I grew up in all of these out of the way places like Lake Waikaremoana, “the sea of rippling waters”, in the North Island of New Zealand and was homeschooled up until the age of seven, in one of the three houses in native bush reserve, a quarter of the size of Greece. I then attended the state school in Murupara, being the only white boy amongst the indigenous children, and spent some of my time on Maraes (tribal communal villages of Maori).

By the time I was twenty three, I had worked on the land, as a shearer, as a goldmine manager, I had a green belt in karate, I was motor-crossing, playing the drums, I had started on my way to a private pilots license, and my license as an electrician and as a mechanical engineer, I had got married and had a beautiful daughter. I had been keeping myself busy.

Somewhere around that time, I also had my first breathwork sessions: In a one bedroom little hut -with just a bed and a picture of Jesus- in the carpark of my chiropractor’s office. This sweet old lady sat beside me and guided me through the process of breathwork.

I never went back to the chiropractor and by the time I had completed the first fourteen breathing sessions my life had got exponentially better, without me even realising it. My commitment to wanting to make my life better and take responsibility for my choices grew. A big shift was taking place: limiting thought patterns were starting to come off and I got to see how much more possibilities I could allow for myself. Being diagnosed with throat cancer was definitely the most interesting learning curve of all. Like a final tap on the shoulder, it invited me see how I was producing all of it by applying too much pressure to myself, by not saying my truth, by not listening and voicing my own needs. I know now that If I hadn’t done all this personal development work, I wouldn’t have been able to go to that place, where I could own it completely, surrender into it and love it. The moment I loved it, was the moment I was healed.

Since my first training as a breathworker in 1987 I have worked with some of the leading breath workers internationally and have guided hundreds of people in the process of reconnecting with and releasing their deepest traumas. Into that I had the blessing of working with my own as well. I have offered trainings and seminars all over the world and feel enormous gratitude for being given the chance to connect with all my teachers, students and clients.


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