GHOST HUNTING class starts February 26, 2015

My HCH Institute investigations class starts on Thursday, February 26, 2015 and runs for four Thursday evenings. The class runs from 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific Time and can be attended in person in Lafayette, CA at HCH Instituteor by phone!

Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal

Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS

Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific: February 26, March 5, March 12 and March 19, 2015.

All students receive mp3 recordings of the classes, plus: 1) mp3 recordings of the last year’s session of the course; 2) additional mp3 audio; 3) additional video files, including a one hour lecture; 4) text files, with both required reading and 5) a much larger folder of supplemental/additional reading  (pdf and Word).

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as ”ghostly”: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists.  Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others.  Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things:  a Ghost Hunter.

This class is a guide to field investigations–ghost hunting–based on the 130+ years of field investigation and research in psychical research and parapsychology. Attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences.  The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they’re involved).

You will learn about: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities;

What else can make a “ghost”;The investigative process, from initial call to resolution;

Technology & Psychics in ghost hunting;

How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs;

Psychic potential for investigators;

The ethics of paranormal investigating;

How his investigations have affected Auerbach’s own personal outlook on life;

The deep (and necessary) connections between apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists and other psychic experiences and abilities, and why a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator absolutely needs an understanding of the findings of Parapsychology in order to both conduct a thorough investigation and come to at least a range of reasonable conclusions – and to understand the “why” of the phenomena.

Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach’s more exciting cases.

Classes are held at HCH Institute, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

To register: 1) Call HCH Institute at 925-283-3941 OR 2) email Paul Meredith,

For more information on all the Certificate Program courses available through HCH, visit


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If the goal is reached, and based on my conversations with Todd Moster, this is going to be one of the best things anyone in or around the paranormal community (and para-TV) has conceived of, and truly on the path of Science.

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Upcoming Parapsychology Classes

Hi folks and Happy New Year!

This month, I’m doing two one-shot classes through HCH (in person or by phone), which are described below: “Hauntings: In Depth” and “Is Your Child Psychic? Children and Psychic Abilities.”

In addition, I have the Precognition & PK class starting on Thursday night. If you have already taken it, I’d appreciate it if you would pass along the notification to anyone you think might be interested.

Also below you’ll find info on the upcoming online classes for the Rhine Education Center.

Finally, I am working through my calendar to schedule a distance-only Advanced Ghost Hunting course. Watch for info coming soon — and if you’re interested in a Bay Area local version, let me know.


Loyd Auerbach, MS

HCH Institute Classes in Lafayette – Also available to attend by phone. Attendees (in class or on phone) receive mp3 recordings of the class, as well as lots of text and other materials (via download or on DVD-rom). For more info, or to register, call 925-283-3941.

ONE SHOT (One evening) classes:

HAUNTINGS: IN-DEPTH: Wednesday, January 14, 6:30 – 9:30 PM $50

The term “haunting” refers to places that have repeated paranormal/ghostly activity. Buildings or the land they are built on can be haunted, and the building can be old or even relatively new. It’s also possible for objects to be haunted (after all, what is a house but a big object?). Researchers have long determined that hauntings (often referred to as “residual hauntings” by many) have a different cause than apparition/ghost cases: place memory/psychic imprints vs. actual conscious entities

This one-evening session will look at the long history of haunted places and objects and why psychical researchers and parapsychologists have separated them into their own category different from apparitions. Learn about the models of hauntings, from psychic imprinting to the British “stone tape theory” to geophysical possibilities.

We’ll also delve into specific haunting cases, including a few from the casebooks of the instructor, Loyd Auerbach and several of his colleagues. We’ll consider how sometimes phenomena can be mixed (hauntings and apparitions together), and even how a haunting can cause a poltergeist situation.

Finally, for those investigating haunting, apparition, and poltergeist cases, we’ll talk about resolving cases of hauntings and how and why haunting resolutions are so different from the others.

IS YOUR CHILD PSYCHIC? An Introduction to Children and Psychic Abilities: Wednesday, January 21st, 6:30-9:30 PM  $50

Children are by nature, more psychic than adults. Unfortunately, our culture and educational system seem to shut down their natural abilities early on.

