Jan 24, 2020

Holotropic Breathwork -workshop: Presence


Theme of this workshop is presence. By cultivating our presence, we can become more conscious and have more acceptance towards ourselves and to our environment. On Friday and Sunday we will do simple exercises to deepen our skill of presence. On Saturday there will be two breathing sessions, in which each participants will be breathing and sitting in one session. Presence has important role also in breathwork: breather aims to be conscious of his/her inner world and body, and in addition follows spontaneous impulses that arise within, sitter gives his/her gift of presence for the breather. Both roles are many times experienced as impressive and very meaningful. Workshop takes place in Turku, Konsan Kartano (Virusmäentie 9, 20300 Turku) with bus connection and also within walking distance from Turku center. There is space for 20 participants. Vegan lunch and dinner are included on Saturday, there will be also snacks and tea/coffee during whole the workshop. There is possibility to sleep on the floor of the breathing room (15€/night, including breakfast). No previous experience of Holotropic Breathwork is required for this workshop. 

Workshop in our website: www.holotropic.fi/hbpresence

in Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/756254291516798/


Preliminary schedule


16:00-17:00 Introduction lecture to Holotropic Breathwork (mandatory for new breathers)

17:00-18:00 Registration of the workshop

18:00-21:00 Opening the workshop and exercises of presence


9:00-21:00 2 x breathing session and tools for integration


9:00-14:30 Exercises of integration and presence, talking circle, closing the workshop

How to reserve your place in the Workshop:

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


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

(Payment details below)

Your place will be confirmed after you have filled the registration and medical forms and payed the deposit fee or the whole payment of the workshop. If the workshop gets full, there will be a waiting list.

The purpose of Medical form is to survey your relevant background information and possible contraindications for the workshop. This helps us to ensure that you can participate safely to the workshop and that we can support your process safely during and after the workshop. If you answer “yes” to some question, it doesn't automatically mean, that you cannot participate. If needed, we will be in touch with you and if possible, we will try to find a safe way for you to participate. If some question is unclear to you, ask us for clarification. It is important to answer honestly and write all the necessary information.

We will also interview all the participants, who have not been before in our workshops. Interview is also an good opportunity to ask questions or express any thoughts and feelings regarding the workshop. If you have been breathing with us before, but would like to discuss your situation by phone/skype, feel free to contact us!

Payment information:

Workshop prices:

Full price: 230€ // Earlybird 220€ until 29.12.

Student / unemployed / senior citizen price: 210€ // Earlybird 200€ until 29.12.

(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(€): Workshop price (230€/220€/210€/200€) / deposit fee (50€)

Message: Workshop 1/20 + Your full name

It is also possible to pay the workshop in cash but in this case we wish that you could pay the reservation fee to our account and the rest of the payment when arriving to the workshop. If you choose to sleep in the venue, you can pay for it with cash during registration (15€/night)

If you have some 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 good solution.

Deposit- / cancellation fee 50€

If you need to cancel your participation to the workshop, we will refund your payment fully if the cancellation is done before 12.1. If the cancellation is done after that, we will need to 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 disorders, with recent fractures or surgical operations, with acute infections or to epileptics. If you are not sure if this workshop is safe for you, just contact us so we can discuss about your situation.

Facilitators of the workshop

Nora McDonnell

Nora is a secondary school teacher in the west of Ireland and enjoys bringing the holotropic perspective to her everyday interactions with young people. She has been involved with Holotropic Breathwork since the late nineties and certified as a GTT facilitator in 2011. Since then she has facilitated at workshops and training modules in Ireland, England, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Austria. She runs workshops in a scenic rural setting in Connemara, County Galway on the west coast with Claire Matthews.

She also regards herself as a freelance facilitator and enjoys travelling to share in the Holotropic Breathwork experience in all its capacities wherever it takes her. She sees Holotropic Breathwork as a way of life rather than just something she does.

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 has 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. Lately he has been interested in the connection between music, singing and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Right now he is writing a book about former birth hospital in Turku. He loves meditation, biking in the forest, playing piano and genuine connection with other beings.

Anna Luik lives in Tallinn, Estonia but works in Finland as general practitioner for Terveystalo. She started Holotropic Breathwork training at 2016 and got certified in 2018. Holotropic Breathwork, non-ordinary states of consciousness, plant medicines and psychedelics interest her more and more. For she it is very important to understand how to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Nature and animals play also important role in her life.

Rafal Naczelnik

Rafał is from Poland and since 2015 he has been in the Grof Transpersonal Training.

During last years he was participating in the different workshops, where he was experiencing and searching methods and approaches that could help him go through his own difficulties. For him Holotropic Breathwork is the very deep coherent form of therapeutic work which combines body, mind and spirit.

From profession he is an engineer. He likes spending time in the nature, spontaneous dancing, swimming and the working out with his own bodyweight.

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Holotropic Breathwork® is a powerful technique for self-healing and self-exploration allowing for greater self-understanding, expansion of self-identity and access to the roots of emotional and psychosomatic challenges one might face. Holotropic Breathwork® comes from the Greek words ‘holos’ (whole) and ‘trepein’ (going to) meaning moving towards wholeness.


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