Transformative innovation is about deep questioning. “True innovation occurs when things are put together for the first time that had been separate.”— Arthur Koestler and John Smythies (1969). Our programs are designed to foster a deeper understanding of who we are, where we are and where we are going from an inner learning perspective. Creating possibility for social change and cultural transformation.


Breathwork Program for Refugees in Africa

Open Up has developed an inner work program for refugees launched the first prototype in Q1 2021 to youth fellows in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda; home of more than 100.000 families.


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

Together with Unidos in Nakivale who received the first program, we are creating possibilities for refugee youth in Kenya, Tanzania and DR Congo to become part of this program. With more support we can expand in all East Africa.

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Scientific Research

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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 of Open Up

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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