The Avalon Institute Of Rebirthing
At the Avalon Institute of Rebirthing, we believe that Rebirthing is one of the most effective tools for personal transformation and we are passionate about teaching its use for the healing of Body, Mind and Spirit.
Launched in 2008, the Avalon Institute of Rebirthing (A.I.R.) is led by experienced Rebirther practitioners and group-work facilitators Doug Sawyer and Brigitte Martin Powell.
About Doug Sawyer
Doug has worked as a Rebirthing Practitioner for over 30 years. He and Brigitte have set up a Rebirther training school based in Devon which has been running for 10 years.
Doug spent his childhood years in Malawi. He came to England for his secondary education. After University he trained as a teacher. Doug now lives in Redland, Bristol. He has a 25 year old daughter and a devoted dog. His passions include cycling, canoeing, windsurfing and ballroom dancing. Doug has recently discovered a passion for playing the violin.
He has served as Chair-person on the committee of the British Rebirth Society. Doug is an experienced Shiatsu practitioner part of this work includes working in a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. He has years of experience of running groups in the area of personal development as well as in the corporate field both nationally and internationally. Doug’s approach with clients and groups encourages each individual to trust in their own inner wisdom
About Brigitte Martin Powell
Brigitte has been a practicing Rebirther since 1995. She is passionate about what the breath can do to improve the life and health of everyone on earth and has been involved for many years with the International Breathwork Foundation, of which she has been the president from 2008 to 2012.
In addition to running her own breathwork practice and networking nationally and internationally to promote breathwork, she offers further opportunities to come and learn about the breath at her monthly Devon Breathing Circle.
Brigitte grew up, studied and worked for many years in Switzerland before moving to Lesotho, Venezuela, Spain and finally Devon, where she lives now with her husband. Together they have a daughter (25) who is studying for a master in psychology at Dundee University.
Brigitte loves walking in the glorious local countryside and singing sacred music with the Exeter Philharmonic Choir.
What is Rebirthing
Rebirthing is an alternative or complementary therapy specifically focusing on the breath as a profound healing tool. This technique, combined with improvements in the quality of our thinking, results in rapid personal development.
The use of the breath to access heightened states of consciousness for healing and reaching an experience of oneness is found in all cultures and religions and is very ancient. In many languages, the words for ‘breath’ and ‘spirit’, or ‘soul’, are the same. The breathing technique used by A.I.R. was developed in the 1970s and has become a popular method in the West for personal and spiritual development.
Rebirthing is a simple and gentle, yet powerful way to bring into awareness not only our unconsciously held beliefs and emotions, but also the relationship we have with ourselves, our loved ones and our world. When we consciously breathe with this awareness, we make it possible to integrate and heal previously unresolved issues. This frees up energy, bringing greater aliveness and joy, allowing us to move towards fulfillment of our potential as human beings. Rebirthing allows access to subconscious information that is beyond the reach of conventional talking therapies.
The two essential components of Rebirthing are: Breath and Thought.
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