The presentation

Solid program of theoretical training linked to a practical training.

Requirements

To obtain the facilitator certification in HB.

Description

Description of the mandatory and optative modules of the GTT Program.

Principles

Theory and practice of the HB.

Ethical agreements

Working with costumers in non ordinary states of conscience.

Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT)

Training Program.

Description of GTT modules

MANDATORY MODULES (4 are required)

The Power Within: The Practice of Holotropic Breathwork

In this module, Holotropic theory comes alive. It’s where we experience the essence of the practice first hand. We not only discuss the principles that support and inform the practice of Holotropic Breathwork. But we go beyond theory to show why Holotropic Breathwork 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’s 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 Breathwork 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 Breathwork session; 5) how to encourage and support the integration of the Holotropic experience; and 6) Holotropic bodywork, including: its history, theory and practice, - demonstration of bodywork, - hands-on work by participants, - discussion of specific challenging situations that facilitators encounter, - ongoing exploration of the way Holotropic Breathwork can change our everyday life.

 

-Music and Transcendence

This module is an exciting and transformative journey through the world of music. Sound and rhythm have always been vital creative and spiritual tools for transformation. Music has even been called the language of the soul. This is a special opportunity to learn first hand the music structure that defines Holotropic Breathwork in such a special way. In addition we’ll also explore other exciting strategies that help make the Holotropic perspective an essential tool for everyday living.

 

This module covers: 1) Holotropic music: its history, theory and practice: detailed discussion of three-part music structure, with demonstration of specific pieces for each section, the sound system quality & power requirements; 2) Holotropic group work; its history, theory and practice; discussion of common group experiences & challenging situations; 3) COEX systems: how we work with multi-level patterns; 4) Demonstration of relaxation; 5) Facilitator self-care; 6) Practical workshop information--venue; pricing; promotion; brochure; and types of workshops.

 

-The Holotropic Paradigm: The Psyche, The Inner Healer and Moving Towards Wholeness

This module offers an exciting exploration of the philosophy, principles, and strategies underlying the experience and practice of Holotropic Breathwork. Topics covered include 1) the power of the Inner Healer and moving toward wholeness; 2) presence: the disciplines required to become an effective Holotropic Breathwork practitioner; 3) COEX`s: how the Inner Healer orchestrates transformation through our experiences of the psyche; 4) exploration of the frontiers of the psyche through Movie Yoga; 5) session stories: vauluable teachings from practitioners through their work with breathers; 6) open forums focusing on every facet of the HOlotropic experience; 7) dance, meditation, music journeys and nature celebration.

 

-Spiritual Emergency: Understanding and Treatment of the Crisis of Transformation

Understanding spiritual emergency is one of the major contributions of the Holotropic perspective. Whether you are a professional or a layperson, someone interested in working with people in transformation crises, or primarily in your own growth, this module offers a rich experience and valuable information. In addition to differentiating between psychosis and spiritual emergency, we’ll also explore the intensely practical aspects of who, in these kinds of crises, can benefit from Holotropic Breathwork, and how best to work with them in their emergencies. The workshop includes discussion of the concept of spiritual emergency, its manifestations and forms, historical and anthropological perspectives, treatment strategies, and work with family and friends.

 

OPTATIVE MODULES (3 are required)

(New optative modules may be added from time to time, not all modules are offered repeatedly in Spain, the modules are scheduled considering the interest of participants and the availability of the teachers)

-Transpersonal & Holotropic Perspectives of the Schools of Depth Psychotherapy (with Stan Grof)

In this module, presented in our training for the first time, we will review the history of depth psychology and the lives and work of the founders of its major schools (Franz Mesmer, Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Wilhelm Reich, Alfred Adler, Otto Rank, Sandor Ferenczi, Melanie Klein, and others). Matthew Stelzner, the resident astrologer of this module, will bring in the astrological perspective and discuss the correlations between the lives and ideas of these pioneers and major aspects in their natal charts and important transits We will critically examine, which ideas in depth psychology and psychotherapy have been validated by modern consciousness research and which of them have been refuted, revised, and transcended. An attempt will be made to outline a blueprint for psychology and psychotherapy of the future integrating those insights about consciousness and the human psyche that have withstood the test of time.

 

-Frontiers of Science and the Cosmic Game (with Stan Grof)

Exploration of the challenges that work with non-ordinary states of consciousness presents to traditional science and discussion of the revolutionary developments in science with which the new observations are compatible (new paradigm). Outline of the philosophy and cosmology emerging from modern consciousness research.

