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Diana Medina

Diana Medina has been an integral part of the Grof Transpersonal Training staff since 1999. A senior GTT workshop leader and teacher, Diana has taught modules and led workshops independently in Colorado, New Mexico, New York and India, as well as working closely with Stan Grof and Tav Sparks at training modules in the U.S., Spain, Ireland,England, South America and Mexico. Diana began her personal breathwork journey in 1993 and was certified in 1998. She lives in a high altitude mountain farming community in southern Colorado and it was in this community she grew up surrounded by a large family deeply embedded in the importance of nature, community and spirituality. Diana has practiced medicine in the specialties of pediatrics and family practice for over 20 years. Recently she has began practicing craniosacral therapy as an adjunct to her interest in holistic healing practices. When she is not working Diana has a passion for African dancing, spending time in nature and enjoying her family and friends. Diana says, "It is a great pleasure being part of the GTT staff and an honor to be a witness and support to people from all over the world in their adventure of self-discovery. What a wonder to feel so deeply this being a member of the world community"

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Diane Haug

Diane Haug, M.A., LPCC, is a licensed therapist living in rural northern New Mexico. Her background includes a decade of working with adults and children dealing with life-threatening and terminal illness. Having completed the Grofs' first three-year training program, Diane has been involved with transpersonal psychology and Holotropic Breathwork since 1986. As a senior staff member with GTT, she has taught modules internationally (Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, South America) and in the United States. Diane has developed GTT training modules including Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy and Healing and The Art of Integration.

Diane has a strong interest in using Holotropic Breathwork within a wide variety of contexts, including a Bioneer's sponsored invitational gathering of "Unreasonable Women for the Earth"; an annual women's retreat at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico; a year-long "Gender Reconciliation and Social Change" training; "Breathwork and Psychodrama" through Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM; and an indigenous healthcare program in the rural Philippines.

Diane is currently involved in collaborations with other transpersonal teachers including Wes Nisker, Roshi Joan Halifax, Luis Eduardo Lun, and Ralph Metzner. She is on the advisory boards of both the Satyana Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and WASIWASKA: Research Centre for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness in Florianopolis, Brazil.

On a personal note, Diane 's interests include Buddhist practice, the wisdom traditions of native people, eco-psychology, permaculture design and building, and gardening. In addition to her work with GTT, Diane maintains a practice that includes both private and group work.

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Kylea Taylor

Kylea Taylor, M.S., (GTT staff emeritus) is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 34901). She was a teacher with Grof Transpersonal Training, Mill Valley, CA since 1993. She served on AHBI's Board and edited its newsletter for 16 years.

Kylea says, "I have been studying with the Grofs since 1984. That was the beginning of a period of intense personal spiritual emergence which lasted for the next five years, during which I completed the Grof's first three-year training program. For me, the most important thing about the GTT training was (and is) that it contains an international community of people who are undergoing deep personal change, and who can understand and support one another."

Kylea is the author of The Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing Relationships (1995), The Breathwork Experience: Exploration and Healing in Nonordinary States of Consciousness (1994), and The Holotropic Breathwork Facilitators' Manual (2007). She is the editor of Exploring Holotropic Breathwork (2003).

Kylea lives in central California, where she has a private ethics consulting practice and manages Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. and SoulCollage Inc.

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Nienke Merbis

Nienke Merbis has completed courses in transpersonal psychology and shamanism in Canada. Moreover, she is a certified yoga teacher. She began her training in Holotropic Breathwork in the United States in 1994 and certified in 1997. Whe was instrumental in creating and facilitating at workshops in Ireland. For over ten years, she has been on the staff of the Grof Transpersonal Training Institute and has facilitated at trainings in Italy, Spain, Denmark and Ireland. She also assisted at GTT workshops in Portugal, Switzerland, England and Austria.

Nienke was born and raised in Holland. She went to work in Indonesia where she met her Dutch husband. They have lived with their two sons in many different countries around the world, adapting to and learning from new cultures every few years.

Nienke is deeply committed to an inner journey, seeking to find and be able to use her potentials. She feels fortunate to have found Holotropic Breathwork™ as a way to give expression to herself and to support others on their journeys. She is equally fascinated employing different forms of art as a way to explore and express the mystery of life.

Nienke and her husband recently moved to Canada from Ireland, and they also spend time in Holland, living near one son and his partner and visiting the other. She enjoys her books, her music, her garden, her art and, above all, the playfulness of their two little granddaughters in Amsterdam.

