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Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road
South Wellfleet, MA 02663

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Leah Fennell, GISC Program Coordinator
Gestalt International Study Center

Where to stay:
We have negotiated a special GISC Learning Camp/Reunion rate with a nearby motel. 

Book your lodging now for special rates!

Four Points by Sheraton

3600 State Highway, Eastham, MA 02642     Rates and availability through May 1: $159 Direct: 508-255-5000 / Central Reservations: 1-800-368-7764

USE CODE: GISC to book online

Ocean Park Inn

3900 State Highway, Eastham, Massachusetts 02642
Rates and availability through May 1: $80 Direct: 508-255-1132

USE CODE: GISC to book online

Room rates are based on one or two people per room and are subject to MA Tax (currently 9.7 % and subject to change without notice). For any additional people in a room, please add $10 per night + tax per person. Room rates are per room, per night. Cancellation date for Individual cancellations is 7 days prior to arrival at Ocean Park Inn. Room rates are based on a minimum of 5 nights. There is a two night minimum stay over Saturday night. 

Come join us for the GISC Camp and Reunion!

Reconnect to classmates and colleagues and meet new friends as you enjoy the beauty of learning and play on Cape Cod during five days of professional and creative workshops.

We encourage you to sign up for this exciting and extraordinary experience today!

Click on the Registration button below to sign up and to select your first-choice Intensive. This will be done on a first come, first serve basis, so register early for the best selection. Registration for the 2-hour workshops will take place during the first day of the program. 

The cost for this five-day (Thursday-Monday) event is $699.00 per participant and includes your chosen Intensive course and all other workshops, as well as coffee and snacks, an opening night appetizer/cocktail hour, a gala dinner on Sunday night, and more. 

We have negotiated special reduced rates at local hotels. Rates are guaranteed through May 1. See sidebar for details. Book your lodging directly with these establishments or choose from a number of other local hotels and nearby rentals.

We are offering a limited number of scholarships to those traveling from outside of North America to help defray some of their travel costs. The first 8 applicants from outside North America will receive $200 off their tuition towards their flight costs.  Use promo code TRAVEL.

Please find more information about GISC Learning Camp/Reunion along with a detailed schedule for the event, here.

Intensive Trainings:
You will choose your intensive training program when you register.

African Dance & Drumming Workshop, Tara Murphy

For millennia, dance and drumming in Africa have brought people together in community to create peace and happiness. The uplifting dances and rhythms relieve stress and bring people to a place of joy. In this workshop, we will practice dance, drumming and song in a supportive, non-judgmental community setting. Tara Murphy will first teach the basic African movement style, as well as traditional dances from Guinea and Mali, West Africa. Students are free to dance according to their ability, practicing technique as well as the spirit of the movement. Then we will focus on drumming, learning the basics of hand and stick technique, and traditional rhythms from Mali and Guinea, West Africa. Throughout the dance and drumming, we will let our voices out as a group and sing simple, heartfelt African songs and chants. This dance and drumming workshop will get your blood pumping and your heart soaring...feel the rhythms and shake it out! This workshop will emphasize fun, community, self-expression and the joy of movement and rhythm.

Contemplative Creating, Paul Gebhardt

In this workshop we will explore how visual imagery can manifest gestalt principles. Creating from a contemplative and relaxing place participants will work in collage, drawing and watercolor. Through reflecting on our visual discoveries we will seek to deepen our connection to ourselves and others. Participants will draw from their own personal biographies as the source material for their art making. Small group dialogues and collaborative exercises will support our renewal and invigoration as we re-approach our work in the world.

GISC Martial Arts, Barbara Niggel

The first phase of training in Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen is Cun Tao, or self-defense. In this martial arts intensive students will learn effective self-defense skills including verbal self-defense, basic striking, defense against grabs, and ground fighting. They will practice setting boundaries and listening to their intuition to increase their safety. Students will tap into the movement, energy and insights of the animals that inform this art to enhance their fitness, agility, and flexibility – on all levels physical, mental and spiritual. Throughout the week students will train in the spirit of mutual respect and compassion.

Laughter Therapy: Building New Skills in our Personal and Professional Lives, Ellana Klnlgopoulou

Laughter is the tool which helps people develop a healthy and flourishing life. Fun, laughter and humor drive peoples' personal development, communication, and resilience. They help change and overcome old patterns while coming in stronger contact with internal needs. We are all born with the ability to laugh and we begin to laugh intentionally in our 3rd month of life. Many adults forget to laugh and become overly seriousness which drives us to be rigid and limited. Laughter helps people learn, improves the immune system, increases collaboration and changes behavior.

