A complete guide and checklist for the practical aspects of facilitating a Holotropic Breathwork(tm) workshop written for those who have been trained by the Grof Transpersonal Training and certified to facilitate this trademarked process.
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This manual was meant to be used as a reference text for persons enrolled in or certified by the Grof Transpersonal Training. Holotropic Breathwork™ is a trademarked breathwork technique. The trademarked name can only be used by those authorized to use it by the Grof Transpersonal Training.
Practicing Holotropic Breathwork requires comprehensive training. Participation in Breathwork is wisely done only with the facilitation of someone who has been trained and certified to provide a safe container for deep experiential work. Any number of processes and a wide range of content can emerge during these non-ordinary states of consciousness and skillful and experienced facilitation is crucial. This is no different from other specialized therapies and approaches (Freudian, Jungian, Reichian, etc.). There are many books discussing such approaches, but it is understood that actually practicing them requires training.
I wrote this manual in 1991 when I had been certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator for only one year. My understanding of and respect for the structure of this deceptively simiple technique has grown ever stronger over the more than a decade in which I have facilitated Holotropic Breathwork workshops. The elements of the workshop insure the best possible conditions for safe and fruitful expeditions into the psyche, but only if a key element of the structure is retained, and that is that facilitation is provided by certified facilitators who have explored their own psyches, participated in many Holotropic Breathwork group sessions, and studied the subjects in the extensive curriculum of the Grof Transpersonal Training. The Grof Transpersonal Training can be contacted at tel: 1.415.499.4601 / fax:. 1.415.499.5740 / email@example.com
~Kylea Taylor (2003)About the Author:
Kylea Taylor is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC# 34901). She is the author of "The Breathwork Experience" (published also in Italian and Spanish) and "The Ethics of Caring" ("Hilfe fur die Helfer" in German), "The Holotropic Breathwork Workshop Manual," and she is the editor of the recently published anthology, "Exploring Holotropic Breathwork."
Taylor has been a staff trainer for the Grof Transpersonal Training, Mill Valley, CA since 1993. She is on the Board of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International and has been the Editor of its newsletter, The Inner Door, since 1991. She lives on the central coast of California, where she has a private therapy and consulting practice. She has written numerous articles and taught in the USA and Europe.
Taylor has been studying the theory and practice of therapeutic work with clients in non-ordinary states of consciousness with Stanislav and Christina Grof since 1984. After completing the Grofs' first three-year training program in the United States, she was certified as a Holotropic Breathwork™ Practitioner.
Kylea has assisted Stanislav Grof, M.D. in facilitating large group Holotropic Breathwork workshops and trainings both in the United States and in other countries. She has also facilitated at nine of the week-long "Insight and Opening" retreats, led jointly by Stanislav Grof and Jack Kornfield and combining Buddhist Vipassana meditation and Holotropic Breathwork experiences. She has facilitated Holotropic Breathwork for thousands of participants. At present, she facilitates an annual public Holotropic Breathwork workshop in Santa Cruz, and occasionally facilitates by request for special groups.
Taylor earned a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA in Marriage, Child, and Family Counseling. She has worked as a counselor in the addictions and trauma recovery field since 1970 and was the executive director of a community counseling program for sixteen years.
Kylea Taylor has extensive personal and professional experience with addiction, post-traumatic stress recovery, women's issues, and spiritual emergency. Her study of yoga beginning in the 70's began her enduring interest in the interface between psychological, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of ourselves. She is particularly interested in the effects of rapid spiritual development associated with non-ordinary states of consciousness or the dying/grieving process.
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