Glenn Girlando, M.A.
I’ve known since age 19 that the exploration of human potential, self-actualization, and consciousness were my passions, and that I would study the interface of psychology and spirituality. Between that moment and now, I’ve explored a wide range of philosophies, religions, spiritual growth methods and spiritual paths. Ultimately, the two that have resonated closest to my soul are breathwork and astrology.
I attended my first breathwork (of the Holotropic variety) workshop at a farm outside of the Chicago area in 1991. I sensed immediately just how powerful breathwork could be both as a tool for healing and for personal self-exploration, and how big it would be in my healing journey. I also had a deep instinct that day that it would become part of my life calling — I wanted to incorporate it into my professional work, to help bring to others this amazing modality and to support the healing of the world.
Between 1999 and 2001, I trained with Dr. Stanislav Grof in the Grof Transpersonal Training program, after which I led Holotropic Breathwork workshops in the Seattle area between 2002 and 2016. During that time I facilitated at more than 160 breathwork workshops, leading 130 of those. I was also the co-founder of a nonprofit whose mission was to increase education and access to breathwork in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.
Between 2016 and 2018, I led small local breathwork sessions in a few locations around the Pacific Northwest and in the Chicago area. I began working with Michael in his Neurodynamic Breathwork in March of 2018 and I currently facilitate 6 workshops monthly NDB workshops each month, (including every Thursday NDB).
Personal and Global Healing are Inseparable
Our Mother Gaia is in serious need of healing right now, and I believe that every little bit of individual healing we do is inextricably connected to and supportive of the larger global healing that is so needed. Breathwork is a wonderful tool to deepen and accelerate your own healing process in support of not only your own journey, but also that of our beautiful planet and all of its inhabitants!
I’ve been a student of astrology since the same time, when I had my natal chart reading. During my studies, I’ve become more and more struck by the depth and profound subtlety of the archetypal planetary energies which seem to underlie all that we do in life (but which do not dictate fate, in contrast to traditional astrology). I’ve been surrounded by a lot of amazing astrologers over the years, all of whom I have learned from, especially Steven Forrest (Evolutionary Astrology), and Richard Tarnas (Archetypal Astrology). Learn more about that aspect of my work here.
I completed a Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 1998, which I self-designed, focused on Psychology & Transformational Education.