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GISC's Summer Camp Reunion

Come join us for the first ever GISC Summer Camp and Reunion! Reconnect to friends and colleagues as you enjoy the beauty of learning and play on Cape

Cod in the summertime during five days of professional and creative workshops.


This inaugural GISC SUMMER CAMP/REUNION is a first of its kind. We are planning on building a community that focuses on connection and new learning. We see this event as an opportunity to see old friends and colleagues, while simultaneously meeting interesting people in a vibrant and fun learning culture.


The 5-day program includes:

  • INTENSIVE TRAINING: Each participant will choose one Intensive Training. Participants will meet as an ongoing group for three hours daily throughout the week.
  • MULTIPLE 2-HOUR WORKSHOPS: These sessions will offer you a wide range of choice and learning opportunities.
  • FREE TIME: One of our main goals is to create the space to see and catch up with old friends and classmates (and make some new ones) in beautiful Cape Cod.


We wholeheartedly invite you to join us and to reach out and invite other professional associates, program graduates and GISC members with whom you would like to spend time.


The spirit of this camp was built on the desire to reunite with friends and colleagues and to create a space at GISC for a new experience of learning , connecting, and growing together. Over and over we hear that it is a yearning for deep connection, community, laughter, play and inspired learning that draws people to GISC.


2019 Details Coming Soon!




2018 GISC Summer Camp/Reunion


Planning Committee: Joe Melnick, Spencer Melnick,

Melanie Nevis, & Zeynep Tozum


Day 1: Friday, June 22, 2018




Welcome and Logistics




Large Group Activity (Building Community) - Rob Evans








Workshop leaders offer brief descriptions of mini-workshops followed by selection by participants










1st Mini Workshop






Intro to Intensive- Getting to know fellow Intensive participants, and going over Intensive program



Wrap up- All Campers at GISC



Cocktail & Appetizers at GISC



Dinner on your own


Day 2: Saturday, June 23, 2018




Check In & Large Group Activity - Jody Telfair









2nd Round of Workshops









1st Intensive Session





Wrap up- All Campers at GISC

Day 3: Sunday, June 24, 2018





Check In & Large Group Activity - Tarot - Kooch and Victor Daniels


2nd Intensive Session



Free Day


Day 4: Monday, June 25, 2018
  9:00-10:00   Check In & Large Group Activity - Martial Arts - Barbara Niggel
  10:00-12:00   3rd Round of Workshops
  12:00-2:00   Lunch
  2:00-5:30   3rd Intensive Session
  5:30-6:00   Wrap up
  6:00-6:30   Break (complementary drinks at GISC)
  6:30-   All Campers Gala Dinner
Day 5: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  9:00-9:30   Check In
  9:30-11:00   Preparation for Intensive Presentation & Intensive Group Closure
  11:00-12:00   Tarot Intensive Group Presentation
  12:00-1:30   Lunch
  1:30-3:00   Intensive Groups Presentation
  3:00-4:30   Campfire Farewell/ Next Steps



Intensive Trainings:

Each participant will choose one Intensive Training. Participants will meet as an ongoing group for three hours daily throughout the week.


Gestalt Group Process Therapy

Joseph Melnick, PhD
Over the years I have developed a form of group therapy which is highly interactive and relational. After describing the theory participants will participate in an experiential group in which they will have an opportunity to learn about themselves in relation with others as well as learn about interactive group process. APA CE credit available.



Dancing with Laura Perls and Tai Chi Masters

Jody Telfai-Richards, PhD
This series of workshops will use Taoist movements along with Gestalt Principles to explore ourselves as energetic beings. Weaving together a tapestry of experiences, including parts of the Tai Chi Form, simple Qi Qong and breathing exercises, various Gestalt Body Therapy experiences, and Indigenous methods of heightening energy through rhythm and dance, we will seek ever deeper experiences of grounding and relaxing while supporting the ability for authentic connection with oneself and others. APA CE credit available.



Intuition through Tarot
Victor Daniels, PhD, and Kooch Daniels, MA.

