Foundations for transformative innovation and alive learning education, breathing and leading the inquiry to movement, responsivity and activism


Our work is a research inquiry and form of therapy; alive learning, for engaging the vibrancy of the world. We offer curated breathwork experiences and projects, conversations and events that nurture senses of the unknown, and participatory qualities beyond traditional boundaries of agency and possibility.

In places and processes of Open Up we root ourselves in the discovery, curiosity, power, responsivity and integrity; to listen more deeply; making unconventional detours to provide and catalyze holistic solutions for global problems in the world that now is.


We practice breathing to become human - and curiously engage with the inner dimensions of change and healing to inspire inner growth and wellbeing for ourselves, each other and the world.

In collaboration with researchers we are also unraveling the neurobiological biological and psychological effects of conscious connected breathwork and build a novel foundation of learning and practice.   

We believe that truly know the world, we must look deeply within our own being. To truly know yourself, you must take real interest in the world. This is an infinite and profound practice that can change everything between us. 

We are making room available for movement that mobilize people into exploring the future of leadership, the future of education, and nurture practices that allow for compelling questions where something curious, spontaneous, and truly creative can arise. 

We are inspired to work inter-culturally and with people who are defining our regenerative future which can contributes us is enabling our philanthropy work in Africa and co-creative projects.


Open Is founded by Katrien Franken in 2015. She

encourages an educational and experiential approach in order to facilitate the exchange of discoveries and ideas, for a mutual growth and enrichment. Emergent curriculum: nothing is fixed or final here. 

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Meet Katrien Franken

In order to open up, you must engage willingly with the unknown. Katrien founded Open Up in 2015 and is exploring the edges of the intelligible, dancing with the breath into the mysteries and rupture, submerging into our reality, in the space between us. She holds space for the inner struggle to regain a sense of rootedness for our alive becoming. A process which she calls Alive Learning.



Our Series

Inspire. Connect. Transform

The Mycelium

Come flow with the motion of the interrelational

Individual. Communitas. Society.

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Independent Non-Profit Initiatives



Working at the forefront of regenerativity, activism, and social change. Our philanthropy becomes sustainable through the support of others who help to fund the development to create opportunities for a brighter future for people.