The study and practice of spirituality and consciousness have been markedly different on the East and West Coasts. Where and how does the world of Eurocentric Anthroposophy meet the more Asian and shamanistic culture of transpersonalism?
The International Transpersonal Association (ITA) seeks to promote a transpersonal vision in research, scholarship, education, and those therapeutic and practical spheres in which a spiritual orientation is beneficial. It aligns itself with no single approach, be it religious or scholarly. Rather it encourages a diversity of perspectives through which insights from spiritual traditions might be effectively integrated into modern culture.
The European Transpersonal Association came into existence through a group of health practitioners and researchers in science and spirituality. Founded in 1984 during the first European Transpersonal Conference in Brussels which was organized by the Belgian team, the interesting discussions at the first EUROTAS meetings led to engaged action, in a family-like atmosphere. Today EUROTAS has members from over 25 countries, and organizes conferences that cover both the scientific and spiritual aspects of life. At these conferences, one still feels part of the original EUROTAS family.