Sonja Busch

About

Sonja is GTT Europe Coordinator and Founder of the European Association for Holotropic Breathwork. She works in private practice as Bowen Body Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. Specialised in trauma healing she has a broad background in working in the areas of gender based violence, trafficking in persons, sexual abuse, unaccompanied minor refugees, street children etc. in Austria and abroad, especially in (post-) conflict countries.

Her educational background is in Bowen Body Therapy, master studies in clinical supervision, coaching and organisational development as well as a master degree in political science and sociology. She lectures at universities and universities of applied science in Austria and abroad and also facilitates conferences and workshops.

Sonja regularly organises HB workshops in Austria and has been facilitating in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Currently, she is exploring as certified SoulCollage® Facilitator the potentials of this beautiful technique to support people in integrating experiences in extraordinary states of consciousness. 

Qualifications

Holotropic Breathwork taught me to trust the inherent inner healing wisdom of my body and soul. Helping me to truly transform my life I am passionate about Holotropic Breathwork and its healing potentials and I am grateful that as a facilitator I can give back some of the support I received during my own process.

Sonja Busch

Upcoming Events (11)

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Double Holotropic Breathwork Weekend Vienna / Holotropes Atmen Wien, 15th-18th August 2024 - Haus Ahom

2024-08-15 00:00:00


Double Holotropic Breathwork Weekend Vienna / Holotropes Atmen Wien, 15th-18th August 2024 - Haus Ahom

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Double Holotropic Breathwork workshop in Hungary - 12-15th September 2024

2024-09-12 00:00:00


This 2.5-day Holotropic Breathwork workshop allows for experiencing expensed state of consciousness in a safe and supported setting that can offer the possibility for self-healing and further self-exploration. Participants will have the opportunity to experience two sessions as breathers and two as sitters in a safe, warm, inclusive and non-judgmental setting.

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Ahom Vienna 1.5 days 15th-16th November 2024

2024-11-15 00:00:00


Holotropic Breathwork, Holotropes Atmen Wien am 23-24 Juni 2024

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CHAOS AND ORDER: Holotropic Breathwork® and Zen

2024-11-26 00:00:00


This five-day retreat offers a unique opportunity for inner work and self-exploration to discover your true self through combining two powerful practices: Four sessions of Holotropic Breathwork® are combined with Zen Meditation practice.  The Zazen practice is led by the abbot of the BergZendo, Seigaku Kigen Oshō, an experienced Zen practitioner and teacher in the lineage of Tathagata Zen in the Rinzai tradition, ordained in 1991.

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GTT MODULE "FACILITATION OF HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK PROCESSES" - Austria 2nd-7th of February 2025 JUANJO SEGURA

2025-02-02 00:00:00


In this module, we will explore: - The power of contact; where and how. - Sharing the experiential field of the breather. - The intermittent nature of the process. - The challenge of doing not doing. - Understanding and supporting different kinds of processes. This module involves intense practice of facilitation with direct advice from experienced practitioners and shadow guidance to improve your presence and skills. To maximize your training, in the breathwork sessions sitters will facilitate breathers, and the staff will support you if needed. There will be space for dialogue, questions, and answers to discuss situations and gain confidence in your facilitation. To assist it is indispensable to have done the mandatory module The Power Within (“the Bodywork module”) to have experience as a breather/sitter and some facilitation skills.

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GTT Module - "Trauma Trasformazione" - "Trauma Transformation" Assisi Italy - 5th-10th May 2025 with Sonja Busch

2025-05-05 00:00:00


Trauma is the Greek word for wound, a wounding. We all have woundings; from birth to death, and even before birth. These can be demanding in their intensity, in their impact on us, and in our relationship with ourselves, others, and our environment. The module will focus on the impact of trauma on physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.  We will explore holotropic strategies that can be beneficial in working with these challenging issues. Our approach will be a mixture of theory and experiential practices. Each participant will experience two Holotropic Breathwork sessions as a “breather” and two as a “sitter." Drawing on our personal experience, we will also engage in creative exercises with art materials, writing and movement. Topics and questions we dive into will include: - How the Holotropic Paradigm and the work in expanded states of consciousness is beneficial in integrating and transforming trauma - The trauma process - when to focus on what? - The use of survival strategies and ego defense mechanisms; their effectiveness and limitation - The power of Presence - Understanding Grof's perinatal and transpersonal levels of our being; and the impact of generational links as part of the transpersona This module will not only be useful in our own journey towards wholeness, but will enhance our ability to be present with others - as companions, therapists and facilitators as they work with their own trauma.

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Shamanism meets Holotropic Breathwork-7day-6 nights Spain 22th-28th of September 2025 Jose

2025-09-22 00:00:00


This 7-day, 6-night workshop integrates Holotropic Breathwork with shamanic practices in a harmonious and integrative manner, facilitating a profound healing experience. Following the tradition of an "amazon diet," participants will engage in the consumption of Tobacco and Luz de la Selva, a blend of 8 different master plants. Working with these master plants occurs within a ritual context, emphasizing the intentions of cleansing, healing, and gaining insight, thereby fostering a deep connection with oneself.

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GTT Module - "Spiritual Emergency" - Assisi Italy - 24th-29th November 2025

2025-11-24 00:00:00


Healing and transformation can sometimes imply challenging moments in which we feel destabilized, particularly when following a path that involves experiences in Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness. These moments of crises have been understood as psychosis or psychological regression by some and as opportunities and major breakthroughs by others. Stan and Christina Grof coined the term "Spiritual Emergency" to refer to such states. What is the difference between psychosis and a Spiritual Emergency? How should we support people going through them? In this module, we will explore the different challenging manifestations that people sometimes go through in their journeys of transformation. We aim to understand the reasons that lead to such difficulties and identify the best approaches to support these intense processes from a non-judgmental and caring perspective. In this module, we will cover the following topics: 1) The concept of Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency. 2) The various types of Spiritual Emergencies as described by Stan and Christina Grof. 3) Contemporary perspectives on Spiritual Emergencies, as encountered in current forms of psychedelic therapy, shamanic experiences, and experiential work. 4) Diverse challenges that individuals may face after difficult experiences in Non-Ordinary States 5)Distinguishing between pathological and transformational states. 6) Approaches to addressing different scenarios in Spiritual Emergencies and integration

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Location

Vienna Austria