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Rebirth of Fires Creek

Hey, everybody!

It's nice to be re-communicating. A little less than a year ago I wrote about feeling kind of "cosmically flabbergasted" as I announced that Fires Creek, our center for wellness and renewal in the North Carolina mountains, was not going to happen. Well, I guess feeling flabbergasted by the often capricious nature of Consciousness is becoming a sort of a life default mode for Cary and me. So, with a degree of hesitation and excitement, here we go again: Fires…


Added by Tav Sparks on December 1, 2010 at 5:45pm — 12 Comments

Grof Transpersonal Training Bulletins from the Field

Hi everybody!

Just a quick check-in, and then I'm off to Brazil to be with very dear friends and co-workers, Alvaro and Dora. They're closing in on the end of the training cycle down there. Diane Haug to come next spring, and then certification in the fall. Alvaro and Dora are planning to keep going -- make a running training there for a long time. Awesome.

Lots of good buzz all over about Stan and Christina's new book. What a timely release! Can't wait to see where this…


Added by Tav Sparks on September 1, 2010 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

Uluru, Sacred Springs and Wild Camels

In gratitude to my dear friend Marianne Wobke, and to all my aboriginal friends and teachers, I would like to acknowledge all the ancestors and original custodians of every sacred spot, every inch of Planet Earth. And to humbly ask that all the work we do on ourselves and with others through Holotropic Breathwork and through all other ways, be not only for our own good but also for all Beings and for this Earth as well.


I feel as though I ought to try invoking…


Added by Tav Sparks on August 17, 2010 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment


Hey, everybody! In a few hours I'm off to Australia for my annual month trip there with wonderful people, penguins in Tasmania, and retreat at Uluru. Torn from my big screen TV and my son Bryn, my fellow rabid World Cup companion -- now that it's just getting interesting! I had big plans to write the Sacred Isles portion of my homage to world HB training adventures, but, oh well, football insanity overtook me as it does every four years, and that, as they say, was that.

But this…


Added by Tav Sparks on June 30, 2010 at 9:46am — 4 Comments


Hey everybody!

So, now I want to complete this homage to the Spanish training. I promised a while back to bring a kind of closure, a counter-point to my tale of fire that inaugurated our training in this rich and lovely place. And this one takes place in the second of the two seaside hotels we work in -- the one perched precariously close to the edge of a high rocky cliff overlooking a craggy wave-crashed coast. We began a six-day there, a morning of bright sunshine that by afternoon…


Added by Tav Sparks on June 2, 2010 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment


There's an image that I keep seeing -- a little thing from one of the modules in Spain. I keep seeing it, so I'll share it -- maybe learn something about why it keeps coming up. And maybe some one of you out there can help me.

It's a very windy morning -- white caps on the dark waters -- the waters to my color-blind, or color-weird sight, almost a deep red purple, my favorite color. A wispy evergreen with a kind of pointed top whips in the wind outside my window, dark silhouette…


Added by Tav Sparks on May 15, 2010 at 3:28pm — 3 Comments

Road Trip - Tales of the Costa Brava, Part I

The wine dark sea -- Homer was dead-on -- the Mediterranean: waters a color out of myth and legend. Except for this morning, from my hotel room overlooking the sea and a sunrise whose radiance is impossible to describe. Now it's a white-hot, molten swirl, like quicksilver in a gigantic alchemist chalice -- a place where spirit and matter meet in glare of light so bright and roiling it must be the birth place of creation. I'm almost on my way to group, to a round room that juts from a…


Added by Tav Sparks on April 27, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Saying Goodbye to a Good Friend - Sasha Victory

Hey, everyone,

Diana and I and the team received the news of Sasha's death while at the module in Spain. As all of you who knew him must be, we were shocked and saddened, and spent the day in a kind of stricken daze.

