Nov 20, 2020

Holotropic Breathwork and the Spirit of Cacao -retreat

Welcome to enjoy the warmth of cacao and the miracles of breathwork during the darkest time of the autumn in Holotropic Breathwork and the spirit of Cacao -retreat! This full board retreat takes place in beautiful archipelago, with wooden sauna and swimming possibilities. On Friday we will have cacao-ceremony where we can open to ourselves with high quality ceremonial cacao, sound meditation, dancing, singing and soft tantric practices. On Saturday we will continue the inner journey with two breathing sessions, in which each participant will be breathing in one session and sitting for the breather-partner in one session. On Sunday we will offer techniques and tips for integration.

There is space for 18 participants. Accommodation and delicious vegan food is included on the price. Lunch and dinner are included on Saturday, on Sunday we will eat lunch together in the end of the retreat. There will also be snacks and tea/coffee during the workshop. No previous experience of Holotropic Breathwork or ceremony-work is required. We will use finnish and english languages, translation in both ways are provided if needed. 

Retreat is held in a beautiful natural landscape in archipelago, in Pyölinranta camping-center (Pyölintie 77, 21500 Piikkiö). We have an atmospheric cabin with wooden sauna at the sea-shore and peaceful building for the cacao-ceremony and breathwork. Accommodation is provided in a separate house close to forest. We will arrange shared car rides to get to the place. If needed we can pick you up from Piikkiö, where you can get with bus from Turku (schedules will be announced later).

Event is also in Facebook and in HB-Finland website:

Full price:
320€ / Earlybird 290€ (until 1.10.)

Student / unemployed / senior citizen price:
290€ / Earlybird 260€ (until 1.10.)

(10€ discount from all ticket groups for HB Finland ry members)
(Prices includes 10% VAT)

Preliminary schedule


16:00-22:00 Opening the workshop, Cacao ceremony


9:00-22:00 2 x breathing session, talking circle and sauna


9:00-15:00 Tips and techniques for integration, 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 whole payment of the workshop

(Payment details below)

Your place will be confirmed after you have filled the registration and medical forms and paid 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. In such a case we are going to get in touch with you so we can try to find together a safe way for you to participate. If some question is unclear to you, ask us for clarification.

We will interview all the participants, who have not been before in our workshops. It is also an good opportunity to ask questions or express any thoughts regarding the workshop.

Payment information:

Full price:

320€ / Earlybird 290€ (until 1.10.)

Student / unemployed / senior citizen price:

290€ / Earlybird 260€ (until 1.10.)

(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 (320€/290€/260€)

Message: Workshop 11/20 + Your full name

You can also pay the amount in smaller portions. In this case we would ask you to pay 100€ to the bank account and to pay the rest of the payment latest in the registration where you can pay with cash, bank transfer or mobile pay.

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.

If you need for some reason to cancel your participation to the workshop, we will refund your payment fully if the cancellation is done before 18.10. If the cancellation is done after that, we will need to keep half of the fee. If you need to cancel due to sickness, we will refund whole payment if you can show medical report. If workshop gets cancelled due to corona-situation, we will refund all payments.

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 recent fractures or surgical operations, with acute infections or epileptics. If you are not sure if this workshop is safe for you, just contact us so we can discuss your situation.

About Cacao-ceremony

Cacao has been used ritually in ceremonies for thousands of years in the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica. The intention of our cacao-ceremony is to create a safe space where you explore yourself and enjoy the full spectrum of the wonders of human life. With delicious ceremonial-cacao we can softly start to listen more deeply ourselves. We can meet others with authenticity and feel the community. We can dance, sing or just enjoy the beautiful music. We can be ourselves. The facilitators of the cacao-ceremony are Aliisa from Maa-Ilma-tantra and Magdalena and Saara from Myötävärähtely. They have been holding cacao-ceremonies in Turku since 2019.

The Cacao for this ceremony comes from the Tz’utujil tribe in Guatemala, a branch of the Maya Qui-che tribe. We will donate a portion of the profit to Nana Marina Cruz, a healer who is one of the spiritual leaders of the tribe and is one of the producers of this cacao. We want to give back to their community, as bearers of the tradition of wisdom in cacao ceremonies, so that Mayan culture, language, and ancient knowledge are preserved.

