About Katrien


Katrien Franken



Katrien Franken is a multiple award-winning photographer, founder of Open Up, and deeply passionate about personal transformation and societal change. Her professional development of projects is aiming to bring momentum to the right kind of changes and to help individuals and organisations find their place in it. She bridges evolutionary thinking with embodied learning in experiential and therapeutic work, and brings 15 years of experience and deep involvement in personal growth work. This has included extensive and on-going research and study in breath and bodywork, spiritual and psychological practice and therapeutic training, constantly evolving to reflect new understandings, as well as deeper spiritual wisdom. The skills have formed a holistic approach which gives deep access to information and healing.

Katrien was introduced to breathwork in 2004 which completely changed her perception on life. She realised that using this modality produced an increasing sense of wellbeing, cultivating the exceptional. Whenever she encountered presence, she experienced a completeness of being, a wholeness and effortless peace, explosive insights, and profound awakened relaxation. 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. She journeyed to a number of places with illness and had to address it on all levels. This experience, combined with her intense interest in the evolution of consciousness - led to the birth of Open Up in 2015.

Katrien actively creates, contributes and participates in opportunities for true impact and healing in the world. She works with politicians, change-makers and leaders and emphatically empowers people to step out of their comfort zones and supports them in exploring their inner landscapes. Her work explores the question What is opening up? How can we harvest the learning of the complexity we live within to co-create a better relationship with the world.?

As an educator she developed The Breathwork Group Series and Cycle of Learning, to bring a deeper understanding of the nature of transformation and to generate an innovative form of inquiry and learning in action to unleash insight, which Katrien coined "Alive learning". She constantly evolves to reflect new understandings as well as deeper wisdom on an individual and societal level. 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.


With Open Up she hopes to support deeply meaningful changes in people's lives, and encourages an educational and experiential approach in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas and discoveries for mutual learning, growth and enrichment.

Some things about me:

  • I value an experience as the highest good. 

  • 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.

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

  • My deepest intention is to listen into our human complexity in quest for depth and meaning.

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

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 (trained by Giten Tonkov)

  • Holistic Counselor (accredited by SIAF)

  • Warm Data and People Need People Host (certified and trained by Nora Bateson)

  • 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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