About Us


Peggy is a certified Holotropic Breathwork™ Practitioner, a certified Chakradance™ Facilitator and a certified Soaring Winds Soul Healing Practitioner,

Peggy offers workshops in Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isles and the Crystal Coast Area. She has been participating in Holotropic Breathwork since 2008.  Peggy completed the “Grof Transpersonal Training” program which included direct studies with Stanislav Grof and was certified in 2011.Through her own breathwork she continues to have new insight and awareness as her own inner healer opens her heart to powerful and mystical experiences. Connecting with love and compassion to another she creates a safe container in her workshops for each person as they discovers their own inner healer and moves towards wholeness. www.holotropicus.com

Other Facilitators who have collaborated in Facilitating Holotropic Breathwork


Sandy Phocas is a Shamanic Practitioner and Systemic Family Constellations facilitator. After years of working as a psychiatrist, Sandy followed a calling to focus on the deeper foundation of healing and wholeness. This led to trainings in hypnosis, Holotropic Breathwork, past life work, shamanism, and Systemic Constellations. Her passion is sharing this path with others by helping them to not only heal, but to profoundly access their own truth, power, and creative life force energy.

Sandy has a private practice in Winston-Salem where she offers Shamanic Healing, Systemic Constellation work, mentoring, and classes. Learn more at www.SandyPhocas.com.



Doug graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Education in 1978. Since that time he has studied various approaches to healing the human body, mind and spirit.

Most recently, Doug became a certified abuse counselor in the state of Virginia and a substance abuse counselor in the state of North Carolina. Doug has worked in 2 methadone clinics to treat patients suffering from opiate addictions over the last 4 years with a caseload of 50+ clients in each clinic, managed his own half way houses and facilitated groups for DUI offenders. He now has his own private counseling practice in Blacksburg, VA.

Doug has studied both traditional and experiential psychology required to fulfill the expectations of an abuse counselor and feels he has the experience both in life and training to help anyone who is ready to recover from the devastating results of addiction to drugs and alcohol.

To ensure the healing of those he encounters he uses the latest modalities of self healing including several alternative methods such as yoga, meditation,  Holotropic Breathwork and the 12 steps to recovery all of which he has been practicing for several years personally and certified to facilitate workshops both individually and in group. 

Doug believes to serve people in the grips of this misunderstood disease (addiction) is the best possible use of his time while visiting the planet Earth

ted-riskin-lcswTed Riskin, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in relationship issues and cognitive therapy. Along with certifications in Core Energetics, hypnotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Breath Therapy, and EMDR, he is certified in Holotropic Breathwork by Stanislav Grof. He served for five years as President of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International (AHBI) and eight years as the music editor for The Inner Door. Ted is currently a faculty member of The Institute of Core Energetics. He has practiced meditation for the past 32 years and has been active in the human development movement for the past 27. He has been facilitating Holotropic workshops regularly since January 1997. Ted can be found online at:  www.tedriskin.com

Grof Transpersonal Training


Grof Transpersonal Training is a program for experiencing and studying Holotropic Breathwork™ and the transpersonal perspective. It is a two-track program that can be used either to become a certified practitioner or simply to experience this practice in a more in-depth format. It is the best way to spend time with HB co-developer and one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, Stanislav Grof.  Although semi-retired, Stan still teaches at some of the six-day training workshops, also called modules.  The rest are led by GTT director Tav Sparks and a carefully selected teaching and facilitating staff.   Modules may also have guest faculty who are leaders in the transpersonal and related fields. Past guest teachers have included Jack Kornfield, Andrew Harvey, Angeles Arrien, Richard Tarnas, Cait Branigan, and others.

Besides the practice and theory of HB, module topics include Shamanism; Movie Yoga; Addiction and SpiritualityDeath and Dying; The Books of the Dead; Astrology; Gender; Jung’s The Red Book; and others.  A special event is Ecstatic Remembrance, featuring Kirtan (chanting) led by Jai Uttal (nominated for a 2002 Grammy for his album Mondo Rama). Advanced trainings include Trauma & Transformation; and Fantastic Art – held at the HR Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland.