Alex Stein, M.A.
Becca Tarnas, Ph.D.
James Moran, B.A.
Lisa Virginia, Ph.D.
Rebecca Farrar, M.A.
Renn Butler, Ph.D. (candidate)
Safron Rossi, Ph.D.
Celebrations for the New and Full Moons
Barbara Yuruvich, B.A.
Christina Hardy, M.A.
Danielle Meyer, M.A.
Dulcie Cardinal, B.A.
Tatiana Hassan, M.A.
General Manager Assistant Manager
Renn Butler James Moran
Board of Advisors
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D.
Stanislav Grof, M.D.
Amber Balk, Ph.D.
Delia Shargel, M.A.
Erica Jones, M.A.
Keiron LeGrice, Ph.D.
Kerri Welch, Ph.D.
Kyle Nicholas, M.A.
Lilly Falconer, M.A.
Maximilian DeArmon, M.A.
Mychal A. Bryan, B.A.
Meet Our Faculty
Alex Stein helps his clients to explore the mythic dimensions of life, supporting their healing and psychospiritual growth. Archetypal astrology allows one to see life itself as a piece of music, a play, a painting, or a poem, and Alex particularly loves to explore these dimensions of life through the astrological lens. In addition to astrology, Alex is a professional composer, pianist, and music teacher. He received his Master's Degree in Music Composition from Mannes College of Music and afterward studied harmony and counterpoint through the European American Musical Alliance at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. Both astrology and music are rich symbolic languages, which bridge the gap between ordinary life and the Great Mystery. His mentors include Keiron LeGrice and personal mythologist Richard Stromer.
Drilling through hidebound patriarchal armoring, one lunation at a time.
Art Granoff is an archetypal astrologer who helps clients to explore their emotional depths. He began his study of astrology in 2010 after hearing Stanislav Grof talk about the correlation between archetypal astrology and holotropic states of consciousness. As well as a weekly segment on ANN, Art offers World Transits Today, a daily video blog exploring the current world transits. He has been practicing meditation for twenty years and is training to be a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. Art is also an audio/video producer in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Guerneville, CA.
Becca Tarnas is a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), with her dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C. G. Jung and J. R. R. Tolkien. Her research interests include depth psychology, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. She teaches at both Pacifica Graduate Institute and CIIS, and is author of the book Journey to the Imaginal Realm: A Reader’s Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Becca lives in Nevada City, California, where she has an astrological counseling practice.
James Moran developed an interest in understanding the fundamental nature of reality and human perception during his adolescence. In 1992, at the age of sixteen, he began studying under pioneering psychedelic researcher Dr. Stan Grof. When James encountered archetypal astrology in 2008, he realized he had been searching his whole life for a language that could capture the depths of existence; in archetypal astrology he discovered that language. In 2009 he began studying archetypal astrology directly under Richard Tarnas. James is now an archetypal astrologer with over a decade of professional experience. His practice is informed by several years spent living in India steeped in the traditions of Vipassana meditation and Iyengar Yoga. His aim in working with his clients is to help them establish a firm understanding of, and connection to, the divine principles behind their lives, so they can blossom spiritually. James is also an author and artist who regularly publishes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.
Lisa Virginia has been studying and practicing astrology since 2012, using a blend of archetypal, holotropic, and evolutionary astrology to help uncover and integrate elements of the unconscious self. She is influenced by Stan Grof, Richard Tarnas, and Jung, and situates her work in depth and transpersonal psychology. Her focus is on helping people uncover their subconscious patterns to better understand themselves and how they interact with others, including post-traumatic growth and moving through difficult periods of burnout. Lisa is dedicated to personal growth and has an active holotropic breathwork and meditation practice. She has also studied the Kabbalah mystic tradition, tarot, and Pranayama breath work for over 20 years. Trained in the natural and social sciences, Lisa has a Master's of Environmental Science from Yale University and a PhD in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She studies environmental narratives, social and environmental justice, and decolonizing science, and brings these themes to her astrological work as well.
Renn Butler studied with Stanislav Grof and Richard Tarnas at the Esalen Institute in California beginning in 1980, and certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 1989. He offers workshops in British Columbia and abroad, as well as archetypal astrology consultations with clients around the world. Renn’s first book, Pathways to Wholeness, about astrology and psychedelic experiences, was published in 2014, followed by The Archetypal Universe in 2018, which focuses on dreams, and The Astrology of Love and Relationships in 2022 about relationships. His nine-month online course in Archetypal and Holotropic Astrology has received enthusiastic reviews. Renn has a B.A. in English and Religious Studies and worked part time as a health care worker with physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged adults for over thirty years. He lives in Victoria, B.C.
Safron Rossi has spent her life steeped in literature, religion and mythology, fields in which she holds her degrees. Her writing and scholarly studies focus on archetypal psychology, astrology, alchemy, goddess traditions, and Greek myth. She is a member of the core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching mainly in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program. Prior to this she was the curator of the Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, and Marija Gimbutas manuscript collections at Opus Archives & Research Center. She is on the faculty at Astrology University, and a tutor at Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology. Her studies in Jungian and archetypal psychology, myth and alchemy informs her astrological work. Safron is editor of Joseph Campbell's Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine (2013), and co-editor of Jung on Astrology (2017). She has published articles in Jungian, archetypal, and astrological journals, and lectures across the US and internationally in Europe, South America and Australia. She lives near San Luis Obispo, California with her husband and two cats.
