Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.” – Kahlil Gibran
Trauma is the Greek word for wound, a wounding. We all have woundings; from birth to death, and even before birth. These can be demanding in their intensity, in their impact on us, and in our relationship with ourselves, others, and our environment. The module will focus on the impact of trauma on physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. We will explore holotropic strategies that can be beneficial in working with these challenging issues.
Our approach will be largely experiential and interactive. Each participant will experience two Holotropic Breathwork sessions as a “breather” and two as a “sitter.” Drawing on our personal experience, we will also engage in creative exercises with art materials, writing and movement.
Topics will include:
- The use of survival strategies and ego defense mechanisms; their effectiveness and limitations.
- How Holotropic Breathwork can work to integrate and transform trauma.
- Looking at related approaches, such as Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, and Pat Ogden; EMDR; TRE; EFT; and recent research with MDMA.
- The power of Presence.
- Understanding Grof’s perinatal and transpersonal levels of our being; and the impact of generational links as part of the transpersonal
This module will not only be useful in our own journey towards wholeness, but will enhance our ability to be present with others — as companions, therapists and facilitators — as they work with their own trauma.