Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion
July 26–30, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 30, 2021
With Dorothy Charles
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Our sense of self develops in connection with others and our experience in early relationships shape our beliefs — about ourselves, other people and what is possible for us in our lives. While we cannot change the past, we can change the parts of our lives that we find difficult or unfulfilling by having new experiences of contact. When our need for understanding and emotional attunement is met, our limiting beliefs can change.

In this workshop we will:

  • Learn skills that will increase our presence and awareness
  • Improve our ability to make good contact
  • Explore how to establish healthy boundaries
  • Develop track awareness of our physical sensations and emotions
  • Communicate our needs and wants effectively
  • Discover habitual relational patterns that prevent us from cultivating the type of connection we long for.

The workshop includes time for basic gestalt awareness practices, a mixture of didactic and experiential exercises, as well as individual “open seat” sessions with Dorothy and with the support of the group.

Recommended reading: Korb, et al Gestalt Therapy: Practice and Theory; Mann, Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques.

Dorothy Charles

Dorothy Charles

Dorothy Charles has been a student and teacher at Esalen since 1982. A student of Esalen co-founder Richard Price, she combines Esalen body-centered Gestalt with relational Gestalt theory, and leads workshops in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

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Workshop Schedule

Mon 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Tue - Thu 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

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COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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