Dr. Regina Hess

Lead of MIND Amsterdam Office

Regina U. Hess, PhD, is a nurse, clinical psychologist, integrative Gestalt and transpersonal psychotherapist, supervisor, and researcher. She holds a joint PhD in transpersonal transcultural psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California, USA, and the Center for Qualitative Research and Performative Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK. She has authored various international journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited books. Regina is the founder/director of the “Ase World Forum – Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science”, which investigates ancient transcultural healing modalities and promotes their integration into modern interventions, research, and education.

She is faculty at international educational institutes (India, China, USA, Europe) and is in the core team of the International Institute for Consciousness Exploration and Psychotherapy, Freiburg, Germany. Regina is a speaker at international conferences. Her other positions include membership in the Board of Directors of the European Transpersonal Association and the International Transpersonal Association. She is co-founder of the EUROTAS Division for Transpersonal Research and of the Transpersonal Research Network. She co-organizes/co-facilitates annual global Transpersonal Symposia and Conferences, and the biennale Transpersonal Research Colloquium. She is a member of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy. Regina is co-founder and lead of the of the ‘Amsterdam Office, NL, and head of the ‘Transpersonal Practice and Research Section’, of the MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science, Berlin, Germany.

What is your motivation to contribute to MIND?

My motivation is to contribute to the MIND Foundation’s visionary initiative interdisciplinary global research and transpersonal social activism. I do this in the form of concrete projects in collaboration with individuals and organizations working in this field. My particular interest is the advancement of our understanding about the co-evolutionary relationship between nature and humans. Practically, this can be achieved through the integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness and the use of consciousness-expanding methods. This will contribute to a culture of consciousness and gradually to a health care r(e)volution, in which healing in the sense of experiencing wholeness plays an important role.

Where should psychedelic science be in 10 years?

Consciousness-expanding practices, induced both endogenously and exogenously, have been used for thousands of years by cultures around the world. They had been a key element in ritual applications for initiation, and to enhance and assist spiritual and psychological development, healing and wellbeing, as well as cultural and artistic expression. But what are their roles in post-modern societies? How can we utilize the benefits and minimize the risks of such practices? What I envision as the achievement of the interdisciplinary psychedelic science field within the next 10 years – is a revival and integration of such practices into the daily life of many people. On a societal and cultural level, the goal of such a psychedelic-science-assisted ‘life practice’ is to support the unfolding of our full human potential and to foster human development and evolution towards wholeness and balance. Growing change from the roots up takes time, patience, focus, intention, co-creation, collaboration, and a global community. It requires of all of us cooperation over competition.

What is the main challenge for an organisation like MIND?

A Western (Euro-American-centric) scientific focus has both great potential for making new contributions to knowledge and inherent limitations as a result of its overemphasis on rational and linear knowledge only and a possibly reductionist understanding of evidence-based practices. The challenge is to establish complementary ways of gaining knowledge such as mindfulness, shamanic journeying or sound-induced altered states of consciousness, and raising the understanding of such methods in the scientific community. Building an organization like the MIND Foundation involves a balancing of the rational with trans-rational knowledge in human life. It includes the critical dialogue between the academic and non-academic ways of being, thinking and communicating—and a deeper understanding and integration of a feminine perspective. Furthermore, I see a need to engage into evocative, artistic and complementary ways of disseminating scientific knowledge to achieve social impact through outreach to a general public.

Sergio Pérez Rosal

Director of the MIND Academy and Co-Director of the Therapy, Development and Public Health Department (TDP)

Sergio is a medical doctor graduated from the University of Hamburg (Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf) currently working in intensive care, anesthesiology and emergency care. He has been a teacher for medical students in the subjects emergencies and anesthesiology at the Asklepios Medical School. He is also periodically giving courses to medical doctors on sonographic interventions and diagnostic at the University Hospital in Hamburg. While studying he spent a year doing fundamental research on pancreatic, hepatic and breast cancer in the laboratory. He is also one of the basic life support teachers and at his hospital.