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Introduction to Holotropic Breathwork- Interview with Mary Louise Gould

Mary Louise Gould will be facilitating Introduction to Holotropic Breathwork, January 27-29, 2017 at Hope Springs. 

Mary Louise GouldWhat is Holotropic Breathwork?
Holotropic Breathwork is a method for enabling access to the wisdom of the unconscious for increased self-awareness, self-empowerment and healing by using breath, “wrap around” sound, and guidance from the inner healer. Together they move you from your ordinary rational, everyday reality into a state of non-ordinary or expanded consciousness. A session activates your capacity to live more fully, with a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself, your relationship with others, your place in the world and the inter-connectedness of all life.

How does being at Hope Springs help facilitate this work?

I'm looking forward to this retreat at such a unique center, devoted to human development and global well-being and located in such a beautiful natural setting.  January is an introspective time of year and is perfect for a dive into our interior and to opening to new insights and healing, in a community of like-minded souls.

What can people expect during this workshop?

Holotropic Breathwork is a highly experiential process so a large portion of the weekend (a whole day, in fact) is devoted to the Breathwork experience itself.  Because people will work in pairs, there is a session for each partner -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon, divided by a light lunch. Other than that, to begin and end the weekend there will be an introduction to the purpose, philosophy, and process of Holotropic Breathwork and a follow up reflection on the process. 

When they leave the workshop, what do you want them to take away?

I want participants to go home feeling good about themselves.  The exact experience of each person will vary.  Because it is guided by each person’s inner healer, life-force, psyche, deepest reality, essence, or whatever one wishes to call it, the experience will be an expression of what is best and appropriate that day for that person. It could be something that is about healing biographical material, it could be something about current issues, it could be artistic inspiration, it could be a birth experience, it could be a sense of connection with the animal or natural world, or even the cosmos, or it could be a profound spiritual experience.

On the other hand, some people have an extraordinary experience with and within their bodies alone.  It is not necessarily psychological.  It will depend on the individual’s readiness and need as offered by psyche and her inner wisdom. 

Sometimes something difficult arises, but that is what needs to be healed, and psyche offers it up for healing.  I have never seen anyone harmed by this process.  It is sometimes challenging, even painful, and very often inspiring and opening, but it has never harmed anyone.  So even if you are being called by your inner healer to look at/experience something difficult, some place in you knows that this is the time to do it.   

Mary-Louise Gould, EdM, is certified in Holotropic Breathwork by the Grof Transpersonal Training Program in 1987, Mary-Louise has since offered workshops all over the USA and in Europe in this modality for self discovery and healing, including programs with Stanislov Grof  (creator of Holotropic Breathwork) and Jack Kornfield (founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center).  Mary-Louise was a practicing LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) for 15 years  (1990 – 2005) where she brought a special devotion to trauma survivors and their recovery.

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