Liberating the Natural Breath
Liberating the Natural Breath
Liberating the Natural Breath is an online breathing journey and community created specifically to help people experiencing non-medical breathing dysfunction—such as Air Hunger, Chronic Breathing Tension, and Chronic Hyperventilation—find their way toward easeful, natural breathing. Created by a psychotherapist who found his way through Air Hunger earlier in his life and a breathing-specialized Alexander Technique teacher (see the two bios below), Liberating the Natural Breath is an innovative, thorough, and holistic approach that is founded upon long-established bodies of work. We are committed to providing a path forward for people with non-medical Air Hunger and breathing dysfunction—people who feel they can’t get a full breath—by helping them rediscover that their body does know how to breathe and can reestablish its inherent, easeful breathing if given the right support.
Liberating the Natural Breath (LNB) provides the tools, practices, and guidance you’ll need to be in the process of restoring your natural, easeful breathing. For 15-20 minutes a day, you’ll be engaging in practices that provide a basis for natural breathing. You’ll also be engaging in 15 course modules as you integrate tools and guidance into your daily practice and into your daily life. Further support is included in the form of live monthly Office Hours with the course facilitators and through the LNB Community forums. You’ll have the option of seeking additional in-person, hands-on support from a local somatic practitioner if you decide it could be useful at any point during your journey (suggestions and guidance are provided within the course). Using these resources and the ongoing support of the course structure and the growing community, you will put the tools and principles into practice and begin integrating them into your daily life, enabling you to progress toward your natural, easeful breathing.
Finding freedom from Air Hunger and Chronic Breathing Tension. Coming home to your Natural Breathing. with Simon Spire and Amira Glaser
Liberating the Natural Breath was carefully designed by Simon Spire, a psychotherapist, and Amira Glaser, an AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique teacher who is also certified in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing, an acupuncturist, and Simon’s life partner. The program is designed especially for those experiencing moderate to severe non-medical air hunger or breathing dysfunction. Many of the understandings and practices explored are also highly applicable to less pronounced cases and to natural breathing in general. The course and community are hosted on a learning platform named Podia for an easy and supportive experience for participants.
15 video modules, each including suggested activities, which are organized into three parts to form the arc of the course
An in-depth reference guide (PDF download) containing the essential principles, practices, and understandings to support you in moving toward natural breathing
A course workbook (PDF download) containing key takeaways and activities from each module
Downloadable audio recordings for guided experiences that you can revisit as often as you like
Access to Jessica Wolf’s full nine-minute Art of Breathing animation video (with gratitude to Jessica for her generosity in making this available to LNB participants)
Guidance, links, and important considerations for how to find and work with a somatic practitioner who could be a good match for you, if you choose to seek additional individual, in-person support
Explorations around the essence of the journey of moving from chronic breathing tension to natural breathing, with guidance on how to embrace the inner and psychological growth opportunities presented
Responses to frequently asked questions that we have received over the years
Stories from others who have restored their natural breathing
Ongoing access to the course so you can return to the modules and videos as often as you’d like
The ability to share comments and questions on modules, as well as seeing questions shared by other participants and responses from the facilitators
Free membership in the LNB Community forums, where you can be in conversation with other course participants by posting, commenting, and replying under various topics as participants share their experiences and insights with one another
Free access to monthly group “office hours” offered by the course facilitators via Zoom during which participants can receive guidance on their individual experience with air hunger and their journey toward natural breathing
Here are some helpful and important resources for getting started before you begin with the course modules.
LNB Reference Guide - 377 KB
LNB Workbook - 130 KB
How to attend monthly Office Hours via Zoom
How to join the LNB Community forums
We begin Part One of the course with an overview of what's ahead, some key principles and resources, and how to navigate the course.
Module 1: Main Video and Summary - 35 mins - 2.69 GB
Module 1: Activities Video and Summary - 7 mins - 521 MB
Module Two consists of two introductory videos that set the stage for the work we’ll be doing in this course.
Module 2: Understanding Air Hunger and Natural Breathing - 26 mins - 2.83 GB
Module 2: Foundational Principles of the Alexander Technique - 17 mins - 1.19 GB
Module Three provides an in-depth animation of healthy breathing, thanks to Jessica Wolf and her work, The Art of Breathing.
