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2020 Encounter Event

Gregynog Hall

We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Encounter Event will now be held online, making it as accessible as possible in the current crisis. The group will run from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July. Book now to reserve a place. Donation based pricing, from free.

What's it All About?

An Encounter Group

The person-centred encounter group provides opportunity to meet one another in a deeper, more personal way. “In such a group the individual comes to know himself and each of the others more completely than is possible in the usual social or working relationships.” (Rogers, C. 1969, Encounter Groups, p16).

Other Groups

Other Groups

We very much want to promote Encounter and will happily advertise other encounter groups. We are in the process of creating a directory of groups and organisations offering encounter groups. Please contact us if you'd like your group to be included.

Encounter Events

Encounter Events was established by Teri Tivey and Dave Rutlidge, in 2015, with the aim of offering a variety of self-structured encounter groups. It is hoped that these groups will offer the potential to develop:

  • A more person-centred way of being, by having a space to develop greater congruence through our openness to encounter each other and in turn encounter ourselves
  • A deeper understanding of person-centred theory.

Encounter Groups

"The person-centred group is an event in which there is non-directive facilitation that fosters freedom and personal enhancement of the individual." Jerold Bozarth, 2005, p.290 (In Brian Levitt, Embracing Non-Directivity).

The Person-Centred Basic Encounter Group is a basis both for person-centred meeting and for developing person-centred being. A group may include designated facilitators or be self-facilitated by the participants. Either way, ideally, the Rogerian conditions, as they apply to groups, are held in mind, as we open ourselves to encounter each other: to hear; to understand; to offer others and ourselves acceptance of our experiencing in these moments of meeting. All the encounter groups organised by Encounter Events Limited are self-facilitated, with no designated facilitator.

Group Facilitation

Carl Rogers wrote a fantastic paper, My Way of Facilitating a Group, which forms the basis of how we see group faciltation, except in that we don't have a designamed person taking the role. Rather, we see each and every member of the group as equal co-facilitators. Like Carl, we have "no specific goal for a particular group and [we] sincerely want it to develop its own directions". Each group will be what it will be. Encounter Events provide the accomodation and facilities; the participants do the rest. This makes every encounter group unique, a wonderful blank-canvas experience.

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