Open Floor Encounter

Workshop Description: 

Open Floor Encounter is an exhilarating group process containing elements of Gestalt Awareness Practice (GAP), psychodrama, movement and somatic psychotherapy.  The essential practice is to make what we feel and think inside, physically visible. Our actions impact others; other's actions effect us. We come to understand the interdependence of being human -  there is no such thing as a person having an individual experience. 

Within a supportive and challenging environment we create a ‘safe emergency’ – a situation intense enough to get our attention and supportive enough that we risk moving beyond our habitual patterns. Under these conditions we discover and develop new capacities, insight and growth.

Open Floor Encounter straddles the middle ground between the edgy, pioneer spirit of group ‘Encounter’ of the 60’s, with the sophistication and finesse of more recent psychotherapeutic insights. Artfully graceful, unpredictable and infinitely creative this process calls forth both our maturity and innate wisdom.

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Encounter Teaching Associates

Christine has taught movement mediation practice for 20 years as well as being a psychotherapist with a specialty in Somatic Experiencing.  She apprenticed with Andrea to teach Encounter from 2006-2010. She teaches several Encounter workshops each year.

Christine Havens www.wavesdance.com

Sietske has taught moving meditation practices for 20 years and has a background in psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and sensory motor psychotherapy.  She is presently apprenticed with Andrea and is now teaching  Encounter weekends. 

Sietske Venema  www.dansjeleven.nl