Cary Sparks co-directs GTT with her husband, Tav Sparks. She has been administrator of the training program since 1990, working at that time with Stan and Christina Grof. In 1998, the Grofs transferred the owning and running of the training to Tav and Cary. Cary has been a certified Holotropic Breathwork practitioner since 1988, and has worked as a facilitator, workshop leader, and at training events. She has organized multiple large workshops, training, and other events – led by Stanislav Grof, Christina Grof, Tav Sparks, and others – for nearly 30 years.
In 1988, Cary founded the Association of Holotropic Breathwork International (which became the Stanislav and Christina Grof Foundation), with support from Carlin Scherer and John Scherer. She founded and edited its newsletter, The Inner Door, later joined by Tav Sparks, for the first few years of its publication. More recently, Cary and Tav founded The Institute for Holotropics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with the mission of education and promotion of Holotropic Breathwork and the holotropic perspective. She is on the Board of Directors for California River Watch.
Cary was Co-Program Director (with Tav Sparks) for the 1995 International Transpersonal Association (ITA) conference in Santa Clara, California (US), Spirit in Action: Awakening to the Sacred in Everyday Life. She was Co-Assistant Program Coordinator, working closely with Stan and Christina Grof, for ITA conferences in Eugene, Oregon (US) in 1991; Atlanta, Georgia (US) in 1992; Prague, Czech Republic in 1998; and Palm Springs, California (US) in 2004. She also served on the ITA board of directors.
Besides Holotropic Breathwork and her family, Cary’s passions are writing novels and riding and training horses. Her novel, Incensed, is a humorous take on the world of transformational workshops (not breathwork!). She rides warmblood sporthorses and Thoroughbred ex-racehorses, several of whom have gone on to have successful show careers.