Breathwork as Psychedelic Therapy

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Pre-ICPR Workshop

Breathwork as Psychedelic Therapy

Wed, September 21st, 2022 | 13:30 – 17:00 CET
Blue Birds Haarlem – The Netherlands

Katrien Franken

Holistic Counselor, Trained Therapist, Founder of Open Up. (

Ancient and native cultures used breathing exercises for centuries as a means of cultivating expanded states of consciousness in order to facilitate transformative experiences that deepen the connection between body and mind and help access healing. States which can resemble a psychedelic experience as discovered by psychedelic pioneer Stanislav Grof when LSD was outlawed in the late ’60s. With the rise of psychedelic therapy, questions emerge regarding breathwork within this context for/as psychedelic therapy. 

Workshop Content

This workshop offers breathwork in the Open Up approach as a practice of exploring the eco-psychology of expanded states of consciousness through Chaosmosis (Félix Guattari) which means breathing with chaos— “osmosis” implies breathing together. In this osmosis with chaos; shocking the familiar through the natural, spontaneous and free movement of our breathing, new realities can join us, a new harmony, a new syntony can emerge, a new depth can become us, suited to a better world.  What might this depth look like? Who are we and who is here with us to guide us? What can it offer us?

The workshop will be held in a safe set-setting created by the Open Up team. All participants are required to fill out an intake form to prepare and screen for contra-indications before they are accepted to join this workshop.


Katrien is the founder of Open Up (; an institute that researches, facilitates and develops methodologies and approaches that leverage the eco-psychotherapeutic, experiential and educational potential of Breathwork. She is a trained therapist, counsellor and breathwork professional who has worked across multiple societal contexts applying the complexity of breathwork towards individual, social and cultural change.


Designed as an introduction to breathwork for/as psychedelic therapy in the Open Up approach, this workshop series is created for:

  • Psychedelics therapists and students 
  • Mental healthcare practitioners who are looking to work with breathwork in their practice
  • Anyone generally interested, practising, or researching the cognitive and experiential efficacy of breath work for the future of education, the future of health.

Participants will be the first to receive insights on Open Up’s non-profit scientific breathwork research. 

Workshop capacity is limited to 25 participants.

All participants will be screened for contra-indications before registration is confirmed.

• Pregnancy
• Cardiovascular problems
• Heart attacks or a history
• High or abnormal blood pressure
• Asthma
• Glaucoma
• Osteoporosis
• Recent surgery or physical injury
• Epilepsy or a history of seizures
• An active addiction
• Severe psychiatric symptoms,
particularly psychosis or paranoia
• Bipolar depression or any other (severe) physical or mental health conditions.

In all cases you should always consult a medical doctor first. If you have further questions about the workshop please contact 

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All ICPR attendees are eligible for a €40 discount on this workshop. Check your email for a coupon code sent with your ICPR ticket confirmation.

Only 7 spots are still available for this exclusive workshop.

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