Ralph Metzner
Ralph Metzner

Ralph Metzner (May 18, 1936 – March 14, 2019) was a German-born American psychologist, writer and researcher, who participated in psychedelic research at Harvard University in the early 1960s with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later named Ram Dass). Metzner was a psychotherapist, and Professor Emeritus of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he was formerly the Academic Dean and Academic Vice-president.[1]

Early life

Metzner was involved in consciousness research, including psychedelics, yoga, meditation and shamanism for over 50 years. He was a co-founder and President of the Green Earth Foundation, a non-profit educational organization devoted to healing and harmonizing the relationship between humans and the Earth,[2] and a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement.[3] Metzner was featured in the 2006 film Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within, a documentary about rediscovering an enchanted cosmos in the modern world.[4]

Ralph Metzner at the Sacred Elixirs Conference in San Jose, 2005.
Ralph Metzner at the Sacred Elixirs Conference in San Jose, 2005.

He conducted workshops on consciousness transformation and alchemical divination, both nationally and internationally.[5] He was also a poet and singer-songwriter and produced two CDs with Kit Walker: A spoken word CD ("Spirit Soundings," with music by Kit Walker) and one music CD of original songs ("Bardo Blues"). His books include The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, Green Psychology, and two edited collections on the science and the phenomenology of Ayahuasca and Teonanácatl, and a collection of reports about MDMA experiences. Metzner provided the foreword for Through the Gateway of the Heart: Accounts of Experiences with MDMA and Other Empathogenic Substances.[6]

He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard.




  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 9, 2007. Retrieved April 17, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CIIS Faculty List – Ralph Metzner
  2. ^ [1] Green Earth Foundation
  3. ^ [2] 911 Truth website
  4. ^ Mann, Rod (Director) (2006). Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within. Critical Mass Productions. OCLC 181630835. Archived from the original (DVD video) on November 11, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  5. ^ [3] Ralph Metzner Alchemical Divination website
  6. ^ Metzner, Ralph (1986) [1986]. Through the Gateway of the Heart, Second Edition - Accounts and Experiences with MDMA and other Empathogenic Substances (paperback ed.). ISBN 0936329009.