Track: Holotropic Art as an Expression of Inner Process
Journey of self exploration and healing - illustrated lecture
In this illustrated lecture the presenter will share in word and image her journey of self exploration and healing. She will show, how her experiences in Holotropic Breathwork and psychedelic sessions inspired and transformed her artwork. In this process she experienced interesting synchronicities and magical moments.
Brigitte Grof is a psychologist, psychotherapist and artist. In her early years she had a psychedelic experience and was quite alone with it. She studied psychology, but that did not answer her questions. After she had completed her studies of psychology she started to study art . In 1985 she found Stanislav Grof´s books and decided to meet him . She had her first experience with Holotropic Breathwork in Zürich, Switzerland and in 1986 she went to Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California to participate in a monthlong Holotropic Breathwork seminar with Stan and Christina Grof on “Ancient wisdom and modern science“. She stayed as a work sholar and assisted in many breathwork workshops. In the following year she attended another Grof monthlong seminar on creativity called „ The Promethean impulse“. Before the official Grof Breathwork training there was a monthlong training in the States for people who already had experience in Holotropic Breathwork, which she attended and also participated in a 3 year training in Switzerland. Since 1989 she has been leading her own breathwork workshops in Germany. In the early years she also worked in France and was leading the first Holotropic Breathwork workshop in Czechoslovakia with Stan´s mother Maria Grof. From the beginning of the Grof Transpersonal Training she was offering optional modules in Germany with Sylvester Walch and a 3 year training with Ingo Jahrsetz. She has a private practice as psychotherapist in Wiesbaden, Germany, working with Gestalt-, bodywork and breathwork.
Her artwork developped from her inner experiences with holotropic breathwork and psychedelics. It is inspired by native and shamanic art. In 2000 she met her current art teacher and mentor Udo W. Gottfried and has been working with him since then. She is fascinated by his approach to art, which has strong similarity with the holotropic approach to the inner process. Both approaches share the attitude of non intention and listening to the inner creative energy, that wants to happen by itself, following spontaneous creative impulses.
This can lead to quite surprising results like her fairy tale „The True King“ which appeared spontaneously in her paintings. It is a story about the inner journey and also a love story. Since 2017 it is also available in English.
Since April 2016 she is happily married to Stanislav Grof. They live together in Germany and California, enjoy traveling the inner and outer worlds in tandem, and conducting Holotropic Breathwork workshops worldwide.