Holotropic Breathwork™ opens the door to psychedelic states, and constitutes a genuine psychedelic psychotherapy. It evokes non-ordinary states of consciousness for self-discovery and healing that is similar to the use of some sacred and psychedelic medicines with an advantage at this time of being legal. It uses a combination of breathing, evocative music, focused bodywork, and mandala drawing to explore realms of the psyche ordinarily hidden to awareness. Holotropic Breathwork is now part of training for all MAPS Phase 3 research therapists. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to enter an altered state and also to then be witness/therapist for another’s journey.

Participants work in pairs and alternate in the roles of experiencer and “sitter”. The sitter’s role is simply to be available to assist the breather, not to interfere or interrupt the process. The same is true for trained facilitators, who are available as helpers if necessary.

This full-day workshop is being led by a team of certified Grof Holotropic BreathworkTM facilitators led by Senior Guest Facilitator Ellen Watson from the Esalen Institute and Carolyn Green, PhD from Vancouver Island.

Oct 13, 2018 (Sat), 9:00 – 6:00 pm, with an optional evening integration program

[Note that this workshop can be combined with Workshop C2 – also co-facilitated by Ellen Watson – which starts at 6:00pm, and continues through the next day]

Venue: James Bay Athletic Centre

Maximum participants: 40

CE credits approved: 8 CME credits (College of Family Physicians Canada/CFPC); 8 CEC hours (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association/CCPA); 8 CE credits (Canadian Psychological Association/CPA)


FEES: [includes small meals]

Regular: CAD190 + GST

Early Bird: CAD175 + GST


Registration fee includes light vegetarian meals important for grounding after holotropic sessions.


Ellen Watson

Ellen Watson is celebrating her 33rd year at Esalen Institute where she studies, practices, and teaches various modalities of moving meditation practice. A licensed minister, Ellen believes that the core of all healing begins in the realms of the heart and the Spirit. Among her great pleasures are opening the door for people to dance, to sing and play and pray, to touch and to be touched. Ellen is the creator of SpiritDanceSoulSong, and a senior teacher of Esalen Massage & Bodywork, Holotropic Breathwork, and the Art of Essential Touch.

Carolyn Green, 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.

Neil Hanon, MD, FRCP(c), DABPN

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.