Breathwork Weekend Intensives (3-days)

with Katrien Franken

Group Facilitator

Katrien Franken

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Open Up Weekend Experience

Breathe in Nature 

Nature is viewed as infinitely wise and it is believed that through the observation of nature we can learn to better understand ourselves. Open Up draws similarities between

between natural landscapes and the human body and, through this observation of natural ecosystems, highlights connections to help deepen understanding of the inner body. Adopting a perspective that perceives nature as a greater reflection of the human being, can allow us to restore our sense of place within - rather than separate from - nature.


This 3-day experiential breathwork weekend takes you deep into the quality of your 

being -  to grace ourselves with time to feel and heal what is seeking our attention, inside and out. We will use the scope of knowledge to care for our bodies with more depth. Finding moments in nature that resonate with our bodies as an opportunity for us to grow our understanding and connection to our innate being. 

In a beautiful Dutch countryside you will experience deep conscious connected breath work journeys (inspired on Holotropic breathwork), facilitated preparation and integration activities, and a series of psychological and meditative techniques, to enter a profound

process of self-exploration. These include 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. 

Walk your edge, risk your potential, listen for the whispers of the future, and experience your inner ecology - your nature.

We will engage in simple and truthful ways with our nature - 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. It is a weekend of connection and expansion where we offer a direct experience of integrating our shadow, our truth from the inside, out to meet a deeper sense of depth and aliveness.

The retreat is open to people completely new to breath work, and can be a homecoming for many inspired by the practice. You will experience a pioneering approach in breath work that allows you to explore the transformative potential in a safe environment. We will engage with our body, intellect and intuition, and expand our heart's energy. The profound experiences can give you the opportunity to live life of greater love, truth, authenticity and freedom.

All who join are invited to participate in the wider discussion and explorations to start sharing a vision to catalyse a genuine change in consciousness, together. 

The group size is max 12 people and 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

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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. This includes

  • 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. 



Arrival day.

Aim to arrive between 13.00 and the latest at 13.30. 

Departure day. 

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. 

Travel logistics

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

Step 1

Booking and Application

Step 2

Review of Application

Step 3

Retreat Experience

Step 4


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.



    Inner space

    Elandsgracht 105-1

    1016 TT Amsterdam


    Louise Wentstraat 186

    1018 MS Amsterdam


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