Module 3: Introduction to Breathing Animation - 4 mins - 303 MB
Module 3: Jessica Wolf's Art of Breathing Animation - 9 mins - 64.5 MB
Module Four explores three essential sections of the Reference Guide: Understanding the Change Process (4A), the Daily Reminders (4B), and the 10 Steps (4C). These sections contain many of the key practices, principles, and understandings that enable us to find our way toward the natural breath.
Module 4A Video: Understanding the Change Process - 22 mins - 1.58 GB
Module 4B Video: The Daily Reminders - 21 mins - 1.47 GB
Module 4C Video: The 10 Steps - 35 mins - 2.89 GB
Module 5, Video 1: Demonstration and instructions - 13 mins - 1.03 GB
Module 5, Video 2: Further exploration and common questions - 26 mins - 1.99 GB
Constructive Rest 1 - Foundations.mp3 - 15 mins - 20.4 MB
Constructive Rest 2 - A Guided Journey.mp3 - 13 mins - 17.1 MB
Constructive Rest 3 - Daily Reminders.mp3 - 14 mins - 18.9 MB
Module Six explores in detail the Breakthrough 1 section (Unwinding the Reaching Habit) outlined in the Reference Guide. The module video and the relevant section in the Reference Guide are essential material for anyone experiencing the Stage 1 breathing tension habit of “reaching for air.”
Module 6: Video, Summary, and Activities - 28 mins - 2.33 GB
Module 6: Addendum Video - 10 mins - 749 MB
Module Seven explores in detail the Breakthrough 2 (Restoring Mobility), Breakthrough 3 (Releasing Interference), and Timing sections outlined in the Reference Guide. The Module 7A video and the relevant sections in the Reference Guide provide core understandings for progressing toward the natural breath. We also discuss the possibility of working with an Alexander Technique teacher in Video 7B.
Module 7A Video: Breakthroughs 2 and 3 - 19 mins - 1.58 GB
Module 7B Video: Considering working with an Alexander Teacher - 20 mins - 1.6 GB
Alexander Technique teacher links
Module Eight concludes our exploration of the Reference Guide by summarizing the final Additional Support section and introducing Part Two of the course.
Module 8: Video, Summary, and Activities - 11 mins - 855 MB
Module Nine looks at the potential role of unconscious psychological or emotional material in the development and perpetuation of breathing tension, offering suggestions for working with this facet of your experience.
Module 9: Video, Summary, and Activities - 36 mins - 2.99 GB
Module 9 Guided Audio #1 (General).mp3 - 21 mins - 28.7 MB
Module 9 Guided Audio #2 (Breathing).mp3 - 20 mins - 27.4 MB
Module Ten looks at the potential role of nervous system dysregulation in the development and perpetuation of breathing tension, offering suggestions for working with this facet of your experience.
Module 10: Video, Summary, and Activities - 17 mins - 1.4 GB
Module Eleven considers the idea of understanding breathing tension as an invitation into a greater degree of awareness of our whole selves.
Module 11: Video, Summary, and Activities - 23 mins - 1.64 GB
Module Twelve explores potentially helpful perspectives around the ideas of initiatory journeys and wounds, mythological motifs and transformative life passages, and crossing thresholds.
Module 12: Video, Summary, and Activities - 34 mins - 2.83 GB
Module Thirteen covers frequently asked questions that are relevant to various aspects and stages of moving toward the natural breath.
Module 13: Video, Summary, and Activities - 20 mins - 1.62 GB
Module Fourteen describes a brief encounter with Stage 2-like breathing tension that illustrates some of the core concepts of this approach, such as releasing interference as opposed to resisting tension.
Module 14: Video, Summary, and Activities - 23 mins - 1.89 GB
The final module provides several summaries that may be useful for digesting all of the material we’ve covered in this course.
Module 15: Video, Summary, and Activities - 16 mins1.13 GB
BRIEF Progress Update Survey (respond whenever you like)
FULL Progress Update Survey (respond whenever you like)
Breathing stories and more.
C.J. McRae's Breathing Story: CONDENSED (YouTube)
C.J. McRae's Breathing Story: FULL INTERVIEW
(1h 17m 58s)1.76 GB
If you've found the LNB resources and community beneficial, here are some ways you can help us reach more people who are suffering, grow the supportive community that's emerging within LNB, and continue developing the resources provided here. We are deeply grateful for any support you would like to offer toward raising awareness and understanding for air hunger and growing the LNB community.
Testimonials and breathing stories
LNB Community Scholarship Fund contributions
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Since the early 1970’s I have suffered on and off from a condition we now call ‘Air Hunger’. Even now medical experts have differing views on the condition and in many cases, if not all, have had no solution.
