I was into Gestalt Therapy back in the Seventies – and went to a lot of workshops on this. This is what you did back then – you went to workshops, that were run by people who cared. And Gestalt was hot.
I knew one of its exponents personally – and I lived on his ranch, one summer, with his second wife, in scenic Utah, not far from Arches National Park.
Gestalt was the creation of Fritz Perls, who picked up ideas from everywhere – and every year taught the newest ones at the Esalen Institute, where he lived.
John Stevens, as he was called then, became his publisher – and made a fortune from that. He still owns the Real People Press in Moab, Utah.
I knew personally the couple who founded the Gestalt Institute of Denver – and often went skinny-dipping with them in the Jacuzzi pool in their backyard.
But when the Sixties ended, sometime in the late Seventies – Gestalt ended also. And people went into other things – such as NLP. This shocked me – but no one else seemed to notice.
Imagine my surprise when I got this from the Gestalt Development Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.