Complementary Therapies

Exploring expanded states of consciousness

Fancy discovering your true self in an expanded state of consciousness?

Cherry Tree Lodge near Saline in Fife is the only retreat in Scotland to currently host Holotropic Breathwork Weekends, which offer a journey ‘through your inner landscape’.

Holotropic Breathwork was developed by Czech-born psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Grof & his wife, Christina, as a substance-free successor to his LSD (psychedelic drug) based research and psychedelic therapy of the 60’s and 70’s.

Grof is one of the founders of Transpersonal Psychology. He recorded, time and time again, the profound healing which could come about when his subjects returned from expanded states of consciousness.

Lots of people report that journeying into expanded states of consciousness with Holotropic Breathwork has been instrumental in helping them to connect with who and what they truly are.

They were able to reconnect with what their life is about and bring about a stronger sense of purpose, more confident way of being in the world, and a deeper inner peace.

Cherry Tree Lodge

According to Mark Baugh of Cherry Tree Lodge, expanded states of consciousness are entered by a combination of very simple means, including slightly accelerated breathing, evocative music, and a technique of bodywork which helps to release residual bio-energetic and emotional blocks.

A ‘breather’ will be supported by a ‘sitter’ and facilitators. Sessions last for about three hours, with sharing and integration afterwards.

“For thousands of years, mankind has entered into Expanded States of Consciousness (ESC) in different ways, in different cultures around the globe,” says Mark.

“Why? For the purpose of learning, healing and creating for the benefit of individuals and for the benefit of the tribe.

“Holotropic Breathwork is a contemporary, substance-free way of entering ESC.” 

Jack Kornfield, who is a best-selling American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism, says: “The vision behind Holotropic Breathwork radically redefines the role of healer, shifting from, ‘the healer as expert’ to ‘the healer as midwife’.

“In this role, the healer safeguards, facilitates and supports the participant’s own profound natural healing process. In this revision it is not the healer that is wise but the psyche of the participant whose wisdom is tended and brought to flower.

“The therapeutic benefits of Holotropic Breathwork can be remarkable. The healing of illness, anxiety, depression and conflict, the release and healing of trauma and abuse, the re-integration of family and community, the opening of compassion, forgiveness, courage and love, the reclaiming of purpose, the finding of our lost soul and the highest insights of spiritual understanding can all come spontaneously from the unfolding of this powerful process.”

Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful method of self-exploration that uses a combination of accelerated breathing, evocative music and a type of bodywork that helps to release residual bioenergetics and emotional blocks.

The sessions are usually conducted in groups; participants work in pairs and alternate the roles of breather and sitter. The process is supervised by trained facilitators who assist participants with bodywork where needed. Following the sessions participants start to integrate their breathwork experience by painting mandalas and by sharing accounts of their inner journeys. Holotropic translates as “moving towards wholeness”.

Caledonian Holotropic – adventures in Expanded States of Consciousness

Caledonian Holotropic invites you to a Holotropic experience at Cherry Tree Lodge – a retreat centre in Fife ‘nourishing mind, body & soil’ which is set in a stunning landscape looking across the Ochils range to Ben Lomond.

Upcoming events are:

24 March 7.30pm – Holotropic Webinar – What’s it all about? – Meet the facilitators

12 – 14 April – Holotropic Weekend @ Cherry Tree Lodge

13 – 16 June – Summer Holotropic Retreat Ireland

Caledonian Holotropic hosts free webinars to help you decide if an experiential Breathwork Weekend is right for you.

Mark Baugh & Kate Curtis are certified facilitators for Caledonian Holotropic, which is a member of holotropic-association.eu – a European network of certified practitioners that work to shared standards.

 To find out more, contact Mark on 07940 421038.

lyndahamiltonparker
Lynda Hamilton Parker is a Scottish PR expert and independent publisher

Leave a Reply