Over the years of suffering I tended to describe my condition as a constant search for ‘a sigh’ or a ‘sigh of relief’. When Google came into the picture I tried many searches including ‘gasping for air’ and ‘not being able to get a breath’ and at one point was convinced that I perhaps suffered from GERD. I tried all sorts including many remedies for indigestion and heartburn, but of course nothing worked. What made it worse was the anxiety that it also caused thus making the condition worse.
Only recently having been suffering again for the past three years did I do another Google search and came across almost by accident Simon’s Liberating the Natural Breath.
At last I had found someone who described the condition to a ‘T’ and fully understood what I had tried to explain to many medical experts over the years.
Within three weeks of embarking upon the Liberating Breath course my ‘air hunger’ is almost completely gone. I still have my moments, but practicing the ‘constructive rest’ and following the Alexander Technique principles those moments are becoming more manageable and less and less.
I am currently still continuing in Stage 1 with a view to moving to stage 2 shortly and will certainly move onto stage 3 incorporating Liberating the Natural Breath into my life.
I cannot thank Simon and the team enough for putting this course together and encourage anyone reading this brief testimonial to embrace this course with open arms. It’s a Godsend and for me almost a life saver.
As anyone on this forum can attest, finding Simon is like finding water in the desert. Until I discovered his video on YouTube, I had been on a journey alone, lost and confused with no point of reference to show me the way forward in a landscape that had overnight become unrecognizable to me. Not only did Simon understand air hunger and what I was going through, he had compassion for it and offered a way out of it. With Simon's help, I spent this past spring learning how to get out of my own way and allowing my breathing to be what it already knows how to be. I cannot fully express how Simon's program changed my life and how grateful I am for it!
I thank you for this course, it has helped immensely. $129 well spent, worth every cent. Give this course a go. I have had Air Hunger for over 30 years, it comes and goes. Since doing the course I am slowly but surely improving my breathing like never before. For ages I have yawned and tried to force a breath. Changing this is not easy and requires commitment and practice from oneself, but what a difference it makes. Thank you again. [Written three weeks after joining LNB.]
One thing I would like to start off by saying is, you will feel better. Air hunger can be a VERY scary thing and you may feel like it will last forever, but it will not. That is something I needed to hear in the beginning of my journey.
I first started experiencing air hunger about 5 months ago, but only when I was rushed and eating. It went away very quickly after I took a few breaths and started to eat normally. I would also like to add that I have had OCD and regular anxiety for years prior to air hunger even starting (some people do, some people don’t, but it is important for me to mention that I did). I noticed a shift in my breathing to feeling the air hunger more frequently around 3 months ago when I went on a vacation that I didn’t really want to go on, which added to my anxiety. I attribute the air hunger to an unbalanced nervous system. One night I decided to research this, which was a good and bad thing. It was good because I found Simon on YouTube, but it was bad because I watched so many people’s videos on air hunger that it made the anxiety a little more intense. I was just hoping it would go away, and when I was hearing some other stories I felt discouraged/nervous and happy at the same time. It was the first time I heard the term air hunger, and it made sense.
Many people have many different experiences with air hunger and breathing tension, and I have to say I have been very blessed on my journey because I have been healing so quickly and wasn’t dealing with it for that long. Simon’s course is amazing. There is a lot to unpack but when you do it slowly with all the supports given, you can understand it and apply it to your life. It’s been two months since I signed up for the course, and I am now working with breakthrough 2. I won’t lie and say I never feel the urge to reach for a breath anymore. However, it is NEVER as intense as it once was and it only shows up when I am stressed, thinking about it, or in a rush. This is something that I think breakthrough 2 is designed to address.
I am so grateful for Simon and Amira. This course has been beyond helpful in every way. I really hope any person who is experiencing air hunger finds this wonderful community.
The last thing I want to say is. You will get better. You are stronger than you think, and you can do this. Your body can and will heal.
My sincerest thanks to Simon for this course that has helped to significantly improve my natural breathing. I highly recommend the beneficial and supportive monthly office hours!
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Liberating the Natural Breath (LNB) will ask you to attend to the following four components of this process:
Set aside about 15 minutes each day for intentionally being with your breathing and your body according to the instructions and guidelines in the program. This helps to develop an ongoing foundation for healthier breathing and for the change process.
Work through the course resources and 15 modules at your own pace. Consider attending Office Hours and engaging with the LNB Community forums.
