The Art of Living and Dying - A Dance to the Music of Time with Jean Farrell, 17-22 November 2019

Join us for an in-depth exploration of the fascinating human journey, from conception to death and rebirth.

In embarking on this adventure, we may begin to “DANCE” with the music of time, rather than moving through life, resisting the flow toward death. Such a shift gives us the opportunity to fulfill our deepest life purposes, and let go consciously of what keeps us from embracing this crucial process of transformation.

By viewing life and death through the lens of Holotropic Paradigm, we are able to explore, in depth, the triple dynamic and experience of death-birth-rebirth.

We will draw upon some of the world’s leading paradigms of the death/rebirth process, including:

  • The work of Stephen Levine and Elizabeth Kubler Ross
  • The shamanic practice of working with mortality
  • The contributions of Ralph Metzner and Timothy Leary, including their references to the Tibetan Book of the Dead

We will also explore the fascinating and powerful impact of near-death experiences on our everyday experience of living. This unique journey in facing our mortality offers us a profound opportunity to enrich our own unique life journey. The process will be deeply experiential. In addition to Holotropic Breathwork® sessions, the week’s inner adventures will involve creative exercises, including art, as well as participation in other modalities of psychospiritual journeying.


We will start on 17th November at 9:30 am with registration and close on 22th November at lunch time (around 1 pm). A more detailed schedule will be given shortly before the event.

More details on pricing, travel information etc. you can find below or directly in the registration form. If you feel like indulging in an intense two week experience combining this module with the workshop "Every Body Knows" please be aware that we offer a special rate for tis (see Price below).

Please note that we are reaching the limit of possible registrations.If you register now please wait until we confirm your place in the module. You will receive this information until 1st November 2019. Thank you for your understanding!


Rachel Bongartz

Facilitator and Organiser

Rachel, born (1981) and raised in Belgium, experienced Holotropic Breathwork for the first time in 2005 and from then on it has become an important part of her life. She studied Clinical Psycholo...

Valde Orrenmaa


Valde lives in Finland, Kaarina, in little commune with his friends and cats. He started the Holotropic Breathwork training in summer 2016 and got certified in summer 2019. He is organizing regularly...

Katharina Wolter

Facilitator and Organiser

Katharina works as creative therapist in a psycosomatic clinic for families in Germany. Since 2004 Holotropic Breathwork accompanies her through life. Facinated by the healing potential of Holotropic...

GTT Staff



GTT facilitator and trainerBorn in England, Jean has lived in Ireland for thirty years with her husband and the children and young people they have fostered. In England she worked as a senior lecturer...

Thomas Liska

Facilitator and Organiser

Thomas Liska is GTT Director Austria and together with Sonja Busch founder of the Holotropic Association of Europe with extensive experience working in Ukraine, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain...

Sonja Busch

Facilitator and Organiser

Sonja is GTT Director Austria and Founder of the European Association for Holotropic Breathwork. She works in private practice as Bowen Body Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. Specialised in...

Natalia Zgonnikova

Facilitator and Organiser

Coordinator of Grof Transpersonal Training in Russia, certified HB practitioner, psychologist, translator and intercultural communication specialist. Natalia works as part of the GTT team in Russia an...

Paul McCormack

Facilitator and Organiser

Paul has been facilitating Holotropic Breathwork since the early 1990's and has run workshops all over the world in addition to here in Ireland. Paul is a qualified and accreditated Psychotherapist /...

Viktor Pestsov

Facilitator and Organiser


Early bird price for the GTT Module on the Art of Living and Dying in Peace Castle Schlaing is € 1.120,- in a double room and € 1.220,- in a single room (registration and payment before 25th October 2019).

When registering after 25th October 2019 the price is € 1.240,- in a double room and € 1.340,- in a single room.

The price includes the GTT module with accomodation and full board in Hotel Peace Castle Schlaining (http://www.hotel.friedensburg.at/) between 17th and 22nd November and two plentiful coffee-tea breaks every day. When registering please state which kind of room you wish and be aware that there is only a limited number of single rooms available.


