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A guide to being in Gestalt groups

The foundation of Gestalt practice is awareness, which is essentially mindfulness: paying attention to the present moment; noticing what’s going on inside you, and around you in the environment outside yourself; being aware of your thought processes, feelings and bodily responses, and being sensitive to those of others.

While there are no rules or expectations for Gestalt groups, there are some basic principles that it’s helpful to have an understanding of. If you endeavour to put these into practice, this will ensure you get the most from the experience, for the benefit of yourself as well as your fellow group members.  Continue reading

Facilitation

As a bias my approach is Gestalt in practice and flavour, and I place a heavy emphasis on the group dynamics of the relationship at work within and between people.

The individual is formed from the group during development. The social world informs and creates the individual. The group is the social mirror, where the individual can begin to surface established patterns of interaction and by active testing and feedback, re-learn new ways of being and doing. The facilitation of quality feedback and interaction from peers is the glue that offers the space to continue your personal development journey.

Towards mindfulness: an holistic and spiritual model of coaching and facilitation

This paper will explore the awakening of spiritual mindfulness within the facilitative relationship. It will advance a view to suggest the centrality of spiritual growth for both the client and the facilitator within coaching and facilitation. It will explore and contrast some ideas within the approaches proffered by Fritz Perls and Jiddu Krishnamurti, a highly-respected philosopher and spiritual teacher on learning and relationship.

I will consider the similarities between these two approaches in terms of content and purpose, and where possible highlight points of agreement and crossover into spiritual development. This view purports the importance of spiritual awareness within facilitation and suggests that the direction of growth, change and health is synonymous with embracing a holistic phenomenological field and spiritual growth. Continue reading