The Path


1. Get to Know Us

Link to Sean Blackwell's book, Am I Bipolar or Waking UP?

My name is Sean Blackwell, and I've been researching the spiritual dimension of bipolar disorder since 2007. However, prior to that, I was sent to the psychiatric hospital in 1996, for a short, but traumatic stay. For me, my experience of so-called "acute psychosis" was more like a spiritual awakening, something for which I am forever grateful.


How I went from being hospitalized to wanting to help people heal their bipolar disorder is quite a story. My inner journey led me on a quest which took me across both North and South America. In fact, it was on a shamanic tour of Peru that I met my wife, Ligia Splendore, who is now a transpersonal psychologist here in Brazil. Together, we live in the city of Sao Paulo, where we help people with bipolar disorder and other related disorders.

My book shares all the details of how we came to this spiritual calling. By the time you're finished, you will have a clear idea of who we are and what we're about.


With over forty 5-star reviews on, I think you'll find my book to be an easy-to-read page turner!


"***** This book saved my life!" Abril Susana


"***** Best book I have ever read!" Alex S.


"***** Authentic, informative & very funny!" Mr. Big

2. Review Videos

For those of you who are determined to heal, it might be a wise idea to review all of the slide-show videos in the bipolarORwakingUP playlists. These videos are intended to bring validation to an experience that our society simply dismisses as dangerous and crazy. There is much more to the story than that. 

If you are interested in a retreat, the six videos below will give you an overview of the most important information, specifically about the retreat program.


4. Not Ready for a Retreat?
Ask about Distance Surrogate Breathwork

As I've been working with people in the retreat format since 2013, I've made a few important discoveries! 

None is perhaps more important than the fact that I'm able to help people heal at a distance, using a form of Bipolar Breathwork where I breathe on the clients behalf. 

If you are curious, why not give it a try? The 2-hour session is $150, with a money-back guarantee.


5. Book a Skype Consultation

Now that you're up to speed, a consultation could be a wise investment. Through a one-hour video session via Skype, I have the opportunity to hear your story, as well as discuss possible options as you consider the best way to deal with your disorder.

To book a consultation, or just say hello, you can contact me here! 


One-hour Skype sessions are arranged for a fee of $100.00 USD.



"I’d been suffering for several years from reoccurring psychoses, and despite my efforts to heal, it felt like my condition was only getting worse. Sean's healing retreat was a life-saver. It took me into an intense period of trauma-resolving and inner work. After that I could return to normal life, after years of disability and struggle. I’ve found new strength, joy and ease to life that I never experienced before."

—  Kerstin, Finland (2 retreats)


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Sean Blackwell & Ligia Splendore

Awakenings Personal Development Ltd.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil