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.
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.
In recent years, we have witnessed a renewed interest in psychedelic therapy and research being called “the psychedelic renaissance.” Many people are discovering the potential benefits of psychedelic substances and master plants, and shamanism has become an increasingly sought method for healing. Dozens of clinical trials study the efficacy of psychedelic medicines such as MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine to treat serious conditions like PTSD and treatment-resistant depression. With respect to this new era of psychedelics, those of us involved with the Holotropic paradigm have much to contribute and consider. How do psychedelics compare with or compliment Holotropic Breathwork® as tools for personal development? What is the role of Holotropic Breathwork® now that psychedelics are becoming an accessible therapeutic method? How is the future of Holotropic Breathwork® affected, now that more people can access deep experiences through psychedelics and master plants?
6 day-residential workshop (in English) integrating lectures with deep experiential practice of Holotropic Breathwork Grof Transpersonal Training staff Peter Köllerer, Jean Farrell Sonja Busch, Thomas Liska Hotel Friedrichshof ,Austria This course is aimed at persons interested in Transpersonal Psychology. This is one of the four mandatory modules to become an HB certified facilitator. In this module, we will explore the necessary elements to create a Holotropic Breathwork session.
6-day residential module with Sitara Blasco and GTT Staff This module offers an exciting exploration of the philosophy, principles, and strategies underlying the experience and practice of Holotropic Breathwork®. Topics included: 1. Origin of Holotropic Breathwork. 2. Holotropic Principles and Holotropic Strategy. 3. The Inner Healer. 4. Cartography. 5. Perinatal Matrices. 6. COEX Systems. 7. Holotropic Lineage. The Legacy of Stan Grof 8. Therapeutic mechanisms operating in Holotropic Breathwork. During the course of the six-day workshop, each participant will experience two sessions of HB as an experiencer, or "breather", and two sessions as a partner, or "sitter". Besides the breathwork experiences and the topics covered (described above), there will be art, music, dancing, film, and integration during the workshop. This is one of the four mandatory modules to become a HB certified facilitator. To participate in the module it is not necessary to have previous experience in Holotropic Breathwork. It is required to complete a brief confidential medical form. If you wish to continue with the Grof Transpersonal Training, this module is one of the four mandatory required.
New ways to look at psychology and spirituality are offering exciting possibilities in the recovery movement, both for individual seekers and for those who work in the treatment field. This module explores a whole continuum, from the idea of addiction as an extreme form of attachment, which affects everyone and which is crucial to spiritual seekers of all practices, to the more articulate forms of addiction: substance, process, relationship, and more. Through theory, discussion and experiential exercises, we’ll look at: The disease paradigm of recovery; The wellness paradigm and the transpersonal recovery centre; Implications of perinatal...
GTT module The Power Within: The Practice of Holotropic Breathwork
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.