Healing with Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy

Public Programs and Performances WKS 096 1.00

Consciousness research conducted in the second half of the 20th century brought revolutionary changes into psychology and psychotherapy regarding the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter, dimensions of the human psyche, the roots of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, and therapeutic strategy. The new findings showed that the roots of emotional problems reach much deeper than postnatal biography, to domains not yet recognized by mainstream theoreticians and clinicians (perinatal and transpersonal). They also revealed new effective healing strategies that can reach these deep domains of the psyche. In this workshop, we will explore Holotropic Breathwork, a psycho-spiritual experiential method developed by Stan and Christina Grof that is based on these new principles. It uses a combination of breathing, evocative music, focused bodywork, and mandala drawing to explore realms of the psyche ordinarily hidden from awareness. Holotropic sessions mediate access to emotionally relevant childhood memories and other biographical issues, sequences of psychological death and rebirth, and a broad spectrum of transpersonal experiences. Participants will alternate in the roles of experiencers and “sitters,” and the group will be supported by a team of experienced trained facilitators.

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