HOLOTROPIC BREATHWORK™: a prototype for psychedelic sessions

Three Day/Two Night Retreat – OCT 4 – 6 (Fri – Sun), 2019 – Greater Victoria, BC

This professional development retreat will be held at the beautiful Swanwick Centre — tucked away on the outskirts of Victoria, BC, on a 32-acre oceanfront property that offers magnificent views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains.

Come and explore the Holotropic Paradigm and this breath-based approach co-developed by pre-prohibition psychiatrist/researcher/ psychedelic psychotherapist Stan Grof active from 1956 to the present.

This residential 3-day, 2-night retreat will provide an experiential and in-depth didactic exploration of this drug free approach to supporting non ordinary extraordinary states for healing and self-exploration. As we move towards the legalization of psychedelic medicines again, Holotropic Breathwork is being used in training psychedelic psychotherapists in this transitional era.

Within this module, you will experience and learn about:

  • How Holotropic Breathwork provides a safe introduction into future work with psychedelic substances as it is self-generated by the breath.
  • The role of the Inner Healer in psychedelic session
  • The history of Holotropic Breathwork and continuing role alongside other entheogens and psychoactive substances going forward
  • Experiential learnings through the opportunity to enter an altered state and also to then be witness/therapist for another’s journey.
  • An experience of the framework of a Holotropic Breathwork session as a model set and setting for a psychedelic session
  • The importance of facilitator and sitter presence and roles
  • Preparation and integration of the experience will be facilitated through the screening procedure, teleconference calls before and after on  theory and practice, mandala drawing and a distinct verbal group sharing protocol.
  • Application of Holotropic focused release work
  • How to encourage and support the integration of the Holotropic experience of the way through group sharing/processing and post-event protocols and follow-up
  • Holotropic Breathwork can change our life perspective.
  • How Holotropic Breathwork compares to other popular breathwork approaches
  • Emerging research.
Swanwick Centre is located in the outskirts of Victoria, BC, on a 32-acre oceanfront property — with magnificent views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Swanwick Centre offers retreats and events that support conscious living through inquiry into self, truth and freedom. The Centre opened in 1977 as a school based on the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, and following the closure of the school in 1981, the property was converted into the Swanwick Centre, operated by the Krishnamurti Educational Centre of Canada.


Schedule: Fri Oct 4, 2019 — 1 – 9pm;  Sat Oct 5 — 8am – 7pm;  Sun Oct 6 — 9am – Noon.

Space is limited. Register early to secure your spot.

Maximum participants: 20

CE credits approved: 16 CE credits (Canadian Psychological Association/CPA). Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum maintains responsibility for the program.



Regular: CAD930 + GST

Student: CAD880 + GST

Registration fee includes two nights twin shared accommodation (and communal bathrooms), as well as food and beverage during the retreat. Please note that there is an option (on a first-to-register and inquire, first-served basis) for six registrants to upgrade their accommodation (such as single room; twin and ensuite bathroom; and couples suite) – based on availability. If this is of interest, please include your request/inquiry in “Special Note”‘ on the Registration Form.

Refund Policy: Non-refundable as of Aug 1, 2019. Please note that due to the financial commitments in booking the entire venue for this residential retreat, our refund deadline for this program was July 31, 2019 with a CAD100 administrative fee.

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Neil Hanon, MD, FRCP(c)

Dr. Neil Hanon is a psychiatrist working in Kelowna, British Columbia and is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the Discipline Specific Site Leader for Psychiatry for the Southern Medical Program of UBC where he teaches medical students, and Family Practise residents clinically and didactically. Dr.Hanon also does inpatient work at Kelowna General Hospital, and outpatient work at Outreach Urban Health, and at his private practice. Outreach Urban Health is an Interior Health operated, primary care clinic where he works with homeless, street entrenched people often struggling with addictions and other mental health challenges. In his private practice he focuses on seeing urgent consults from the emergency department, following people with severe and persistent mental illness, and treating individuals with gender dysphoria. Dr.Hanon has a special interest in treating grief, and spiritual emergence. Dr.Hanon got involved in Holotropic Breathwork first as a participant to help with his grief after the death of his 17 year old son, then continued on to become certified as a Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator in 2015. He has been helping facilitate workshops since then.

Susan McBride, RN, BA, MTS, RSW

Susan McBride, RN BA MTS RSW, worked for 14 years in an emergency room as a registered nurse dealing with physical and emotional crises. She returned to school and obtained a B.A. in Psychology and worked as a behavior management therapist teaching parents and children conflict resolution and problem solving skills. An interest in spirituality led her to complete a Masters in Theological Studies in Pastoral Counselling, and she has been working in private practice in Hamilton and Owen Sound area since 2002. Susan has completed training in Gestalt therapy, certified GTT Holotropic Breathwork facilitator  as well as a Certified Imago Relationship therapist and completed training in 2007 as an Imago Workshop Presenter.  Other training includes Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Gestalt therapy and EMDR.

Carolyn Green, BHSc(PT), PhD

Carolyn Green started her own adventures in self-discovery using breathwork with Dr Ingrid Pacey in 1993 then completed the Grof Transpersonal Training program in 1999. She has facilitated over a thousand non ordinary sessions using Holotropic Breathwork™ in workshops and individual sessions in BC and Alberta and co-founded thesecretofbreath.com. She is also a practicing academic who has degrees from McMaster, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and the University of Alberta. Her current research is in the area of pharmaceutical safety and policy research. She is a non-practicing physical therapist (with decades of experience) and has worked in volunteer capacities in China, Africa, the Caribbean and Nepal involved, for example, in training the first Nepalese physical rehabilitation workers. For Carolyn the Holotropic Paradigm is powerful and valuable because it blends the best of the western scientific scholarly traditions with the practical wisdom of longstanding world spiritual traditions to provide rapid access to the power within.