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Open Up is founded in 2015 by Katrien Frankenborn from

a firm conviction that inner innovation can catalyze holistic solutions for global problems. Today, we harness the power of collective action through an evolving ecosystem of co-creative projects that are opening up our vital connections with ourselves, each other, and more-than-human world.  

We research, facilitate and develop leading-edge journeys,

methodologies and approaches that leverage the psycho-therapeutic, philosophical, experiential and educational potential of breathwork and inner growth work. In processes of Open Up we move from the raw unknowing  of transformation to a place of rooted possibility and understanding.

Our work explores the questions: How can we open up in consciousness in such a way, so we may improve our vital connections with ourselves, each other and the nature?

And, how can the depth of experience and shared process become a centerpiece in creating our future?

In online and in-person engagements, places and processes of Open Up, and in our for profit and non-profit arenas, we inspire and equip individuals and organizations to reinvent themselves. We integrate insights from various depth psychologies, cognitive science, wisdom traditions, arts, and



Our work is also a form of therapy; a research inquiry; opening to new places of power and responsivity; taking unconventional detours, composting new realities; shocking the familiar to begin worlding the now. 


We encourage an experiential approach in order to facilitate the exchange of discoveries and insights for our mutual growth, joy and enrichment where something truly creative and meaningful can arise. Emergent curriculum: nothing is fixed or final here. Please stay tuned.

Katrien Franken

I'm the founder of Open Up, teacher, mentor and post- activist who's deeply interested in the inner dimensions of change and healing where powerful experiences can transform and open up other spaces of power-with. I lead and develop leading-edge Seriesand courses, and have facilitated individual & group experiences for thousands of people around the world, both in person and online. 


My work is an expression of assembled studies, longings, learnings, collaborations, experiments and experience of twenty years at the edges of our evolutionary growth. I've applied my inner growth and breathwork background across multi-disciplinary projects, and for organizations, executive leaders, politicians, policy-makers, refugees, social entrepreneurs, and purpose driven networks. I also work as an executive breathwork coach with THNK School for Creative Leadership. 



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