Laughter Therapy and Laughter Techniques can be applied to both personal or professional development. In this intensive workshop, you will learn basic techniques which you can use in everyday life at home or at work. Benefits include Resilience, Brain Gym, Team Building, Relations, Stress, Mindfulness, Engagement, and Conflict Resolution. You will discover childlike playfulness and joy by laughing for no reason. You will practice Gibberish, the Art of Nonsense, and realize its magic. And most of all you will feel good and look good!

The Practice of Family Constellations for Personal and Professional Growth, Katherine M. Curran, Ph.D

Family and Systemic Constellations is an indigenously inspired practice that was initially developed by a German ex-priest and psychotherapist named Bert Hellinger, from personal experiences with Zulu tribes people in South Africa.Constellations reveal a ‘life image’ of unconscious dynamics in a family, organizational, or social system. Through having participants represent elements in a system, a constellation can display relationships, entanglements and connections between people in a family, or people and/or functions in an organization or social system that we would not be aware of otherwise. We live the symptoms of entangled dynamics through patterns we create and recreate to our detriment - even over generations - with greater or lesser degrees of pain and/or unhappiness.

Constellations expand and change our sense of the ground of an issue so that we see the figure in a fuller, more meaningful light. They show what is out of order that leads to these symptoms, and by revealing this allow a healthier, more functional order to be established. Two distinguishing traits of this method are that it allows us to access and heal patterns created in earlier generations (i.e., transgenerational trauma), and that it does this through drawing on information available in an expanded sense of ‘the field’ as first described by Kurt Lewin. In this intensive, participants will learn the basics of constellations, have opportunities to either work on personal or professional issues, to represent in others’ constellations, and to debrief the experiences from a Gestalt point of view.


2-Hour Workshops

See the event page on the GISC website for the listing of 2-hour workshops!

More Information About Our Intensive Training Faculty

Katherine M. Curran, Ph.D., is a strategic change consultant, executive coach, and leadership development expert with a 25-year track record of success. Dr. Curran teaches at the graduate level as an adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN. She has worked with a large array of corporate clients, several universities, agencies and departments of federal, state and local government, emerging high technology businesses, non-profits, and European corporations. She holds a Ph.D. and an evidence-based coaching certificate from Fielding Graduate University. Her Gestalt background includes holding a Two Year Post Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Group Process and Organization Development from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and having completed an undergraduate internship there (Humanism in Action). She has been trained in family constellations, trauma constellations and organizational constellations, the latter at the Bert Hellinger Institute in Groningen, the Netherlands. She and her husband, Michael McElwee, Ph.D., have started the Minnesota Center for Systemic Constellations, where they offer workshops, training and consulting using the systemic constellation method.

Paul Gebhardt is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and arts administrator from Portland, Maine. Currently Assistant Dean & Associate Professor at the Maine College of Art, Paul’s focus is on researching, practicing and teaching creative approaches to organizational engagement and social practice. Paul is an alumni of the Cape Cod Training Program and received his BFA in sculpture from the Portland School of Art and his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.

Eliana Kinigopoulou is a Coach, Gelotologist, Trainer for Laughter Therapy Practitioners, Cosmic Energy Healing Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. Based out of Grace she has run her own business since 2009, offering seminars, workshops and lectures. In addition, she works with individuals, businesses, schools, organizations, hospitals, and nursing homes, using laughter therapy, drama games, improvisation and elements of positive psychology. liana’s background and history includes studies of Economics and Banking. She is a member of Intagio (International Association of Gestalt in Organizations), and founding member of the Association of Greek Gelotologists. Her passion is to help people get and remain connected to their own ability of self-healing and find their own purpose and meaning in their lives.

Barbara Niggel, is the founder and owner of Willy’s Gym. She embarked on her career as a martial artist, fitness expert, and healer at the age of 12 under the direction of her teacher Mas Goeroe Agoeng Willy Wetzel, training and teaching his art Poekoelan Tjiminidie Tulen. She opened her first martial arts school at the age of 16 and has taught and competed all over the world, dedicating her life to carrying on the legacy of her teacher and helping people achieve their highest potential whether in the gym or in the training hall. This intensive will be held at Willy's Gym in Eastham, MA, a short drive from GISC. Carpooling will be available.

Tara Murphy is originally from Washington, D.C., Tara grew up studying ballet and theater. She earned her B.A. in theater and religious studies at Yale University, where she also began studying African dance. At this time Tara began exploring her heritage through African studies at Yale, and was awarded a fellowship to study traditional dance and drumming at the University of Legon in Ghana, West Africa. For the past 25 years, she has studied with many African and Afro-Caribbean artists in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. In addition to African dance, Tara has also practiced yoga and meditation since she was a child. Tara recognizes the practice of African dance and drumming as a tremendous force for healing, meditation, empowerment and community. It is her greatest honor to share the inspiration of these ancient traditionsThis intensive will be held at Willy's Gym in Eastham, MA, a short drive from GISC. Carpooling will be available.