Agnes & Ernst Oslender

We started our therapy and training 1978 with a therapist who came from Janov's Primal Center
and continued with our own intensive therapy and training till today.

On our way we had the privilege to learn intensively our deepest insights in the process of primal work
from Graham Farrant, William Emerson and others.

Since 1986 we offer and share personalized intensive and ongoing primal work in English and German.
We have suitable arrangements for out-of-town and international clients.
Since 2002 we have been successfully introduced follow-up telephone sessions.

The Primal Center of BC is located in a Summer and Winter holiday-paradise
at the great Okanagan Lake in southern British Columbia, Canada


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Primal Breathwork is based on the Holotropic Breathwork developed by Stanislav Grof, M.D., and Christina Grof, which was based on forty years of research. Holotropic Breathwork and its theory and practice are discussed in the Grofs' books:

The Holotropic Mind
The Thirst for Wholeness
The Adventure of Self-Discovery
The Stormy Search for the Self
Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death and Transcendence in Psychotherapy
LSD Psychotherapy
The Human Encounter With Death
Realms of the Human Unconscious

Virtually all ancient mystical traditions have recognized that spiritual and psychological healing are facilitated in nonordinary states of consciousness. A powerful, yet gentle and safe technique, Holotropic Breathwork mediates access to nonordinary states of consciousness through controlled breathing, evocative music, focused energy-release work, mandala drawing, and integrative sharing in a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental setting.

These workshops in Primal Breathwork would be of value for persons interested in deep inner exploration or those who wish to further their spiritual development.

The breathwork experience can enhance the process of individual psychotherapy or recovery and may provide an expanded sense of meaning in the therapeutic process.

"There is vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. "And because there is only one you in all time, its expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium . . . the world will not have it. "It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open." --Martha Graham, Dance to the Piper

"Just give me some truth!" --John Lennon

Reservations and Information:
Mary Lynn Adzema (707) UNY=11RR or 1-800-41-MRGE-U For monthly workshops, call for dates.

Fee per workshop (includes both Friday and Saturday events):

$65 (students or unemployed—$55), if paid 10 days in advance.
$75 otherwise

Full and partial work exchanges possible.

Send checks to:
Mary Lynn Adzema
P. O. Box 1348
Guerneville, CA 95446-1348


Mickel Adzema, M.A., is currently in holotropic breathwork training with Stan and Christina Grof. He has over 22 years experience in primal therapy and has 8 years experience in rebirthing as well. He is the author of dozens of articles on psychology, spirituality, consciousness, primal therapy, and holotropic breathwork; his Master's is in Spiritual and Philosophical Aspects of Prenatal Experience.

He teaches pre- and perinatal psychology at Sonoma State University and is the editor of Primal Renaissance: The Journal of Primal Psychology, which is published by the International Primal Association. He is a regular contributor to The Inner Door, which is the publication of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International. He is the founder of SSILLY. God Ventures.

Mary Lynn Adzema, M.A., A.B.D., has a Master's in Consciousness Psychology and twenty years involvement in yogic and Eastern spiritual practices. She is currently in training with Stan and Christina Grof in holotropic breathwork, is serving on the Board of Directors of the International Primal Association, has taught psychology at the university level, and has published on the topics of psychology and spirituality. She is also Assistant Editor of Primal Renaissance: The Journal of Primal Psychology.

Together, Mickel and Mary Lynn are currently offering monthly workshops of deep, experiential, transformative, primal breathwork in Petaluma, California.

Mickel also offers individual counseling on a sliding scale of $75 to $125 for an open-ended session (usually 2 to 3 hours). Call for appointment or further information.

Why "Primal Renaissance"?

We live in exciting times, at the overlap of ages, at the beginnings of an upcoming primal renaissance.

On the individual level, we have discovered that reintegrating our personal lost primal/spiritual heritages has led to a flowering in our lives. For, having regained the lost treasure of one's true self, one is ready, like Campbell's hero, for right action in the world. One is ready to bring back into the larger community the precious light each of us has discovered at the heart of our dark, isolated, sometimes lonely, many times stormy and tumultuous, primal journey into our hidden divine self.

It is in the bringing back into the world of that light, each of us, in our own way, that society is renewed and transformed. It is by each of us "letting our little light shine" that culture is lit up, re-inspired, and blossoms anew.

On the highest level of society and the world at large, primal renaissance means the reintegration of our long lost and long scapegoated primal, native, and pre-archaic heritage resulting in a multiculturalism, cross-fertilization, and flowering of creativity in the world and renewal of society in a way that has never been seen before. There is at present an explosion of interest in the shamanistic, the archaic, the archetypal, the "feminine," the natural. Our world has been looking to its primal heritage, to indigenous peoples, for guidance in childcaring, for spiritual inspiration, and for a cultural model to go by in halting the continuing desecration of the Earth, caused by our "civilized" split from Nature.

Such major cross-fertilizations of cultural ideas in the past have led to the grandeur of the Roman Empire and the cultural awakening of the European Renaissance. But nothing like this kind of global cross-fertilization, nor the incorporation of the earliest roots of humanity has ever been known. Its effects may be greater than even imaginable.

In the name, Primal Renaissance, we are heralding this new age as one of a simultaneous individual and global blossoming of personality, culture, and society. The new age becomes a reality as each of us faces our darkness so as to bring a new dawning individually into our lives. We feel that on the basis of our experience of the results of a similar reintegration of a repressed and neglected earliest time in our personal history we can predict a similar flowering on the scale of society as humanity reintegrates its own repressed, neglected, and scapegoated primal heritage.

