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World Café – Shaping the Future of NYIGT Through Conversations @ North Star Fund
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
World Café – Shaping the Future of NYIGT Through Conversations @ North Star Fund

Event Speaker: Diana Avendaño Morineau

Using the method of the World Café, as developed by Juanita Brown, we will explore questions that matter to NYIGT, and through the phenomenology of a collective dialogue expand in our understanding of each other as individuals and as a community.

Some potential topics: How can we continue to grow and stay connected as a Gestalt community? How can we learn from each other and develop a legacy? How can we be more inclusive of everyone who shows interest in our community? What do we want to create together?



For more than 20 years, Diana Avendaño Morineau has worked as a Gestalt therapist, life coach, and organizational development consultant, supporting clients in Mexico City, Miami, and New York City.

As a human resources and organization development professional, Diana has worked for diverse industries (health care, health insurance, and hospitality), offering her extensive experience conducting team interventions for leadership teams and leading organizational change.

Diana has been a member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy since 2017. She trained as a Gestalt therapist with Myriam Muñoz, José Merino, Anita Duckles, Guy Pierre, Tur, and other highly recognized Gestalt therapists from the Instituto Humanista de Psicoterapia Gestalt in Mexico City. Her specialties include group therapy, dreams, children, and adolescents.

Diana has lived in New York City since 2015.

Skulls and Skeletons: The Dead and the Living as Support for Contacting @ North Star Fund
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Skulls and Skeletons: The Dead and the Living as Support for Contacting @ North Star Fund

Event Speaker: Dan Bloom

Skulls and skeletons. We live in a graveyard. Our experiences die into the past underfoot. The ground covering our dead-past is the earth under our feet. This is the landscape of our experiential world. It is from these skulls and skeletons that the living-present emerges and the to-be-born future buds. We can reach back and draw life from the dead-past and celebrate it into the living-present. Or we can be frightened or be overtaken by its ghosts and goblins.

Contacting, the process of experience, is supported by this ground. Yet the aesthetic of contacting can have strained or darkened qualities when it is haunted by the past. But contacting is free and vivid when the dead-past is uncovered into the living-present. Each bright moment of unencumbered contacting reflects the living-past and to-be-born-future in its aesthetic.

With a mixture of didactics, experiential exercise, and group process, this workshop will explore these themes in terms of everyday living and clinical practice. It will consider the dead- and living-past as well as the to-be-born future – and also in the context of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. The field, phenomenal, relational, and aesthetic dimensions of Gestalt therapy will be reflected throughout the workshop.



Dan Bloom, JD, LCSW ( is a psychotherapist and clinical trainer/supervisor with a private practice in New York City and online. He studied with Laura Perls, Isadore From, and Richard Kitzler at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, where Dan served as president for four years. He is a fellow of the Institute. He is also adjunct faculty at Gestalt Associates of New York, the Gestalt Center of New York, and the Center for Somatic Studies, international faculty at Instituto Humanista de Psicotherapia Gestalt, Mexico City, Mexico, faculty at the Gestalt Training Institute of Malta, and guest trainer at Istituto di Gestalt HCC, Syracuse, Italy. In addition, Dan presents workshops at international conferences and Gestalt therapy residentials. He leads online seminars in the theory/practice of contemporary Gestalt therapy and clinical phenomenology. He is a member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy, a past president and member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and a member of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. He is an associate editor of Gestalt Review, a book review editor of Quaderni di Gestalt, and a member of the Scientific Board of the Gestalt therapy book series published by FrancoAngeli. He co-edited Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now and New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy: Selected Essays from the 21st Century. Dan’s writings are widely published and have been translated into more than seven languages.

In Transition: Autism Through a Gestalt Therapy Lens @ To Be Announced
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Speaker: Susan Gregory

Ranking and Privilege @ To Be Announced
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Speaker: Adam Weitz

Freeing the Fixed Gestalt That Trauma Is! @ To Be Announced
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Speaker: Frank Bosco

“Gaystalt”: Working in the Fluidity of Gender and Sexuality @ To Be Announced
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Event Speaker: Lee Zevy

Sexuality and Aggression: The Figure/Background Relationship Between Pain and Pleasure @ To Be Announced
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Speaker: Mariano Pizzimenti (Italy)

The Loving Gaze – Novelty, Excitement, and Growth: A Relational and Existential Phenomenological Perspective @ To Be Announced
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event Speaker: Yaqui Andrés Martínez (Mexico)*

*Yaqui Andrés Martínez will also be offering a special workshop on Sunday, May 17; details to follow.

NYIGT Business Meeting @ To Be Announced
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm