Hoffman Institute

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The Hoffman Institute is an international organisation that offers personal development courses for therapeutic purposes, consisting of a seven or eight day residential program conforming to its "Hoffman Quadrinity Process".[1] The Process is based on precepts set by the organisation's founder Bob Hoffmann.


The Hoffman Process was founded by Bob Hoffman in 1967[2] and was originally called Fischer-Hoffman Psychic Therapy. Later the name changed to the Fischer-Hoffman Process, named after Hoffman and Siegfried Fischer.[3] Formerly a 13-week program, it was changed to an eight-day format in 1985. In 1990, Tim Laurence and Serena Gordon started the Hoffman Process in the UK with the blessing of Bob Hoffman. In 2014 the original 8-day format became a 7-day format.


Hoffmann Institute centers are governed by the Hoffman Institute Foundation in the United States and Hoffman Institute International elsewhere. The Hoffman Institute Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in the United States. As of 2008, Hoffman Institute International has centers in Argentina, Australia,[4] Canada, France, Ireland, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Russia and the United States.

Research studies[edit]

In 2003, Michael R. Levenson and Carolyn M. Aldwin of Oregon State University presented findings of a three-year grant research study of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process. Researchers found that participants in the Hoffman Process reported significant and lasting reductions in negative affect, coupled with significant and lasting increases in positive affect. Process participants also reported significantly increased physical energy and vitality.[5] Their research was supported in part by grants from the Hoffman Institute, and from the Donner Canadian Foundation (a major funder of nature and arts as well as conservative political causes in Canada).[5]


  1. ^ Laura Lian Holistic Spirituality - Workshop Review of The Hoffman Process, PS-magazine.com, Jan 17, 2007
  2. ^ Hoffman Institute
  3. ^ Hoffman, Robert. Getting Divorced from Mother & Dad: The Discoveries of the Fischer-Hoffman Process, Dutton, 1976
  4. ^ Hoffman Centre Australia
  5. ^ a b Levenson, Michael; Aldwin, Carolyn; Yancura, Loriena (November 2006). "Positive Emotional Change: Mediating Effects of Forgiveness and Spirituality". Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 2 (6): 498–508. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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