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Introduction to Holotropic Breathwork
February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm$40 – $60
We invite you to an introductory lecture on Holotropic Breathwork and a mini-breathwork session. You will have the opportunity to learn about Holotropic Breathwork, created by world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Grof, the co-creator of Transpersonal Psychology.
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We invite you to an introductory lecture on Holotropic Breathwork and a mini-breathwork session. You will have the opportunity to learn about Holotropic Breathwork, created by world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Grof, the co-creator of Transpersonal Psychology. We will discuss how Holotropic Breathwork was developed, give an overview of the Holotropic paradigm, and you will experience a one-hour mini-breathwork session to music. This is not a full-day Holotropic Breathwork group, which follows a very specific regimen developed by Dr. Grof, including 3-hour breathwork sessions, the opportunity to be both a breather and sitter, mandala drawing and sharing circles. However, in the one-hour mini-breathwork experience, we will be using the same type of deeper, faster breathing and the same type of music as in the all-day workshop. You will get a clear sense of what results could be available to you from a full day Holotropic Breathwork Workshop. After the breathing session, we will explore the psychological and spiritual impacts of this inner journey.
Using breath and music to induce expanded states of awareness has been a practice for as long as humans have been around. Dr. Stanislav Grof and his wife Christina developed Holotropic Breathwork at Esalen Institute during the 1970s. It was based on the decades of consciousness research undertaken by Grof and motivated by the desire to reproduce the mind-expanding experiences of the psychedelic era through safe and natural means. Holotropic Breathwork is an experiential healing modality that allows participants to reap the benefits of the healing potential of expanded states of consciousness that Dr. Grof discovered through his work with LSD psychotherapy through the use of Holotropic breathing, creative self-expression, and a specially designed three-hour musical journey.
Angel Cassidy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 25 years of experience in the field. She has been doing Holotropic Breathwork for the past decade. Angel trained with Dr. Stanislav Grof and Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) and facilitates Holotropic Breathwork groups in the SF Bay Area with Dr. Grof, GTT, and in her private practice.
“The Grofs offer a comprehensive vision of mental health and of human growth potential that extends the range of psychology dimensions of the perinatal, the transpersonal, the transcultural and mystical. Their work organically incorporates the indigenous wisdom of shamanism and the natural world, the cultural and historical basis of consciousness, and the far-reaching breadth of modern physics and systems theory. On it, the personal and the universal are equally valued, the physical and the biographical, the cultural, evolutionary and spiritual dimensions of our humanity are included.” -Jack Kornfield
“The mystical experience may just be what it feels like when you deactivate the brain’s default mode network. This can be achieved any number of ways: through psychedelics and meditation…..but perhaps also by means of certain breathing exercises like Holotropic Breathwork” – – Michael Pollan, How To Change Your Mind