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UKAGP Newsletter - June 2015


Dear <<First Name>>,

As part of this month's newsletter, we are delighted to announce the full details of our programme for this year's residential conference: 'Engaging our Community'.  Below, you can find an overview of all three days, as well as detailed workshop information and a link to our updated conference page.

As you will see, we have a rich and varied programme planned, and with little over a month to go, we are counting down the days! We hope to see you there...

You can also read details about our upcoming AGM (and related documentation), and learn about the launch of an exciting new cross-organisational sub committee that we're putting together.

Finally, we've put together a round-up of upcoming events within the UK Gestalt Community. Promoting your event in our newsletter is free for all UKAGP members, so if you have an event you'd like including in future editions, please email

Wishing you all a wonderful summer,


Jacqui Lichtenstern
Chair, UKAGP

'Engaging our Community' - Full Conference Programme

We have now finalised the programme for our Summer Conference ‘Engaging Our Community’ 3-5th July 2015 at the NCTL, Nottingham.

In addition to opening presentations from Micheal Clemmens and Hugh Pidgeon, there will be chance to attend 3 different workshops (from a varied choice), meet for 3 sessions with your process group, sign up for early morning participant-led activities, and enjoy the here-and-nowness of our fertile void breathing spaces.

If that's not enough, we have five whole community engagement sessions and a range of social activities including a traditional Ceilidh, a BBQ and a celebration meal!   

Conference Workshops include:

  • Christine Stevens - The Parts and the Whole - Exploring Community through Clay;
  • Gaie Houston - Minimum Effort, Minimum Effect;
  • Mark Thomas and Shirley Summers - Tuning in to Vitality: based upon the work of Daniel Stem;
  • Kathryn Morris-Roberts - Without Words: Embodied Creative Connection
  • Jenny Colls and Judy Graham - Hidden Facets II;
  • Adam Kincel - Relational Psychotherapy in Prejudiced Society - Body, Sex, Homophobia and Intimacy.

Want more workshop information? To view / download a detailed overview of the conference workshops, please click here

We are offering discounted conference places for trainees and UKAGP members - full prices available on our updated conference webpage. There you can book your place, view practical details about the venue and other useful information.

There are only limited places available, so if you haven’t yet booked your ticket - do so while you still can! 

View Full Conference Programme


Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday the 4th of July 2015 from 11am - 1pm, as part of our residential conference at the NCTL, Nottingham. The meeting is open to all UKAGP members, not only conference delegates, and everyone is warmly invited.

You can find all relevant documentation, including the proposed agenda, Chair's report and minutes from last years meeting at our dedicated AGM website page. Please print the documentation or download it to your electronic devices if you are coming along.

If you have any questions prior to the AGM, or need help accessing the documentation please email Jen Clayton at


New UKAGP Organisational Members’

Call for Membership

The UKAGP Organising Committee is excited to announce the creation of a new sub-committee for representation of all the Gestalt Training Institutes and organisations in the UK.

We believe that this group will help realise the aims and objectives of UKAGP by creating a structure that formally includes the voices of all Gestalt organisations in the UK, by:
  • Bridging the gap between the UK Gestalt organisations and communities and EAGT;
  • Bridging the gap between the UK Gestalt organisations and the Organising Committee of UKAGP;
  • Creating a space for dialogue and collaborative cooperation between training institutes and organisations;
  • Creating the opportunity to move beyond historical splits and ruptures within the community.
Jacqui Lichtenstern, UKAGP Chair, warmly invites those in key leadership or representative positions to join her in breaking new ground in establishing an interconnected and inclusive group, which has dialogue and collaboration at the heart of it. 

An initial explorative meeting will be held at the UKAGP summer conference ‘Engaging Our Community’, 3rd to 5th July 2015; please contact Jacqui at to confirm attendance, or to register your interest if you cannot be there.

Upcoming Training and Events

Within the UK Gestalt Community

Foundation Training in Gestalt Therapy


at Manchester Gestalt Centre

Following the successful launch of this course in 2014, Manchester Gestalt Centre is pleased to announce that the next training is due to start on the 16th October 2015.

Students will benefit from the input of two experienced Gestalt Trainers as we engage in a variety of teaching methods designed to actively explore gestalt philosophy, theory and practice.  

In the spirit of gestalt much of the teaching will be experiential but will include presentations from trainers, group discussions and opportunities for skills practice and feedback.

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Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy: an Introduction 

with Ruella Frank

Ruella Frank, Ph.D., an internationally renowned trainer and author, has been exploring early infant movements and their relationship to the adult since the mid-1970s. Ruella is founder and director of the Center for Somatic Studies, and faculty at both the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy.

This workshop will benefit counsellors, psychotherapists and experienced trainees who want to enhance their understanding of early relational movement processes in therapy. 

Location: Edinburgh
Dates: Monday 8 – Thursday 11 June 2015
Cost: £500 including a non-refundable deposit of £150

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The Phenomenology of Joy: Welcoming the Light 

Working therapeutically with joy may be given little clinical emphasis, and yet it is vital if we are to support our clients with the many forms of joy in their range of felt and remembered experience. Research shows that humans have a 'negativity bias'; we need to learn to take in and hold the light. 

This workshop is suitable for therapists and trainees who are interested in how to expand their capacity for joy, and how to use it in the therapeutic relationship to work at relational depth.

Location: Edinburgh Gestalt Institute.
Dates: 1-2 August 2015.
Time: 9:30am-5pm.
Cost: £225 including a non-refundable deposit of £95.

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Breathing, Moving and Creating in Gestalt Therapy 

14th Annual BGJ Seminar Day with Susan Gregory and Peter Philippson

The British Gestalt Journal Seminar Day is an annual event bringing together friends, readers, writers, editors and reviewers of the journal.

In a day of participation and conversation, Susan Gregory and Peter Philippson will lead attendees in a series of embodied activities which are at the heart of Gestalt therapy practice and theory. Experience, inherently body-grounded, is what we Gestalt therapists work with - helping our clients sense, feel, experiment with, and grow as embodied human beings in relation with others. 

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GPTI Conference and Community Meeting

Is being held on the 10th October, 2015. 

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, Centre of Sheffield 10 James Street West, Sheffield S1 2EW.

9.30 am. - 5.00 p.m.

Programme to be announced.

Lunch is included. Counts for
 7 CPD or Training Hours.

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Relational Living Body Psychotherapy 

with Julianne Appel-Opper

Relational Living Body Psychotherapy has its roots in Dialogical Gestalt Psychotherapy, and focuses on two bodies relating with and regulating each other.
The way both client and therapist look, sit, move, and breathe sends messages in both directions. In an embodied field, both move each other and are moved by the other.

Based on her experiences as a psychotherapist and trainer, Julianne will show how this rich and often unnoticed body-to-body-communication can be brought into awareness.

Julianne will be back to her old home in Birmingham. At the Birmingham Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, she will offer: 

A weekend workshop on Saturday 11. July and Sunday 12. July 2015, each day from 10am to 5pm. CPD certificates will be issued.

Cost: 170 GBP (or take advantage of the early bird offer - pay in full before 1.6.2015 for 150.00 GBP) 

On Thursday, 9. and Friday, 10. July 2015 individual sessions as one-off supervision/psychotherapy/consulting sessions, cost: 50 GBP

For more information and to book your place, please email: 

Visit Julianne's Website


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