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We are pioneering individual and social transformation in an systemic approach




Open Up is founded by Katrien Franken in 2015 and exists to open, enliven and awaken “alive learning" processes through a psycho-therapeutic breathwork for inner innovation to provide holistic solutions for global problems, where skills can be developed to self-organize and self-heal human life. Skills which can inspire and engage individuals and organizations to become active co-creators for a more conscious and sustainable society.

Our goal is to bridge breathwork and psychotherapy and build a novel foundation of Learning and Practice to open and engage with culture from an inner learning perspective to increase people’s ability to make sense of complex issues, and work on their inner growth and wellbeing for themselves, each other and the world.

We are pioneering breathwork into psycho-therapy through research and develop and facilitate this in a holistic approach. We study the inner dimensions of change and healing, especially at the intersection between breathwork, psychotherapy, neuroscience and spirituality. 


We safely, ethically and effectively guide people in breathwork, and support them to
experience; sense and feel, and understand; dialogue and inquire into their discovery, and cultivate awareness and responsibility in what is opening up. Our aim is to create deeply meaningful changes in people's lives, and encourage an educational and experiential approach in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas and discoveries for a mutual understanding, growth, 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 but we firmly believe that a healing process can't exist without experiencing reality.

In individual and collective experiences we expand and open up 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. 

Our work is inspired on Holotropic Breathwork but has many dimensions and invites people to move beyond intellectual understanding to an embodied place of deeper knowing.

Our Series

Inspire. Connect. Transform

Our Arenas:

Individual. Communitas. Society

Our Non-Profit 

Impact Projects

Building a Well-Being Economy through Inner Innovation

We are fully dedicated to create Impact projects and are pioneering sustainable change through high-quality research and inner innovation education programs. Our projects become sustainable through the support of others who help to fund the development to create opportunities for a brighter future. Donate and read more about the areas in which support is most vital