The power within: the practice of holotropic breathwork

May 29 - June 3, 2017

Holotropic Breathwork module with TAV SPARKS and GTT staff



Contact: Vicky Nicholson

In this module, Holotropic theory comes alive. This is where we experience the essence of the practice first hand. We discuss the principles that support and inform the practice of Holotropic BreathworkTM and go beyond theory to show why Holotropic BreathworkTM is such a special method for personal exploration and healing. This is a unique opportunity to move to deeper levels of your own inner process and also to learn what is behind the Holotropic approach to working with others. As you become acquainted with accompanying others on their journeys, you will also discover how to translate the Holotropic theory into a tool for enriching your everyday living experience.

Topics include: 1) The power of the inner healer; 2) the Holotropic BreathworkTM lineage: the history of the healing potential of non-ordinary states; 3) the importance of facilitator presence; 4) an inside look into the framework of a Holotropic BreathworkTM session; 5) how to encourage and support the integration of the Holotropic experience; and 6) Holotropic body energy release work: including its history – theory and practice, demonstration of bodywork – hands on work by participants, discussion of specific challenging situations facilitators may encounter, on-going exploration of the way Holotropic BreathworkTM can change our everyday lives.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience Holotropic Breathwork, a powerful approach to self-exploration, transformation, and healing that combines breathing, evocative music, and release work to explore the deeper dimensions of the psyche. This workshop will be useful to both laypersons and professionals seeking a more authentic and fulfilling lifestyle. This will be a very experiential workshop. Besides the breathwork itself, all of the teaching is geared to participants having a direct experience of their own journey. We will work with dance, artwork, film, and other integration practices to engage the holotropic principles in a very personal, embodied way.

The Workshop:

The workshop is a full time, live-in intensive, designed for anyone with a deep interest in Holotropic BreathworkTM and Transpersonal Psychology. It may be credited towards the seven modules in the Grof training program for certification as a Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner. This is also a valuable experience for those people who do not wish to become a practitioner. Included in the module will be a combination of personal experience with Holotropic BreathworkTM, facilitation of others on a one to one basis, group sharing and other experiential practices.

This workshop includes four Holotropic Breathwork sessions.

Please Note: Contraindications for Holotropic Breathwork are pregnancy, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, epilepsy, glaucoma, or a history of severe emotional
disorder or hospitalisation.

Call for more information. (+61) 0362664580: Mob: (+61) 0400848970

Tav Sparks is director of Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT), the only training program that certifies people as practitioners of Holotropic Breathwork. Tav is a teacher, consultant, and writer with over 30 years of experience working therapeutically with people in non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Tav is the primary faculty member of GTT, working alongside Stanislav Grof, M.D. and currently leads and oversees a network of seminars and events all over Europe; North and South America; and Australia.

Tav is the author of three books, a training manual, and a CD series: Movie Yoga: How Every Film Can Change Your Life, demonstrates how movie watching can be a deep spiritual practice. Tav’s CD series covers four topics as they relate to Holotropic Breathwork: Getting Started on Your Inner Journey; Addiction, Recovery, and the Spiritual Path; A Modern Spiritual Method with Lessons for Practical Life; and Healing Stories from Holotropic Breathwork. Tav’s first book, The Wide Open Door: The 12 Steps, Spiritual Tradition, and the New Psychology. In this groundbreaking text, he pioneered the wellness approach to addiction and recovery. Tav is also author of the training manual Doing Not Doing: A Facilitators Guide to Holotropic Breathwork. His poetry book Through Thunder: A Death Rebirth Journey, received much praise, and he has also completed seven screenplays.

Venue: Poatina Village, Tasmania, Australia

The village is about a forty-minute drive from Launceston Airport and a two-hour drive from Hobart city. Poatina Village is an historic ‘Hydro’ village at the foot of the Great Western Tiers of Northern Tasmania. It is operated by the resident community and has a range of shops, cafes and a tiny petrol station that is run by one of the volunteers. We will be using the large hall for breathwork and will be staying in the Chalet Motel, adjoining Backpackers or one of the nearby Mountain Cottages. All meals will be served in the spectacular View Restaurant/Cafe overlooking the mountains.

Visit the site:

Cost: (Australian dollars)

$1800 single room
$1650 twin/double room
$1500 single backpacker room with shared bathroom
$1400 shared backpacker room with shared bathroom
Mountain cottages for 2 to 4 people in pre-arranged groups: POA

Prices include tuition and full meals and accommodation for the duration of the module. All rooms and cottages are well appointed and comfortable. Please ask about payment plans.

What to Bring:
For Breathwork sessions:
A blanket, two single sheets (1 fitted), large cushions and pillows for ‘sitting’, a towel and loose comfortable clothing for wearing during sessions.

For other times:
Comfortable indoor and outdoor clothes, a notebook and pen.

For further details, please contact:
Vicky Nicholson, Grof Transpersonal Training.
863 Mountain River Road, Mountain River 7109, Tasmania, Australia.

Phone (+61) 0362664580; Mobile: 0400848970

No prior Holotropic Breathwork experience is needed to attend this event. It is not necessary to be in the training program to attend and those new to Holotropic BreathworkTM are welcome; the workshop is open to anyone interested in the topic and in doing their own deep inner work. For those in, or interested in, the practitioner training, this workshop counts as a elective module toward certification and may be applied retroactively for those who do decide to enter the training program for certification in Holotropic BreathworkTM