Spiritual Emergency: embracing unexpected transformation

by Sitara Blasco

6 day-residential workshop (in English) integrating lectures with deep experiential practice of Holotropic Breathwork
with Juanjo Segura, Jean Farrell, Marc Aixalà and Jasmina Hrapovic
Sant Feliu de Guixols, Girona, Spain
April 23-28, 2019

This workshop is directed to persons interested in Transpersonal Psychology. For those who want to be trained as a facilitator in HB is one of the four mandatory modules.

Spiritual Emergency: Embracing Unexpected Transformation

Many people go through episodes of crisis of deep meaning that interfere with daily routine and with personal relationships. For some, those changes are progressive and relatively soft, but for others they can be dramatic and make every day functioning difficult. Some of these crises could involve radical transformations and represent a challenge both for the person who lives them and for those who witness the process.

Stan and Christina Grof coined the term “Spiritual Emergency” to allude to crises that carry a deep personal transformation, frequently associated with spiritual opening. With this name they want to evoke, also, the positive potential of these states, suggesting that they are an opportunity to “emerge”, to rise to a higher level of psychological functioning and even of spiritual awareness.

Properly understood and supported, these crises can result in important psychological changes and consciousness evolution.

The focus of this module, in the framework of Transpersonal Psychology, is the understanding and treatment of these crises of transformation known as Spiritual Emergencies, as one of the major contributions from 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 will also explore the 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.  

During the module, each participant will experience two sessions of HB as an experiencer, or "breather," and two sessions as a partner, or "sitter", lead by Sitara Blasco and Juanjo Segura and GTT staff. Besides the breathwork experiences and the topics covered, there will be mandala drawing and integration time.

To participate in the module it is not necessary to have previous experience in Holotropic Breathwork. It is required to complete a brief confidential medical form. If you wish to continue with the Grof Transpersonal Training, this module is one of the four mandatory required.

Price and Bank Information  

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The price includes: the module, hotel accommodation in a superior double room with sea view, free WiFi and Catalonia tourist tax. Full board from lunch on April 23rd until breakfast on April 28th and two plentiful coffee breaks a day. The restaurant offers a generous and quality buffet and it also includes all soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages consumed during the meals.

- Before February 15th, 2019 in double superior room w/ sea view (early bird rate):


Payment method and bank information:

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-From February 15th, 2019 in shared double superior room (standard price)


- Single room*
(supplement for the whole module):


  - Triple room discount *(for the whole module):


*Single and triple rooms subject to hotel availability.

Grants and discounts

There are special prices, only applicable to persons without work, incomes and no means of support.

Thse special prices are subject to availability and to the Holotropica España and GTT approval.
Get in touch with Juanjo Segura ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) tel.+34 607 302 727

How is a Grof Transpersonal Training module

The module will start on April 23rd at 9:30 in the morning and it will end on April 28th at lunch time. Please, we beg you to plan your travel in order to start on time.

During the 6-days module, four HB sessions will be done. Each participant will have the experience of two sessions as a "breather", and two sessions as "carer". In addition to the four HB experiences and the theoretical presentations, during the module there will be arts, music, movies and group integration.

Groups are international, both GTT staff and participants come from different parts of the world. It is an experience of deep and respectful work, but the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. Meals are buffet style, very abundant and of excellent quality and variety, suited for vegetarians and no-vegetarians. Climate in Spain is usually mild and often the weather allows for meals in the outside gardens and terraces.


Las sesiones de respiración van dirigidas a ser una experiencia de crecimiento personal y no deben ser consideradas un sustituto de la psicoterapia. La Respiración Holotrópica puede implicar experiencias intensas acompañadas de liberaciones emocionales y físicas fuertes.

Este taller no es apropiado para mujeres embarazadas, o para personas con problemas cardiovasculares, hipertensión grave, algunos diagnósticos de patologías psiquiátricas, fracturas o cirugías recientes, enfermedades infecciosas agudas, epilepsia o emergencias espirituales activas.

Si tiene cualquier duda en cuanto a si debería participar en la sesión, resulta esencial que lo consulte con su médico o terapeuta, así como previamente con los organizadores del taller.

