Breathwork workshop and conference “The Holotropic Model and Psychedelic Exploration”, Mauricie, between November 18 and 20, 2022.
We are happy to announce that we will do a Holotropic Breathwork week-end retreat, from Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20, 2022.
This retreat will revolve of course around a day of Holotropic Breathwork, November 19, but will include other activities aiming to prepare the breathwork and begin the integration process. This is a unique opportunity to deepen the work in a splendid natural setting.
Furthermore, two conferences will be offered during the week-end: “The Holotropic Model and Psychedelic Exploration” will show how holotropic breathwork has kept alive for over 40 years the knowledge gathered during the first wave of psychedelic research, and how today, this model is the benchmark for the new wave of psychedelic exploration, research and therapy.
“Music and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness” will explain how to create a music playlist to support and deepen exploration in non-ordinary states, as well as the specificity of various non-ordinary states in regards to music.
All activities will be held at domaine Tavibois, in Herouxville, Quebec.
Cost of the workshop: 425 $* (shared room** – two single beds) or 525 $* (private room).
The price includes: two Holotropic Breathwork sessions (one as a breather and one as a sitter), 6 meals*** and lodging in a shared or private bedroom.
**Indicates that you are willing to share a room with another participant. You do not have to be with another person to make this reservation. We will assign rooms.
***The food offered is vegetarian, gluten and dairy free. If you have allergies, please let us know. If you have a special diet incompatible with the menus we offer, you will have to take care of your own meals.
Friday November 18
3 to 6 pm: Arrival
6 to 7:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 to 8:30 pm: Opening activities
8:30 to 9:30 pm: Conference 1: The Holotropic Model and Psychedelic Exploration
Saturday, November 19
7 to 8:30 am: Breakfast
9 am to 12 pm: First Holotropic Breathwork session
12 to 2 pm: Lunch and free time
2 to 5 pm: Second Holotropic Breathwork session
6 to 7 pm: Dinner
7 pm and +: Integration activities and free time
Sunday, November 20
7 to 8:30 am: Breakfast
9 to 10 am: Conference 2: Music and Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness
10 am to 12 pm: Sharing circle
12 to 1 pm: Lunch and departure
Contact us for more information.
WHO ARE WE?
Alain Menier got his certification as a holotropic breathwork facilitator in 2011 and has since organized over 80 group workshops and worked with over a thousand participants. He has given conferences about the relatioship between the perinatal experience and the psyche, as well as about Stan Grof’s work. He was the coordinator for Montreal for various studies sponsored by MAPS between 2017 and 2022. Since 2021, he contributes with Therapsil for their therapists training and act as a consultant for Numinus. He has a lifelong passion for music.
Alain’s partner, Isabelle Clément, has followed Grof Transpersonal Training between 2008 and 2011 and has facilitated workshops with Alain since. She completed the first two years of traning with CRAM (Centre de relation d’aide de Montréal). In her early fifties, she went back to school to study ceramics. She uses this craft to explore creation and meditation. Her maternal and reassuring presence are always deeply appreciated during workshops.
WHAT IS HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK?
Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful approach to self-exploration and healing that integrates insights from modern consciousness research, anthropology, various depth psychologies, transpersonal psychology, Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions of the world. The name Holotropicmeans literally “moving toward wholeness” (from the Greek “holos“=whole and “trepein“=moving in the direction of something).
The process itself uses very simple means: it combines accelerated breathing with evocative music in a special set and setting. With the eyes closed and lying on a mat, each person uses their own breath and the music in the room to enter a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This state activates the natural inner healing process of the individual’s psyche, bringing him or her a particular set of internal experiences. With the inner healing intelligence guiding the process, the quality and content brought forth is unique to each person and for that particular time and place. While recurring themes are common, no two sessions are ever alike.
Additional elements of the process include focused energy release work and mandala drawing. Holotropic Breathwork™ is usually done in groups, although individual sessions are also possible. Within the groups, people work in pairs and alternate in the roles of experiencer and “sitter”. The sitter’s role is simply to be available to assist the breather, not to interfere or interrupt the process. The same is true for trained facilitators, who are available as helpers if necessary.