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WE ARE PIONEERING BREATHWORK

FOR THE SHIFT AND THE SHIFTERS

RUPTURE. MIRACLES. ROOTED POSSIBILITIES.

Welcome,

Open Up is founded in 2015 by Katrien Franken as an invitation and activation of an experimental in person process for people who are interested in other ways of learning, seeing, doing, relating, sensing and responding to the chaos of our time.

 

We are creating and facilitating transformative breathwork and inner growth experiences, and deep exploratory journeys, disrupting dominant modes of perception that creates new openings to chart bold, ambitious moral futures together. 


Open Up is working for profit and non-profit across multiple societal contexts - with the public, private and community sector. We are pioneering breath work in refugee settlements in Africa, in mental healthcare, in scientific research, and in education, making-into-relation all that breathes to increase radical kinship with the human and more-than-human-worlds.

Open Up is a gesturing towards the unseen, unsaid, and unfamiliar. Our work asks the questions: How can we open up in such a way, so we may improve our vital relationship with ourselves, others and the nature. And, how can the depth of experience and shared process become a center-piece in creating a brighter future?

In an Open Up based pedagogy, the longing is to deeply explore what it means to be alive today – and to bring more than just solutions, more than just a future, more than just breathing. We are interested in practicing openness to open to new places of power where there is joy in carrying the health and well-being of our interconnectedness. Join us in this activism of inquiry to unleash energy in bodies, in flows, in possibilities from experience to action. 

Katrien Franken

 

Welcome! I'm a a multiple award-winning artist/photographer, and certified counselor, leading breathwork facilitator, educator, writer, activist, social entrepreneur, as well as founder of Open Up. I view my work as an act of journey; an expression of assembled studies, longings, learnings, failures, collaborations, experiments, and experience of twenty years at the edges of our evolutionary growth.

 

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Offerings & Engagements

 

Creating space for the shift and the shifters. 

Futures

Are Us

Being the future

OUT NOW!
OUR CLINICAL RESEARCH ON
CONNECTED BREATHING


READ THE PUBLICATION & MISSION


A stunning invitation is in the air, urging us to rethink ourselves, our bodies, our ways of learning and our actions in the world to what mutually benefits us. The emergence of our time calls for an adventurous descend that leads us to interesting places. Our work is with the curious and non-ordinary that can shake the familiar. It is a research inquiry, engaging the vibrancy of the world; taking unconventional detours; moving from the raw unknowing of transformation to a place of rooted possibility. We engaging in deep inquiry, breathwork, conversations, and experimental processes, to nurture that. Can you take an instant to visualize this event? 
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THE
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Writings by Katrien Franken

Ruptures. Miracles. Rooted possibilities

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

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Our

PHILANTHROPY 

Open Up's impact initiatives are set out by Katrien Franken in 2020, and are deep offerings to whole systems change. A human investment in a future of inspiration and longevity, unlocking new opportunities for radical change and healing. 

 

We are exploring how the conditions of transformation come together on the fringes of the culture. Our engagement is with deep inner practices, and journeys of coming alive to critical shifts in ways that allow ruptures to grow the new. 

"I have had several breathwork sessions before, but what Katrien offers is something very special. It's beyond just breathwork. She is incredibly intuitive and able to sense exactly where you are at and what you need. She has an exceptionally healing presence, and uses touch and sound to deepen the journey. The sessions offer a window into your deeper self and allow profound healing and awareness to come through."

David Fuller – Founder of Rebel Wisdom, London, UK

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