To the degree that you’re able, integrate the understandings and practices from the 15 modules and resources into both your 15-minute daily practice and your daily life and activities. Your ability to incorporate these suggestions, understandings, and awareness will grow as you progress.
If you like, or if you feel you are stagnating or having difficulty, you can consider seeking additional support by working with an in-person somatic practitioner (suggestions included within the course; cost determined by you and the local practitioner you choose); setting up an individual session with one of the course facilitators (additional cost involved); and/or attending Office Hours (included with your program membership).
This course is not a substitute for medical evaluation and treatment. We do not interpret or comment on any individuals’ medical diagnoses. What we can say is the following:
First, if you have or suspect that you have a medical issue, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention. If you have a medical condition and also experience symptoms of Chronic Breathing Tension and Air Hunger, it’s quite possible that working toward freeing your natural breathing could be very helpful and provide relief—even if you still have other aspects of the medical condition to deal with. I.e., it’s not unusual for people who have a medical condition that impacts their breathing to also have significant breathing tension and interference on top of it which worsens their breathing experience. So as long as your doctor is okay with your being in a process of freeing up tension and welcoming natural breathing, then LNB could be quite beneficial. We encourage you to consult your doctor if this is the case as this course is not a substitute for medical treatment.
Many people who decide to join LNB have already gone through countless tests and consultations with doctors without any resulting medical diagnoses or medical issues being revealed. We encourage people to get whatever medical tests or advice they need to feel comfortable and confident and to follow the advice of their physicians. If you have non-medical breathing dysfunction, we encourage you to join LNB.
Anyone who has gone through the process of seeking help for Chronic Breathing Tension and Air Hunger knows that it is not a well-understood or well-recognized condition. It can result in a variety of diagnoses, including Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome. You’ll have to use your own discernment, subject to medical advice and consultation with your physician and health care providers, to determine for yourself whether your breathing difficulties are due to a medical condition or a result of non-medical Chronic Breathing Tension, which is the result of imbalance and habitual misuse of your body.
Some people considering the course wonder if their air hunger is caused by silent reflux or GERD. We don’t comment on individual medical situations beyond what we’ve already said in points 2 and 3 above, but of course if your doctor diagnoses you with GERD and prescribes a treatment, we recommend you follow it. If you improve, then that’s a good thing. If your doctor doesn’t think you have GERD or your air hunger symptoms persist, then you might want to consider joining Liberating the Natural Breath (subject to the above three points regarding medical questions).
The rhythm of this process is different for everyone. Some people experience rapid relief, while for others it is a more gradual process. Many people experience some relief in the first month as their understanding shifts and they begin to put the tools into practice. There are some who experience significant relief in the first month. Since an individual’s progress depends in part upon the way they implement course guidance and their particular physical and mental state, we cannot guarantee results, and occasionally individuals do not experience improvement. People decide for themselves how long to continue with the process based on their present level of breathing discomfort versus ease, since discomfort is usually the main motivator for people seeking to restore their breathing (it’s typical for people to continue with the LNB process until they’ve reached a satisfactory level of ease in their breathing). However, regardless of which of the above categories you fall into—whether you find relief more gradually or more rapidly—if you want to cultivate truly resilient natural breathing, the change process will usually need to continue for a number of months. In this way, the years of accumulated tension and interference that are often at the root of Chronic Breathing Tension can gradually unwind while the natural movement of the breath is reawakened, providing a growing sense of ease along the way. We provide all the tools and guidance we can in the course; your progress is then largely dependent on your continuation of the process and your understanding and application of the course resources. We will also be available through Office Hours and other avenues to help you navigate the process, so we suggest you make use of these options as needed.
Yes! For many people, anxiety or stress play a role in the development of Air Hunger/Chronic Breathing Tension. Addressing the anxiety is important. However, if the breathing patterns that have been established aren’t also addressed, this can make it difficult to address the anxiety, because anxiety may continue to be triggered and exacerbated by these breathing challenges. Furthermore, even if the anxiety is addressed on its own terms, if patterns of breathing tension have become entrenched, they often remain in place until they are also addressed on their own level. Thus, anxiety and air hunger can frequently develop into a mutually-reinforcing cycle that keeps both patterns in place until they are both addressed. This course seeks to support people in resolving their breathing difficulties, which may also help with resolving anxiety that is experienced as a result of breathing tension. This course is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment for anxiety.
