MysticMag Interview

Interview for MysticMag May 2024

 What is your personal story and how did you get into this line of work?

In the 1980s, rebirthing and breathwork were at their beginning in Europe, and I was fortunate enough to encounter people from the States who came over to teach about them. That’s how I began learning breathwork and rebirthing, as it was called in those days in London where I was residing. Prior to this, I had already been exploring practices like Zen meditation so I had a preexisting interest in these areas. I found myself going through a personal crisis at the time, and breathwork truly helped me navigate through it, emerging stronger and experiencing the profound benefits of conscious breathing firsthand.

Following this transformative period, Leonard Orr, the founder of the rebirthing movement, invited me to teach in Poland. I spent two years there before moving to Italy, where I currently reside, and helped initiate the breathwork movement in those countries.

On top of that, I’ve engaged in various other pursuits over the years. Particularly, I realized that after delving into breathwork, I felt somewhat disconnected from my body. To address this, I pursued qualifications in shiatsu massage and attended seminars on bodywork. Later on, I also studied Watsu, taking advantage of the wonderful hot springs in Naples, Italy.

Furthermore, I did a course in Advanced Energy Healing, which had a strong spiritual component. This involved reading auras, working to contact other dimensions of ourselves, etc. What usually happens in breathwork sessions is that your perspective of your consciousness changes. Oftentimes people are concerned with what they’re doing to do tomorrow or what they’ve done yesterday, without being present in themselves.

Through practices like meditation and breathwork, I discovered that we can access multiple dimensions of ourselves, including our pasts and higher levels of consciousness. This experience was a pivotal one for me.

Subsequently, I became involved with the International Breathwork Foundation, a network dedicated to promoting breathwork practices worldwide. Over the past 30 years, I’ve been actively engaged with them, encouraging others to explore the transformative potential of breathwork. Currently, I lead a team called the Breathing Arts team, where I blend my passions for music and songwriting with breathwork. Through the Breathing Arts, we inspire individuals to explore creative expression as part of their healing journey. A lot of people think that breathwork is just for people who are depressed or anxious, but that’s not the case. It’s a lot more than that.


Your website is called “Merkaba Seminars”. Where did the name come from and what can you tell me about that part of your work?

I named my website Merkaba Seminars because, over time and through my study at the School of Energy Mastery, I became involved with Sacred Geometry. The Merkaba was developed by Drunvalo Melchizedek in the States. For a period, I taught the Merkaba breathing meditation, which is specifically designed to facilitate the transition into our light body. In other words, it involves breathing in a certain way to access higher frequencies of existence. While I still conduct seminars on this topic, I’ve expanded the scope of my website to encompass all the various activities I’m currently engaged in.

For example, at the moment, I’m promoting a series of workshops titled “Find Your Voice,” along with highlighting the Breathing Arts. However, I remained involved with Merkaba meditation as it incorporates breath, visualization, mantras, and focused attention, integrating various techniques from the multidimensional realm.


What breathwork modalities and techniques do you use?

As I mentioned, I began with rebirthing, which involves breathing in hot and cold water. While breathing in hot water using conscious connected breathing, many people reexperienced their birth, hence the term “rebirthing.” However, with so many individuals having undergone this practice, the collective experience has evolved, leading to varied individual experiences. Nowadays, there are numerous forms of conscious breathing and breathwork available. Personally, I’ve continued to focus on conscious connected breathing, which emphasizes diaphragmatic breathing, meaning breathing from the belly.

In my sessions, there are essentially three stages. Firstly, you need to bring more energy into your body. Then you need to integrate it. This involves processing any emotions, physical sensations, or thoughts that arise during the session. Finally, the session concludes with the person entering into an energized relaxed state. That is the goal of the session.


What can you tell me about the work you do in the space of Multidimensional Reality?

What I base my multidimensional reality work is the idea of Stanislav Grof, the founder of Holotropic Breathwork™, which is the idea of spiritual emergencies. He found that when people are breathing very deeply, they can enter a stage where they don’t know who they are or what they are doing. Those people would often get scared about this, but it’s essentially another level of consciousness that can be reached through breathwork. That’s how I got interested in the quantum aspects of breathwork, how we work with internal energies, chakras, DNA, etc. All of this is related to the various dimensions that exist within us.

Recently, I became a grandfather for the first time and it’s like my grandchild is not present here, but is rather present within himself.  As little babies, we all have reactions like, “Oh, here I am. This is my body. What do I do with this body?” As babies are still very connected to the soul level, they must learn to utilize their bodies and manage their emotions and thoughts. They’re essentially learning to navigate their existence. If they succeed in this, then we have to go back to the soul, which entails addressing all the things they’ve learned. However, many things we learn as babies are no longer useful once we become adults. They were very useful when we were babies,  but they no longer serve their purpose when we grow up. When we leave these aspects of our being that we learned as infants, we create a space to move into another dimension.

I’ve written a couple of books exploring these ideas. For instance, if we consider physics, particularly quantum physics, it introduces dimensions vastly different from our physical reality. These dimensions can be seen as unfamiliar territories. For example, why do I feel a connection with someone without having exchanged a word? Conversely, why do I feel repelled by someone I’ve never spoken to? It suggests that we are connected on a different level, perhaps through shared experiences in past lives or from a different fabric of existence. These connections impact us deeply and need to be acknowledged as we move towards a more spiritual understanding.

Part of the healing process involves realizing that we are not alone but interconnected with everything around us. As we reach these other levels, we begin to discover our connection to nature, to other beings, and to our lineage – who we were before we came here and what is going to happen moving forward.