This workshop will focus on using the Tarot for self-discovery, to improve our relationships, and to strengthen and expand our ability to use our intuition—and deepen our Gestalt skills. With guided meditations, step-by-step card layouts, and interactive working sessions we will explore specific ways to help yourself or your client move toward greater clarity and effectiveness. Each day will be devoted to learning specific major cards and one minor suit so that all seventy-eight cards will be examined. Drawing on mystical traditions and Gestalt therapy, we will discuss the meanings of symbols and card archetypes, as well as learning to assist clients in discovering and sharing their own associations and emotions, Participants will be invited to experience doing brief readings using various spreads as a medium for drawing out emotions and providing insights into feelings. Use of card imagery as a basis for group process work, and in varied individual settings, will be demonstrated. Bring your questions, your cards if you have them, and your willingness to give and be given short readings. APA CE credit available.

GISC Martial Arts
Barbara Niggle, Way Yuen, and Tom Moore

The first phase of training in Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen is Cun Tao, or self-defense.  In this week-long martial arts intensive students will learn effective self-defense skills including verbal self-defense, basic striking, defense against grabs, and ground fighting.  They will practice setting boundaries and listening to their intuition to increase their safety. Students will tap into the movement, energy and insights of the animals that inform this art to enhance their fitness, agility, and flexibility – on all levels physical, mental and spiritual.  Throughout the week students will train in the spirit of mutual respect and compassion.

Facilitating Groups and Mastering Intervening - Deep Dive
John Griffin
Would you like to make more of an impact by enhancing how you meet and engage in groups, track systems, assure that interventions you make land and stick? Would you like to deepen your presence to be able to "stand in the eye of the storm" and really make a difference? This training program is a "deep dive" immersion into the advanced application of core principles of Gestalt, focusing on how to maximize use of self in supporting transformation in individuals, groups, organizations and social systems in which we live and thrive. We will be "rolling up our sleeves" and getting into the work of refining "our particular mastery" with dramatically deeper connections to heart, mind and soul.

In this training you will identify and expand your own unique strengths and transform and develop your own specific growing edges as a facilitator and intervener.  Participants will have opportunities to facilitate groups of varying size and focus. The topics in these sessions will be core Gestalt Theory and Practice content that you are all familiar with, as well as your own personal "stretch" topics. The real treat will be the numerous opportunities you will have to get feedback and "try again and again" intervening. The "guiding principle" we are applying is simple: take risks, fail early and often to excel, and "Practice, Practice, Practice". Come, Join Us! APA CE credit available; ICF Resource Development hours.

Sailing Lessons
Pleasant Bay Community Boating
The sailing instructors at Pleasant Bay Community Boating in Harwich, MA will provide sailing for all levels of experience and skill level in either Flying Scots, a very large and stable 19' sailboat accommodating 3-4 participants per boat plus an instructor; or 14' gaff-rigged Catboats for a slower more stable experience. We will group participants by boat and ability level from beginners to intermediate to experienced sailors, as much as possible. Participants will have the opportunity to learn general sailing and boating skills and explore the beautiful waters of Pleasant Bay, the largest in-land estuary on Cape Cod.

IMPORTANT NOTES: This Intensive has a larger time commitment than other programs due to the 20 minutes drive it takes to get to PBCB and the additional time it takes to prepare for the ocean and to sail. Participants will have shorter open lunch periods in order to have full 4 hour sessions.

Also, sailing is weather dependent and the instructor will not sail in wind more than 18 mph or heavy rain. There will be options for non-sailing days depending on the groups interest. Possible activities include: dry-land instruction, a visit to the Hyannis Maritime Museum, Chatham White Shark Conservatory, watch the movie "Wind" or visit the Pirate Ship Museum in Yarmouth. Participants should bring rain gear for intermittent light rain, layer of clothing, hat, sunscreen and waterproof or boating shoes.



2-Hour Workshops:

These sessions will offer you a wide range of choice and learning opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to select from the following 2-Hour workshops when they arrive at GISC.



More About our Intensive Training Faculty

Joseph Melnick Ph.D., is co-chair of the Cape Cod Training Program and Board member of GISC. He is the founding editor of Gestalt Review and has published more than 100 articles. He is completing A History of the Cape Cod Model, written with Sonia March Nevis, Ph.D. He teaches and trains world wide.


Jody Telfair-Richards, PhD, is a psychotherapist and teacher with over 40 years experience in clinical work, teaching, training, and administration in mental health and education. She was a Professional Staff Member of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland from 1981 through 2006, both teaching in the Post Graduate Training Programs and serving as Chairperson of the first year of that program for five years. She also was one of three Professional Staff Members to create and teach the Advanced Physical Process Track.


