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Worlding the Now



Worlding the Now



Worlding the Now


are us

Being the future

We are aiming to nurture a movement of openings;

inspiring a collective shift on the edge of knowing 

where young people (and teachers) can nurture and be nurtured by non-conventional spaces, go offline, and dive into their inner world to discover other worlds. 


We aim to disrupt modes of perception, and relationship, and responsiveness by opening up the notions of world we breathe, shape and create. We are re-imagining education as health and make space from that place to create a wildly better shared future. 

Thank you, we will keep you informed! 

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What if education could support health?

What if we can we learn from “other worlds” to enrich all our worlds? 

What if breathwork and the science can be experienced and learned at universities and schools, extra-curricular?

What if we can we open and listen to what is alive and emergent, and integrate it into our daily practices? 


What if our places of learning oriented away from learning about the world in order to act upon it, to learning to become with the world around us?

How can academics nurture & be nurtured by nonconventional spaces that are re-imagining

education and life?


Because it is too late to educate

in the ways we know how


Since 2015, Open Up has been birthing curious events and engagements for positive change, including leadership & activism, youth empowerment in refugee settlements, radical health change in mental healthcare (GGZ), new scientific research in connected breathing, making futures possible in the midst of systems collapse. 


We are now opening up to engage with education in non-ordinary way. We are inspired to bring to life a form of education that supports the mental health and the well-being of younger people and society, and create a virtuous relationship between the two. 


We aim to catalyze new ways of seeing and learning how to learn that will develop a new set of shared values and capacities adequate to the needs of our time. 


This initiative by Katrien Franken offers the starting points for a deeper inquiry and practice for living and learning unplugged - and finding our resources in other places to come into a better relationship and exchange with the world ahead.

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A simple start. 


We want to collaborate teachers and universities, and schools to start introducing breathwork as an extra-curricular form of education. We
facilitate & develop breathwork experiences to open and expand life in a natural way where people experience a shift in their perceptions of reality; cognitive, emotional and intuitive. This is the place where new possibilities for living and being open up. This is where we also wish to nourish praxis through theory, art, conversations, and ideas. 


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How we learn, changes how we live

How we breathe, changes how we feel and think, and create

Learning differently than we know how, 

is a shared journey 

This is for making a wildly better world into being in service of our shared future

 The Future is Now

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