What to bring to the workshop 

We suggest you to bring:

  • A journal or a notebook
  • Comfortable and casual clothes
  • Shoes easy to put on and take off
  • A poncho, shawl or a small blanket
  • A scarf or an eye shade
  • A meditation cushion (if you have one)
  • Beach towel, swimsuit and flip flops (in case you would like to swim in the pools or in the sea)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen(in case you are very sensitive to sunlight)

Facilitators Staff  

Juanjo Segura Grof Transpersonal Training Respiración HolotrópicaSitara Blasco is a psychologist for Valencia University, Spain; with master studies in Gestalt Psychotherapy and in Integrative Psychology. Her background includes also shamanism, meditation, body-oriented techniques, acting and clown. Since 2003 she co-organizes (with Juanjo Segura) the Spanish GTT program

Read more: Sitara Blasco



Juanjo Segura Grof Transpersonal Training Respiración Holotrópica

Juanjo Segura: trained in Integrative Psychotherapy and in Claudio Naranjo SAT program (Enneagram). Involved with the practice of Zen meditation, he has taken the breathwork also to meditation centers. Juanjo has also been working for several years with families in substance addiction rehabilitation programs.

Read more: Juanjo Segura


Nienke Merbis Grof Transpersonal Training Respiración Holotrópica

Jean Farrell: Is psychotherapist and offers supervision to therapists in several organizations which work with traumas. She also teaches Counseling Skills and Group Work, at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Read more: Jean Farrell

Juanjo Segura Grof Transpersonal Training Respiración Holotrópica

Marc Aixalà: is an engineer and psychologist. Member of the GTT staff. Postgraduate studies in Integrative Psychotherapy. He facilitates in HB workshops in Barcelona and Switzerland. He works as a psychologist in Barcelona.

 Read more: Marc Aixalà


Juanjo Segura Grof Transpersonal Training Respiración Holotrópica

Jasmina Hrapovic: In 2010, she discovered Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology which has since nurtured her passion for inner growth. In 2016, Jasmina completed the Grof Transpersonal Training.

Read more: Jasmina Hrapovic


Place and trip information

Eden Roc

The Module takes place at the Eden Roc Hotel, in Sant Feliu de Guixols, at the Costa Brava in Spain (just over an hour from Barcelona), which is located in a small cove oceanfront, just over a cliff. The hotel has wonderful lounges with sea views, and several swimming pools (one heated pool). Meals are included in the price of the module, from lunch on first day to breakfast on last day. Meals are buffet style so you can choose vegetarian or not vegetarian dishes according to your preferences.

The hotel has a Health Center, called “Port Salvi” specialized in Ayurveda treatments and traditional Chinese medicine, where you can find from a steam bath to a checkup, massages, etc. To sign up the services of the Health Center (not included in the price) advanced booking is required. For more information about treatments and prices, please consult its website (www.caproig.com).


From Address:

If you travel by plane

  • ...and you arrive to Barcelona: The bus from the company SARFA goes directly from the airport to Sant Feliu de Guixols bus station. The route takes 1 hour and 20' and it costs around 17€. Once there, you can take a taxi to the hotel, it only takes 5'.
  • ...and you arrive to Girona (only during summertime): The bus from the company TEISA goes directly from the airport to Sant Feliu de Guixols bus station. The route takes 45' and it costs around 8€. Once there, you can take a taxi to the hotel, it only takes 5'.


**Tickets for both buses can be purchased either online or directly from the bus driver. 

 If you travel by train...

...the nearest train station is in Girona (30 km). For those arriving by train or bus to Girona, the bus station is right in front of the train station. From Girona, there are buses every hour to Sant Feliu de Guixols (Bus company: SARFA, www.sarfa.com). The ride takes about 40 minutes. Once in Sant Feliu de Guixols, you should take a taxi to the hotel. It is nearby and the ride takes 5 min. You can ask at the Bus Station and a taxi will be called; but if you prefer, you can call yourself; if so, the service telephone number is +34 972 32 09 34.

Information of interest

Juanjo Segura 
00 34 607 302 727
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Grof Transpersonal 
Training USA:

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Hotel Eden Roc:
Sant Feliu de Guixols,
Girona, España
Teléfono +34 972 320 100

Port Salvi Clinic:
Tel. +34 972 320 100
Fax +34 972 82 17 05
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Airport information:
Tel. +34 902 353 570

Train service:
+34 902 240 202

Bus service:
Línea/Ruta “La Sarfa”
Tel. +34 972 301 293
+34 902 302 025

Taxi service
San Feliu de Guixols:
Tel. +34 972 320 934