Open Up is founded in 2015 by Katrien Franken as an activism of inquiry into our conscious evolution, and born from a firm conviction that inner learning can catalyze holistic solutions for global problems. Today, we harness the power of collective action through an evolving ecosystem of projects, composting shared possibilities for the future.
In theory and practice we lead and facilitate immersive experiences across multiple societal contexts, applying a complexity of breathing and being in an ecology of change. Inspiring and empowering people to open up in consciousness and the body, and accessing a deeper intelligence and radical insight with a rigour of feeling into whole systems change, and culture.
With a deep love for exploring how we can evolve and thrive in the chaotic times we live in, 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. How can our education, and the way we learn how to learn support our health? And, how can the depth of experience and shared process become a center-piece in creating a more conscious future?
Our non-profit work; Making-Humans-Possible in Africa, and Clinical study in conscious connected breathing is fostering radical change for younger generations, and future ones, re-imagining healthcare and education. Katrien is working with executive leaders, policymakers, artists, organisations, universities. Important curriculum: Nothing is fixed or final.
A stunning invitation is in the air, urging us to rethink ourselves, our bodies, our ways of working, our actions in the world. It’s too late to work in the ways we know how. 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 shock the familiar. It is an activism of inquiry for engaging the vibrancy of the world; taking unconventional detours; opening from the raw unknowing of transformation to a place of rooted possibilities. Can you take an instant to visualize this event?
Welcome! I am a counselor, philosopher, writer, activist, facilitator, and founder of Open Up. My work is an expression of assembled studies, longings, learnings, collaborations, failures, experiments and experience of twenty years at the edges of our evolutionary growth in an act of journey.
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Open Up's impact initiatives are set out 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.
Seth Tabatznik - Be The Earth Foundation, UK
My sessions with Katrien were one of the most delightfully powerful and unique experiences of my life. I enjoyed wonderful creative insights and felt calmly energised beyond anything I’ve previously experienced…and all from just air! I felt well supported and in safe hands, and I’m truly grateful to Katrien and her calm energy for guiding me through an experience that now lives deep inside.