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Transpersonal Breathwork Practices: Circular Breathing™, Qigong, and Integrative Gestalt Practice™
August 13–18, 2023
August 13–18, 2023
Perry Holloman, Johanna Holloman, and Mac Murphy

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Join us for a transformative workshop where ancient traditions intersect with modern science to unleash the power of transpersonal breathwork practices. Through this week-long immersive experience, you will discover the profound benefits of Circular Breathing and other multicultural techniques that have been embraced  by Western science.

Circular Breathing is a potent way to access non-ordinary states of consciousness without the use of psychedelics. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to participate in four longer breathwork sessions, each designed to take you on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Our mornings will begin with an optional morning dip in Hot Springs creek, led by Mac Murphy, followed by energy-building practices from Qigong and Wim Hof. Perry and Johanna will then teach practices of breath control as described by James Nestor in his groundbreaking book, Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art.

Each afternoon, we will delve deeper into the transformative practice of Circular Breathing under the guidance of Perry, Johanna, and Mac. With the support of a “sitter,” we will explore accelerated breathing techniques that have been documented to have profound effects by Harvard Mind-Body Clinic co-founder Herbert Benson, MD.

Creating time for integration, articulation, and creative expression is an important part of the workshop process. Expect to express through drawing images that arise from our breathwork, writing poetry, and exploring ourselves using the powerful tool of Integrative Gestalt Practice under the experienced guidance of Perry and Johanna.

Come ready to relax your body and mind, and to let the supporting music guide you on a journey into your essential being. Breathing is  the first thing we do entering this life, and the last thing as we exit.

Breathwork has the power to show us who we really are beyond the veils of our ego structure. Join us for a transformative week of self-inquiry! Experience the convergence of ancient traditions and modern science to unlock your potential for personal growth and healing.

Recommended Reading: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor

Learn more about the requirements to receive continuing education credit.

Lead photo:
Brody Q Scotland
Perry Holloman

Perry Holloman

Perry Holloman has been a teacher and practitioner of Esalen Massage, Deep Bodywork, and body-oriented approaches to Relational Gestalt Process work for more than 30 years. He teaches in the US, Asia, and Europe and makes his home in Big Sur.

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Johanna Holloman

Johanna Holloman

Johanna Holloman is a German-born clinical psychologist and Diamond Approach® teacher. Her international teachings in Integrative Gestalt Coaching™, Integrative Somatic Practice™, Deep Bodywork®, Esalen Massage®, and Yoga focus on embodied presence and inner development through inquiry, breath and movement.

Read More

Mac Murphy

Mac Murphy

Mac Murphy is a practitioner of Esalen Massage & Bodywork and Human Transformation, and he guides students in harnessing their innate power. Mac teaches a variety of breathwork practices, including Daoist Qi Gong, Tumo breathwork, Kundalini, and Pranayama

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Workshop Schedule

Sunday
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Summer Groovers will experience Esalen in a format similar to our Self Guided Explorations workshops. Each Summer Groove week or weekend will open and close with a circle, and be filled with festive, nostalgic activities that harken back to those days of yore.

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Please note: On Wednesday September 20, online registration may be unavailable for up to 15 minutes while system maintenance is performed. If the 'Register Now' page does not load, please wait about 15 minutes and try again.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive tuition that includes lodging, three meals per day, access to the baths, and all activities on the Summer Groove schedule.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

First, sign up and pay tuition directly to

Second, click Book Accommodations from this page and enter the password to complete your reservation to stay at Esalen.

Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

As of June 30, 2023 we no longer require a negative COVID test at the time of check in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

All-inclusive Pricing

Perry Holloman, Johanna Holloman, and Mac Murphy

August 13–18, 2023
Register Now

Join us for a transformative workshop where ancient traditions intersect with modern science to unleash the power of transpersonal breathwork practices. Through this week-long immersive experience, you will discover the profound benefits of Circular Breathing and other multicultural techniques that have been embraced  by Western science.

Circular Breathing is a potent way to access non-ordinary states of consciousness without the use of psychedelics. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to participate in four longer breathwork sessions, each designed to take you on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Our mornings will begin with an optional morning dip in Hot Springs creek, led by Mac Murphy, followed by energy-building practices from Qigong and Wim Hof. Perry and Johanna will then teach practices of breath control as described by James Nestor in his groundbreaking book, Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art.

Each afternoon, we will delve deeper into the transformative practice of Circular Breathing under the guidance of Perry, Johanna, and Mac. With the support of a “sitter,” we will explore accelerated breathing techniques that have been documented to have profound effects by Harvard Mind-Body Clinic co-founder Herbert Benson, MD.

Creating time for integration, articulation, and creative expression is an important part of the workshop process. Expect to express through drawing images that arise from our breathwork, writing poetry, and exploring ourselves using the powerful tool of Integrative Gestalt Practice under the experienced guidance of Perry and Johanna.

Come ready to relax your body and mind, and to let the supporting music guide you on a journey into your essential being. Breathing is  the first thing we do entering this life, and the last thing as we exit.

Breathwork has the power to show us who we really are beyond the veils of our ego structure. Join us for a transformative week of self-inquiry! Experience the convergence of ancient traditions and modern science to unlock your potential for personal growth and healing.

Recommended Reading: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor

Learn more about the requirements to receive continuing education credit.

Lead photo:
Brody Q Scotland
Perry Holloman

Perry Holloman has been a teacher and practitioner of Esalen Massage, Deep Bodywork, and body-oriented approaches to Relational Gestalt Process work for more than 30 years. He teaches in the US, Asia, and Europe and makes his home in Big Sur.

Read More

Johanna Holloman

Johanna Holloman is a German-born clinical psychologist and Diamond Approach® teacher. Her international teachings in Integrative Gestalt Coaching™, Integrative Somatic Practice™, Deep Bodywork®, Esalen Massage®, and Yoga focus on embodied presence and inner development through inquiry, breath and movement.

Read More

Mac Murphy

Mac Murphy is a practitioner of Esalen Massage & Bodywork and Human Transformation, and he guides students in harnessing their innate power. Mac teaches a variety of breathwork practices, including Daoist Qi Gong, Tumo breathwork, Kundalini, and Pranayama

Read More

Workshop Schedule

Sunday
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 8:15 am
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Summer Groovers will experience Esalen in a format similar to our Self Guided Explorations workshops. Each Summer Groove week or weekend will open and close with a circle, and be filled with festive, nostalgic activities that harken back to those days of yore.

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive tuition that includes lodging, three meals per day, access to the baths, and all activities on the Summer Groove schedule.

We offer scholarship funds for those with financial need. Learn more.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

First, sign up and pay tuition directly to

Second, click Book Accommodations from this page and enter the password to complete your reservation to stay at Esalen.

Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

As of June 30, 2023 we no longer require a negative COVID test at the time of check in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

All-inclusive Pricing