- address the challenging issues of our time as they manifest in our society and practice contexts
- explore the multiple constraints to human and social development, and wellbeing
- identify the catalysts that energise meaningful change and deeper transformation in ourselves, our clients, our communities and society
- practice the intersubjective arts in our time together by honouring difference, encouraging complexity, practicing inclusion and expressing empathy
- motivate each and all of us to become citizen activists in areas of personal interest and professional practice.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND THE GATHERING/HUI? We are writing to invite you to the GANZ Gathering because we believe that if we are to dynamically explore the theme of the Gathering/Hui we need a diverse chorus of voices. Each of us has unique life experiences informed by differences in class, gender, ethnicity, race, ****** orientation, language, religion, age, nationality and geography. The more of us who come the more our Gathering will be a reflection of our diversity – and this will enrich our conversations and understanding. Our GANZ membership has been traditionally passive. Yet, we live in a time when passivity needs to give way to passion. In the spirit of of Michelle and Barak Obama’s declaration during the the 2016 US Presidential elections “Don’t boo – vote!“, our catch-cry is “Don’t bow out – come!”. More than ever GANZ needs you to participate, more than ever our world needs compassionate and intelligent practitioners skilled in the art of human relating. We hope you will decide to join us and of course take advantage of the early bird rate and special student offer. Gathering Facilitation Group Mike Reed, Brenda Levien, Alan Meara, Gabe Phillips and Ashleigh Power BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE GATHERING The founders of Gestalt therapy transformed the nature and practice of psychotherapy over 60 years ago. And now, in our fragmented and disconnected modern times, from the consulting room to the broader world there are growing calls for humanity to again transform the personal, interpersonal, ecological and socio-political dimensions of our relating, and become more compassionate human beings. The theme of the GANZ Gathering “Catalysts for Transformation: Diversity, inequality, dialogue and ………?” aims to: