Our programs are designed to foster a deeper understanding of who we are, where we are and where we are going. Creating possibility for social change and cultural transformation.


Breathwork Program for Refugees in Uganda

Together with Unidos we are introducing inner work for youth development in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda; home of more than 100.000 families.


The main goal of Unidos has been to promote self-reliance, and enhance the lifestyle of refugees. But they realized that despite what they've done so far, it is difficult to reach the change they want to see. Most of the people in the community are still facing negative emotions, and are traumatised by their past life. Which in turn causes physical and mental health issues.

The program offers the fundamentals of breathwork & inquiry to support their healing and inner growth.

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Scientific Research

Breathwork & psychotherapy

Open Up is leading a scientific research to turn breathwork into the psychotherapeutic paradigm, and study the therapeutic potential of breath work and psychotherapy as a combined (new) therapy. This research focusses on the increase of well- being, and the decrease of anxiety and depression. 


This project is a co-creation with a stellar and growing team of scientific researchers, the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, The Hersencentrum and GGZ.

Understanding Breathwork

Open Up explores and practices deeply the mechanisms of breathing, and is constantly exploring the inside-out and outside-in dynamics for healing and transformation. The shared knowledge this program offers can bring about an overarching ecology. With this series we want to build and create an education platform and introduce the wisdom within, to better understand ourselves, and learn more about breath work in a holistic appraoch.


The Breathwork

Group Series

The Breathwork Group Series a five-week

experiential programme in a closed group,

and exploration of who you are. A process designed to open to life at the core level, and start living it fully.

The Series has successfully completed its 9th sold-out edition and runs since 2017. It offers a dynamic approach in various methods of breathing (e.g Holotropic Breathwork as created by Stanislav Grof) and a mix of deep psychological work (self-inquiry and shadow work) 


Imaginary World

Dear friends, we are living in an extraordinary time of systems learning in a world and society that's looking and longing for change.


This is an imperative time for artists, creators, thinkers, activists, doers, dreamers, explorers, and activists to become revolutionaries of every day life, opening curiosity to the possibilities in a new world we envision.


In a process of personal and social imagination and experimentation we hope to bring out the next future. This is an adventure to create a new landscape of imagination and discovery in society. Program starts in 2021.



Learning Politics

Open Up is being the first in the Netherlands to focus on inner work for politicians with scientific research to measure a change in tolerance in politicians and the political landscape. We want to bring a broader conversation and inner work process to people who have agency and power in the current systems, and are dedicated to help open and bring a shift to our worldview, into ourselves, into society and into history. This project is a co-creative process with Marleen Weener.

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