The AAGT, Gestalt Nova Scotia and The Good Enough Network present:

The First Atlantic Gestalt Gathering

Thursday to Sunday July 23 – 25 2020

Lake Charlotte, Nova Scotia, Canada

An opportunity to have an impact

An opportunity to create change

Be among the first

In Nova Scotia, a province with just under a million people, there are only three Gestalt Therapists that we know of. We endeavor to infect this place with the transformative power of relational Gestalt processes, and practices. We are inviting the international community of Gestalt practitioners to help us create a lasting impact here in Nova Scotia, one village at a time.

Working with under-served and under-resourced community groups on Nova Scotia’s rugged Eastern Shore, we will co-create a community. Together, in addition to connecting and sharing our personal Gestalt processes and practices, we will explore how the region has created adaptations to an inhospitable environment. From this we will create experiments and interventions that impact this under-served and under-resourced region.

A gathering with two sides

Community workshops that expose Gestalt principals and practices to local mental health workers, community organizers, counselors and therapists.

Peer to peer workshops, presentations and discussions that will further our understanding of contemporary Gestalt.

We will also offer daily hikes, and opportunities to explore our embodied relationship with the nature, all on Nova Scotia’s picturesque Eastern Shore.

How it’s going to work

For Community Workshops

Without the need of a detailed proposal, send in six to ten sentences outlining what you are curious about, and how it applies to the delivery of mental health support to rural environments. Please provide the following details: How much time and space do you require? What is the general theme of your workshop / presentation? Who is the intended / imagined audience? ie: local non-Gestalt therapists, young leaders, community mental health workers.

For Peer to Peer Workshops

Which aspect of Gestalt do you want to explore with your peers? How much time and space would you like? The process for creating this gathering will evolve based on those who offer to share.

You do not need to contribute a workshop idea in order to attend.

Stay tuned for announcements about the conference schedule.


Participants can chose from various accommodations. Available are private AirBnb accommodations, spaces in shared cabins, or you can camp at Webber’s Lakeside Park in Lake Charlotte Nova Scotia.

Costs and details are coming soon.

Bring your family

This is a family friendly event. Child care will be available for a small fee for children ages 4+.

Food while here

For those staying in the cabins or at the campground, breakfast and supper can be provided for a small additional cost.

Lunch and snacks will be included in the conference fee.

Breakfast will be composed of coffee, tea, beverages, burritos and fresh fruit.

Dinner will be whatever we can BBQ. Salads and local sea foods will also be available.

All food will come from locally owned, independent providers and be organic when possible.

Getting to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is located on the eastern edge of Canada.

Halifax, Stanfield International Airport has daily, direct flights from Boston, New York, Toronto, and Montreal.

Driving: Lake Charlotte is approximately 700 miles from Boston, 875 from New York City, 1800 kilometers from Toronto and 1200 kilometers from Montreal.

Lake Charlotte Nova Scotia is approximately 1 hour from the Halifax International Airport. Gathering members can either rent a car or can be picked up from the airport by the organization team.

Registration fees

Students, recent graduates and retirees – $100

Student / retiree Early bird – $75 before May 1, 2020

Professionals $175

Professional Early bird – 150 before May 1, 2020

Any other questions?

Your organizers are Jim Dalling and Mercedes Ruiz.

Jim studied at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.

Mercedes studied in Mexico City.

Any questions you have about the conference or process, please message Jim – Jim (at)jimdalling.com or find me on What’s App – 1.902.209.5228

Register below

Once registered, you will be sent an invoice for the conference fee.

Can’t attend? Sponsor someone else

This is the first Atlantic Canadian Gestalt Gathering. Gestalt processes and practices are not very prominent here. Help us spread this vital work. Make a donation here