The Open Centre

September 2016


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


23-25 September 2016
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

What on Earth I


with Guy Gladstone


Sunday 25 September 2016, 10am- 6pm
Also 25 March and 24 June 2017
Optional donation to an environmental charity
Three experiential enquiries into your time on Earth and the impact of your life on the planet; to speak your truth in the company of the like-minded; to develop the consciousness shift necessary to move beyond denial, disavowal (knowing yet acting as if you don’t know) and numbing out; to express your fear, grief, anger, greed, apathy and guilt as they relate to the planetary crisis (climate chaos etc); to move past overwhelm and engage active hope; to identify your personal pathway to contribute, make a difference and be of service to the future.
Activities will include the Work that Reconnects, The Council of All Beings, Ecoconstellations, Carbon Conversations and Ecopsychoanalytic investigation. The workshops may be attended singly or as a series. Change at the microlevel of the individual is a pre-condition for, but not substitute for, more systemic macro level change.

October 2016


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


14-16 October 2016
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 22 October 2016 10am-6pm £70
This group is suitable both as an introduction for newcomers to body oriented personal growth work and an opportunity to go further for those who already have some experience in this area. Anyone who has not previously been to a group with me is welcome to phone beforehand to discuss coming.
Exercises will be given to deepen breathing, free the voice, release muscular tension and improve your contact both with others and your own inner process. There will be an overall concern with increasing your range of feelingful expression and opening to the experience of spontaneous feeling from the core of your body.
I will encourage participants to share issues from their daily lives and/or their experience within the more structured parts of the group as starting points for deeper exploration. There will be different phases to the day – the whole group working energetically together, occasions when I work with individuals and times when group members pair up to give each other support.

November 2016


Tender Toughness - Deep Bodywork Weekend


with Silke Ziehl


Saturday & Sunday 5/6 November 2016, 10am-6pm £130
This weekend we will explore in a playful and body-focused way how to make good boundaries that allow us to connect with integrity and joy.
When we recognise and respect our own and other people’s boundaries, when we listen to our own and others’ choices, and when we differentiate and express what is negotiable and what is not, then we learn “tender toughness” – the toughness of fiercely standing for our important boundaries and the tenderness of making real connection across those boundaries.
When we clearly speak (with words and non-verbally) and really listen, our longing for contact will show itself afresh and we will reach out to others with interest and curiosity and a sense of safety and excitement – and we can be reached by others too.

Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


11-13 November 2016
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

December 2016


Psychodrama Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 3 December 2016 10am-6pm £70
Psychodrama differs from other approaches to groupwork in that the invitation is to ‘show us’ rather than ‘tell us’. Though action-based no acting skills are needed. Actual or imaginary scenes from your past, present or future are improvised by the director, yourself and the group. There is a focus on one person’s issue, ‘the protagonist’. Other group members take ‘auxiliary’ roles as family member, fellow employee or figure from a dream, through which you may get more in touch with your own concerns. These are then shared before moving to the next protagonist’s psychodrama.
Besides being an enjoyable introduction to groupwork (of which you need not have any previous experience) the benefits include an increase of personal power and spontaneity and a deeper understanding of your own and others’ difficulties. A day of exploring your inner world and acting it out.

Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


2-4 December 2016
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

January 2017


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


13-15 January 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

February 2017


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


10-12 February 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Sunday 26 February 2017 , 10am- 6pm £70
This group is suitable both as an introduction for newcomers to body oriented personal growth work and an opportunity to go further for those who already have some experience in this area. Anyone who has not previously been to a group with me is welcome to phone beforehand to discuss coming.
Exercises will be given to deepen breathing, free the voice, release muscular tension and improve your contact both with others and your own inner process. There will be an overall concern with increasing your range of feelingful expression and opening to the experience of spontaneous feeling from the core of your body.
I will encourage participants to share issues from their daily lives and/or their experience within the more structured parts of the group as starting points for deeper exploration. There will be different phases to the day – the whole group working energetically together, occasions when I work with individuals and times when group members pair up to give each other support.

March 2017


Sexuality and the Heart Connection


with Silke Ziehl


Saturday & Sunday 4/5 March 2017, 10am-6pm £130
This weekend is about being attentive to our reality as sexual human beings. Often we have learned to split ourselves in halves and to connect with either our heart or our genitals. Yet our body has deeper dreams of living, where love and excitement are both included, and our wholeness is affirmed.
When we learn to trust our own bodies, our boundaries, our needs and desires and become more aware of the shifting patterns of opening up and closing down – then we can ground our sexuality in the compassion of the heart, and we can ground our heart connection in the excitement of our sexuality.
In doing this, we’ll heal the split between our sexuality and our heart.

Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


10-12 March 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

What on Earth II


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 25 March 2017, 10am- 6pm
Also 24 June 2017
Optional donation to an environmental charity
Three experiential enquiries into your time on Earth and the impact of your life on the planet; to speak your truth in the company of the like-minded; to develop the consciousness shift necessary to move beyond denial, disavowal (knowing yet acting as if you don’t know) and numbing out; to express your fear, grief, anger, greed, apathy and guilt as they relate to the planetary crisis (climate chaos etc); to move past overwhelm and engage active hope; to identify your personal pathway to contribute, make a difference and be of service to the future.
Activities will include the Work that Reconnects, The Council of All Beings, Ecoconstellations, Carbon Conversations and Ecopsychoanalytic investigation. The workshops may be attended singly or as a series. Change at the microlevel of the individual is a pre-condition for, but not substitute for, more systemic macro level change.