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Juanjo Segura Juanjo Segura  was born in Madrid, Spain. In 1995 moved to Alicante where he has a private psychotherapy practice. For many years Juanjo was involved in the field of telecommunications, where he was trained in business management. As he decided to change his profession, he fulfilled his wish to become therapist, taking training in Integrative Psychotherapy and Claudio Naranjo SAT program with the Enneagram. Juanjo has also been working for several years with people in substance addiction rehabilitation programs. Very involved in zen meditation, he has taken the breathwork also to meditation groups. His background includes training in body-oriented techniques, martial arts and shamanism.

Juanjo is certified as facilitator in Holotropic Breathwork and has been organizing and leading numerous workshops in Spain and France in the last years. He has also worked on staff at international GTT training modules in Mexico, Spain and Ireland. Since 2003 is the organizer (with Sitara Blasco) of the Spanish GTT program, passionate about creating a structure of training and workshops that allows HB to become well known and available for trainees and for people in their path of self-discovery.

Lately, Juanjo travels to the Peruvian forest for retreats with healing master plants. Since he was a child, Juanjo has been fascinated by nature and the animal world, with special interest in insects, amphibious and reptiles. Lately has expanded his interest to bird photography.
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Sitara Blasco Sitara Blasco is a psychologist from Valencia University, Spain; with master studies in Gestalt psychotherapy and Integrative Psychology. Was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and has lived in the United States several years before moving to Spain in 1990. Sitara lives in Alicante – Spain, where she has a private psychotherapy practice. Her background includes training in body-oriented techniques, theatre acting, dancing, shamanism and meditation. In the last years her interest in the Enneagram moved her to take Claudio Naranjo´s SAT program and studies in the spiritual aspects of the Enneagram.

She is certified as facilitator in Holotropic Breathwork, leading numerous workshops every year in Spain and France since 2002. She has also worked on staff at international GTT training modules in Mexico, Spain and Ireland. Since 2003 is co-organizer with Juanjo Segura of the Spanish GTT program. Passionate about the breathwork, she is currently working on her Ph.D. which involves HB.

She loves teaching and has been teaching staff in training programs for Gestalt students and for therapist in training. She is often invited to present the healing potential of Holotropic Breathwork in lectures and conferences at Transpersonal Psychology events. She has translated several books in the field of psychotherapy; and has also been translating at GTT training modules in Spain and Mexico. Contact: and

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Mireya Alejo

Mireya Alejo, MA, MFT, is an artist, licensed psychotherapist, astrologer and expressive arts therapist. She certified with Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) in 1993 and has facilitated groups and individuals in this approach internationally for nearly 25 years. She has been part of the GTT staff since 2004.

Her therapeutic work is informed by her years working with traditional healers in her home country, Mexico, as an anthropologist; a deep understanding of the healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness; as well as the use of the creative arts, ceremonial work, ritual and astrology as tools for self discovery, insight and transformation. Mireya strongly believes in the power of sacred, creative, supportive and permission-giving environments to bring about personal, collective and spiritual transformation. She has dedicated a large part of her professional life towards the empowerment of women.

She is the co-creator of RIE: A Creative Meditation. And is the creator of AltarCreation: A Canvas in Movement, and of Creative Integration, a process to support the integration of non-ordinary states. For more information:

Mireya developed and leads The Art of Integration module, which focuses on integrating deep inner work by means of creative and artistic expression.

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Jean Farrell

Jean Farrell Born in England, Jean has lived in Ireland for 30 years with her husband, and the children and young people they have fostered.

In England she worked as a senior lecturer in Youth and Community Work, teaching Counseling Skills and Group Work, at Manchester Metropolitan University. In Ireland she works as a psychotherapist and offers supervision to therapists in various agencies working with trauma. She also teaches Counseling and Therapeutic Skills for the National University of Ireland.

She is passionate about Grof Holotropic Breathwork and certified as a facilitator in 1996 and since then offers residential workshops every month in a small centre at her home. She has worked with the Grof Training in Italy, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, England and the Ukraine and has facilitated workshops in Turkey and Croatia.

Her other main interest, when she has time, is her garden which she and her husband attempt to create in the West of Ireland. She has a small playful dog called Maya who reminds her that everything is an illusion.

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Vicky Nicholson

Vicky Nlcholson, Ph.D., has a passion both for Holotropic Breathwork and education. She has worked on staff at GTT training modules since 2005 in Australia and the US and coordinates the Australian modules. She is particularly interested in working with her community and learning to live the Holotropic principles and paradigm of moving towards wholeness as a daily spiritual practice in everyday life.

