Cary Sparks


Cary Sparks (director, teacher) co-directed Grof Transpersonal Training with her husband, Tav Sparks, until his death in August, 2020.  For the two years before that, Cary and a circle of advisors have shepherded GTT and Holotropic Breathwork® forward following Tav’s retirement.  As Covid-19 put a temporary hold on in-person Holotropic Breathwork®, they created a program of “virtual modules” that offer the didactic, experiential and community components of in-person modules until HB can be done safely again. They have also been inviting the community to Movie Yoga® Salons and other free events online.

Cary began administrating the GTT, the only facilitator training program in Holotropic Breathwork®, in 1990, working at that time with Stanislav and Christina Grof. In 1998, the Grofs sold the training organization to Tav and Cary.  Cary organized multiple large workshops, trainings, and other events – led by Stanislav Grof, Christina Grof, Tav Sparks, and others – for over 30 years.

Cary began facilitating seekers on their inner journeys in 1986.  She was certified in Holotropic Breathwork® in 1988, and has worked as a facilitator, workshop leader, and at training events. In 2019, Cary certified as facilitator of a SoulCollage®, a practice for accessing one’s intuition and creating an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning. Both practices have in common a profound respect for the healing impulse and empowerment of the individual.

Cary’s book Incensed: The Novel, is a humorous take on the world of transformational workshops (not breathwork!). In addition to writing, her passions are equestrian sports, rock music, nature and her family and cats.

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In 1988, Cary founded the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International, 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.