Claudio Naranjo was born on November 24, 1932 in Valparaíso, Chile. He was initially trained as a classical pianist, but quit the National Conservatoire when he began his medical school studies in Santiago–graduating in 1959. A curiosity for further psychological and spiritual knowledge ultimately led him to the Esalen Institute in California, where he became the apprentice, and later successor, of Fritz Perls–the father of Gestalt therapy. The death of Naranjo’s son in 1970 prompted his return to Chile, a time he says, “marked the true beginning of a contemplative life and feeling of inner guidance.” Thus began his spiritual pilgrimage at the Arica Institute under the guidance of spiritual teacher, Oscar Ichazo. Together, Naranjo and Ichazo introduced The Enneagram into the Western consciousness, interweaving the teachings with modern psychology.At the end of 1970, Naranjo left Arica after six months, and began coordinating with his mother, former Gestalt trainees, and friends, to bring the Seekers After Truth Program to life. The ‘SAT’ Program consists of Gestalt therapy, the Enneagram of Personality teachings, meditation, music, and theatre as therapeutic resources. The program has been operating for nearly twenty-five years and has been an unmatched source of spiritual and psychological growth, healing, education, and change for many seekers, therapists, educators, and many others.
Dr. Claudio Naranjo passed away on July 12, 2019, at the age of 86, at his home in Berkeley, California. His
legacy remains as one of the greatest Chilean thinkers, devoted educators, and pioneers in integrating trans-
personal psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions.