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Working with the Body in Mind

Embodied Presence in Practice

The way in which we embody ourselves is integral to our experience of others, and to others’ experience of us – our impact. This highly experiential workshop will draw on knowledge from the frontiers of neuroscience and clinical practice to help practitioners exert a powerful, mindful influence on their client’s conscious and unconscious experience.


The messages we send before we even open our mouths are the ones that clients respond to most directly and most powerfully. Becoming more aware of these messages means becoming more aware of our physical carriage: the timbre, pace, and pitch of our voice; the speed of our gestures; the engagement of our facial expressions; the ebb and flow of our breathing; and more. Awareness of these typically unconscious aspects of our physical presence allows us to experiment with them, to gain greater and greater skill with them, and to recruit them as powerful allies in our work.

In addition, the body is an extraordinarily sensitive “register” of subtle events in the field. Attending to our own physical responses gives us a great deal of information about what’s happening in our environment and offers insight into a client’s reality that’s unavailable through direct questioning.

This workshop will allow participants to understand and work with their embodied presence in new ways and to track their moment-to-moment physical awareness with growing precision. Using these foundations, participants will begin to build fundamental body-oriented observation and intervention skills.



Participants will:

  • Gain insight into their own embodied presence.

  • Experience and practice new techniques to support their
    own embodied experience and awareness.

  • Develop a wider range of options in using their physical
    presence to heighten their impact.

  • Develop deeper access to relevant information in the field.

  • Start to build body-oriented intervention skills for heightened


This workshop is designed for consultants, coaches, and therapists who are interested in learning more about their embodied presence, for themselves and their clients. It also may be of interest to those working in other fields who want to achieve a heightened sense of their own embodied presence.

Continuing Education

ICF has certified this course for 19.25 core competency hours.


“While I did learn much about embodied presence, what excited me most is what has been set in motion from the workshop. Already I notice new aliveness and freedom to interact not only with clients but with family, friends, and strangers, as well. Ann and Archie, with skill and care, created the learning atmosphere where we could both honor our beaten paths and risk leaving them. What a treat.”

John Durland, PhD
Clinical Psychologist


“I believe I am far more effective with my clients as a result of my training at GISC. And a much better person as well. The GISC faculty and staff are great.”

Lori Heffelfinger
The Heffelfinger Company


WORKING WITH THE BODY IN MIND: Embodied Presence in Practice
Ask us about 2020 dates
Begins Friday, 9am
Ends Sunday, 1pm


  GISC Members: $945
CE Hours 19 - ICF
Faculty Archie Roberts, MA
  Ann Carr, MS, MCC, GPCC™
Location South Wellfleet, Cape Cod Massachusetts, United States

“For anyone in the therapy OD or coaching world, this is one experience that will deepen your range by providing you with practical tools that will make you a more effective intervener."

Sophie Parker
Sophie Parker & Associates


“This course challenged my assumptions about the field of work in a most appropriate and constructive manner. I approached the course hoping for a roadmap and gained a far deeper appreciation of both the practical and complex nature of this topic. Both Archie and Ann were equally superb and I hope to bring many colleagues and clients to this course, which is an important part of the curriculum. Bravo to both!”

Maria Arnone, MCC
Executive Coach


*To learn more about Working with the Mind in the Body (Part II): Advanced Embodied Presence in Practice, please click here.*


Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900