April 2017


Primal Integration Easter Intensive 2017


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


Thursday 13 April, 7pm to Sunday 16 April 2016, 8pm. £198
This group follows the format of our Primal Integration weekends but the extra day enhances the possibilities for deeper and more sustained work.
First timers require an introductory interview before booking.

Pulsing Intensive


with Silke Ziehl


29 April – 1 May 2017 Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday 10am-6pm £190
PULSING is a gentle and nourishing style of bodywork. Through soft rotary movements and rhythmic rocking of all parts of the body it gently releases tensions, feelings, and energy, expanding the tissues, nourishing the person, creating spaciousness inside ... It is deep work without being painful, powerfully yet softly affecting the whole body-mind-spirit, nurturing body and soul.
Pulsing is playing with the rhythms of the body, harmonising them. This Pulsing Intensive allows time for getting to know and learn the important basics of this kind of bodywork. We will review how to work with various body positions in this intensive.

May 2017


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


12-14 May 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128
Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

June 2017


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


2-4 June 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128

Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 10 June 2017 10am-6pm £70
This group is suitable both as an introduction for newcomers to body oriented personal growth work and an opportunity to go further for those who already have some experience in this area. Anyone who has not previously been to a group with me is welcome to phone beforehand to discuss coming.
Exercises will be given to deepen breathing, free the voice, release muscular tension and improve your contact both with others and your own inner process. There will be an overall concern with increasing your range of feelingful expression and opening to the experience of spontaneous feeling from the core of your body.
I will encourage participants to share issues from their daily lives and/or their experience within the more structured parts of the group as starting points for deeper exploration. There will be different phases to the day – the whole group working energetically together, occasions when I work with individuals and times when group members pair up to give each other support.

Psychodrama Day


with Guy Gladstone


Sunday 11 June 2017 10am-6pm £70
Psychodrama differs from other approaches to groupwork in that the invitation is to ‘show us’ rather than ‘tell us’. Though action-based no acting skills are needed. Actual or imaginary scenes from your past, present or future are improvised by the director, yourself and the group. There is a focus on one person’s issue, ‘the protagonist’. Other group members take ‘auxiliary’ roles as family member, fellow employee or figure from a dream, through which you may get more in touch with your own concerns. These are then shared before moving to the next protagonist’s psychodrama.
Besides being an enjoyable introduction to groupwork (of which you need not have any previous experience) the benefits include an increase of personal power and spontaneity and a deeper understanding of your own and others’ difficulties. A day of exploring your inner world and acting it out.

What on Earth III


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 24 June 2017, 10am- 6pm
Optional donation to an environmental charity
Three experiential enquiries into your time on Earth and the impact of your life on the planet; to speak your truth in the company of the like-minded; to develop the consciousness shift necessary to move beyond denial, disavowal (knowing yet acting as if you don’t know) and numbing out; to express your fear, grief, anger, greed, apathy and guilt as they relate to the planetary crisis (climate chaos etc); to move past overwhelm and engage active hope; to identify your personal pathway to contribute, make a difference and be of service to the future.
Activities will include the Work that Reconnects, The Council of All Beings, Ecoconstellations, Carbon Conversations and Ecopsychoanalytic investigation. The workshops may be attended singly or as a series. Change at the microlevel of the individual is a pre-condition for, but not substitute for, more systemic macro level change.

Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


30 June-2 July 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £128

Primal Integration offers a distinctively self-directing environment in which to explore our deeper levels of experience, with a view to being alive and living more authentically and being more able to connect with others.
The format of the group alternates between a structured phase and a free-form phase during which what takes place is determined by what you choose to explore and what you allow to happen, drawing on resources within and around you including facilitation and group support for the endeavour.
First timers require an introductory interview.

July 2017


Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 15 July 2017, 10am- 6pm £70
This group is suitable both as an introduction for newcomers to body oriented personal growth work and an opportunity to go further for those who already have some experience in this area. Anyone who has not previously been to a group with me is welcome to phone beforehand to discuss coming.
Exercises will be given to deepen breathing, free the voice, release muscular tension and improve your contact both with others and your own inner process. There will be an overall concern with increasing your range of feelingful expression and opening to the experience of spontaneous feeling from the core of your body.
I will encourage participants to share issues from their daily lives and/or their experience within the more structured parts of the group as starting points for deeper exploration. There will be different phases to the day – the whole group working energetically together, occasions when I work with individuals and times when group members pair up to give each other support.

Primal Integration Summer Residential 2017


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


23 - 28 July 2017 at the Wild Pear Centre in Devon
Cost includes food and board
£460 for bookings made before 1 July
£510 for bookings thereafter


The nature of this group will be similar to our Primal Integration weekends at the Open Centre, however, the greater length of time and the security and continuity of the residential setting allow for deeper and more intensive work – and space for an integrative walk on the moor or swim in the sea at the end of the day.
The Wild Pear Centre is on the west Exmoor coast of North Devon, an area of outstanding natural beauty. See www.wildpearcentre.co.uk
See ‘Who we are and what we do’ for more on Primal Integration.
First timers require an introductory interview before booking.
There will be an optional follow-up evening in London on Thursday 3 August.