This special introductory seminar will help you find out how you can determine what psychic talents your child might have, and how to nurture and develop them, as well as help them (and yourself) deal with what they actually experience. Along the way, you’ll also learn much about how you, too, can re-develop your own buried abilities. We’ll look at the range of psychic abilities demonstrated by children (and researched over the years), from ESP to mind over matter (PK) to the ability to see or otherwise sense ghosts and spirits.

We’ll also touch on the relationship between poltergeist cases and adolescents.

For those without their own kids, this class will provide much about the research findings with kids and psychic abilities, findings that will help you with your own psychic development.

For those who are more interested in paranormal investigations where there are children involved who have witnessed hauntings and apparitions, we’ll discuss how to work with kids to alleviate their fear and best conduct the investigation.


Precognition and Psychokinesis: January 15, 22, 29, February 5 & 12, 6:30 to 9:30 PM    $275 including mp3 recordings of the past year’s session, mp3s of current class, additional text, audio and a video workshop – on DVD-Rom.                 MIND, MATTER AND TIME: How Our Psychic Abilities Affect the World Around Us, Pierce the Veil of Time and Help Create the Future. In this six week course, Loyd Auerbach will discuss two fascinating psychic abilities, Psychokinesis (mind over matter) and Precognition. In addition, he’ll delve into theories of Time and Space that connect Psychokinesis (PK) and Precognition.

In relation to PK, he’ll delve into: what parapsychologists and many others know today about PK, how it manifests itself, and how it hints at the broader interconnectedness between our consciousnesses and the Universe around us. There will be an experiential PK segment to this class, working with a method for PK developed by the late (great) science and science fiction writer Martin Caidin,, himself capable of PK.

As for Precognition, Auerbach will cover questions such as: Can anyone really predict the Future? How? Is there really a Future that can be predicted? What is Time? Can we change the Future? Why do so many psychics miss on their predictions? What about the premonitions of the average person?

Ghost Hunting: Investigating the Paranormal: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 6:30 to 9:30  $250, including DVD-rom with recordings of past years’ course offering in mp3, lots of additional text, audio and video. Student also get mp3s of current class.

Most people are interested in the paranormal phenomena we classify as ghostly: Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. Many are interested in understanding their own experiences and the experiences of others. Many are intensely interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective investigator of such things: a Ghost Hunter.

This class is a guide to ghost hunting, and attendees will gain the basic skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences. The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts, when they’re involved).

You will learn about: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities. What else can make a “ghost”… the investigative process, from initial call to resolution. Psychics in ghost hunting. How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs.

Naturally, the class will include some of Auerbach’s more exciting cases.
 RHINE EDUCATION CENTER: ONLINE COURSES: The following full classes are online courses. There is a weekly webinar, which you can attend live or watch the replay. The courses have online forums for the assignments (yes, there are assignments in this class, as it is more “academic”), discussion questions, and the two quizzes. You can take the class for a “grade” or just for fun. For more info, go to

Investigating Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. 8 weeks starting Monday January 26. $199 (discount for Rhine Center members is available).

This course is designed as an overview to introduce students to the methodologies of parapsychologists specifically with regard to the spontaneous occurrence of psychic experiences as they occur outside laboratory settings, with a main focus on cases of reported Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists. Attendees will gain an understanding of the very basic skills and needed for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences.

The class will include:

The conceptual models of the phenomena,

How the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and

How to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences.

The Science of ESP. 8 weeks starting Wednesday, February 18. $199 (discount for Rhine Center members is available)

This 8 week academic course will define the phenomena and experiences related to Extrasensory Perception (ESP) and provide an in-depth study of the current and historical evidence and research of Telepathy, Clairvoyance, and Precognition. The differences and similarities between these categories of psi experience/abilities will be discussed as well as an overview of what has been learned about psychological and physical variables and theories and models of ESP. Some of the basic topics related to Remote Viewing and applications of ESP will also be introduced in this class.


FOR MORE INFO ON ANY OF THESE, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL LOYD AUERBACH AT or call the Office of Paranormal Investigations at 415-871-0175 and leave a message for a call back.


Special Offer: Mentoring for Investigators, Psychics & Mediums

I’ve been mentoring some paranormal investigators, psychics and mediums over the last few years, via phone and Skype as well as in-person here in the Bay Area without raising my rates. But now it’s time to do so….

