It is with a great deal of sadness and sense of loss that we are informing you of Ilse Middendorf’s death on Saturday, May 2. Ilse died after several months of failing health. She left us a tremendous legacy, her work with breathexperience.

Professor ILSE MIDDENDORF originated and developed Middendorf Breathwork.  She was a regular guest teacher at the Middendorf Institute for Breathexperience in Berkeley.

For more than 60 years, Professor Ilse Middendorf of Berlin, Germany, developrd The Experience of Breath – an artistic form of breath education based on connecting with the natural breath. This approach promotes a conscious experience of breath, free from control of the human will.

Since its inception this artistic form of breathing education, developed by Professor Ilse Middendorf, has achieved international attention for its effectiveness as a somatic healing and growth process. Professor Middendorf began practicing her work in 1935. In response to the encouragement of her supporters, Prof. Middendorf founded the Institute of the Perceptible Breath in 1965.

She lived and worked in Berlin, Germany, and maintained a full schedule-leading workshops and training practitioners throughout the world. In Europe her work is recognized as one of the major practices in somatic education.