Our Mission

Our mission is to help inspire, catalyse and support grounded personal and societal transformation, encouraging spiritual growth and embodied wisdom.


Our shared conviction is that we need to integrate what the great psychologist Carl Jung called the shadow on an individual and cultural level.

Our contribution is to build awareness around our individual sovereignty and create a landscape in breathwork that synthesises the psychological, intellectual, with mysticism. 

Our sessions, workshops and retreats, open dialogues that explore and amplify this process at the root, and to support individuals and groups to find their place within it. Our mission is to open up to the deeper connection and mysteries of who we are - and how we relate to reality. To bring this into perspective, we created The Cycle of Learning.

We understand ourselves as part of a worldwide movement of movements, all working to evolve global consciousness — and support​ communities and institutions with the same mission. 

We combine breathwork with psychological practices that open and integrate the learning. Open Up stimulates the engagement to co-create and form a Hub and open source network, to share our ideas, insight and wisdom in service of our collective growth. To move from me towards we, without losing sight of our individual autonomy and sovereignty.

We acknowledge the immense value in the depth of a thought and the necessity connecting through love of life, through the heart. The wholeness we seek is in the creation of our connected embodied wisdom. Together in conscious community we push into our edges, open to our vulnerability, delight in the joy and freedom in our authenticity, and come home, individually and together, to our intimate Belonging.

About Katrien

Katrien Franken


Katrien was introduced to breathwork in 2004 which completely changed her perception on life. She realized that using this modality produced an increasing sense of wellbeing, cultivating the exceptional. With a history of cancer, "being in recovery" and responsible for her own well-being, she started to re-discover her response and ability to engage with life. Her cancer opened a learning to the psychological and spiritual - which manifested itself in a physical form - affecting her whole 'being" and all layers of existence.


"I journeyed to a number of places with illness and I had to address it on all levels. What is the origin of it? How are we part of creating it? Could it be that the world - our world - wants to be something else? If we are not forced to change, we are not sustainable. But it's not about sustainability - it's about creating the world we want. Working towards a world we could live in - survive in, that does more in every generation. Our time is one of interbeing - even more than of interdependence, or interconnectedness. We are all drawing the circle together. We are the continuation of all before us - and ahead of us in an endless cycle of learning. Thanks to impermanence, we have a chance to transform our inheritance in a new direction. We inter-are with one another and with all life." 


Bodywork, and inner work, became a huge resource in her healing process and awakening to life - shifting, deepening and transforming the nature of my work. Whenever she encountered presence, she experienced a completeness of being, a wholeness and effortless peace, explosive insights, and profound awakened relaxation. In an extensive and on-going research and study in breath and bodywork, spiritual and psychological practice and therapeutic training, she started facilitating others in this practice in January 2015, closely observing the effect. 

Her quest became simple: How can I become increasingly open and present in such a way that it can help others grow up and show up more in their life experience. How can I create a landscape in Breathwork which can syntesize the psychological and intellectual with mysticism. It formed the foundation for Open Up. 

As her path unfolded and spiritual journey deepened, she became increasingly interested in the inner dimensions of change and healing, and specifically the overlap between breathwork, psychotherapy, neuroscience and spirituality. Constantly evolving to reflect new understandings in breath and bodywork, as well as deeper spiritual wisdom. ​

She loves working with individuals and groups, to acknowledge, understand and heal together, collectively. To push into our edges, soften and open to our strength and vulnerability, delight in the joy and freedom in our authenticity – and come home, individually and together to our intimate belonging. Ultimately the wholeness she seeks is in the creation of our connected wisdom.

Katrien is a Holistic Counselor and trained as therapist by Rafia Morgan and Turiya Hanover, and is accredited by SIAF and approved by the CRKBO by the Dutch government and within the European Union guidelines for quality vocational education. She is a Breathwork Facilitator at the Osho International Meditation center in Puna, India. Katrien is the creator of The Breathwork Group Series and The Cycle of Learning.

Method and teachings she is trained in: ​

  • Breathwork based on the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen

  • Holotropic Breathwork as created by Stanislav Grof

  • BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System with Giten Tonkov

  • Holistic Counsellor (accredited by SIAF)

  • Client Centered Therapy based on the work of Carl Rogers

  • Essence work - the Lataif 

  • The Diamond Approach of A.H. Almaas

  • TRE - Tension and Trauma Release Exercise of David Berceli 

  • Yin Yoga (Certified - Yoga Alliance)

  • The Enneagram studies

Open Up is founded in 2015, community focussed and always heart–led. challenging and supporting new ways of thinking, doing and being.

Katrien Franken is founder of Open Up, certified Holistic Counselor and a breathwork facilitator and educator to support people going on profound, often life-changing journeys of healing and self-discovery.

She has been deeply involved in inner work for 15 + years and continues to open to new fields of learning and experience. The skills have formed a holistic therapeutic approach which gives deep access to information and healing.

The mind, body, unconscious and the mysterious, functions as partners in the work she offers. Her deepest intention is to listen to your soul’s journey and to follow its signs to express and embrace the human complexity in quest for depth and meaning.

She strongly believes in the power of awareness, truth and shadow integration to redefine connection within and without. With an enduring passion for awakening consciousness, and evolutionary thinking, Katrien actively creates, contributes and participates in opportunities for true impact and healing in the world.



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    1016 TT Amsterdam


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    1018 MS Amsterdam


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