Please note that we are reaching the limit of possible registrations.If you register now please wait until we confirm your place in the module. You will receive this information until 1st November 2019. Thank you for your understanding!

If you feel like indulging into an in-depth experience and combining the two November weeks in Peace Castle Schlaining "The Art of Living and Dying with Jean Farrell" and "Every Body Knows with Defne Erdur" we will offer a special rate  of EUR 1730,- for both weeks in a double room.  This includes both Breathwork weeks with food and accommodation for the respective dates.  The in-between nights from 22-24 November are extra.

If you need any further information please contact us at info@holotropic-association.eu. 

Venue Name

Peace Castle Schlaining


Rochusplatz 1 Stadtschlaining, Austria, A-7461

Rochusplatz 1,

7461 Stadtschlaining


Payment Details

To reserve your place please transfer the full amount when registering for the workshop. To benefit from the early bird price please transfer until 23th October 2019.

Please use the following Bank Account:

Holotropic Association
Otto-Probst-Platz 8/1/14
1100 Wien, Austria
IBAN: AT42 1420 0200 1095 2132
Reference Code: Living and dying + Your Name (name of participant)

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation fee is always 100 Euro.

If you cancel the module within 30 days before the course, the amount transferred will not be refunded, but it could be applied to any other workshop or Module during the following 4 years

(with Holotropic Association Austria).

If you cancel the workshop more than 30 days in advance the total amount (minus the 100 Euro cancellation fee) will be refunded.


If the organisation is cancelling:

If the organisation should cancel the event due to any reason, the entire amount paid for the cancelled event will be refund to the participants.
: The organisation will not take responsibilities for any additional expenses the cancellation may cause to the participant, as for example, travel expenses (flight tickets, car rental, etc.)

Travel Information

Traveling by car:

Peace Castle Schlaining is located in the Southern part of Austria.

Driving distance from Vienna: 1.5 hours
Driving distance from Bratislava: 2 hours
Driving distance from Zagreb/Ljubljana: 2.5 hours


Traveling by plane

Vienna International Airport (VIE)http://www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers

Bratislava (BTS)http://www.bts.aero/en/passengers/, from Bratislava airport a direct bus goes to Vienna.

From Vienna airport a direct bus goes five times a day to Pinggau (half an hour from Peace Castle Schlaining). For those arriving to Vienna a day before the starting day we will try to assist in arranging car sharing opportunities or if this does not work out arrange a transfer possibility from Pinggau to Schlaining. For the return on Sunday we can organize a transfer to Pinggau bus station after the closure of the workshop for the busses departing at 15:20 and 17:40.

The bus schedule looks as follows:

Airport Vienna - Pinggau and return Pinggau - Airport Vienna

10:30 - 11:50------------------03:40 - 05:10

13:10 - 14:30------------------05:40 - 07:10

16:10 - 17:30------------------07:40 - 09:10

18:10 - 19:30------------------10:30 - 12:00

20:10 - 21:30------------------13:00 - 14:30

22:10 - 23:30------------------15:20 - 16:50

00:10 - 01:30------------------17:40 - 19:10

You can also check the link here: Bus airport Vienna - Pinggau

The other possibility is to go from Vienna airport to Vienna center and take the bus from Vienna Center (Karlsplatz or Matzleinsdorfer Platz/Triester Strasse) to Oberwart, which is ten minutes from Schlaining.

Public transport by bus from Vienna City Center

is available regulary from Vienna to Oberwart (10 min from Schlaining). Also here we try to organize a transfer to Schlaining or you can take a taxi. Bus schedule Vienna - Oberwart: Download here

What to do in Stadtschlaining

Stadtschlaining is located in the Thermal Spa area of Austria with Volcanic waters allowing for a beautiful relaxing expereince. The closest spa is a 15 minute taxi drive away in Bad Tatzmannsdorf: http://www.avita.at/de.html

Furthermore, you can explore the beautiful nature around Stadtschlaining on several hiking paths and visit the castle and its Peace Museum.