Teri Tivey and Dave Rutlidge formed Encounter Events established, in 2015, to offer an ongoing series of self-facilitated encounter groups.
We are passionate about the person-centred encounter group process as we believe it offers an unrivalled opportunity for personal growth. Encounter Events Limited is a not-for-profit company. We use any surplus to provide bursaries for future events. These bursaries make it possible for some people to participate who would not usually be able to attend such an event.
Why person-centred encounter groups?
We believe that person-centred encounter groups will offer a unique opportunity for participants 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.
Why self-facilitated groups?
We wanted to take a minimal hands-off approach in the groups we organise, with every participant having an equal role and responsibility in the group. We, therefore, believe that in making the group self-facilitated, we can achieve a greater sense of equality. Having no paid facilitator also reduces the costs involved in putting on the events, making them cheaper. It is imperative to us that the groups we run are as accessible as possible, and the cost is a significant barrier for many people.
Carl Rogers wrote a fantastic paper, My Way of Facilitating a Group, which forms the basis of how we see group facilitation, except in that we don’t have a designated person taking the role. Instead, 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 accommodation and facilities; the participants do the rest. This lack of predefined structure makes every encounter group unique: a wonderful blank-canvas experience.