However, if you’re interested in getting the old rate for mentoring, contact me before December 31st — email Book me for time in 2015 before the end of 2014 and keep the old rate (and book me for multiple hours and get a special rate). Pre-paid time can be used at any time in the future, all at once or a little at a time.

I am willing to have a short (20 minute or so) phone or Skype call with you for free to see what your needs are.

With investigators, my mentoring is usually a combination of upping their know-how about parapsychological field investigation methods (the real methods, not what you get from TV shows or people who “teach” what they learned from TV). Often the mentoring is in the form of me providing detailed feedback on the cases they’ve either done in the past or have going now.

With psychics/mediums or fledgling sensitives, my mentoring is usually getting them a grounding in parapsychology and/or some work on psychic protection and/or work on being able to better assess the information they’re currently getting. A couple have worked with me on increasing their sensitivities (while at the same time being able to “turn it off” when necessary), and more than one have worked with me on how to best communicate with the public/clients and skeptics.

If you’re not sure right now, but this sounds interesting and you want to “hold” my rates, contact me and we’ll work something out.


New Classes for October 2014: Apparitions and Mediumship

I’m offering a one evening class and a two parter.
These classes can be attended either in person in Lafayette, or via telephone. All registrants get mp3 recordings of the class plus additional materials.
All times are Pacific time zone.

Apparitions: In-Depth

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-9:30 PM. Attend in person or by phone. Cost: $50.

A one-shot class focusing on all forms of apparitions, from those projected by the living to the best cases, explanations and theories of apparitions of the dead. Illustrated with lots of ghost stories.

 Mediumship: History, Mystery, Manifestation and Science.

Thursday October 9 (7-9:30 PM – NOTE start time) and Thursday October 16 (6:30-9:30 PM). Attend in person or by phone. Cost: $100

A two-part class looking deeply into the history, practice, beliefs, claims and evidence of Mediumship, both physical and mental, and the research and findings since the mid-1800s. Includes discussion of opening up as a medium and learning to control one’s mediumistic abilities.

Classes are held at HCH Institute, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA.

To register, contact HCH at 925-283-3941 
Please let him know whether you will be attending in person or by phone (the latter so I can send you the phone and access numbers). Also be sure he has your email.
Please let me know if you might be interested.
PS I hope to see you at the Forever Family Foundation’s annual conference on the Afterlife in Durham, NC, November 8 &9 (with additional events, including one at the Rhine Center, on November 6,7, & 10). For information, go to

Authors of ESP WARS on Coast to Coast AM Sunday Night!

Edwin C. May and Loyd Auerbach (yours truly), two of the three authors on the new book ESP WARS: East & West, will be appearing on Coast to Coast AM this Sunday night Sept 7/early Monday morning Sept 8.

We’re slated to come on at 11 PM Pacific / 2 AM Eastern to discuss Remote Viewing, Psychic Spying, and the US and Soviet/Russian programs that ran during the Cold War and for a few years after. Find out more and/or purchase the book at on in the US, and in the UK — also available through Barnes & Noble  and other online booksellers. Kindle and Nook versions coming in a few short days.

September 4, 1984-2014: 30 years a “real ghostbuster”

It was 30 years ago yesterday (September 4, 1984) that I had the fortunate experience of being the subject of a big article starting on the front page of the Oakland Tribune’s Lifestyle section. “Who you gonna call? Real ghostbusters” by Mary Ann Hogan focused on my work as a “real ghostbuster” — field investigator — and on the contrast between what was in the movie GHOSTBUSTERS and how we really conduct investigations as parapsychologists.

The article was written a couple of weeks earlier in August, and started with a call by the reporter to the Graduate Parapsychology Program at John F. Kennedy University (an accredited Master’s program that ran from 1977 to 1987). The reporter had heard about the program, and someone she knew had seen me on local news in June as a “real-life ghostbuster.” (see the video here).  Fortunately for me — and unfortunately for the other core faculty members, I was the only one in town, as the rest were at the Parapsychological Association Convention (in Dallas, that year). I simply couldn’t rustle up the money. But this was indeed serendipitous for me, as it happened.

I did have the reporter speak with Dr. Karlis Osis at the American Society for Psychical Research in NY. Besides the fact that he, too, had foregone heading to the convention, he was a many-decades experienced laboratory and field researcher, and was a bit of a mentor to me when I worked at the ASPR only a couple of years before.

