Regina Hess

Regina U. Hess, PhD





Dr. Regina U. Hess lives near The Hague, Netherlands, and works globally. She is a clinical psychologist from Germany and holds a joint Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology (USA) and embodied phenomenology (UK). She is a body-centered Gestalt psychotherapist, creative therapist, transpersonal psychotherapist, and supervisor. Regina has a broad experience in humanitarian fieldwork and research on global health issues. She is the founder/director of the ASE World Forum, Ancient Wisdom meets Modern Science, a specialist in working on the transformation of pre- and peri-natal, individual, and collective/transgenerational/transcultural trauma and the integration of the therapeutic-shamanic use of altered states of consciousness, with a specific focus on integrating Deep Ecology/Deep Feminine Principles, including sacred intimacy and sexuality, and women’s councils.

Regina is faculty at international universities such as the Alef Trust, UK, and transpersonal educational institutes and is an independent researcher. Dr. Regina U. Hess is on the Board of Directors of the EUROTAS Global Transpersonal Network and the International Transpersonal Association and is Vice President of the European Transpersonal Association. She co-founded the international Transpersonal Research Network and the EUROTAS Transpersonal Research. She is a member of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy and the psychedelic psychotherapy training team and co-developer/facilitator of the MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science ‘Beyond Experience Integration Program.’ Regina recently founded the global initiative Birthing an Ancient Future  – Temple of the Peoples – Multidisciplinary Psychedelic Council – From and to all Directions – For all Relations  – bridging ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychedelic science with art and nature immersion.

Research interests

Regina’s research interests are in the widest sense around healing, transformation, and awakening processes within an expanded framework integrating dimensions of body-mind-spirit, culture, ecology, and art with multimodal approaches drawing on somatics, transpersonal psychology, art and Nature, body-oriented and heart-centered mindfulness approaches; and the whole spectrum of entheogenic applications and psychedelic therapy. The overarching interest is to co-create conscious ways of living to create a new harmony and balance as humans on Earth for the further evolution of humanity towards homo spiritualis based on the concept of interconnectedness and acknowledging all as sacred – towards a Sacred Science.

She is specialized in qualitative research, particularly embodied phenomenological research and the integration of creative methods. Her interest is cultural-sensitive and transcultural research, intertwining concepts intertwining ancient wisdom traditions, indigenous approaches, and modern science, including psychedelic science.

Key publications

Hess, R. U. (2019). Dark Retreat & Psychedelics – A Femtheogen? In N. Wyrd, D. Luke, A. Tollan, C. Adams & D. King (Eds.), Psychedelicacies: More food for thought from breaking convention (pp. 175-184). Strange Attractor Press.

Hess, R. U. (2017). Embodying the Sacred at the Threshold of Life and Death, Wounding and Healing: The Story of the Three Tsunamis. In I.B. Jahrsetz, R.U. Hess, J. Miller & R. Pervöltz (Eds.), The intimacy of consciousness exploration and transpersonal psychotherapy: Coming home (pp. 49-64). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hess, R. U. (2017). The Ancient Practice of Dark Retreat Meditation:  An Endogenous Psychedelic and Divine Feminine Encounter – Implications from Transpersonal Theory, Research, and Practice. In L. McMullin, R.U. Hess & M. Boucouvalas (Eds.), Metamorphosis through conscious living: A transpersonal perspective (pp. 60-70). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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