Holotropic Breathwork®Weekend Retreat
September 16 @ 4:00 pm - September 18 @ 1:00 pm$415 – $455.00
: Holotropic Breathwork®, developed by Stanislav and Christina Grof, is a powerful approach to self-exploration and personal empowerment that relies on our innate inner wisdom and its capacity to move us toward positive transformation and wholeness. Acknowledging, accessing and supporting the inner healing intelligence and impulse in each individual is the essential cornerstone of this approach.
The theoretical framework integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world.
The process itself uses very simple means: it combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a special set and setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, a participant uses his or her own breath, and the music in the room, to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing the seeker into a realm of inner experiences. Stan Grof posited what he called an “inner healer”, an intelligence guiding the process; the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. Contents could include memories, or sometimes archetypal events that may carry a feeling relating to some old imprint needing release. The imprints of events in the past can be softened and released, with or without clues as to the origin. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike. Integration practices such as symbolic drawing are part of each breathwork session. Additional elements of the process may include focused energy release work.
“Sitters” and “Breathers”
Holotropic Breathwork® is usually done in groups, although individual sessions are also possible. Within the groups, people work in pairs and alternate in the roles of “breather” and “sitter.” The sitter’s role is simply to be present and available to assist the breather—not to interfere, interrupt, or try to guide the process. The same is true for trained facilitators, who are available as helpers when necessary.
With the help of the breath, evocative music, a safe atmosphere, relaxation, and a willingness to embrace the experiences, breathers are guided by their own inner healing function to whatever experience will bring them healing and transformation.
The music continues for two and half to three hours. Sitters watch over their breather, providing a sense of shelter and support. During the breathwork process, the breather can have quite a wide range of possible experiences. What is visible from the outside varies. Some people are very still while others rock, cry out, or move to the music. Experiences can include a variety of physical sensations, deep feelings of joy or serenity, “yogic sleep,” meditative states, or re-experiencing and releasing imprints from old trauma including trauma of the birth process. Some people report encounters with mythic or archetypal storylines, past-life experiences, or direct spiritual or religious awakenings. Many see emotionally charged visual images, feel energy moving through their bodies, receive intuitive insights, and clarify troublesome issues in their lives.
Often participants report that they release accumulated stress, release deeply held imprints from old traumas, gain an increased trust in themselves and their bodies, and feel that they have understood and can now transcend old patterns of behavior that have brought unwanted results.
Holotropic Breathwork is experience-oriented. It can involve experiences accompanied by very strong emotional and physical release. For this reason, participation is not suitable for pregnant women; untreated high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, glaucoma and epilepsy are also contraindications. Breathwork is usually not suitable for people with a significant psychiatric medical history due to the possibility that the facilitators may not be able to provide appropriate care. In case of doubt, the facilitators can be consulted.
There are other situations for which we ask you to obtain a written release from your doctor. These situations include recent surgery/fractures, epilepsy, glaucoma and retinal detachment. If this applies to you we will let you know what you can share with your doctor regarding the nature of this work so that your doctor can give you an informed consent. We have found that doctors are generally willing to do this.
Your answers to the questions provided via this linked medical form are to assist your facilitators and will be kept strictly confidential. Please answer all questions as completely as possible.
Due to the level of intense personal contact, we ask all participants to be fully vaccinated against Covid or have a negative Covid test within 24 hours of the start of the retreat.
Itinerary of Weekend
Friday,4:00 – 6:00 pm: Check into Terramuse, settle into your room and enjoy the calming wonder of the land6:00 pm: Potluck dinner7:30: opening meeting Saturday,7:30 am: breakfast8:30 am: set up for breathwork session9:00 am – 12:00 pm: breathwork session12:00 pm: symbolic integration1:00 pm: lunch and break2:30 pm- 5:30 pm: breathwork session5:30 pm: symbolic integration6:30 pm: dinner7:30 pm: large group integration circle Sunday, 7:30 am: breakfast9:00 am: large group integration and closing meeting12:00 pm: lunch Retreat fee$455, single occupancy, 2 nights$415, double occupancy, 2 nightsTo ensure that all participants feel supported in this powerful process, we limit this retreat to 10 participants.Leaders Biography and more…… Jeffrey grew up in the wooded countryside around Puget Sound. His playground was the woods and streams. Cielle grew up south of San Francisco influenced by the progressive culture of the Bay Area and Stanford University. Although Jeffrey and Cielle went to different colleges they were initiated in Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, and both became TM teachers in early 1970s. Inner work based on decades of daily meditation supported outer exploration, and with the new century, the pendulum swung Jeffrey and Cielle embarked on successful entrepreneurial careers. Then in 2007 they encountered the field of shamanic work. Exploring shamanic practices through the Four Winds Society and numerous visits to the Andes and Amazon regions brought familiarity with the subtle obstacles we humans encounter and also with means to release them. Many visits to Peru included working with sacred plant medicines. Stan Grof’s Holotropic Breathwork was found to be a perfect tool for expanding into non-ordinary states of awareness and freedom from past trauma. It uses Nature’s own intelligence, and each person’s own inner resources, to work at an unhurried pace and move us gently “toward wholeness”. Discover more about Jeffrey and Cielle and the modalities of healing they offer at: http://steppingintofreedom.com