Contributed by Jennylee Taylor
In 2016, at the ABA Committee Inspiration and Planning weekend I was sitting with Cindy Aulby (current president) and Mirabai Rose (past president), Robyn Fernance (then membership officer) and the rest of the committee at the time talking about the depth of the Breathwork lineage in Australia. We had just worked out that Mirabai and I could have the same “grandparents”. My lineage belongs to the Breathwork Family Tree that started with Ahrara Bhakti who trained Michael Adamedes who teed up with Quentin Watts to train Robyn Fernance who was my trainer.
Mirabai’s lineage also started with Ahrara Bhakti who, as stated above, trained Michael Adamedes who teed up with Quentin Watts to train Denise Burgess. Denise teed up with Michael and Quentin to train Jonine Lee-Gabay who in turn trained Mirabai. During her training, Mirabai was also supervised by Karen Daniel – Ahrara’s daughter, through whom Mirabai says: “I feel the lineage through her so strongly, its an honour to work with her.”
In July, nine Aussies attended the GIC (Global Inspiration Conference) in Joshua Tree USA (Mirabai , Anne , Fey, Josh, Lisa - Canberra; Eli - Melbourne; Alakh, Ghislaine - NSW and Russel - Perth).
I have been attending the GIC for a decade and have loved every single one.
The GIC was attended by almost 300 people, many new to Breathwork.
Asked about the highlights.... I would say that definitely it is the community of breathers, who come together every year and share, reconnect with the breath and inspire each other. We fill each other up for the year ahead. I am so nurtured, nourished and held. It is delightful.
The speakers this year largely focused on conscious connected breathwork and I enjoyed that SO much. It was good to reflect on the foundations of connected breathing practice, and to hear different ways of demonstrating CCB (Conscious Connected Breathwork) and holding space. There were also workshops on working with people with trauma, and also teaching teachers to use conscious breath in classrooms.
I had a lot of fun of an evening, drumming, ecstatic dancing in community; and morning breath practices with the breathairians who taught me so much about life and prana. Truly grateful for their wisdom.
Lastly, I have been chairing the AGM for a few years and it is THE BEST way to engage with our peers. At the AGM the IBF voted in a new definition of Breathwork - which relates specifically to Conscious Connected Breathwork. The IBF recognises that the term 'breathwork' is used as a blanket term for various breathing practices. Given this, there is a need for a term/definition that refers more specifically to our profession. The term Conscious Connected Breathwork was agreed to (although we are open to suggestions for a less clunky name!) and a working definition was approved. Phew! At last...we can EASILY answer the question 'what type of breathwork do you do?'
I invite you all to join us in Sweden in 2020 - reconnect with breath, with spirit, and with our breathing community the world over.
Love xx Mirabai
A special and massive vote of gratitude and appreciation to the ABA Training Endorsement Subcommittee team for their work over the past two years. The team made up of Cindy Aulby, Robyn Fernance and Ann Harrison put together the process to have individual Breathwork Schools Breathwork Trainings endorsed by the ABA.
Breathwork Practitioner Training has a minimum of 450 hours of theory and experiential work to ensure a sound standard is maintained to enable quality care of Breathwork Clients. This Standard was developed over years of working with the Elders of the Breathwork community in Australia and follows the requirements of the International Breathwork Foundation and Global Professional Breathwork Alliance for Practitioner Training in Conscious Connected Breathwork (CCB).
In 2018, 12 ABA Breathwork trainers, from 10 Breathwork schools/colleges within Australia, made application to have their practitioner trainings endorsed, from which the ABA endorsed all 10 Australian Breathwork Practitioner Trainings
What does this mean?
World Breathing Day 11 April
The IBF is working towards having World Breathing Day officially recognised by the United Nations on their UN International Day Calendar. Imagine having the world’s governments acknowledge, support and vote for a day dedicated to the advancement of awareness of breath! You can help make that reality happen! Because World Breathing Day belongs to you!
International Breathwork Foundation (IBF)
The IBF now has 320 Members including friends of the IBF and Professional memberships. This is the highest amount of memberships to date. If you are interested in signing up you can go to:
Breathwork in schools:
Joann Lovell from Canada is organising trainings from Breathworkers who want to take Breathwork to the schools. This is about teaching school teachers to work with children to teach them breathing practices. The Global Inspiration Conference is currently presenting a workshop for practitioners - connect with the IBF to find out more.
Alicia Velázquez Berumen organises the Meet 2 Breathe Breathwork sessions on Zoom. It’s on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2pm (check times for Australia). The platform works amazingly well as a tool for remote Breathwork healing. A few of us from Australia have enjoyed this online group breathe. It’s a fantastic and rewarding way to connect with the international Breathwork community!
Global Inspiration Conference
Next GIC will be held in the USA, in California, at the Joshua Tree retreat centre, from June 22-29, 2019.
For more information on this you can go to: www.gic2019.com
So, let’s inspire each other to get as many people as we can to consciously connect to their breath on World Breathing Day, and hopefully every day after that for the rest of their lives. To anchor this reality, the IBF is working towards having World Breathing Day officially recognised by the United Nations on their UN International Day Calendar. Imagine having the world’s governments acknowledge, support and vote for a day dedicated to the advancement of awareness of breath! You can help make that reality happen! Because World Breathing Day belongs to you!
Véronique and the World Breathing Day IBF team.
