Cocreating the Field is about developing a radically new story to shift our perception of who we are as humans from a focus on our separate individual natures to our complex interconnectedness. The core Gestalt model offers a theoretical and pragmatic frame for addressing urgent concerns in a wide range of crucial arenas. Topics include the new relational neuroscience and how it interfaces with Gestalt's assumptions about healthy human process; how one therapist is working with children in Dharamsala, India and Capetown, South Africa to help them digitally tell their stories in support of resilience; how transformational thinking brings pro-social and, for some, spiritual questing into focus; and how Gestalt-trained practitioners, therapists, coaches and consultants can become citizen-practitioners in a troubled world. Going beyond the original Esalen Institute study conference on the Evolution of Gestalt, Cocreating the Field offers guidance for moving forward effectively and joyously as awakened interdependent participants in these stressful times.
Deborah Ullman, M.A., a coach, somatics-based therapist, and Gestalt trainer works in Orleans, on Cape Cod, MA, with adults and teens focusing on consciousness and healing, with emphasis on relational therapy. Deborah is Editor and Co-Director of the GestaltPress logo. She travels and teached widely, and loves music from Miles to Makeba, from Mahler to Debussy. She co-chairs the CTR Psychology Council conference series "Evolution of Gestalt" at Esalen Institute. Gordon Wheeler, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with over thirty years of practice, teaches and trains widely around the world. He has authored or edited some dozen books and over 100 articles in the field and as Editor and Co-Director of GestaltPress, he has brought work by over 100 other Gestalt authors to print. Gordon serves as President and CEO of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, which hosts the world's largest and longest-running Gestalt-based residential community.