 

-The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological, Philosophical and Spiritual Aspects (with Stan Grof)

Accompanied by slides, Stan will explore with the group observations from various areas of modern consciousness research. Thanatology, anthropological shamanic studies, psychedelic research, experiential psychotherapies, and work with people in psychospiritual crises (spiritual emergencies) all have important implications for understanding the psychospiritual aspects of death and dying. Focus will be on such topics as the process of psychological death and rebirth, psychedelic therapy with terminal cancer patients, the shamanic initiatory crisis, aboriginal rites of passage, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, near-death experiences, survival of consciousness after death, instrumental transcommunication, karma and reincarnation, and eschatological mythologies. Using a cross-cultural selection of slides, Stan will explore the ancient books of the dead - the Egyptian Pert em Hru, Tibetan Bardo Thödol, the Mayan Ceramic Codex, the Aztec Codex Borgia, and the European Ars Moriendi.

 

-Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy (with Stan Grof)

Focus on such issues as psychological significance of the trauma of birth, the death-rebirth process, dynamics of the perinatal and transpersonal matrices of the unconscious and their symbolic language, psychological meaning of the experience of death, and others. The seminar will include an extensive slide show illustrating the symbolism of the death-rebirth process from a cross- cultural perspective.

 

-Psyche and Eros (with Stan Grof) 
This module explores the observations from modern consciousness research (psychedelic therapy, Holotropic breathwork, and the study of individuals in spiritual emergencies) that provide new insights into the complexity of human sexual experience. We will examine the perinatal and transpersonal roots of variations and deviations of sexual behavior, archetypal roots of sexuality, and transpersonal forms of erotic experience (satanic, oceanic, and tantric sex). Special attention will be paid to Tantric science, art, and ritual.

 

-Inner Healer, Outer Life - Holotropic Breathwork & Everyday Spirituality (with Tav Sparks)

Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful catalyst for change. But a breathwork session itself is only the beginning. What's even more exciting is that it can be a blueprint for how to live everyday life in a more creative and healing way. This is the first workshop specifically devoted to exploring this exciting new life practice. Along with breathwork, art, music, dance and integration, we’ll be focusing on: using the inner healer as a guide for true personal empowerment; healing the patterns uncovered in breathwork; relationship yoga; “sitting” for your partner as an archetype for interpersonal relationship; fulfillment through service in the world; making our lives a conscious spiritual practice; the awakening of creativity; the reemergence of the epic soul -- our lives as epic journeys.

 

-The Spiritual Quest, Attachment and Addiction (with Tav Sparks)

New ways to look at psychology and spirituality are offering exciting possibilities in the recovery movement, both for individual seekers and for those who work in the treatment field. This workshop explores a whole continuum, from the idea of addiction as an extreme form of attachment, which affects everyone and which is crucial to spiritual seekers of all practices, to the more articulate forms of addiction: substance, process, relationship, and more.

Through theory, discussion and experiential exercises, we’ll look at (1) the disease paradigm of recovery; (2) the wellness paradigm and the transpersonal recovery center; (3) implications of perinatal and transpersonal dimensions for recovery; (4) the 12 steps as a world yoga; (5) addiction as spiritual emergency; (6) addiction as shamanic crisis; (7) recovery as a mystery school; (8) psychedelics and recovery; (9) recovery and the feminine; (10) addiction from the homeopathic perspective; (11) recovery as death/rebirth; (12) addiction and the global crisis; and more.

 

-Death/Rebirth in Modern Popular Culture (with Tav Sparks)

Explore personally and through demonstration and discussion how the journey toward wholeness manifests through current cultural phenomena, and how film, music, dance, art and literature can be signposts for an emerging spirituality. Topics include: The re-emergence of the Divine Feminine; The global crisis: violence and greed; Power and the perinatal in film: a video show; The shaman, Dionysus and rock and roll; Virtual reality, cyber-space, and science fiction; Culture of the future: the global village and the world festival.

Movie Yoga: The Holotropic Experienced Through Film (with Tav Sparks)

This module is an exciting opportunity to experience the Holotropic in film. For years, Tav’s passion and knowledge about movies have infused GTT workshops. Participants have found movie watching to be an integral part of the inner process. Based on material from his forthcoming book Movie Yoga: How to Transform Yourself While Sitting on Your Sofa, Tav will present a complete system of movie watching from the Holotropic perspective.

 This workshop is for those who want another avenue to take the Holotropic into everyday life. Watch together, breathe together, and learn how movies can become a fun and exciting transformative practice, as you experience the perinatal journey through film. This is sure to be an adventure, so bring the popcorn and your Inner Healer.

