Healing the Divide features Stanislav Grof’s return to Esalen, where he co-founded and developed Holotropic Breathwork. Stan will be accompanied by his wife Brigitte, who has been conducting Holotropic Breathwork workshops and training for thirty years, senior facilitator for Grof Transpersonal Training Diane Haug, and Gender Equity and Reconcilation founding directors Cynthia Brix and William Keepin. This workshop integrates two innovative modalities to support deep healing of the gender divide in human society that stems from cultural conditioning related to gender, sexuality, and relational intimacy. This experience is for people who yearn for authentic healing and reconciliation between the masculine and feminine on both inner personal levels and outer relational levels.
Mornings will be devoted to Gender Equity and Reconciliation, a unique process developed over 25 years in multiple countries that facilitates transformational healing across the gender divisions in society. Participants will have the opportunity to share deeply about gender and sexual conditioning in their personal lives while working in same-gender and mixed-gender groups. The process engages multiple dimensions of group process in a safe space, including storytelling, small group interaction, ceremony, and other experiential participation.
Afternoons will be spent in Holotropic Breathwork sessions, giving participants the opportunity to activate the natural inner healing energies within the psyche and facilitate internal experiences that are often profoundly healing. Breathwork experiences are guided by participants’ innate inner wisdom, and are therefore uniquely tailored to each individual. Evenings will include sharing and integration, during which participants can discover key insights and experiences. On the last evening, participants will co-create a special healing ceremony. Co-presenters for the week include Zanele Khumalo and John Tsungme Guy.
Note: This workshop intends to balance genders and create an inclusive and supportive environment for all participants. All gender identities are welcome to participate. Please be familiar with Breathwork contraindicators, which can be found here: www.grof-holotropic-breathwork.net/page/hb-faqs#faq13.
This is an intensive workshop, and requires approximately 8 hours of participation each day. Participants agree to attend all sessions. This workshop is deeply experiential and may involve intense and energetic emotional release.