Gestalt Awareness Practice, inspired by the work of Fritz Perls, influenced by Buddhist practice and evolved by Richard and Christine Price, is an exploration of embodied awareness and expressive aliveness in community, aimed at integrating a deep and consistent practice of presence into our lives.
You must be present to win. –Anonymous
Participants meet as peers within a congregation of equals to study and practice skills for being with direct experience in the spirit of openness, kindness, patience, and, hopefully, a sense of humor.
Gestalt work originally emerged in the therapy model. By contrast, Gestalt Awareness Practice is an ongoing way of life, focusing on personal, peer, and communal practice: a long-term exploration of what it is to live as a fully embodied human being connected to the great web of Life.
Working alone and together within experiential structures and meditative inquiries, students develop and deepen their witnessing presence, non-judgmental awareness, and ability to contact, enter, and express their somatic (body-based), present-centered experience.
Lose your mind and come to your senses. –Fritz Perls
Taking turns in the roles of initiator, reflector, and witness, participants support each other in slowing down to show up with what is—by turning toward body, breath, feeling; using movement, sound, and words; taking time; adding breath; and not always taking ourselves so seriously. In the process, unfinished business from the past can be addressed, as well as new possibilities for the future. Healing may be found through this practice, but the primary goal is awareness and self–discovery.
You can’t have a choice about what you are not in touch with. –Moshe Feldenkrais
Gestalt Awareness Practice teaching is included in workshops in the Body as Living Presence series (A Taste of Presence, Present-Open-Awake, long-term study) as well as in Open Seat meetings. If interested in more information, please inquire.
Some of the side effects may include:
• a greater ability to be clearly in touch with ourselves and the world around us
• expanding capacity for both self-regulation and authentic contact with others
• increasing facility of responding from presence rather than memory
• more willingness to trust life and open to the unknown
• added skills for people who work with people (in helping professions, education, and leadership)
Through the Gestalt Awareness Practice combined with dance in a very safe container I was able to see the hidden and mysterious doors to the root cellar of my mind and to begin to crack them open and expose them to the sunlight of the spirit.