The Open Centre

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.


September 2017


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


22-24 September 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130
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.

October 2017


Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 7 October 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 Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


13-15 October 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130
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.

Tender Toughness - Deep Bodywork Weekend


with Silke Ziehl


Saturday & Sunday 21/22 October 2017, 10am-6pm £120
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.

November 2017


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


10-12 November 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130
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.

Anger, All Angles


with Guy Gladstone


Sunday 19 November 2017 10am-6pm £75
This theme workshop in the Sensations Series is designed to do justice to the complexity of anger. It is packed with tried and tested procedures for getting a handle on anger. A guiding assumption is that we need to be able to choose how we communicate it. To do this requires a first hand bodily knowledge of its workings.
There will be opportunities to practise the expression of anger in an assertive mode as an alternative to exploding in a damaging or hurtful way or imploding into passive aggression. Cultivating expressive capacities will be balanced by a focus on anger management, both of your own and other’s anger. Experiential learning during the workshop will be reinforced by copious handouts for your ongoing use.
Exercises will be both verbal and non-verbal, silent and noisy. Methods will include movement, writing, visualisation, drawing, expressive roleplay, somatic techniques, structured anger discharge and group discussion.

December 2017


Psychodrama Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 2 December 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.

Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


8-10 December 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130
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 2018


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


19-21 January 2017
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130
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 2018


Shock and Stress


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 3 February 2018, 10am- 6pm £80 (full fee required to book)
Shocks are exceptional high impact events that can disorient and disable a person for life. Whereas stress accumulates through normal constraining and compelling forces and is associated with the pressure of too many (or sometimes too few) demands. This workshop will be about establishing safety, developing body awareness and practising boundary setting. A method for non-verbal life review will help with discerning pattern and meaning in what otherwise may continue to be felt and lived as a chaos of shocks and stressing events.
This is designed as a shallow end workshop to better prepare you to swim with deep end experiences. By the close of the day the difference between chronic shock states and the temporary stresses in your life will be clearer and this will assist you in regaining control.
Kindly note that a requirement for attending this workshop is that you are in ongoing personal therapy at the time.

Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Sunday 4 February 2018 , 10am- 6pm £75
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 Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


23-25 February 2018
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130
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.

March 2018


Sexuality and the Heart Connection


with Silke Ziehl


Saturday & Sunday 17/18 March 2018, 10am-6pm £120
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 Easter Intensive 2018


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


Thursday 29 March, 7pm to Sunday 1 April, 8pm. £200
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. See Intensives and Residentials.

April 2018


Primal Integration Weekend



with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


27-29 April 2018
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130
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.

May 2018


Pulsing Intensive


with Silke Ziehl


5-7 May 2018 Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday 10am-6pm £180
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.

Shock and Stress


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 19 May 2018, 10am- 6pm £80 (full fee required to book)
Attractions and repulsions, sameness and difference, desire and guilt, loving and being in love, the place of hatred, the unconscious decision to repress or sexualise or even sublimate: these will be topics of this unusual talking workshop. In the field of personal growth and self development a cluster of factors may be conspiring to divert your attention away from such existential themes. A century after Freud lifted the lid we have defensive psychotherapy and nervous professionalising, New Age cant, millenarian spiritualising of liberation, the marginalising of dissonant sub-cultural voices by a more strident moral majority, good olde English reticence, plus the sheer inherent difficulty of staying with these perennials (whatever the current therapeutic fad). Ring any bells for you? This workshop will support you in righting the balance of your attention. The aim is to help you stay with personal reflections, rooted in bodily experience, while not forgetting the cultural context.
Note: a requirement for attending this workshop is a capacity to not act out your feelings afterwards.

June 2018


Primal Integration Weekend


with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray


1-3 June 2018
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.

Psychodrama Day


with Guy Gladstone


Sunday 10 June 2018 10am-6pm £75
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


29 June-1 July 2018
Friday evening 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-8pm £130

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 2018


Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 14 July 2018, 10am - 6pm £75
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 2018



with Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray



22 - 27 July 2018 at the Wild Pear Centre in Devon
Cost includes food and board
£470 for bookings made before 1 July
£520 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 2 August.