 

-The Ringbearer and Moving Toward Wholeness: Transformation in the Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy (with Tav Sparks)

This workshop uses Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and Holotropic Breathwork to create a deep personal experience of being a Ringbearer in the twenty-first century. The popularity of this movie demonstrates planetary culture’s striving toward a new world myth, as well as our yearning to discover the deeper dimensions of what it means to be human. Interwoven through our experience of the films, we will explore: The Fellowship characters as mythic dimensions of ourselves; Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey; Carl Jung and the realm of the archetypes; the re-emergence of the epic soul; film as catharsis and spiritual path; death/rebirth in modern popular culture; Holotropic practitioner as Ringbearer; art, ritual, dance, meditation, and role playing. Seeing the films beforehand is not required.

 

-Shamanism (with Diane Haug)

Shamanism is the most ancient of humankind’s spiritual, medical, and psychological disciplines. A visionary tradition, shamanism is a practice utilizing altered states of consciousness to contact the spirits of the natural world. With life on our planet in danger and out of balance, shamanic cultures have much to teach with their respect and reverence toward nature. This module will provide a broad introduction to Shamanism as it relates to both our personal healing journey and modern psychology. In addition to using Holotropic Breathwork as an experiential tool for exploring the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness, this workshop will include the use of meditation, guided journey work, movement, silent time in nature and mask making.

 

-Language of the Soul: The Art & Practice of Integrating Deep Inner Experiences (with Diane Haug)

To integrate is 'to make whole'. The value of deep work in non-ordinary states of consciousness is, in part, dependent on our ability to reflect on and work with the material we are offered. In this workshop we will explore the theme of integration from both a personal and professional perspective. In addition to Holotropic Breathwork, participants will be introduced to a variety of tools useful in further exploring the themes / issues / insights that have emerged during sessions. These will include meditation, journal writing, movement, mask-making, Soul Collage and more. This module will be highly experiential and invite participants into a realm of creative self- expression. "Although transpersonal experiences are potentially healing, their effects are often temporary unless an effort is made to stabilize the insight gained. The task, therefore, goes beyond the induction of such experiences to the task of integrating them effectively into everyday life." Frances Vaughan in "Healing and Wholeness: Transpersonal Psychology" from Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision.

 

-The Power of Archetype: Integrating Astrology & Holotropic Breathwork (with Matthew Stelzner)

This workshop provides an overview of the essential elements for beginning your own astrological practice, and will show how astrology can be especially useful with Holotropic Breathwork. It is designed for both the absolute beginner as well as those who are quite skilled in astrology. We will be covering the following and more, using a variety of media, and including demonstrations from participants’ charts and the charts of well-known events and individuals: 1. How astrology has influenced Stan and the breathwork, and how Stan’s work has influenced astrology — astrological insight into perinatal matrices. 2. Using astrology for insight into challenging breathwork experiences. 3. Astrological archetypes experienced through film clips, and through music. 4. Astrological insight into 9/11 and our current moment in history. 5. Comparing the spiritual insights gained through astrology with other wisdom traditions. 6. How to read a chart and calculate transits.

 

-Ecstatic Remembrance (with Jai Uttal) 

This workshop combines two ancient technologies for entering into deep states of consciousness for inner exploration and contact with the collective unconscious. One technique is, as in each Grof Transpersonal Training module, using the breath in Holotropic Breathwork sessions. The other technique is the ancient one of chanting. Jai Uttal uses call-and-response chanting, vocal and rhythmic exercises, and storytelling to invoke a sacred space for non-denominational prayer and heartfelt expression. This is an exploration of the heart and a way of attaining ecstatic awareness by repetition and remembrance of the Divine. No previous experience is needed; this is an exploration of the heart, independent of vocal or musical technique.

 

-Trauma and Transformation (with Kylea Taylor and Diane Haug)

Deep healing work such as Holotropic Breathwork is often chosen by trauma survivors. Other participants uncover and work to resolve traumatic incidents in the course of personal exploration through Breathwork. This module engages the body, emotions, and spirit as well as the mind through case presentations, transformative inner work, community, and personal creativity. The facilitators have worked since 1988 with trauma survivors in Holotropic Breathwork groups. There will be presentation of historical, anthropological, and psychological perspectives on trauma and abuse, including social incidence and impact, symptoms of PTSD, DSM IV diagnoses in the spectrum of dissociation, the application of state specific memory to non-ordinary states, treatment approaches that complement Holotropic Breathwork, and trauma recovery as a transformative rite of passage. Special attention will be given to ways of facilitating and integrating Holotropic Breathwork experiences to transform the pain of trauma, self-care in the prevention of vicarious traumatization for the practitioner, especially if the practitioner is also a survivor of trauma, and the role of art and of community in the transformation of trauma.

Contact information

Sitara Blasco and Juanjo Segura

Tel. +34 607 302 727
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