Victor Daniels holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, and was a professor of psychology for several decades at Sonoma State University. He has been a gestalt therapy trainer for almost that long.  He has also been a Tarot reader for more than two decades and has developed innovative methods for using visual imagery from the tarot with gestalt therapy. For several years he wrote regular articles for the online journal Gestalt and has written invited chapters for books on gestalt therapy and a chapter on Erich Fromm's psycholanalysis for the SAGE Enclyclopedia of Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy.   He is the published author of The Radical Wrong—Lies Our Founding Fathers Never Told Us and co-author of Being and Caring: A Psychology for Living.

Kooch Daniels, M.A., is a professional writer and intuitive living in the San Francisco area. She has spent her life giving many thousands of readings and helping people develop their intuitive abilities by learning to listen to the silent voice of the tarot.  Her professional journey has taken her from doing readings for the rich and famous, to the regular you and me heart connected community, from doing readings in the interior walls of locked psychiatric wards to expansive Fortune Five Hundred executive suites.  With Victor, she has been a process group leader and has given various Gestalt workshops.

Using the tarot as a guide for illuminating positive transformations and healing insights, Victor and Kooch have co-written: Tarot at a Crossroads: The Unexpected Meeting of Psychology and Tarot d’Amour: Find Love, Sex, and Romance in the Cards.  They have also written, Awakening the Chakras: The Seven Energy Centers in Daily Life, and Matrix Meditations: A Program for Developing the Mind-Heart Connection.

Barbara Niggel, is the founder and owner of Willy’s Gym.  She embarked on her career as a martial artist, fitness expert, and healer at the age of 12 under the direction of her teacher Mas Goeroe Agoeng Willy Wetzel, training and teaching his art Poekoelan Tjiminidie Tulen. She opened her first martial arts school at the age of 16 and has taught and competed all over the world, dedicating her life to carrying on the legacy of her teacher and helping people achieve their highest potential whether in the gym or in the training hall.

Way Yuen, has been training Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen for almost 30 years and holds the tile of Mas Goeroe Agoeng. He started assistant teaching at the age of 12 and was running his own classes by at age of 16. Way has taught self-defense courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently assists Mas Goeroe Agoeng Barbara run the Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen program at Willy’s Gym.

Tom Moore, has been training Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen for over ten years and is a fourth degree black belt with the title of Pendekkar. Tom is the co-owner of Thomas A. Moore Design Company and assists in running the Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen program at Willy’s Gym.

John Griffin, PhD, has been a trusted global expert for more than 30 years and his work has taken him to over 45 countries around the world. He applies his unique multi-disciplinary studies in economics, anthropology, ecology, psychology, organizational development, internal martial arts and mindfulness to some of the world’s most complicated issues. John has a Ph.D. in Human Geography, a M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management and Ecology and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics. John grounds his consulting work with over 25 years studying internal martial arts and mindfulness practices.


Pleasant Bay Community Boating is a non-profit educational organization located on a 3.6 acre site on Pleasant Bay. Community boating is the mainstay of programs which are available for all age groups and ability level. The fleet of Flying Scots, Sunfish, Catboats and 420's provides for a variety of sailing opportunities.

One of our own Professional Associates has collaborated with the board of PBCB to provide this amazing program. Visit for more information.








Dates June 6-10, 2019
Thursday, 9am
Monday, 4:30pm


Planning Committee
  Valerie Libby
  Spencer Melnick, LCSW
  Melanie Nevis, MA, LCAT, ACC
  Zeynep Tozum, MA, PCC
Location South Wellfleet, MA

Where to Stay


We have negotiated special GISC Summer Camp/Reunion rates with some nearby motels ranging from $108-$159 per night for rooms with two beds so folks can share. Book your lodging now; prices good until May 7, 2018!

Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
3800 State Highway Route 6, Eastham, MA  02642
$159 per night, minimum of 6 nights
(Good through May 7, 2018)
Phone: (508) 255-5000
Hotel Reservations:
(800) 368-7764

Guests must mention GISC Summer Camp for any telephone bookings to receive the group rate.
Click here to make reservations online.


Ocean Park Inn
3900 State Highway, Eastham, Massachusetts 02642
$129 per night, minimum of 6 nights

(Good through May 7, 2018)
Phone: 508-255-1132

Use access code GESTALT when booking online.

Southfleet Motor Inn
999 US Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Rooms available for participants with either 1 king or 2 queen beds
$108 per night, minimum of 6 nights -- use promocode GESTALT

(Good through June 1, 2018)
Phone: (508) 349-3580  
Toll Free: (800) 334-3715



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