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Mariana Caplan, PhD, is a psychotherapist and the author of seven books and numerous articles in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment, the recent release The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher, and Eyes Wide Open, which won five national awards for Best Spiritual Book of 2010.

She has spent 20 years researching controversial topics in spirituality and cutting edge psychologies, and dialoguing with the great spiritual teachers, scholars, and luminaries of our time. She is a leading spiritual psychologist, using somatic approaches to psychotherapy to support spiritual practitioners and teachers with the process of healing trauma and moving towards psychospiritual integration, and working with the complex discernments that arise in the context of spiritual practice and in spiritual communities. She is also a teacher and great lover of yoga, and the ecstatic mother of Baby Zion.


  • Do You Need a Guru?

    Understanding the Student-Teacher Relationship in an Era of False Prophets

    by Mariana Caplan, PhD

    In the 21st century, Mariana Caplan predicts, there will be a shift back to the student-teacher relationship as we realise the limitations of trying to "do it on our own". However, this teacher-student relationship will have to be created anew to reflect our new awareness.

    • Books
    • September 25, 2002
    • 304 pages

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