She is an educator in Tasmania, Australia and works alongside Aboriginal people to support teachers and students to improve educational outcomes, particularly for Aboriginal children.Teachers are encouraged to explore and live from an increasingly holistic worldview, as lived by Aboriginal people, to more fully realise their potential as educators for themselves, their students and school communities.

Vicky's Ph.D. dissertation addresses 'Questions of knowing and pedagogic relationship' that examines the relationship between effective teaching and how we know ourselves.

She is particularly moved and filled with gratitude to be allowed to be a witness to people's deep journey work as they venture into their soul through Holotropic Breathwork, as she herself has been witnessed and supported by others on her own journey.

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Holly Harman

Holly Harman BSc(Hons), RMN In addition to her role at GTT, Holly is a part time senior manager in the National Health Service and also runs a small private practice as a consultant/trainer, working in both the public and private sector. She has a first degree in Psychology, is a registered Mental Health Nurse, a Master Practitioner of NLP and a Coach.

Holly works both administratively and clinically with GTT as international training coordinator, formulating the schedule and communicating with module sponsors as well as participants. She facilitates at training modules around the world, and has been co-leading a GTT training program in India since 2013. She also works directly with Stanislav Grof negotiating and organizing his international itineraries.

Holly started her personal journey with Holotropic Breathwork in 2008 and certified in 2011. She combines a commitment to her own inner work with a passion for supporting others on their journey and raising awareness of Grof Holotropic Breathwork around the world. Holly organises and facilitates regularly at workshops in the UK

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Debbie Dunning

Debbie Dunning certified in 2011 after spending an intensive three years on her Holotropic Breathwork journey. Debbie is passionate about breathwork and the possibilities and hope this transformative work offers. As well as continuing with her own inner work, Debbie organises and facilitates Grof Holotropic Breathwork workshops in the UK and assists at workshops overseas. She also facilitates at GTT UK training modules.

Debbie has an MBA, she recently took early retirement after working as a Director in the National Health Service for many years. She is currently practising as a cranio sacral therapist. Debbie is supporting GTT in an administrative capacity with the training programme.

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Stacia Butterfield

Stacia Butterfield was certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner in 2005, and joined the Grof Transpersonal Training staff in 2006. She has facilitated at many GTT workshops and modules, and spoken on Holotropic Breathwork in a variety of settings. Previously, Stacia worked in the addictions field and as a massage therapist.

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Marianne Murray

Marianne Murray has a Ph.D in Transformative Learning and Change in Human Systems, and an MA in Transpersonal Psychology. She is on the faculty of the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she co-facilitates Leading by Being, a multi-year Personal Leadership training program, as well as other workshops and trainings based in an experiential and integrative approach to adult learning. She also incorporates the view and practice of Systemic Constellations into her work.

After the pivotal experience of her first Holotropic Breathwork workshop in 1990, Marianne has been actively involved ever since. She was certified as a facilitator in 2001 and began offering workshops in the UK in 2004. Since then she has become part of the GTT facilitation team, working in England, Ukraine, the USA, and elsewhere when the opportunity arises. Now basing herself in her native England, Marianne’s focus is supporting the emergence of the Holotropic perspective – and Holotropic Breathwork as a transformative practice –in various sectors including mental health, social change leadership, and education. She is also developing a small psychotherapy practice, and exploring various forms of individual and group process that support ongoing learning and change following deep experiential work.

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Ben Allen

Ben Allen began Holotropic Breathwork in 2000 and completed the Grof Transpersonal Training and certification as a facilitator in 2007. Because of his deep commitment to Holotropic Breathwork, he frequently is a facilitator at Breathwork sessions throughout the year, including at retreats that he organizes. Ben currently lives off-grid in in a very remote area of the mountains of Northern California where he is engaged in building a rustic retreat center and in growing his own food. Ben also is an initiated shamanic practitioner. He formerly was an attorney and a law professor.

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Stacia Butterfield

Vladimir Emelianenko, M.D. graduated from Rostov-on-Don Medical University in 1994, having specialized in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Beginning in 1994, he worked as a psychiatrist in the in-patient department of the intensive care of psychosis in Rostov Municipal Psychiatric Hospital. He participated in clinical and scientific research of serial kiillers and social aggression phenomenon. In 2000, he organized and led the South Russian Center of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy, where he started to use Holotropic Breathwork in psychotherapy, combined with 12-step programs and traditional Chinese qigong practice. Since 2001, Vladimir teaches transpersonal psychology in the Southern Federal University (SFU) and takes part in scientific research projects on Holotropic Breathwork. He was certified by GTT in 2009, and is leading numerous workshops in different parts of Russia. He has also worked on staff at international GTT events in Ukraine, Israel, and China. Since 2012, together with his partner Alexandra Emelianenko, he became co-organizer of the Grof Transpersonal Training program in Russia. In his professional life, he combines Holotropic Breathwork with individual psychotherapy and qigong practice.

