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IBF and the United Nations

As we come to completion of the year 2014, we also enter a quite exciting time in IBF.  After 21 years of building up a solid base for our organisation, bringing the Global Inspiration Conference around the globe, uniting and inspiring people using conscious breathing, IBF is ready to grow to another level. IBF has taken the challenge offered two years ago by Julie Gerland to work on the application to the Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations



Breath & Inspiration

Dear IBF members and IBF friends,

As we come to completion of the year 2014, we also enter a quite exciting time in IBF.  After 21 years of building up a solid base for our organisation, bringing the Global Inspiration Conference around the globe, uniting and inspiring people using conscious breathing, IBF is ready to grow to another level. 
 
IBF has taken the challenge offered two years ago by Julie Gerland to work on the application to the Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations, as you will read in this newsletter.  Although IBF will carry the flag, this goes beyond IBF itself: this is for the whole breathwork community and for all breathers. This implies growing: on the one hand, joining forces and partnering with international organisations that have complementary values and vision to IBF, on the other hand, increasing our membership, including stronger benefits for the breathwork professionals. This is a journey and we thank those of you participating and supporting us.  
 
In this newsletter, we inaugurate the translation projects of news and material in the main IBF languages, thanks to our new volunteer team of translators. 
 
Looking forward to have you joining us on our UN project venture. 

Read more on how to contribute >>

Véronique Batter - IBF president

 
300 members registered with the IBF to bring Conscious Breathing to the United Nations
- by Brigitte Martin Powell


It all started at the GIC in India 2013 when one of our keynote speakers, Julie Gerland, informed us that the United Nations were in the process of identifying initiatives that would have a positive impact on the well-being and happiness of all people.

Julie saw how Conscious Breathing could contribute to this endeavour and she offered her support to have the IBF apply for special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She herself is the Chief United Nations representative of the World Organisation of Prenatal Education Associations (OMAEP).

A few of us got the ball rolling after GIC 2013, but it was at GIC 2014 that a team of 3 (myself, Veronique Batter and Judee Gee - all either past or present President of the IBF) joined forces to concretise this vision. One of the first objectives we have set, is for the IBF to attain a membership of 300 before the end of February 2015 (end of the IBF financial year), the increased membership adding significant weight to our application.
Please join us in our quest and register with the IBF if you are not yet a member, and invite your friends to do the same. We will keep you informed of our progress in the next IBF Newsletters.

For more information on this exciting project destined to bring conscious breathing and breathwork into the world at large, click here.
 
Brigitte Martin Powell
Head of the IBF-UN group

 
What does it mean practically speaking?
How can I contribute?
 

The IBF commitment to heart-centred community relating… - by Judee Gee

Love is not the answer. It is the assignment. Martin Luther King Junior
 
My first encounter with the IBF was at the GIC Poland in 1995.  We were 38 participants representing 11 countries. That GIC remains one of my most memorable experiences. Not only was it a huge leap into the unknown for me - I knew nothing at all about the IBF or anybody else attending - it was also an intense roller coaster ride of discovery, pleasure, healing and renewal. I left with a feeling of homecoming, of having discovered a quirky, questing, heart-centred family of very like-minded souls.

 

 
 
Get your 50€ reduction as IBF member if you join or renew before end of December 2014
 
 

Some NC share their main reason to be member of IBF over the years:

Rose Marie (South Africa): Collective breath, i.e. everybody realizing that breath is the most important thing in life – belonging to a group: makes myself more powerful to carry it out.

Wilna (The Netherlands): Spread and explore all breathwork schools - breath: biggest tool to enlightenment – that is what IBF stands for.

Blanca Maria (Switzerland): Love belonging to a group of people who identify with the core values.

Joel (France): I feel that in France breathwork is not strong enough, IBF helps me to spread breathwork in France. Love to be connected with an international community.

Wilfried (Austria): Sharing our breath on a global level.

JoAnn (Canada): IBF is family – recognising each other, we speak the language of the heart – we all become a vehicle for transforming the world, love you all.

Heinz (Germany): 1) love to belong to a worldwide professional organisation of breathwork – 2) wonderful group of likeminded people

Julie Ann (UK): international family, feel the support and love and also the inspiration. Diversity and creativity, seeing different ways of working with the breath.

Vincent (Kenya): Blessed to be part of a big supportive family, appreciation of the work I do, likeminded people and support.

Bengt (Sweden): Being part of a big breathwork family, getting to know people all around the world.

 
 
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