Air Hunger is the most commonly used term for the dysfunctional breathing pattern this course seeks to address. Chronic Breathing Tension is, we think, the most accurate definition for this condition. You could say that, whereas Chronic Breathing Tension is the actual underlying condition, the feeling of Air Hunger is an acute symptom of Chronic Breathing Tension. Chronic Breathing Tension is a descriptive term that occurred to us and that we’ve been using ever since because of how accurate and neutral it is for naming this condition.
Simon and Amira met in 2007 through the Alexander Technique while living in New York. Amira was one of the breathing-specialized teachers Simon worked with as he learned to restore his natural breathing. To make a long story short, they eventually got married and now live in North Carolina. Each one of them has had a profound learning journey with the breath—Amira through her extensive training and practice, Simon through his own long experience with Air Hunger and his ensuing recovery, and both of them through the process of learning to navigate the journey from Chronic Breathing Tension to natural breathing as Simon found his way with the support that was available. This turned out to be a long and intricate process of study, trial-and-error, discovery, and innovation built upon the foundation of potent bodies of work such as the Alexander Technique. Their work together helping others with Air Hunger has continued to grow, as has their commitment to providing the best support possible for people making the journey toward natural breathing.
If this is important to you, this option has recently been made available. Please note, our best recommendation for anyone with Air Hunger or non-medical breathing dysfunction is to join Liberating the Natural Breath. It is designed to deliver the most effective guidance to you in the most efficient and affordable way. Once in LNB, you’ll be able to join monthly Office Hours and hear or engage in conversations with Simon and Amira.
However, we recognize that some people have a strong desire for someone to discuss their specific breathing situation with before joining the course. Although this is certainly not necessary for taking the course—again, we encourage you to go ahead and join the course if you have chronic breathing tension—we have recently opened the option for people to book a session with Simon before joining the course, due to ongoing requests. These sessions are charged at my standard hourly rate ($120) and take place over Zoom. Please note that it is highly likely that you’ll also need to join LNB ($129) to continue your journey after our session. If you’d like to book a session, please email me using this contact form and include your scheduling availability (days/times) for our 60-minute session and your preferred method of payment (PayPal or Credit Card).
No. While seeing an in-person practitioner can be potentially beneficial depending on the individual’s situation, it’s very possible to make significant progress in your breathing without seeing a practitioner. Seeing a practitioner doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’ll progress any faster. However, if you find yourself struggling, seeing an in-person practitioner at key points in your journey may offer significant support.
While there’s a lot we could say about LNB’s approach compared to other approaches, to give you a sense of the orientation of the course, we’ll mention four important characteristics of LNB that are not typical of other approaches:
LNB is designed specifically for people with Air Hunger. This is not the case with most techniques or programs, which is significant, because Air Hunger is a very specific and stubborn pattern that is often not responsive to many breathing techniques or typical methods.
LNB is created and facilitated by someone who actually experienced serious air hunger for years, managed to get through it, and has spent years studying the process of how to restore natural breathing. Most breathing methods out there were not created by people who have experienced this form of Air Hunger. As you may have found, it’s difficult for people who haven’t experienced it to really understand what it’s like to deal with day after day, month after month.
LNB is based on a well-established body of work—the Alexander Technique—that has generated professional organizations, countless books, and publications; has attracted prominent scientists and researchers and philosophers; and is taught at universities. The AT has been developed and refined for over a century and has earned great respect for its comprehensive understanding of the body and its insights into how change happens. LNB is grounded in this reliable and long-established body of work.
LNB supports you in rediscovering and cultivating your inherently easeful, natural breathing by learning to gradually release the interference and tension that are at the core of the dysfunction while simultaneously learning to increasingly welcome and allow the natural movement that is seeking to happen. The breath ultimately becomes our teacher as we learn to listen to it. Most breathing methods, in contrast, seek to overlay set breathing models and exercises on top of breathing that’s already dysfunctional, which may exacerbate existing interference and tension or introduce new forms of it. These are two very different approaches.
The Alexander Technique (AT) is a powerful method of restoring the natural ease, efficiency, and effectiveness of the body’s state and movement that was developed by F. M. Alexander (1869–1955). Rather than being a “therapy” in which a practitioner tries on some level to treat or fix the client, the AT instead empowers the student to see and sense the ways they interfere in their body’s naturally easeful and efficient state. By recognizing the ways they are unnecessarily creating tension and interference, the student can then shift their habits and support their system’s return to natural alignment. In many ways, it’s a unique method that gets to the root of the cause, which is why it has drawn the acclaim of some notable philosophers and scientists over the decades. The Alexander Technique has long been recognized especially for its sophisticated understanding of breathing (Alexander himself was dubbed “the breathing man” in his day), and a specific body of natural breathing work has been developed that draws largely on the Alexander Technique—Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. Amira began her journey with the Alexander Technique in 1995 and has been teaching professionally since 2005; she is also certified in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. Simon has studied and practiced the Alexander Technique as a student for over 15 years.
