provide 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 first LSD session, a life-altering experience, and the expansion of his work over the past 60 years continues to impact us today.
"The best film created to date on the life and work of Dr. Stanislav Grof. ...Two thumbs up and required viewing for students of Grof's work." Joe Moore, Co-Founder of Psychedelics Today
Albert Hofmann called Stan the Godfather of LSD. For Esalen Institute Co-Founder, Michael
Murphy, Stan is the through-line for psychedelic medicines - one of the few who maintained interest in their therapeutic possibility when others changed focus. Murphy notes that the current psychedelic renaissance wouldn’t be possible without Stan’s diligence. In fact, many
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 United States 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, as 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.
Best Foreign Documentary at the First Hermetic Film Festival in Venice, Italy
“The Way of the Psychonaut documentary humanizes Stan in a way that no other format can accomplish...educational and delightful to watch.” Rick Doblin Ph.D., Executive Director, MAPS
Contact: Susan Hess Logeais Connect@TheWayofthePsychonaut.com