Board of Advisors
Richard Tarnas is the founding director of the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he currently teaches. Born in 1950 in Geneva, Switzerland, of American parents, he grew up in Michigan, where he received a classical Jesuit education. In 1968 he entered Harvard, where he studied Western intellectual and cultural history and depth psychology, graduating with an A.B. cum laude in 1972. For ten years he lived and worked at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, studying with Stanislav Grof, Joseph Campbell, Gregory Bateson, Huston Smith, and James Hillman, later serving as Esalen’s director of programs and education. He received his Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute in 1976 with a dissertation on LSD psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and spiritual transformation. From 1980 to 1990, he wrote The Passion of the Western Mind, a narrative history of Western thought from the ancient Greek to the postmodern which became a best seller and continues to be a widely used text in universities throughout the world. In 2006, he published Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK. Formerly president of the International Transpersonal Association, he is on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. In addition to his teaching at CIIS, he has been a frequent lecturer at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and gives many public lectures and seminars in the U.S. and abroad.
Stanislav Grof, M.D., PhD is a clinical psychiatrist with over fifty-five years experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic substances and by experiential psychotherapy. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology, and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). He was formerly Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Scholar-In-Residence at the Esalen Institute. Stan and his partner Brigitte Grof are involved in the creation of the international Grof Legacy Training. He is also the author of the books The Way of the Psychonaut, Psychology of the Future, LSD Psychotherapy, Beyond the Brain, The Cosmic Game, When the Impossible Happens, The Ultimate Journey, Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art, and co-author with Christina Grof of Holotropic Breathwork, The Stormy Search for the Self, Spiritual Emergency, and Beyond Death.
Amber Balk is a transpersonal educator, researcher, and independent consultant specializing in dreamwork, astrology, and expanded states of consciousness. She provides individual and group psychospiritual support through private sessions, workshops, global retreats, online courses, and Transpersonal Community Action training. Amber is a graduate of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology & an MA in Women's Spirituality. Amber's path is one that veered away from mainstream psychological approaches toward more radical applied transpersonal & feminist approaches that emphasize everyday transformative living, ecological awareness, and social change. www.transpersonalsessions. com
Delia Shargel - bio coming
Erica Jones, M.A. is a lover of wisdom, a guide, and a teacher and has used the languages of astrology since 2006, primarily through the lens of archetypal astrology. Guided by love, compassion and an open heart, her path has brought her into deep conversation with the living Earth and sky. Carrying perspectives from her adventures in ecopsychology, mythology, depth psychology, dreamwork, Buddhism and systemic (family) constellations, Erica invites us to imagine what it looks like to belong to the sacred stories of the Earth.
Keiron Le Grice is a professor of depth psychology in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses on archetypes, individuation, alchemy, synchronicity, and the history of depth psychology. Keiron also teaches in the Engaged Humanities and Creative Life program. He was educated at the University of Leeds, England (B.A.) and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion). He is the author of five books––The Archetypal Cosmos, Discovering Eris, The Rebirth of the Hero, Archetypal Reflections, and the forthcoming memoir The Lion Will Become Man. He is also co-editor of Jung on Astrology, a compilation of Jung’s writings on this topic. He is the founder and former co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, now serving as senior editorial advisor, and in 2016 he co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) with colleagues in the U.S. and the U.K.
Kerri Welch is a philosopher of time, a professor, writer, and astrologer living in Austin, Texas. Her forthcoming book The Texture of Time: A Fractal Topology explores the science of temporal perception via neurology and the physics of time against a backdrop of personal narrative, natural history, and the evolution of consciousness. Kerri teaches courses on sacred geometry, modern physics, and the science of temporal perception at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She taught philosophy for business doctoral students through the University of Phoenix’s School of Advanced Studies for six years, as well as tutoring students of all ages. She also offers astrological consultations. Kerri holds a PhD in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. Her first book A Fractal Topology of Time: Deepening into Timelessness looks at the interactions between time and timelessness in human experience and in physical descriptions of reality. A sixth generation central Texan, Kerri enjoys Austin’s natural beauty through trail running, swimming, biking, and paddling.
Kyle Nicholas - bio coming
Lilly Falconer is an archetypal astrologer, integral intersectional feminist, writer, activist, artist, program coordinator, and doctoral student of archetypal cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. Lilly is a cis, white woman of settler-colonial ancestry raised in Coast Miwok territory (Sonoma Valley, California). Her doctoral focus is on the planetary archetype of Pluto and she writes, works, and offers remote astrological consultations out of her home at the edge of the woods in California’s Bay Area.
Maximilian DeArmon is a filmmaker and planetary advocate whose mission is to facilitate global transformation through educational and creative projects. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies on archetypal and evolutionary cosmology. Max produced and co-wrote the documentary The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People, and is currently a producer on Changing of the Gods, which focuses on archetypal astrology and world history. Max has also published articles in Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, Being Human, and Huffington Post, which focus respectively on the evolution of consciousness, education, and environmental activism.
Mychal A. Bryan is a professional certified astrologer, multidisciplinary hypnotherapist/healer, and broadcast journalist practicing in Nassau, Bahamas. He has been a lifelong student of the Western Mystery Tradition, emphasizing in Kabbalah, Tarot, Hermeticism, and Pre-Socratic Philosophy. He is the founder of the Oraculos School of Astrology (OSA), and The Oraculos Podcast. At OSA he offers private mentorship, professional development courses for seasoned practitioners, as well as a full two-year Excellence in Astrology program.