NB! Please report to us if you are pregnant, if you take SSRI medication or if you have heart disease, so that we can provide a replacement drink

About Holotropic Breathwork

Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful method for self-exploration and therapy. It uses enhanced breathing and evocative music to create holotropic states of consciousness, which can be very healing, transformative and informative. Holotropic Breathwork is a self-empowering technique, where you can learn to let go and connect to your Inner healing wisdom. The intention is to create safe and open space where every participant can dive as deep within as is needed or as what feels right. The general strategy in the session is to follow whatever is happening spontaneously and expressing it in a way it wants to be expressed. At any moment and for any reason you can ask facilitators to support your process. They can also do energy releasing bodywork to help the session to move on. Holotropic Breathwork was created by Stan and Christina Grof as an alternative for therapy with psychedelics in the 1970's. The holotropic facilitators of this retreat are Valde and Jussi (the founders of Holotropic Breathwork Finland ry) and Rachel (Holotropic practitioner in Berlin)

Facilitators of the workshop

Aliisa Tiuraniemi

Aliisa is a Tantric Life Coach, TRE instructor and life wonderer. Aliisa wants to embrace life in its all aspects. For years her path has taken her towards deeper and gentler connection with the body.

Aliisa has been holding women's circles in Turku for a couple of years. She has also facilitated free dance. Nowadays Aliisa runs tantric workshops as the second founder of Maa-Ilma Tantra and facilitates TRE workshops and private sessions. In the autumn of 2020 Aliisa will also start doing tantric treatments (dearmoring).

Magdalena Mölsä

Magdalena Sofia aka Vaskilintu is a vocalist, modern nature mystic and ritualist. Magdalena is inspired by the healing therapeutic aspects of ceremonial music as well as embodied holistic sound work. She has spent time in Ecuador and Colombia exploring Earth-Based traditions of healing, studying Nada Yoga, which is the yogic philosophy of sound in India, and in the fall of 2020 she will begin to study initiation rites under Juuri Voima. Magdalena has facilitated holistic sound use -workshops since 2019 (Ancient Sounds workshop, and as a new 2020 Sacred Sound course) and facilitates regular sound journeys and sound relaxations with Myötävärähtely. She also facilitates cacao ceremonies, retreats, courses and women’s circles.

Her work has foundation in intersectionality and earth-based practises. Decolonizing and reclaiming ancestral traditions are in the core of her focus. She embraces balanced and grounded spirituality, that uses of activisms as a key to defend and restore our ecosystems.

Saara Jurvelin

Saara is studying occupational therapy and is interested in the possibilities of music in supporting a person's holistic well-being. She is Peter Hess singing bowl masseur and does massages as a side job. Saara expresses her musicality through several different instruments.

Myötävärähtely is a sound relaxation and sound journey -collective founded in 2019 by Saara Jurvelin and Magdalena Sofia. In their soundscapes they combine traditional sound therapy instruments with live looping. Ravast, Gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, piano and various other instruments are heard in their evenings. Saara and Magdalena provide live music experiences in the retreat.

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 is a writer. Valde has been academically and practically interested in non-ordinary states of consciousness, meditation, psychedelics, buddhism and other mystically oriented branches of religions. He loves meditation, biking in the forest, playing piano and genuine connection with other beings.

Jussi Alihanka

Jussi is from Turku Finland and he is a medical doctor and is specializing in psychiatry. His interest about the healing potential of the non-ordinary states of consciousness comes from his own experiences with different practices. He is currently in the GTT holotropic breathwork facilitator training and also has started the TRE facilitator and MBSR teacher training. He is starting integrated psychotherapy training 2019. Jussi is together with Valde the founders of the Holotropic Finland ry and going to work passionately to make this practice more known and more available in Finland. Jussi grounds himself with swimming, climbing, friends, music and nature

Rachel Bongartz

Born 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 Psychology and later Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies. In August 2016, she accomplished the Grof Transpersonal Training and became a facilitator in Holotropic Breathwork. Self-awareness and spiritual growth is very important to her. She is a passionate 5 Rhythms dancer and she has experienced that expanded holotropic states of consciousness carry the potential for healing and self-fulfilment.