About Katrien

Katrien Franken is founder of Open Up, certified Holistic Counselor and a breathwork facilitator, educator and mentor who supports 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.

Katrien Franken


Hello, I'm Katrien. I am a breathwork practitioner, educator, speaker and coach, passionate about creating opportunities for

transformation of people, and through transformation in our communities and society. Some things about me:

  • I value an experience as the highest good. Seeing's believing, but feeling's the truth.

  • Experiments are central in my work.

  • Transformation is now, it's happening in places where you least want to look.

  • I hold space for the delicate, the bold, and the brave, and value our humanness.

  • Helping to open conversations, challenge our beliefs, and inner dialogues.

About me

Katrien is a connector of curiosity and authenticity who creates environments and places for discovery to ignite curiosity, truth and freedom globally into the hearts of people, with deep conscious breath work at the core. ​She a renown Photographer and Artist and was introduced to breathwork in 2004 which completely changed her perception on life. She brings 15 years of experience and deep involvement in personal growth work which has included extensive research and therapeutic training in breathwork, counseling, psychology, human behaviour, spiritual and psychological practices. 

She believes in the power of conscious breathing and in creating sustainable positive change. With Open Up she constantly evolves to reflect new understandings as well as deeper wisdom on an individual and societal level. She hopes to support 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 mutual understanding, growth and enrichment. 


Katrien is the creator of The Breathwork Group Series and The Cycle of Learning and develops tools and techniques to unleash insight and bring a deeper connection to our body. She has been invited to share her work and experience and unique perspectives on 'inner work' as an educator, workshop facilitator, speaker. She works with people from all walks of life, including leaders and change-makers in the transition between the thinking in systems, to the feeling of the inner systems.

She 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 works internationally and facilitates breathwork at the Osho International Meditation center in Puna, India.

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 Counselor (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 (Level 1)

  • 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.



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