We anticipate that our individual efforts at restoring our divine and natural consciousness will represent, at the least, our foremost dharmic obligation to our highest self. Our hope is that it will also serve, in one small way, as our legacy and inspiration to future generations, as well as an effort in righting the many wrongs of those who have come before us toward those earlier primal societies and the deeply felt ideas and cultural ways they held dear.

We invite you to share our healing, excitement, and vision and to participate with us in the enjoyment of the flowering of ourselves, our culture, and our age through the profound transformative effects of primal breathwork. We affirm such individual actions in collectively nurturing a gestating and global Primal Renaissance.

Contraindications: Because one may experience past traumatic events, this workshop is inappropriate for those with a history of cardiovascular disease, severe hypertension, severe mental illness, epilepsy, recent surgery or fractures, acute infectious diseases, or present pregnancy. If you have any doubt about whether to participate, consult your physician or therapist as well as the facilitator before attending.

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The New Identity Process (NIP) is a method of group psychotherapy that began in the late 1960's, during the height of the humanistic psychotherapy movement. Developed by Dr. Dan Casriel, the NIP originally focused on the use of intense emotional release combined with a process of gentle, physical holding, to bring about a full experience of catharsis.

Therapeutic catharsis involves a safe and contained re-experiencing of regressed emotional material, which can then become cognitively integrated to improve the functioning and health of an individual. The NIP uses an affective, behavioral and cognitive method to achieve this integrative process.

Unique to the NIP is the practice of bonding, a technique combining, emotional opening and physical closeness, within a contained therapeutic space. Bonding may include minimum touch, as in holding a person's hand, to a full body hug during the process of catharsis, to aid integration of material and prevent retraumatization. The NIP is one of the few psychotherapies that addresses the importance of the role of therapeutic touch in psychological health.

Casriel trained therapists in the NIP in the US, Canada and across Europe, before his untimely illness and early death. The therapists he trained created the International Society of the New Identity Process (ISNIP) to continue education, research and training, with chapters in each country.

In the fifteen years since Dr. Casriel's death, the NIP has continued to be used in a wide variety of settings in hospitals, clinics and outpatient offices with adults, adolescents and families. The method has proven to be flexible and effective, undergoing a series of modifications that reflect the psychological advances of the past decade. As more is understood about mind/body science and the role of emotional energy, the NIP is able to validate its reliance on emotional expression as a method for holistic body/mind healing.

NIP groups, workshops and trainings are offered regularly throughout the US and Europe. ISNIP Conferences are held every two years, in the US and Europe. An International training center has been established in France and a rigorous certification program has become standardized for all NIP therapists. The NIP has a code of ethics and a methodology that details the correct use of the process. Only certified NIP therapists are authorized to lead NIP groups.

For more information about the NIP, or to become a member of the American Chapter and receive the quarterly newsletter, please contact Yetta Lautenschlager, President of ASNIP at toll free phone number 1-888-912-1891. You may also contact Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, Tel. (301) 434-0766, or e-mail her at

Approaching a Theory of Emotion, An Interview with Candace Pert, Ph.D. By Lynn Grodzki, Fellow

- From the September, 1995 Newsletter of the American Society For the New Identity Process

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Brenda Craven, M.F.T.
It has been thirty-three years since Brenda became involved in primal therapy. She had her therapy at the Primal Primal Institute of Los Angeles in 1975 and was invited into the training program in 1976.

She assisted Dr. Janov with retreats in Denmark and Switzerland in the late seventies, early eighties. When he went to Europe in 1981, she began a private practice in Los Angeles and rejointed his training program in 1989-1991 when he returned to Los Angeles. In 1996 she was invited once again to work at his clinic, the Primal Center, and continued there as a senior therapist and trainer until May of 2010.

She presently has a private practice in Primal Therapy in Los Angeles and may be contacted at: or by
telephone (310-397-6510).

For more information, future articles, etc., visit her website at

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Paul J. Hannig,

Ph.D., MFCC, CCMHC, NCC is a psychotherapist offering Deep Feeling Therapy, a unique blend of full feeling expression, interpretative psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

When unfelt, buried emotional pain influences the present, all "here and now" actions and relationships are colored and affected by one's history. Deep core feeling releases the tension, anxiety, confusion, fear, anger and defensiveness caused by unfelt pain and resolves it at the deepest centers of human nature.

This comprehensive approach helps to integrate the emotional, intellectual, interpersonal and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Excellent for recovering the lost and authentic Self and healing most Personality, Mood, and Anxiety Disorders. Individual sessions in the process and intensives available.

For more information, visit his web site at or call directly at 818-882-7404.

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South German primal-oriented psychotherapist with fifteen years of experience. Claus Koska combines primal therapy with breathwork in his practice located in Emmendingen, Germany.

For more information please contact him at: Steinstr.12, 79312 Emmendingen - phone (049)(0)7641 - 935068.

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Clare Gill,

Primal Integration Facilitator, Spiritual Director,

Person centered contemplative approach to Primal Healing. Spiritual Director (Anam Cara ) since 1994. Further residential training in Primal Integration with Sam Turton, Barbara Bryan and Esta Powell. Located 8 miles south of Dublin, Ireland.

Certified Primal Integration Facilitator/Educator with The IPA
Certified member of AISGA,
Certified member of the Irish Association of Transpersonal Psychology
Full Member of Supervisors Association of Ireland.
Post graduate training in Humanistic Somatic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy with Rainer Pervoeltz.
Pre-and perinatal workshops with William Emerson, and Allison Hunter.
Gestalt Psychotherapy with Mike O’Halloran. (current)

Modalities include:

Person-centered focus
Deep Feeling Psychotherapy
Mindfulness/Reflective Practice
Body Work
Intensives offered
Tel: 00353879520085

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