Sasha is to us a mighty soul, full of passion, beauty, intelligence, and love. He has a light, a charisma, and a magnetism, a kind of burning power, that…

Added by Tav Sparks on April 14, 2010 at 10:13pm — 5 Comments


There's this whole genre of movies -- everything from utter foolishness, to horror, to romance, action, or family drama -- called Road Trip. A motley crew gets in the car, or some even stranger mode of conveyance, hits the road, and has all these adventures, or misadventures. A perfect metaphor for just plain old life. Just Plain Old Life -- now there's a metaphor! One time, in the mid-nineties, Ken Sloan and Diane Haug and myself, and a few other brave souls, were in Russia doing a gig. And…


Added by Tav Sparks on March 22, 2010 at 9:17pm — No Comments

On Being and Becoming - Part II, or Love Among the CD's

Hey, everybody!

I'm chained to my desk, among hundreds of CD's that Cary has excavated from the garage -- a treasure trove of decades of music from Stan and Christina and other sources -- getting rare gems onto my computer. And still thinking about this Being/Becoming issue. We're now on the "Becoming" part, which has enormous relevance for us hard-headed folk out here doing the Dance who aren't yet firmly established in the Now. It's also particularly important, as we consider…


Added by Tav Sparks on March 15, 2010 at 11:29am — 2 Comments

On Being and Becoming - Part I

My previous blog -- the part about me getting ready to write another book -- got me thinking about some of the topics that have been up for me these past many years. Ones that excite me -- float my boat, as I am wont to say -- ones that seem real relevant to me, and are what I consider fruits of the Holotropic perspective. And one of these is about the two complementary dynamics discussed and written about so eloquently in mystical and philosophical traditions across the world spectrum:…


Added by Tav Sparks on March 7, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

The Adventure of the Present Moment

Hey, everybody!

Just a quick check-in, from the road. I'm in the Atlanta airport -- bit of a wait -- after my week with my oldest son and two grandsons. The subject is life on this earth: doing what we can, and being blessed by all kinds of wonderful experiences -- like a chance to make conscious and heal old times, using one of the most incredible allies we could ever have: the Holotropic perspective. So, forgive my wonderings. I feel so grateful for my life in this moment, and I…


Added by Tav Sparks on February 22, 2010 at 1:17pm — 4 Comments

Building Bridges to the Holotropic Experience

Hey, everybody!

I'm in Georgia this weekend, visiting with my oldest son, Ason, and my two grandsons, Dallin and Kellin. I'm happy. Just wanted to pick up where we left off last week -- about translating perinatal language -- and share a bit about some work we have been doing in Australia, and will also soon be doing in the US.

For the past two years, and again later this year, we have been presenting one-day workshops in different cities -- either something along the…


Added by Tav Sparks on February 15, 2010 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Expanding the Language of the Perinatal

Hey, everybody!

Over the years many of us have discussed the implications of modifying Holotropic terminology to meet the needs of special populations. So I'd like to share a little about this issue. At certification last October, the group was digging in for the traditional marathon perinatal show. Only of course now the format is a tad different. Since nobody can recreate Stan's original eight to twelve hour -- or as was the case in the very first certifications, sometimes sixteen…


Added by Tav Sparks on February 8, 2010 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

The Spiritual Lineage Paradox in Holotropic Breathwork

I'd like to say a few words about lineage, and how I see it in terms of Holotropic Breathwork. Lineage appears to be part of most of the world spiritual traditions. I'm not trying to make a case for HB being a spiritual tradition, in the same manner as the other recognized traditions. However, its spiritual power is evident, and everyone I've talked to who uses it systematically reports that no matter what reason they began their HB journey, the method eventually took them into the sacred or… Continue

Added by Tav Sparks on February 1, 2010 at 3:51pm — 10 Comments

Hello Online Holotropic Community!

Hey, everybody,

I'm honored and excited to be writing for AHBI. I'd like first to express my gratitude to Ken and Marty and the Board for reaching out to us and giving me this opportunity to be a part of the online Holotropic community in a little more active way. Since this crew and many others in AHBI have stepped up to be in service, a lot of creative and vitalizing energy seems to be circulating in the community. And Cary, Stacia and I are blessed to feel a small part of… Continue

Added by Tav Sparks on January 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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