About Holotropic Breathwork

A highly experiential method, Holotropic Breathwork combines breathing, evocative music, focused release bodywork, mandala drawing & group sharing. By activating the unconscious and mobilizing blocked energies, this work gives us access to all levels of human experience and activates the spontaneous healing potential of the psyche.

The basic premise is that we all have a deeper knowledge/wisdom that lies beneath our “left-brain, thinking mind.”  If we can “get out of our own way” and allow that deeper wisdom to come forth, positive things happen. Just as your body will instinctually move to heal a cut, your psyche also will instinctually guide you towards healing, or growth – if you allow it to, and move beyond your thinking mind.

In Holotropic Breathwork, the emphasis is on creating a safe space in which each participant can surrender fully to all the sensations, feelings, experiences, energy movement, visions, etc. that can arise during the session.

This work is of value to those interested in inner exploration, self-discovery and spiritual awareness. It is a wonderful adjunct to psychotherapy and other forms of inner work, as well as a powerful method of self-care for helping professionals.

holotropic: “moving towards wholeness”

Holotropic Breathing is grounded in almost fifty years of observations and clinical research by Dr. Stanislav Grof, who has been observing and studying the healing potentials of non-ordinary states of consciousness since 1955. Dr. Grof is one of the co-founders of the field of transpersonal psychology in 1969 and is one of its leading theoreticians. He is the author of The Holotropic Mind, Psychology of the Future, Beyond the Brain, The Adventure of Self Discovery, Spiritual Emergency, and The Cosmic Game, among others.


Watch an interview with Stan and Cristina Grof explaining Holotropic Breathwork.

(It’s dated (1994), but shows people participating in a breathwork session towards the end of the video.)

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