LNB is not an Alexander Technique course; rather, it is a natural breathing course specifically for those with Chronic Breathing Tension. However, LNB is founded upon many of the principles, insights, and practices that have been developed within the AT over the past century. This is how LNB is able to support you on your path of restoring your natural breathing.
We do not recommend getting Alexander Technique lessons for Air Hunger without taking this course first. Years ago, we used to think that directing people to work with an Alexander teacher was all that was needed. But we found that people had highly variable results because so much depended on the particular teacher they found, the understanding that the individual and the teacher brought to their work together, and the individual’s access to in-person lessons. The reality is that Air Hunger is not a well-understood condition, even in holistic health settings. This is a big part of why we decided to create Liberating the Natural Breath. As mentioned above, Alexander lessons are not necessary for you to progress. They are, however, one of the potential additional supports you may explore at some point in your journey. LNB will significantly enhance and accelerate the impact of any lessons you do take. It does this by providing you with an array of tools, knowledge, and guidance that would potentially require multiple in-person lessons to begin to understand, all for about the cost of a single lesson. It also guides you in how to find and work with a suitable Alexander Technique teacher, if that’s something you decide to pursue.
Modules 1 to 7—and particularly Modules 4, 5, and 6—cover the most directly applicable understandings and tools for the process of restoring your natural breathing. Most people will find a lot of what they’re looking for regarding how to proceed in Part One (Modules 1 to 7) of the course. All of the modules, however, provide important suggestions and insights into this process of restoring your natural breathing, and we recommend you continue moving through the modules at a pace that is comfortable for you, while referring back to Modules 4–6 as much as you find it helpful.
We do not recommend this approach. There’s a brief section early in my (Simon’s) 2011 essay under the heading “Disrupting the Habit” where I discuss this initial progress that I made around 2003. However, approaching it in this way was extremely difficult, and the progress I made was limited. Most people who attempt this in an unsupported way struggle and do not have the success they’re looking for. There’s a much easier and more fruitful way to move through this stage of air hunger (what we call “Breakthrough 1” in the course), and this is the approach we guide you through in Liberating the Natural Breath. You’ll have much better results and a much easier time taking this more layered and supported approach than trying to follow the crude trial-and-error approach I was forced to work with early in my journey.
Transparency is important to us, and we’re happy to provide context. Our aim with LNB is to establish a reliable destination for those seeking help with air hunger that is eventually financially sustainable. By financially sustainable, we mean that it is sustainable over the long term and has the resources it needs to best support the people it seeks to serve through facilitator engagement, course updates and improvements, community moderation, and outreach. So while LNB is housed within Emergent Inquiry, LLC, a small company, in practical terms we think of LNB operating as a mission-driven organization akin to a not-for-profit that will hopefully be increasingly self-sustaining as it grows over time. Finding the right way to balance this endeavor’s needs and the large investment of time and energy this work requires from us as creators and facilitators with the desire to make these resources easily available to whoever needs or wants them has been a question we’ve held on this journey. The need to ensure that people who sign up for the course are willing to be invested in a process with their breathing and understand that this process requires time and attention is another consideration we’ve held. The way we’ve tried to balance these factors is by requiring a fee for the course, but setting it at a rate that is significantly lower than a lot of courses of this size and scope would usually charge, while also providing scholarships to whoever communicates genuine desire and need with us through our scholarship application form (scholarship instructions follow below).
As well as seeking to become financially sustainable, we also want to ensure that people who genuinely want the help this course provides can access it, even if they are unable to afford the course fee. If this is you, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. For those with genuine financial need and a genuine desire to take the course, we offer scholarships that cover between 50% and 95% of the course fee (we ask you to indicate your desired level of funding support when applying).
To apply, please send an email to email@example.com and write “Scholarship” in the subject line; please be careful to correctly type only the word Scholarship in the subject line (you don’t need to write anything in the body of the email). You will immediately receive an automated email response with our scholarship application form. Complete the form, and we will be in touch with you within a week.
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