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Upcoming Events



Healing the Divide: Men, Women, and Spiritual Reconciliation

May 27 – June 1, 2018,
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Combining Gender Equity and Reconciliation and Holotropic Breathwork—
to foster transformational healing between masculine and feminine . . .

This workshop integrates two innovative modalities to support deep healing of the gender divide in human society that stems from cultural conditioning related to gender, sexuality, and relational intimacy. Healing the Divide is for people who yearn for authentic healing and reconciliation between the masculine and feminine—on both inner personal levels and outer relational levels. The workshop features a rare return of Dr. Stanislav Grof to Esalen, where he co-founded and developed Holotropic Breathwork over a 20-year period.

Mornings will be devoted to Gender Equity and Reconciliation, a unique process developed over 25 years in multiple countries that facilitates transformational healing across the gender divisions in society. Participants will have the opportunity to share deeply about gender and sexual conditioning in their personal lives, working in same-gender and mixed-gender groups. The process engages multiple dimensions of group process in a safe space, including story telling, small group interaction, ceremony, and other experiential participation.

Afternoons will be spent in Holotropic Breathwork sessions, giving participants the opportunity to activate the natural inner healing energies within the psyche, bringing internal experiences that are often profoundly healing. Breathwork experiences are guided by participants’ innate inner wisdom, and are therefore uniquely tailored to each individual. Evenings will include sharing and integration, embracing key insights and experiences, and participants will co-create a special healing ceremony on the last evening.

Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist with more than sixty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In the past, he was Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA.

His website is:

Brigitte Grof, is a psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, and artist with 30 years of experience in Holotropic Breathwork; she got certified in the first HB training groups in the USA and Switzerland. She has led HB workshops and taught training modules in USA and in Germany. Currently she works in her private practice in Wiesbaden, Germany, and leads workshops and retreats.

Her website is:

Since April 2016, Stan and Brigitte Grof are married, live in Germany and California, and conduct seminars and breathwork workshops worldwide.

William Keepin, PhD and Rev. Cynthia Brix, PhD (hon) are founding directors of Gender Equity and Reconciliation International, which has organized over 100 trainings for transformational healing between women and men on six continents. Will is a physicist and transpersonal psychologist, and Cynthia is an ordained interfaith minister. Their books include Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men, and Women Healing Women.  Will’s latest book is Belonging to God: Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love.

Diane Haug, MA, LPCC is a licensed therapist with a background in terminal illness, and is senior trainer for Grof Transpersonal Training, for which she developed several training modules. She is adjunct faculty with the California Institute of Integral Studies and Southwestern College.

Zanele Khumalo, MA is Director of Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI) programs in Africa, based in Cape Town. She holds an M.A. in Diversity Studies, has trained youth mentors, and leads GERI programs and facilitator trainings in southern Africa.

Note: This workshop intends to balance genders and create an inclusive and supportive environment for all participants. While GERI work is primarily focused on transforming the longstanding patriarchal oppressions and injustices between people who identify as women and men (of all sexual orientations), all gender identities are also affirmed and welcome to participate. Please be familiar with Breathwork contraindications found at

This is an intensive workshop, and requires approximately 8 hours of participation each day. Participants agree to attend all sessions. This workshop is deeply experiential, and may involve intense and energetic emotional release. The workshop does not substitute for psychotherapy, but it can significantly deepen and enhance psychotherapy and other healing and personal growth efforts.