Mar 15, 2024

Holotropic Breathwork retreat with theme of Compassion

15.-17.3. @ Ystävyyden Majatalo, Finland

Welcome to connect with your compassion and dive deep within with your breath in this full board retreat! Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful method for self-exploration, which utilizes the healing power of breath, music, bodywork and safe space. During the retreat we will also do practices to enhance our compassion, focusing especially on self-compassion.

On friday we land at the venue, meet the group and immerse in compassion-practices. On saturday we will have two breathwork-sessions, where everyone is breathing in one and sitting in one. During the whole retreat we will provide good tools for integration and especially sunday we compassionately deepen the integration process. During evenings there is possibility of a sauna and hole-in-the-ice swimming.

Retreat is held in Ystävyyden Majatalo (Kalkkilantie 74, 25110 Kruusila, The venue is in the middle of Turku and Helsinki and you can reach it easily by bus from both directions. Food and accommodation are included in the price. Along with tasty vegetarian food there will be snacks and tea/coffee during the whole weekend. Accommodations are mainly in personal rooms.

No previous experience of Holotropic Breathwork is required. We will use english and/or finnish, depending on the language of the participants. Translation is provided if needed.

​Preliminary schedule

We will send Introduction lecture for Holotropic Breathwork in video, for the first time breathers it is mandatory to watch it before the retreat


16:00-17:00 Registration

17:00 Opening the retreat

18:30 Dinner

19:30 Compassion practices

21:00 Own time / sauna


8:00 Breakfast

9:00-21:00 Breathing sessions, foods and evening circle

21:00 Free time/sauna


8:00 Breakfast

9:00-12:00 Compassionate integration

12:00-14:00 Closing the retreat and tips for going back home

How to reserve your place in the retreat:

1. Fill the Registration form and Medical form from the link below

The purpose of the Medical form is to survey your relevant background information and possible contraindications for the retreat, please answer it honestly. This helps us to ensure that we can support your process in the best possible way and you can participate safely in the retreat. If any question is unclear to you, ask us for clarification.

2. Pay the Deposit fee (50€) or the whole payment of the retreat

(Payment details below)

Your place will be confirmed after you have filled the registration and medical forms and paid the deposit fee or the whole payment of the retreat. After we have got your payment, we will send you a confirmation email. If you pay just the deposit fee, you need to pay the rest of the payment latest in registration, where you can pay with cash or mobilepay.

We will send an Introductory lecture to Holotropic Breathwork in video, which is mandatory to watch for the first time breathers. After you have watched the video, we will do a interview with all the new participants via zoom 1-2 weeks before the event. The interview is also a good opportunity to ask questions or express any thoughts regarding the retreat.

Payment information:

Price of the retreat (including the deposit fee 50€):

Full price: 460€ / Earlybird 420€ until 1.3.

Student / unemployed / senior citizen price:

400€ / Earlybird 360€ until 1.3.

(10€ discount from all ticket groups for HB Finland ry members)

(Prices includes 10% VAT)


Bank information

Account owner: Holotropic Breathwork Finland ry

Address of the company: Parkinkatu 7 as 1, 20500 Turku, Finland

IBAN: FI20 7997 7990 1619 57


Amount(€): Retreat price / deposit fee (50€)

Message: Retreat 3/24 + Your full name

If you have any problems with the payments or you would like to participate but your financial situation doesn’t allow it, just contact us so we can try to find a good solution.

Deposit- / cancellation fee 50€

If you need for some reason to cancel your participation in the retreat, we will refund your payment fully if the cancellation is done before 3.1. If the cancellation is done after that, we will keep the reservation fee.

Because in the breathing-sessions there can be sometimes strong emotional and physical experiences, for safety reasons it is not generally recommended for pregnant women, people with heart-problems and very high blood pressure, with strong psychiatric illnesses, with ongoing spiritual emergency, with recent fractures or surgical operations, with acute infections or epileptics. If you are not sure if this retreat is safe for you, just contact us so we can discuss your situation.

Facilitators of the retreat

Valde Orrenmaa

Valde lives in Kaarina, in a commune with his friends and cats. He started the Holotropic Breathwork training in 2016 and got certified in 2019, and has been organizing breathwork events since 2018. Valde has a lot of appreciation and passion for this method, it has deepened his own path in very meaningful ways and has teached him to value deeply non-judging, supportive and empowering space for inner growth. He has a masters degree in comparative religion and has been academically and practically interested in non-ordinary states of consciousness, meditation, psychedelics, buddhism and other mystically oriented branches of religions. He is trainer and organizer in finnish psycare and harm reduction organization Kotilo. He is also a writer, aguahara-practitioner, terminal care volunteer and has started cognitive brief-therapist and mindfulness teacher trainings. One of his passions is to integrate yogic-lifestyle and a compassionate way of being into modern society. He loves nature, meditation, music, dancing, karate & kobudo and genuine connection with other beings.

Jussi Alihanka

Jussi lives in Kemiö, and he is a psychiatrist and integrative psychotherapist. 2023 he got certified as Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. His interest about the healing potential of the non-ordinary states of consciousness comes from his own experiences with different practices. Jussi is together with Valde the founder of the Holotropic Finland and is going to work passionately to make this practice more known and more available in Finland.

Iida Hokkanen

Iida discovered Holotropic breathwork in 2019 and since then the method has been a significant part of her own healing journey. The safe, loving and empowering breathwork community has felt so much like home that she was inspired to start the holotropic breathwork facilitator training in 2022.

Enabling holistic well being and body-mind-soul coherence for individuals, groups and communities is Iida’s calling. She is a nature connection guide, gives energy healing treatments and will also become certified as a breathwork coach later on in 2023. Her own ways for connecting with her authentic self include exploring voice and movement, doing breathwork and experiencing the nature.

In her daily life Iida is a Human Resource professional, mother of a wonderful 8-year girl and servant to a fluffy and furry dog. 

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