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Marianne Murray

Alexandra Emelianenko graduated from Rostov State Medical University in 1995, where she specialized in endocrinology. She completed post-graduate education in psychology (2001) and clinical psychology (2002). Alexandra worked in the addiction center as a psychologist, and in 2004 completed training in gestalt therapy, which enabled her to begin individual practice. Alexandra began doing Holotropic Breathwork in 2000 as a client, and completed her own GTT training in 2012. Since 2013, Alexandra, together with her colleague and husband Vladimir Emelianenko, has been leading the Russian GTT training. Alexandra is a Movie Yoga fan, she practices qigong, and has a small family businesss with Chinese tea.

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Tom Francescott

Tom Francescott, ND has been in private practice as a Naturopathic Doctor for the last 15 years in Rhinebeck, NY. He is the founder and director of Dr. Tom’s Tonics, a wellness center & natural pharmacy where he specializes in customized detoxification & weight loss programs and individualized healing approaches to Lyme Disease. He also loves leading week-long cleansing retreats at Omega Institute and throughout the country, focusing on building awareness, mindfulness, and healthy nutrition to feed transformation and live in the heart,
body, mind, and spirit.

In 2004, Tom began his personal journey with Holotropic Breathwork after the loss of his sister. After having a “lifechanging” experience on the mat, he knew that Holotropic Breathwork was to play a pivotal role in his life and his private practice. In 2007 he became certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. Since then, Tom has helped facilitate many GTT modules, as well as certification. Independently, he loves to offer Holotropic Breathwork workshops, weaving mindfulness, cleansing, and shamanism. On a personal note, Tom and his husband enjoy living on the Hudson River in the Hudson Valley, where Tom was born and raised. In his free time, Tom loves traveling, shamanism, spiritual adventures, and swimming in the ocean.

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Michael Stone is a Los Angeles-based certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator who was originally educated in the sciences and business. He originally was an employee in a large international pharmaceutical company and spent many years moving “up the ladder” which took him first to the East Coast and then to Corporate Headquarters in Paris. Despite his outward success in this hierarchical corporate structure, he felt that his creativity was being stifled and that his internal state was not being fulfilled. So he followed his intuitive notion and stepped into the unknown. He quit his job and moved back to Los Angeles to follow the dual path of creating his own business and also doing intense inner exploratory work. He has studied numerous spiritual practices which he has incorporated into his daily life. His studies into non-ordinary states of consciousness led him to Stan Grof and Holotropic Breathwork. Although he intended to use HB as a tool in his own healing work, this modality impacted him so profoundly, he decided to pursue facilitator training. In addition to organizing and facilitating HB workshops, he is a certified Massage Therapist, entrepeneur and business consultant.

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Tom Francescott

Janet Kingsley first visited the Holotropic Breathwork mat in 2010. It was love at first journey and not quite one year later she was flying off to her first training module in Taos, NM. She embraces the Holotropic model in her every day life and takes her place on the mat often. Janet has apprenticed many breathwork workshops and will find herself on the Certification floor in July of 2017. The Pacific Northwest is Janet's adopted home turf. Born and raised in Minnesota, she moved her and her daughter to Washington in 1994. She has been a licensed massage practitioner since 2007 and specializes in Clinical Visceral Massage Therapy. In 2015 she began working with GTT as the registrar for modules and workshops. Gardening, cooking, reading, hiking and hanging out with her singer/songwriter friends fill Janet's time when she is not busy in her roles as registrar or massage practitioner. .

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Tom Francescott

Jeannie Claire Sweat is Communications Consultant for GTT. In the past, she has served as the editor of international, national, and regional trade publications. She has also taught desktop publishing and marketing classes to small business owners in Northwest Iowa and Napa Valley, CA. The Small Business Administration, San Francisco District Office, named Jeannie Claire the 2005 Small Business Journalist of the Year. Jeannie has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and American Literature from Buena Vista University.

On a personal note, Jeannie enjoys spending time with her husband, Don, and cats, Ira Milan and Sophia Marie; and engaging in mindfulness meditation practices.

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