The Open Centre

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.

Bioenergetics Day


with Guy Gladstone


Saturday 9 June 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.

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.