We are pioneering embodied change and social impact




Open Up is founded by Katrien Franken in 2015 and exists to create brave spaces for people to expand their perceptions and consciously breathe and work on their inner growth and wellbeing for themselves, each other and the world. 

Our mission is to contribute to transformative learning and healing where skills can be developed for self-empowerment, self-leadership, deeper understanding and wisdom. 


Skills which can engage individuals to become active co-creators for a more conscious and sustainable society.


We are committed to develop science-based and evidence-based practices to safely, ethically and effectively support people in their healing journey.  

In a therapeutic practice we explore the transformational effects of conscious

connected breathing at the intersection between psychotherapy, neuroscience and the sacredness of life.

We aim to create deeply meaningful changes in people's lives and in society, and encourage an educational and experiential approach in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas and discoveries for a mutual growth, understanding, and enrichment. 

Breathwork is a practice of self-exploration which takes people far beyond traditional cognitive therapies. It can be both liberating and exhilarating, but also challenging.

In individual and collective experiences we expand and open through utilising the breath, bringing you in a particular set of internal experiences. With the inner healing intelligence guiding, the quality and content brought forth, are unique to each person in that particular time and place. 

It is held within safety and guidance to move beyond intellectual understanding to an embodied place of deeper knowing.

Our Series

Inspire. Connect. Transform

Our Arenas:




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    Receive personal 1:1 guidance of our founder Katrien. In a session or series you will explore new possibilities for inner growth and connection, no matter where you are on your path in life. 

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    Our groups are often described as inspiring, transformative and life changing. Open Up has facilitated more than 900 groups (in-person) and guided thousands of people from all over the world into their journey of self-discovery.


    These projects and initiatives are intended to contribute to meta conversations for finding new motivations through our core story and narrative. With a co-creative mindset we open up to explore what is leading us in the next cultural step. 

Our Non-Profit 

Impact Projects

We are pioneering sustainable change through high-quality research and education, but we can’t do it without you. Your gift will fund the development and will help us to create innovative therapies and opportunities for those that need it most. Donate

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    Scientific Research

    Breathwork & Psychotherapy

    Open Up is developing therapeutic breathwork and is building a source of credibility and opportunity for what is possible in exploring new understandings of human healing potential and sustainable change. This research, led by Katrien Franken aims to introduce breathwork into the realm of psychotherapy and into healthcare system as a combined (new) therapy.

  • Breathwork Training for

    Refugees in Uganda

    Part of Open Up's mission is to help young people who are driving sustainable development goals into change-makes. Since March 2021 we are training youth in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda; home of 120.000 families. A breathwork and inner work training for and in collaboration with Unidos.



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Hersencentrum GGZ Amsterdam

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