Therapeutic Use of Substances under the Holotropic Paradigm 

New optative module

by Marc Aixalà and Sitara Blasco

Invited professor: Jose Carlos Bouso

with Juanjo Segura, Jean Farrell and Jasmina Hrapovic

 August 26-31, 2019 in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Girona, España

This workshop is directed to persons interested in Transpersonal Psychology. For those who want to be trained as a facilitator in HB is an optative module.

Therapeutic Use of Substances under the Holotropic Paradigm

The way in which psychedelic substances are used, both in scientific research and in unsupervised contexts, is sometimes confusing and poorly understood and integrated because of the lack of knowledge, the misinformation, the myths and the recent expansion of the phenomenon.

Holotropic Breatwhork is a technique that embodies all the knowledge accumulated by Stan Grof, one of the psychedelic pioneers of the 70’s, about inducing and supporting expanded states of awareness. The Holotropic paradigm can offer a deep insight about the way in which these substances can be used in a safer and respectful way.

During the module Dr. Jose Carlos Bouso will impart a Master Class as invited professor.

Respriración Holotrópica Holotrópica Breathwork Grof Transpersonal Training

José Carlos Bouso is a clinical psychologist and PhD in pharmacology. He has been a pioneer in the use of MDMA in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has carried out neuropsychological and pharmacological research on ayahuasca and cannabis. He is currently involved in the research of the use of psilocybin for the treatment of major depression, as well as in the use of ibogaine for the detoxification of methadone and heroin. José Carlos Bouso is the scientific director of the ICEERS Foundation and author of dozens of scientific articles and several books such as Ayahuasca and Salud, Medicinal Cannabis, Psilocibes and a review of Albert Hofmann's LSD book.

In this module we will explore the subject through a combination of theoretical and experiential work with Holotropic Breathwork (no legal or illegal substances will be used in this 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, Marc Aixalà and GTT staff.

Some of the topics covered will include:

  • Master Class with Dr. Jose Carlos Bouso
  • General characteristics of processes with psychedelic substances and their comparison to Holotropic Breathwork. 
  • Models in which psychedelic substances have been used. 
  • The use of psychedelics seen from Stan Grof's Holotropic Paradigm. Principles of supporting processes from the Holotropic perspective. 
  • Dealing with challenging situations: emergencies during the experience and integration difficulties

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 an optative one.

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 August 26th until breakfast on August 31st 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 June 15th, 2019 in double superior room w/ sea view (early bird rate):


Payment method and bank information:

Please, follow this link to check all the payment information and bank account details.


-After June 15th, 2019 in double superior room w/ sea view


- 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.

These 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 August 26st at 9:30 in the morning and it will end on August 31st at lunch time. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly so we can 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


Breathwork is intended as a personal growth experience and should not be looked upon as a substitute for psychotherapy. Holotropic Breathwork can involve dramatic experiences accompanied by strong emotional and physical release.

This workshop is not appropriate for pregnant women, or for persons with cardiovascular problems, severe hypertension, some diagnosed psychiatric conditions, recent surgery or fractures, acute infectious illness or epilepsy, or active spiritual emergency.

If you have any doubt about whether you should participate, it is essential that you consult your physician or therapist as well as the workshop organizers before attending.  

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 HolotrópicaMarc 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 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

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 (


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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, 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