Nov 24, 2025

Dr.Tim Read

Tim is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author based in London. After degrees in neuroscience and medicine, he was consultant liaison psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital for 20 years also heading the crisis intervention service and developing psychological treatments for psychiatric emergencies. He held posts of Clinical Director and Director of Training. He is a Fellow of the RCPsych and a member of the Institute of Group Analysis.
He was drawn to psychiatry by the work of C.G.Jung and has completed trainings in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (IGA) and transpersonal psychology with Stanislav Grof (GTT). He has been a certified facilitator of holotropic breathwork since 2007. Tim is extensively involved in training and supervision and feels passionately that these substances should be used with compassion and skill so that the formative wounds that underpin so much of our individual and collective distress may become more available for healing. He is extensively involved in clinical research of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and with Maria Papaspyrou is co-facilitating the Depth Relational Process IPT 2 year training.

Tim is author of Walking Shadows: Archetype and Psyche in Crisis and Growth and co-editor with Jules Evans of Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency and co-editor with Maria Papaspyrou of Psychedelics and Psychotherapy published in 2021.

GTT Module - "Spiritual Emergency-Supporting unexpected Challenges in non-ordinary states of Consciousness" - Assisi Italy - 24th-29th November 2025 with TIM READ

A mandatory Module but for everyone is welcome - Modulo obbligatorio per il percorso di formazione ma aperto a tutti.

La guarigione e la trasformazione possono talvolta comportare momenti di sfida in cui ci sentiamo destabilizzati, in particolare quando seguiamo un percorso che prevede esperienze in Stati Non Ordinari di Coscienza. Questi momenti di crisi sono stati intesi come psicosi o regressione psicologica da alcuni e come opportunità e grandi svolte da altri. 

Stan e Christina Grof hanno coniato il termine "Emergenza spirituale" per riferirsi a questi stati. Qual è la differenza tra psicosi ed emergenza spirituale? Come dovremmo sostenere le persone che le attraversano? 

Nel corso di questo modulo, ci immergeremo nelle molteplici manifestazioni e nella complessità che talvolta colorano il viaggio di trasformazione individuale. Attraverso un'esplorazione attenta, cercheremo di comprendere le radici di queste difficoltà, al fine di individuare gli approcci più efficaci per accompagnare e sostenere tali processi intensi. L'obiettivo è quello di adottare uno sguardo compassionevole e non giudicante, nel tentativo di offrire un sostegno che risuoni con l'autenticità e la profondità di questi momenti cruciali nella vita di un individuo. 

In questo modulo tratteremo i seguenti argomenti: 

1) Il concetto di Emergenza Spirituale e l`Emergenza Spirituale. 

2) I vari tipi di Emergenza spirituale descritti da Stan e Christina Grof. 

3) Le prospettive contemporanee sulle Emergenze Spirituali, come si incontrano nelle attuali forme di terapia psichedelica, nelle esperienze sciamaniche e nel lavoro esperienziale. 

4) Le diverse sfide che gli individui possono affrontare dopo esperienze difficili in stati non-ordinari di coscienza 

5) Distinzione tra stati patologici e trasformativi.

6) Approcci per affrontare i diversi scenari delle emergenze spirituali e dell'integrazione.

All'interno di ciascun modulo del Grof Transpersonal Training, si riserva uno spazio dedicato all'esperienza diretta e alla guarigione. I partecipanti avranno l'opportunità di partecipare a due sessioni di Respirazione Olotropica in qualità di respiranti e a due sessioni in qualità di sitter (accompagnatori). Inoltre saranno dedicati tempo e risorse per integrare appieno l'intera esperienza. Non è richiesta alcuna esperienza pregressa nella Respirazione Olotropica, tuttavia è necessario compilare un breve questionario confidenziale ai fini ella partecipazione. 


Healing and transformation can sometimes imply challenging moments in which we feel destabilized, particularly when following a path that involves experiences in Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness.
These moments of crises have been understood as psychosis or psychological regression by some and as opportunities and major breakthroughs by others. Stan and Christina Grof coined the term "Spiritual Emergency" to refer to such states. What is the difference between psychosis and a Spiritual Emergency? How should we support people going through them?
In this module, we will explore the different challenging manifestations that people sometimes go through in their journeys of transformation. We aim to understand the reasons that lead to such difficulties and identify the best approaches to support these intense processes from a non-judgmental and caring perspective.

In this module, we will cover the following topics:
1) The concept of Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency.
2) The various types of Spiritual Emergencies as described by Stan and Christina Grof.
3) Contemporary perspectives on Spiritual Emergencies, as encountered in current forms of psychedelic therapy, shamanic experiences, and experiential work.
4) Diverse challenges that individuals may face after difficult experiences in Non-Ordinary States
5)Distinguishing between pathological and transformational states.
6) Approaches to addressing different scenarios in Spiritual Emergencies and integration

On every module of Grof Transpersonal Training there is also experiential and healing part. Participants have 2 sessions of Holotropic Breathwork as a breathers and 2 as a sitters. There will be also time and tools for integrating the whole experience.
It is not necessary to have previous experience in Holotropic Breathworh, but is required to complete a brief confidential questionnaire.


Thomas Liska

Facilitator and Organiser

Thomas Liska is GTT Europe Direktor and together with Sonja Busch founder of the Holotropic Association of Europe with extensive experience working in Ukraine, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain,...

Sonja Busch

Teacher and Facilitator

Sonja is GTT Europe Coordinator and Founder of the European Association for Holotropic Breathwork. She works in private practice as Bowen Body Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. Specialised...

Alessandro Pacco

Facilitator and Organiser

Bioenergetic and etno-clinical psychotherapist, GTT certified facilitator, workshops organizer.

Michele Metelli

Facilitator and Organiser

Dott. Michele Metelli Therapeutic Orientation: Transpersonal psychology, gestalt-therapy, archetypical psychology About Statement: A warm, peaceful and respectful setting for those that need to ex...

Alessandra Spagnoli

Facilitator and Organiser

Alessandra is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator, Psychedelic Integration Specialist, Workshops Organizer and NARM trainee. Co-founder of Holotropic Italy...


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Mandatory Training Module Early bird price for the GTT Module is € 950 payment - the latest 6 weeks before the module starts.

Regular price is € 1100.

Participants from non-EU countries do not pay a 20% VAT, and this 20% will be deducted. Registered EU companies with a valid VAT number will receive an invoice free of VAT if the VAT number is provided during registration. Retroactive changes are not possible.

People coming from Poland, Ukraine and other low-income countries can contact us to have some discount.

Please note that the hotel accommodation cost is not included in the seminar fee and should be paid directly to the venue. The hotel room prices are as follows:

Single Room: €125 per person
Double Room: €105 per person
Triple Room: €89 per person
Quadruple/Quintuple Room: €75 per person
The price includes full board with ample coffee/tea breaks.

Extra nights can be booked (before and after the module's start) by contacting the hotel directly. You will find all the necessary information in the confirmation email following your registration.



The cancellation fee is always EUR 180 ink.20%VAT,- for a Module.

If you cancel the module within 30 days before the course, the course fee will not be refunded, but could be applied to any other module or workshop with the Holotropic Association Austria (minus the cancellation fee).
If you cancel the workshop more than a month in advance the total amount minus 180,- EUR cancellation fee will be refunded.
If the organization should cancel the event due to any reason, the entire amount paid for the course will be refunded to the participants. Please note: The organisation will not take any responsibility for any additional expenses the cancellation may cause to the participant such as for example travel expenses.