Breathwork Trainings with Ann Harrison
Breathwork Trainings’ latest 8 day Breath Awareness retreat – Birth, Death and Rebirth – completed 13 April 2019. It was the third of four Level 2 Breathwork Practitioner Training modules. It followed the modules of 2.1 Psychotherapy & Spirituality, 2.2 Bodymind Connection; and follows on from the foundational Level 1 personal growth course that completed November 2017.
The practice of Breath Awareness and the Breathwork Trainings that Ann has facilitated since 1990 have been always had their foundation in spiritual awareness and an integration of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of being. Breathwork is an exercise in mindfulness - an intense meditation technique, that is a journey of self discovery and connection with one’s true potential.
This 8 day module was unique in so far as the first four days were facilitated by Robyn Fernance, author of the renowned book Being Born; and the second four days were facilitated by Ann Harrison. Robyn interrupted her sabbatical to come and facilitate this workshop, and the participants received the benefits of her experience and authority in this field. She created a profoundly transformative space. Jennylee Taylor, a Breathwork practitioner trained by Robyn, participated and will make this part of the Breathwork Group Facilitator training that she is currently undertaking with Robyn. Other trained breathwork practitioners were also there as participants enjoying the experience of these pioneering trainers. For one its “a balance between movement and stillness – a delightful journey of self awareness”.
There is a flavour of Eastern philosophy in Ann’s Breathwork training course – Tao: the Way of Change – paradigms, process, concepts and values. She is concerned with articulating principles that hold true throughout time, and articulating how they may be applied to individuals in this time and culture. She says “… that way there is a steady reference point, and one is not jumping onto the latest bandwagon or following the latest technique of consciousness and transformation” One participant could see that the course was “beautifully balanced with clear intellectual explanations and varied theories that brought unexpected insights and personally right experiences”
The Spring Retreat 14-20 October will explore the chakra system as a guide to finding balance and authenticity. Kylea Taylor’s book The Ethics of Caring will be the primary text.
No doubt the experience of this breathwork retreat and training will be as one participant found this past retreat: “freeing both physically and intellectually”.
John has been on the committee since 2016 and is a ABA endorsed trainer from Adelaide. John is a long term member of the ABA and is also IBF Coordinator for SE Asia. John adds a different perspective and view to the ABA committee and is valued for his resourcefulness and big picture thinking.
Where were you born? Adelaide, south Australia
What is your favourite thing to do that is just for you? One of my favourite things to do for just me is to get a weekly massage.
What was the last book you read/are reading? The subtle art of not giving a F*ck- Mark Manson
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Both- I go to bed late and wake up early!
What do you love about Breathwork? - I love the simplicity of this technique yet the powerful results one experiences.
What do you love about working with your fellow committee members? - I love the co- community of co creating and developing professionalism within Breathwork-
Are you a mountains or beach person, or something else? Both- I love nature and need to connect often to get my perspective of what’s important- nature helps me.
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about transformation and assisting people in expansion and inspiration- to experience a fuller life!
Congratulations to Claire Belton and her latest group of graduating Breathwork Practitioners. The ABA are so blessed to have Claire as an endorsed Breathwork Trainer in Australia bringing her flavour of Breathwork to the world.
Well done to all of the students. With love from the ABA
This is what Claire has to say about her recent graduates ... her words reflect the love and respect that comes as a reflection of such beautiful and thorough training.
"These beautiful women have all recently completed their Breathwork and Shamanic Healing Training with me... 450 hours of training!
I am so proud; they have all gone through a very deep and intensive training, moved through powerful inner states of personal healing, and hold space to facilitate incredible depths of the work for others.
They all have learnt and shown exceptional ability in working powerfully with the breath in combination with deep listening bodywork, and shamanic tracking and healing in the energetic field and other worlds. A truly beautiful and magical combination!
Congratulations Maxine Santich, Paula Flinn, Sharon Jennings, Schnitzel Von Krumm, Rebecca Moore, Shanie Sim, Kristine Gomez, Katherine Harding Farrant, and Donna Blakeway (Phil'n'Donna Blakeway)!
I can confidently recommend each of my trainees.. who I recognise now as colleagues in the work.
I will be passing along their details as I’m not able to see all the clients that are referred to me. So if you are looking to do some deep inner work let me know and I will pass details along to you.
I will be running another Breathwork and Shamanic Healing Training and information will be coming out soon. I am a recognised Australian Breathwork Association (ABA) trainer.. which means you can also gain membership to the ABA in completion of your training. The ABA is keeping high standards of breathwork practice in Australia!"
If you would like to learn more about Breathwork Training in Australia along with links to all of the ABA Endorsed Trainers you can find the information here.
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If you are a member and would like us to add your blogs, articles or videos to the ABA website please contact the secretary with a link to your work for us to add. firstname.lastname@example.org
The ABA Committee recently met in Hobart to get together face to face and breathe, inspire, and plan around the ABA and it's members.
We were inspired by the beautiful bushland, connection with nature and connection with each other that occurred over the weekend.
The key outcomes and areas of focus for the committee over the next few years are all around consolidating resources for membership and growing the membership base :
We are also currently looking for volunteers to assist on one or more of the subcommittees. If you have any skills or passion for Marketing and Communications or for organising conferences we would love to hear from you. You would be part of a team that shared tasks and met periodically online throughout the year. Please email: Jennylee the Secretary
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