About the Foundation

Our Story

The Alexander Lowen Foundation (TALF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) foundation with the purpose of continuing and furthering the legacy of Alexander Lowen M.D.

 

In the spring of 2007, TALF was created by Frederic Lowen, son of Dr. Lowen and a small group of friends and colleagues. It has since became a resource center for students, practitioners, teachers, and interested individuals who seek to learn about Dr. Lowen and Bioenergetics, and to discover ways to integrate body-psychotherapy into their lives. 

 

Dr. Lowen’s passion to heal the mind-body split has inspired TALF to create and nurture various projects, including:

  • Publishing and growing the availability of Dr. Lowen’s books in print and as eBooks in over 15 languages.

  • Archiving Dr. Lowen’s published and unpublished writings, personal files, photos, audio and video recordings from over 60 years of his clinical work.

  • Collaborating in experiential body-oriented workshops with groups and organizations worldwide.

  • Creating, sponsoring, and highlighting research, events, and publications for and by local and international body-psychotherapy communities.

 

TALF aims to encourage the exchange of ideas motivated by Dr. Lowen's books, workshops, lectures, and life. As a Foundation, we seek to effectively bring body-psychotherapy into the lives of many more people. This scope of our vision also features explorations into mind-body unity and health, and the connectedness and importance of being grounded in our environment.

 

Over the past decade, we have seen the interest in Dr. Lowen and his work grow stronger than it has been in many years. TALF is able to be a part of this resurgence thanks to contributions by those who appreciate and value Dr. Lowen’s work, his influence in the field of psychotherapy and the impact he continues to have in people's lives.

 

TALF is now expanding its mission to reach the worldwide body-psychotherapy community and advance Dr. Lowen’s contributions to psychotherapeutic practice into mainstream health-practices and the consciousness of the world.

 

Grass Roots

 

The most important voice is your own! We encourage you to engage in exchanging ideas and insights, and to comment and build on the experience of others in your area and from around the world. Take part in our community by attending events and webinarsfollowing us on Facebook and Instagram or subscribing to our channel on YouTube.

We are always open to volunteers. If you would like to contribute your talents please reach out and let us know in what ways you would like to help. 

 

We hope TALF will help you enrich and connect with your body, your self, your family, and your environment. We aim to make Dr. Lowen’s work more accessible to people and practitioners by providing information about body-psychotherapy locally and globally. We welcome your input and encourage you to contact us with any comments, questions, and suggestions. 

Our Staff / 

FREDERIC LOWEN
Executive Director

Frederic Lowen is a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT) and the Executive Director of The Alexander Lowen Foundation. He is the son of Alexander Lowen, M.D. and manager of the Lowencopyrights. Frederic has extensive experience in Bioenergetics; somatic psychotherapy; workshop and training groups since 1968. He seeks to expand the visibility, appreciation, and use of Bioenergetic Somatic Psychotherapy. Frederic resides in Vermont, USA. 

YANIV GAFNER (יניב גפנר)
Programs Director

A Certified Biosynthesis Psychotherapist, Yaniv was a patient of Alexander Lowen and integrates the Bioenergetic approach into his clinical work. He has been writing, editing, and translating professionally since 2004, and joined TALF in 2010. Yaniv independently published the Hebrew translation of Lowen’s book Joy and has a private practice in Israel and online. 

EFIE PYRGIANNAKI (Έφη Πυργιαννάκη)
Community Outreach

Efie is one of the first ever graduates of Core Energetics Greece: Center for body, emotion, mind, and spirit integration. This modality was developed by the former partner of Alexander Lowen, John Pierakos. She has a private practice in Athens and online. Her earlier career has been in business in Greece, Spain and India. She has been working in volunteerism for over 20 years and has been the inspirer, co-founder and co-ordinator of the “Pensioners In Action” for 10 years. Efie resides in Athens, Greece. 

SONIA LOWENSTEIN
Public Relations

Sonia is certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a holistic health practitioner, and an undergraduate student in psychology at Goddard College. She is the granddaughter of Alexander Lowen, M.D. and daughter of Frederic Lowen, CBT. She joined the Foundation in 2020 and works in a public relations capacity handling communications and social media. Sonia lives in Vermont, USA. 

 

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