Marianne Murray / Holotropic Breathwork

In a world that is almost entirely outer-directed and distinctively not self-reflective, it is important and refreshing that The Academy for the Love of Learning has created a home in Santa Fe. The spirit of exploration and self-discovery is at the core of the Academy’s mission: Learning as a practice for awakening. As we “wake up”, our view of life is transformed, and we no longer see ourselves or our world in quite the same way.

Holotropic Breathwork, created by Stanislar Grof, is a method that can evoke this sort of transformational experience. It offers a way to experience one’s self through perspectives that are uncommon is our everyday awareness. It invites discovery and exploration of our internal territory – unfamiliar aspects and parts of ourselves – in a way that is new, fresh, and inviting of new insight, awareness, and possibility. Marianne Murray, highly trained by Grof, speaks with me about the work.