$350 - 500 Sliding Scale

A non-refundable credit card deposit of $100 USD is due once your application is accepted. The remainder of the contribution will be paid in cash on the first day of the program.

Date & Time Details: We will be meeting at 5pm on May 20th to begin our journey and will close our circle at around 6pm on May 23rd.

Location: Catskill, NY

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Catskill, NY: Primordial Breathwork Immersion Retreat

Facilitated by Roman Hanis and Cynthia Robinson

May 20 - 23, 2016

Inside all of us, an original primordial state of peaceful loving kindness is always present, existing on the level of cellular memory. When we look deeply, beyond the veil of matter and mind, this state and the universal truth that accompany it are discovered to be embedded within us all. Given the psychosomatic sources of tension and disease, it is clear that an embodied practice is necessary for the process of transformation in order to re-integrate this state. In this retreat, we will be catalyzing the primordial state of being through Primordial Breathwork, Qigong, Meditation, Creative/Artistic Expression, Music and Immersion in Nature.

Each day of the retreat we will engage in a unique and cathartic breathwork practice which blends Amazonian and Tibetan traditions together. This practice is often a deeply meditative, heart activating and transpersonal experience that revives the cellular memory of the whole organism and brings aspects of the past to the surface to be remembered and healed. Everyday we will go deeper into the breathwork, practicing for longer sets of time and integrating ceremonial cacao with the practice to enhance the body’s energy flow.

After each session integration will involve sharing circles, immersion in nature and creative expression of many forms (painting, dancing and music).

About our Amazonian/Tibetan Primordial Breathwork Practice:

This is a multidimensional experience, encompassing many facets of our being. It is very helpful for the reactivation of our energetic chakra vortexes to their natural, higher vibrational frequencies. The practice also aids in the location and elimination of psychosomatic sources of disease, tensions, inhibitions and repressed emotions. It employs an ancient, cathartic, healing breath, activating and purifying our emotional memory at the cellular level.

This ancient practice is similar in some ways to the more recently developed methods, including the Rebirthing method developed by Leonard Ore, and Holotrophic Breathwork, brought forward by Stanislav Groff. However, this practice is rooted in a more shamanic perspective that is reflected in both Tibetan and Amazonian cultures. The distinct benefit of this specific practice is the tribal synchronization of the breath via awareness, sound, drumbeat and cyclical rhythm, which ultimately reveals the pulse of life force in nature as an infinitely diverse and unified consciousness.

The cosmology and the theoretical background of this practice relates to the hero’s conscious journey towards the original primordial state of blissful divine union, as mirrored in ancient cultures and spiritual traditions from around the world. That original state is recognized to be the source of all creative potential and a fundamentally vital element in evolutionary healing.

During most breathwork our sessions, we initiate the space by offering participants ceremonial cacao. Cacao is a powerful plant medicine that can increase blood supply to the brain, help to facilitate deeper energetic and emotional release, and increase connection to energy flow and heart space. In this way the cacao supports us in deepening the journey with the breathwork. Intake of cacao is optional.

IMPORTANT Preparation Information & Contradictions:
If you are taking any pharmaceutical medications or have a history of mental illness, a heart condition, or are pregnant, it is important to notify us in the registration form so we can support all participants to approach the practices in a safe way.


$350 - 500 Sliding Scale

A non-refundable credit card deposit of $100 USD is due once your application is accepted. The remainder of the contribution will be paid in cash on the first day of the program.


Healthy organic vegan food will be included.


More information regarding the housing arrangements will be provided soon.

Option 1: Camping in personal tent

Option 2: Sleep in the “temple” space where we will be hosting the retreat activities on personal pads

Option 3: There will be some beds available in a communal space. These will be offered to elders and those with health challenges first.

Option 4: It is strongly encouraged for everyone to stay onsite but for those who feel strongly that they need a private room we can provide a list of local guesthouses near by. We ask that those who stay offsite be on time and present for all session.

Please Note: If the minimum registration requirement of 15 people is not met 2 weeks prior to the retreat date it is possible the retreat may be canceled.


Roman Hanis
Roman Hanis has been working closely with the indigenous Peruvian cultures in the Amazonian rainforest and Andean mountains since 2001. During this time he has devoted this life to learning the ancient healing ways of these cultures while seeking possibilities for creating ecological sources of sustenance for local populations and working to preserve the rainforest and its spiritual heritage of sacred medicinal plants. Seeing the vital role that ancient cultural…
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Cynthia Robinson
Since childhood, Cynthia Robinson has had a deep love for nature and natural healing. She always knew she would devote her life in service to the healing of people and the planet. Cynthia got her BA at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design with a focus in Design, Communication and Creative Problem Solving. After graduation, she pursued her passion to bring deeper values for nature and humanity…
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