The article ran in the Tribune on September 4th. It was picked up immediately by the Associated Press, and began running in various forms/lengths over the next few weeks in hundreds of newspapers — including one of the tabloids. Our department was inundated with requests for interviews, and I and other faculty members did hundreds of them in total. We were also hit with print interview requests and some for TV, including a fun piece for HOUR MAGAZINE which you can see on YouTube here.

I was even flown to NY for CBS’s morning show that Halloween, where Dr. Osis and I were to be interviewed. We never made it on the air (though we made it to the studio oh so early in the morning) as that was the day Indira Ghandi was assassinated. “Real” news trumps the paranormal every time.

But my media profile had jumped so much that not too long after, I was contacted by a literary agent (a friend of one of our grad students), who was so impressed by how much coverage I had that he “already spoke with several publishers” about a book I could write. I’d always been interested in writing a  book, and so the proposal for a book with the tentative title “I Ain’t Afraid o’ No Ghosts” was born and marketed to the publishing world.

Warner Books picked up the proposed book, it went through some changes (positive ones, thanks to my excellent editor Brian Thomsen) and a title change (since the line we wanted to use was trademarked) to the book so many know: ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A PARAPSYCHOLOGIST’S HANDBOOK, appearing in the early fall of 1986 (and to more media coverage as a “real-life ghostbuster” – see my YouTube Channel for more video).

And launched me in a direction that has continued for 30 years.

All because of the popularity of GHOSTBUSTERS, which celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary this year.

Download the Oakland Tribune article HERE




ESP WARS: EAST AND WEST now available on Amazon!

The new book I’ve co-authored with Edwin C. May and Victor Rubel is now available on — other online booksellers and ebook formats to come!


An Account of the Military Use of Psychic Espionage as Narrated by 
the Key Russian and American Players

                                                       Edwin C. May, Ph.D.

Victor Rubel, Ph.D.

Loyd Auerbach, M.S.


Was there really a government-sanctioned psychic program in the US?

What were their goals? Were they successful?

Were there fights in Congress about the program? Did our Military support it fully?

Was the US program set up in response to a Soviet program?

Did the Soviet Union actually create psychic (psychotronic) weapons and generators?

What was the involvement of the KGB?

Have psychics had any influence over politics and decisions in the US? In the Soviet Union? In Russia?

Has Russia continued with psychic espionage even as the US shut down its program?

Has there been a psychic arms race…a series of ESP Wars?

Read the real stories of the American and Soviet/Russian ESP programs and how ESP was used in intelligence gathering and other applications. Learn the greater story of why these major powers saw fit to put stock in something so many academics dismiss out of turn and what practical value was found for Military and Intelligence operations.

Delve into the politics that led to, supported, and eventually shut down the psychic espionage programs – and why the US program, at least, has not been resurrected in light of the events of the first decade of the 21st century.

With commentary and insights from the former US program director (Edwin C. May), the Army’s remote viewing agent 001 (Joe McMoneagle) and several Russian military/former KGB officers and experts, ESP WARS gives you an insiders’ view of what really went on, how it happened, and why.

This book will be of interest to anyone interested in ESP (especially Remote Viewing), as well as how ESP has been successfully applied in missions of last resort for the Defense Department, CIA and other agencies.

The book will especially be of interest to those looking for material on the politics and funding of classified projects, as well as the people participating in them, supporting them, and those with an axe to grind.

The Russian (and Soviet) sources present readers with a narrative of the place of psychic abilities in their society and politics, how the KGB was (and was not) involved, how psychics were brought into political decisions and even how psychics ended up in tanks on the front lines in the war in Chechnya.

Those interested in international politics will find much to chew on here as well, especially insight into what went on during a number of difficult political situations at the end of the reign of the Soviet Union. Also of great interest is the perspective (and experiences) of our high-ranking Russian sources with regards to the KGB.

For a story that transcends merely dealing with the “psychic” in “psychic spying,” for a narrative of politics and classified projects, ESP WARS will hold your attention from start to finish.

As a bit of a tease at the end is an appendix with declassified material from the US Star Gate Program (watch for future material to be made available).

Published by the Laboratories for Fundamental Research, Palo Alto, CA

ESPWars front cover