The Open Centre

Who We Are and What We Do

Silke Ziehl

I see my work as exploring with people how to achieve a more balanced and joyful way of living in their bodies and in the world.
Rather than ‘breaking through armour’ I believe in following the small movements, sensations, feelings, thoughts or intuitions which are accessible. By paying attention to them and allowing them to develop further we can unravel the knot, and move closer to a deeper, fuller, more alive energy and reconnect with parts of the body-mind-spirit with which we had lost contact.
To facilitate this process in others I use my amalgamation of Reichian Energetic Integration, Postural Integration, Pulsing and Huna Bodywork. But most importantly, I bring myself, my awareness, perceptions and feelings which I share with you.
Over the years I trained extensively in a wide range of systems of working with the body/mind/emotions/spirit. I am a qualified Bodypsychotherapist and Acupuncturist as well as a trainer in Postural Integration, Energetic Integration and Pulsing. I have run bodywork groups since 1978 in Britain, Germany and Greece, and bodywork trainings since 1982.

Deep Bodywork & Pulsing

Introductory Evenings
Deep Bodywork Wed 18 Sept 2019, Wed 15 Jan 2020
Pulsing Wed 18 Mar 2020
Weekend & Day Groups
Tender Toughness
28/29 Sept 2019
How to Touch 9 Feb 2020
Sexuality and the Heart Connection 21/22 Mar 2020
Pulsing Weekend - the back 9/10 May 2020

Training & CPD

Supervision on Saturday
(every 2 months) restarts 21 Sep 2019, Supervision 23 Nov 2019, Supervision 25 Jan 2020, Supervision 28 Mar 2020, Supervision 16 May 2020, Supervision 18 July 2020
Deep Bodywork 1-yr Foundation Training starts 25-28 Oct 2019
Pulsing Weekend - the back 9/10 May 2020
Pulsing Weekend - the front 27-28 June 2020

More Info:
Tel: 07764 200 113 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm)

Juliana Brown & Richard Mowbray

We do group and individual work in Primal Integration and Bodywork. Primal Integration involves an exploration of our deeper levels of experience with a view to being more alive and living more authentically. This process fosters ‘growth forces’ which can help splits in our being to heal and blocks to our doing to resolve.
Traumatic and other experiences in early life may interrupt the wholeness of our development. Such experiences may have occurred during childhood, birth or before. Integrating these experiences into consciousness – acknowledging them as memories – reduces the confusion between what was then and what is now and releases more of our energy and qualities for life in the present. Primal Integration is concerned with both the recovery of the self one has apparently lost and the discovery of the self one has yet to become.
In our groups and individual sessions we endeavour to create an environment conducive to this process of connection, expression and integration and one which allows both the freedom to stretch our wings and the security to explore our most vulnerable and fearful states of being.
We also facilitate the process in a variety of ways including Primal Bodywork, and work with feelings, dreams, fantasies, thoughts, and words. Self-direction and self-responsibility are particularly emphasised.
The work we currently offer is a synthesis that we have evolved over the last 40 years since our training with Bill Swartley, the original developer of Primal Integration. Other major influences include work and further training with Frank Lake, a pioneering explorer of pre- and peri-natal experiences and the configurational psychology of Francis Mott. Richard has also trained in bodywork with Jack Painter (Postural Integration) and Curtis Turchin (Pulsing and Postural Integration).
Our comprehensive programme of Primal Integration – monthly weekend groups, weekly ongoing groups, periodic residential group intensives and regular individual sessions – has been running at the Open Centre and elsewhere since 1979.
We are co-authors of “Primal Integration” for Innovative Therapy – A Handbook (OUP, 1994) and “Visionary Deep Personal Growth” for What’s the Good of Counselling & Psychotherapy? (Sage, 2002). Richard is also author of The Case Against Psychotherapy Registration – A Conservation Issue for the Human Potential Movement (Trans Marginal Press, 1995) and various other publications in that area including for Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Sage, 1999).

Primal Integration & Bodywork

Ongoing Groups Start
2019: 19 Sep, 31 Oct
2020: 16 Jan, 27 Feb, 30 Apr, 11 Jun
Weekend Groups
2019: 20-22 Sep, 18-20 Oct, 15-17 Nov, 6-8 Dec,
2020: 17-19 Jan, 14-16 Feb, 13-15 Mar, 15-17 May, 19-21 Jun

Easter Intensive 9-12 Apr 2020

Summer Residential 2019 21-26 Jul 2019

Summer Residential 2020 26-31 Jul 2020
More info:
Tel: 020 8341 7226 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm)

Guy Gladstone

My work is about restoring the capacity for pleasurable self-regulation. Bodily experienced feeling connects present behaviour with childhood and the past while opening a space for change in the future. I aim to integrate the catharsis of emotional energy, the inner space of phantasy, and the awareness of family patterns.
The work I offer is a passage, a transition, not a way of life. Along with an opening of the bodymind through Bioenergetics, I encourage openness to relationships with others in the here and now, using the action methods of Psychodrama. More recently I have trained to facilitate The Work that Reconnects and Carbon Conversations. I have also qualified as a personal performance coach with a view to supporting environmental and community activists.
Over the last 40 years I have acquired a wide background in groupwork, with experience of Encounter, Gestalt and Co-Counselling; and have trained in many forms of hands-on bodywork, including Pulsing, Postural Integration and Biodynamic Massage. In 1971 I was weaned from meditation and the esoteric by reading The Primal Scream, I participated in self-help groups like ‘People not Psychiatry’ and lived in communes with a therapeutic dynamic. I slipped into the emerging Human Potential movement without knowing it as such. Nine years as an international household removals contractor was my first training in helping people through crisis.
Previous jobs included teaching English as a foreign language, digging the Victoria Line and disc jockey on a pirate radio station. I hold the IDHP Diploma in Humanistic Psychology, am an accredited member of the UKAHPP, and a graduate of a three year training, the IPSS and a five year training in Analytical Body Psychotherapy with BAABP. The subject of my degree was Reich’s politics and the theory of bodyreading. I am indebted to Glyn Seaborn Jones from whom I learnt at the outset to trust my emotional body, to David Boadella who taught me how to be with other bodies, and to a psychoanalysis from which I have learnt respect for the unconscious.

Bioenergetics & Psychodrama

Introductory Events

Wed 25 Sep, 16 Oct 2019
22 Jan, 12 Feb, 22 Apr, 17 Jun 2020
Wed 20 Nov 2019, 20 May 2020
Weekly Ongoing Groups
(5.20-7.20pm) Thurs 12 Sep 2019, 9 Jan, 23 Apr 2020
(8-10.30pm) Thurs 12 Sep 2019, 9 Jan, 23 Apr 2020
Weekend & Day Groups

12 Oct 2019,
8 Feb, 13 June 2020
2 Nov 2019
14 June 2020
More info:
Tel: 0800 313 4844