I experienced a complete renewal of enthusiasm in Spring 2017 in delivering a Level 1 Breath Awareness training. So much so that I build myself a workshop studio at the end of the garden and this year have conducted 2 x eight day retreats, weekends and regular breathing circles and meditation evenings.
The paradox of a unique individual journey set in the context of what it means to be human and learning how to navigate the human condition is unendingly fascinating.
For over thirty years now I have felt the privilege of accompanying clients and student on their inner journey of discovery with the breath. In 2019 there will be 2 x 8 day retreats as well as a number of Breath Awareness weekend experiences. I love the longer retreats because we all have the time and space to dive deeply within - time to create real transformation.
A participant in the 2018 Spring Retreat said:
“The week was full of unexpected and welcome surprises. After being home for two weeks now I am still experiencing being in a more settled place within myself. Smiling on the inside probably covers it best. There was so much gentle movement of energy in mind, body and more for all who were there. I am looking forward to more in the coming year.”
An Autumn 2018 participant said:
“The individual Breathwork sessions were exceptional, as well as the benefit of witnessing others.
The paradigms of healing and the healing journey were so helpful.”
The annual Global Inspiration Conference is a week-long celebration of the breath. It is held in a different country each year, in a venue with beautiful natural surroundings. The GIC is a wonderful opportunity to exchange views, teach, learn and receive inspiration from like-minded friends and colleagues.
Each year an Australian contingent joins in. Check out this years pilgrims to GIC.
Meet Margaret Schooneveldt
Treasurer & Membership Officer
Margaret is an amazing addition to the ABA Committee after she "put up her hand" at the AGM in 2017 as a graduating Breathwork student. Margaret has done an amazing job of treasurer and this year also took on the role of membership after Robyn Fernance retired from the committee.
Margaret's back round is in banking and she brings to the association a wealth of knowledge and simplicity to the role of treasurer. She has a no fuss attitude, a big heart and a love of Breathwork.
Read on to find out a bit more about her.
Where you you born? Greensborough Victoria.
What is your favourite thing to do that is just for you? Reading – To lose myself in the pages of a really good book. Imagining the characters coming to life as if I know them and am able to share their story. Walking – Just being on my own with nature and enjoying my surroundings.
What was the last book you read/are reading? Breaking the Habit of being yourself. Dr Joe Dispensa
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Early Bird. I seem to get so much more done in the morning. I am always more focused.
What do you love about Breathwork? Breathwork has provided me with a better understanding of where I come from and where I am heading. Through the breath I have learnt to be softer with myself and others.
What do you love about working with your fellow committee members? The understanding that each and every one has for each other and their current circumstances. A sense of belonging and being in a caring community.
Are you a mountains or beach person, or something else? Can’t separate the two. I love the mountains and the trees, but I love walking along the beach as the sun goes down listening to the waves and feeling the day quieten.
What are you passionate about? My family and community. Being able to give back to others.
Every year a small contingent of Australian Breathwork practitioners and trainers take the pilgrimage to attend the Global Inspiration Conference (GIC) celebrating Breathwork globally. The conference is held in a different country each year in July and this year it was held in France.
This is Ghislaine Bouslika's take on GIC 2018. What she saw, who she met and how much inspiration it provides to everyone who attends. Ghislaine is the International Breathwork Foundation (IBF) National representative for Australia (long term ABA member).
The Global Inspiration Conference of 2018 was held in France and had the theme Breathe In joy!
The intention was very much fulfilled by the 250+ participants coming from 25 countries around the globe.
Australia was very well represented as you can see from the photo. I think our faces say it all, nothing to add really, we are definitely Breathing in Joy!
A word of warning, going to the Global Inspiration Conference is quite addictive. Every year for one week you can breathe Consciously every day, relax thanks to the friendliness of the participants, open your heart with the love shared and let go and transform with tears or with laughter, you are with like minded people, safe and nourished. Oh! and I forgot the lectures!
You can have a look at a few:
1. Lecture from Judith Kravitz: https://vimeo.com/290983548
2. Lecture from Fabrice Loizeau: https://vimeo.com/295545016
3. Lecture from David O'Hare: https://vimeo.com/297778883
4. Lecture from Judee Gee: https://vimeo.com/295775398
5. Lecture from Philippa Wheble: https://vimeo.com/292821828
6. Round table led by Edouard Sta>http://gic2019.com
Early bird is until December 31, 2018. Click here
The ABA has taken massive leaps over the last few years to increase the professional standing of Breathwork and of our professional members. We now have a highly functioning organisational structure, with clear policies and procedures – it’s a strong container, a bright light and a firm presence standing in the essence of Breathwork. Part of this process has been to align our training standards, our ethical standards, our supervision requirements and continuing professional education requirements with similar mainstream modalities - From the President - Cindy Aulby
The 2018 AGM was held at the Breathe Australia Conference at Hazeldell in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges. It was attended by the conference attendees and the others zoomed in via conferencing software. If you are an ABA member you would have received a copy of all of the reports from the committee members and been updated on the work of the subcommittees.
Highlights for the year have been:
- consolidation of polices and procedures. 13 ABA procedures (aka Green Books) were written by the subcommittee and ratified by the committee
- updated and revised website launched by the website subcommittee
- greater exposure on social media resulting in a 25% increase of followers due to the dedication to consistent quality posts by the communications subcommittee
- integrity and complaints procedure finalised by the integrity subcommittee
- membership remained steady in the mid 40's
- website inquiries for Breathwork trainings increased
- successful Breathe Australia Conference organised by the BAC subcommittee
- 12 ABA member trainers had their Practitioner level trainings endorsed by the ABA
The 2018 committee was re elected for 2019 with a new addition to the team of Liisa Halme:
President – Cindy Aulby
Secretary – Jennylee Taylor
Treasurer – Margaret Schooneveldt
Membership – Margaret Schooneveldt
Committee Member – Liisa Halme
Committee Member – John Stamoulos
The new committee will meet face to face in February for the biannual Inspiration Planning Meeting.
In support of teh committee, the following people have volunteered to join the subcommittees: