Experiential Holotropic Breathwork Workshop: An opportunity to work with analogue states.
Date: Friday 22nd to Monday 25th October 2021 (three nights)
Arrival: 5pm Friday | Departure: 12noon Monday
Venue: Pallotti College, 80 McNamaras Rd, Wesburn VIC 3799
Please join us for an immersive weekend with Nigel Denning, Dave Misso and Donna Misso.
Holotropic Breathwork was developed by the founder of LSD psychotherapy as an analogue for working with medicine and non-ordinary states
It provides one of the core skills in MAPS training for PAT.
It is a legal and useful method for developing an understanding for working in the emerging paradigm of psychedelic therapy.
These workshops are run by experienced breath workers trained by Dr Stanislav Grof and his wife Christina.
The facilitators have worked in this field for over thirty years
What is Holotropic Breathwork™?
Holotropic Breathwork™ is a practice that integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies and transpersonal psychology. The name Holotropic means literally “moving toward wholeness” (from the Greek “holos”=whole and “trepein”=moving in the direction of something).
At the heart of Holotropic Breathwork™ is a belief that we hold within us the resources we need to live fully and deeply and to resolve past traumas, explore creativity or shift emotional blocks. The process itself uses very simple means: it combines accelerated breathing with other elements in a supportive and safe setting. The process is self-directed and the quality and content of experience is unique to each person and for that particular time and place.
Over the centuries, in many different cultures, the breath has been used to access inner resources, whether those resources are needed for healing, recovery, personal exploration or enhancing one’s creativity. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike.
“I know of no work that so well incorporates the findings of Freud, Jung and Rank, adding fresh insights, which the methods of those psychotherapists could never have achieved. I do not doubt that many others working in this field would find Dr. Grof’s discoveries a basis for a whole new strategy of research.”
– Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The masks of God
Nigel Denning MA, MPsych is a Counselling Psychologist, AHPRA registered supervisor and Managing Director of Integrative Psychology a Psychology/Psychiatry practice in East Melbourne. He is a former Family Violence Co-ordinator for Relationships Australia and is currently the Deputy President of the In Good Faith Foundation, an organisation that supports Institutional Abuse and cult survivors. Nigel is also a registered Neuro-psychotherapy supervisor with IAAN.
Nigel has been involved in Transpersonal Psychology and consciousness studies for over thirty years. He has studied extensively under Stanislav Grof MD and worked closely with Tav Sparks and Grof Transpersonal Training to develop training approaches to Holotropic breathwork and therapy influenced by this modality. Nigel also conducted one of the few peer reviewed research studies on HB.
Nigel teaches and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on state change technology, including medicine work. Nigel also has an established practice in Tibet Bon Dzogchen meditation under the guidance of Dr Daniel Brown of Harvard Medical School.
BSc (Hons) GDipBA MAppSc(Research) MAPS FCCOUNP, (PhD Candidate)
Dave is a Counselling Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience, having worked in both the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in working with individuals, couples and families in the area of trauma, abuse and violence and offers training to professionals in both Australia and overseas. Dave is conducting postgraduate research exploring personality and metacognition in perpetrators of domestic violence. His current interest involves incorporating metacognition and body focused approaches across a wide range of presenting issues.
Dave has studied extensively under Stanislav Grof MD and worked closely with Tav Sparks and Grof Transpersonal Training. He is a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator and has facilitated workshops and training modules in Australia, USA, and South East Asia since 2005. Dave integrates systemic practices with insights from modern consciousness research, sensorimotor approaches, and neuroscience.
BHS DipCSC DipERC