What other services do you offer?

Since the pandemic and the lockdown, I’ve devoted myself to songwriting. I work with voice and music as music is one of the things that can bring people together. Music is a universal language, just like breath is, and so is singing. Even if I don’t understand a word of what people are singing,  I can still feel a connection. This is a part of our tradition as human beings.

I like to imagine a world where people start their day breathing together, singing together, dancing together, and only then going about their business. It’s paradise to me. Music has been a part of our tradition long before modern society where we need to do specific things and be at specific places. It was a part of a far more spontaneous culture that brought communities together. That’s why I like working with groups so that we can create a community together. In that light, I do regular online sessions with the purpose of giving people a space where they can get support, share, breathe, sing, and dance together. Having a chance to do this sort of thing often has a really positive effect on people, even if it’s done online.


What is in store for you going forward?

I will continue my online group work and I’m also going to Dubai next month as we’re planning to set up an academy there. I’ve also been invited to go to Barcelona in the autumn to participate in a shamanic program. So, those are some of my upcoming projects. I’m really always happy to hear from people. Apart from breathing, I’m also interested in sharing songs and songwriting.



Find Your Voice!

Find Your Voice

A fun, innovative approach to developing vocal skills for better communication and self-confidence in your daily and professional life.

In this course we will explore together:

  • The anatomy and physiology of voice production
  • The chakras & spiritual aspects of the voice
  • Breathing exercises for speakers and singers for better voice control
  • Vocal warm ups and taking care of your voice
  • Emotional intelligence and being authentic
  • Developing listening skills
  • Vocal delivery – articulation, pitch, tempo and tone
  • Public presentations and performances

What can you expect to come away with from this course:

  • Become a more effective communicator
  • Fall in love with your voice and have greater confidence
  • Learn life changing breathing techniques
  • Develop healthy emotional intelligence
  • Get support and have fun speaking and singing

One of the first impressions we give out to the world is through our voice and yet quite often it is something we take for granted. A good voice can help you communicate more effectively, convey your message with confidence, and build stronger relationships with others. It can also enhance your career prospects, improve your presentation skills, and make you a more persuasive speaker or performer. Additionally, it can boost your self-esteem, lower stress levels, and promote better breathing and overall health.

We are excited to offer this short introductory course  to get you started in finding your true authentic voice and how to use it!

Details about the course

The course is organized in five weekly two hour classes which will be recorded and made available to all participants. So even if you miss a class you can catch up at home in your own time. Practice makes perfect so there will be “homework” exercises to do every week. You will also be challenged to work on a project to share with the group at the end of the course. Learning materials will be provided.

The course is open to everybody who is interested and curious about improving their speaking and singing skills. Whether you are just starting to explore the potential of your voice or are already using it in a professional capacity, this is an unique opportunity to enhance your vocal skills. The main focus will be on voice production and finding your true authentic voice..

Robin Lawley is a professional breathworker, teacher, singer, musician and songwriter. He has been working with conscious breathing techniques for more than 30 years. He is a professional member of the International Breathwork Foundation and leader of the Breathing Arts group of this organization. He studied singing with Pamela Dodds for four years in London and is a multi-instrumentalist playing piano and guitar. He is passionate about bringing together creative expression and conscious breathing as tools to personal growth and fulfilling our full creative potential.


Beyond the Daydream

In this introductory workshop you will learn to ignite momentum in your creative process by considering several important points including getting clear on what you want to create, putting it out there, how to work towards your goals, dealing with doubts and anxiety, creating a sense of joy and gratitude in the process and acknowledging your magical creative potential. Please bring paper and pen.The workshop will also include physical exercises so please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to create playfully.

The workshop lasts two hours and all are welcome. It is a donation based event.


Global Inspiration Conference Kenya July 2023

In 2022 the GIC was hosted in Germany where we felt the unity brought about by breathing together – “Breath Unites”… In 2023 we welcome you to Kenya. The theme for this year’s event is “Breathing peace into the heart of Africa”. This is very important to us especially after having a very peaceful general election as a country and above all a peaceful transition of power from one regime to another, we feel that this is a great example to most African countries that are struggling when it comes to letting go of power.

As we all know peace is the core value of our being, without peace we cannot do anything of value to ourselves, and for us to create/bring peace to the world, we have to bring that peace to our own hearts first.. and there is no better way to experience the real peace other than through connected breath. “Peace begins with a smile” -Mother Teresa.

The GIC offers us a great opportunity to come together and connect in a special way. There is no prior experience needed for one to attend the GIC, there is no age limit… this is an opportunity to come and experience the power of conscious breathing as well as the power of being in the presence of some of the pioneers of conscious breathing from all over the world.
Keynote speakers will enrich us with their diverse knowledge and experiences ranging from conscious birthing/breathing, native African shamanism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam and how they all connect with the breath/consciousness of the breath.


Demonstrate Resilience!

Hopi Indian Chief White Eagle commented a few days ago on the Covid situation:
“This moment that humanity is living through can be considered a door or a hole. The decision to fall into the hole or go through the door is yours.
If you consume information 24 hours a day, with negative energy, constantly nervous, with pessimism, you will fall into this hole.
But if you take the opportunity to look at yourself, to rethink life and death, to take care of yourself and others, you will go through the door.
This is what you can do now:
– Serenity in the storm,
– Keep calm, meditate daily,
– Make a habit of encountering the sacred every day.
Demonstrate resilience through art, joy, trust and love. “