A 3-day weekend experience of Open Up
This is a 3-day experiential breath work retreat in a beautiful setting in nature in The Netherlands. It is a weekend intensive of connection and expansion where we offer a direct experience of meeting a deeper sense of depth and truth and aliveness.
We create the retreats with the intention to wake up to the working of life in the shadow. We will engage with our body, intellect and intuition to increase our somatic, emotional and social intelligence, and will to expand our heart's energy.
With deep conscious connected breath work journeys (inspired on Holotropic breathwork), facilitated preparation and integration activities, and a series of psychological and meditative techniques, you will enter a profound process of self-exploration. These include four full breath work journeys, 1-2-1, group and solo activities, inquiry, group sharing, active meditations and transformational techniques to elicit deep flow states – engaging body, mind and soul.
We will engage in simple and truthful ways of being together by quieting down the regular, superficial chitchat of social interaction and tune in to our inner listening. Grounding our experience in the body through resourcing, learning to recognise, respond and reset (re-direct) yourself to self-care.
The retreat offers a pioneering approach in breath work and allows you to explore the transformative potential in a safe environment. The profound experiences can give you the opportunity to live life of greater love, truth, authenticity and freedom.
People who come on the retreat can become part of the wider discussion and explorations within Open Up and join our Study Groups to help us gather wisdom and insight to become more present and powerful in the world - and to start sharing a vision to catalyse a genuine change in consciousness, together.
The Weekend Intensive's will be led by founder Katrien Franken. With a conscious approach, full support and presence from our stellar team - we hope to give you the best experience. Read more about Katrien here.
For who is it for?
The retreats take place in a group size of 12 people are aimed at people in good physical and mental health, and inspired to have courageous explorations, conversations and learnings in service of our individual and collective well-being and growth.
The retreat is not intended as a substitute for medical or psychotherapeutic care. Please read the Contra-indications for breath work on the FAQ page to make sure it is right for you.
No prior experience is needed although we recommend joining a group session, or scheduling a private session with Katrien before coming to the retreat. For more info please get in touch
How much does the retreat cost?
The retreats are starting Friday at 14.00 and concluding Sunday afternoon. Travel to and from the venue in Havelte (NL) is not included.
The costs for a 3-day retreat is: € 495. Included is:
Delicious vegan food from seasonal produce.
2 night of accommodation in a beautiful venue in nature.
The price also includes local VAT.
On request an invoice can be send. Please note that by invoice 21% VAT
will be added. The price for organisations is € 750 excluding local VAT.
Ingredients for the Weekend
Breath work: Access flow states through deep connected breathing. Increase your somatic, emotional and social intelligence and release tension and trauma from the body and mind with awareness to the felt sense. This weekend offers four full breath work journeys inspired on Holotropic Breathwork.
Self-inquiry: Enter into a profound transformational space with one another and with shared reality, through intimate circles of attuning and dialoguing, to explore, harvest and reflect our deepest truth from the heart while being witnessed and mirrored by others.
Movement and meditation: Solo, paired, trio, small group and large group practices, psychological and meditative techniques.
Resourcing and integration: Through the facilitated preparation and integration practices we will develop a somatic sense of safety and trust - and open to our emotions and feelings. From this place we learn how enter curiosity instead of judgment, compassion instead of impatience, love instead of avoidance, truth instead of strategies, and presence instead of control.
Aim to arrive between 13.00 and the latest at 13.30.
The retreat finishes on the Sunday around 15.00.
We kindly request you to respect these arrival and departure times, so as not to miss important parts of the programme. If you have special circumstances, please get in touch.
The Open Up retreats take place in Havelte, The Netherlands. The venue address details will be send to you by email.
This retreat is available for 12 participants.
The venue has 6 double rooms with single beds.
The venue is located near Meppel in nature, on 1,5 hours travels by train from Amsterdam Central Station. From Meppel the costs for a taxi Hub is 7-10 Euro.
Application and Retreat Process
Booking and Application
Review of Application
After your booking you must fill out
We might need to arrange a call for further details about your application.
All being well, you will receive your booking information and venue details to prepare for the retreat.
We'll welcome you at the venue for the retreat, which will take place over the course of 3 days.
After the retreat, the facilitator(s) are available for individual follow up sessions and check-ins.