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Supervision Workshop
Santa Cruz, California

For the 22nd year, Skyote Mountain hosts a supervision
group with Stephen Gilligan. 


This 3 1/2 day intensive community inspires breakthroughs at both personal and professional levels. Together we generate a safe ritual space in which to explore the technical and personal aspects of Self-Relations and trance work. Steve will teach Self-relations therapy through lecture, demonstration, small-group exercises, and sessions in the center of the group.

Participants generally do personal work, though occasionally they invite clients for a consultation session. In each case, one or two coaches, a client, and Steve Gilligan join together as a team to support the work of the client. We especially focus on entering the “living” relational field that allows therapists/coaches and clients to work together in an experiential-somatic-cognitive conversation for change. Everyone has a chance to work, with some in the center of the circle, and others more privately within groups of three. These supervision groups are legendary in their capacity to nurture and awaken your soul into action. Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program to support clients or patients.

Poetry, Play, and Pantry
Expect poetry and music and dancing. Bring your drum or other musical instruments if you have them. Healthy meals and snacks are provided (organic whenever possible, with fresh produce from the local farmer’s market). We will all share some cooking and clean-up duties, but these are fairly light and non-intrusive, and provide an opportunity to connect with each other outside the sessions. Please let us know any dietary needs in advance so we can respond to them as best we can.

Learning Objectives ... At the end of the program, participants will be better able to:
  • Discuss the difference between client-centered versus therapist-led sessions

  • Explain the role of chronic stress in physical and mental health and illness

  • Describe the difference between neuromuscular lock and the creative flow state

  • Apply the request protocol to begin supervision sessions

  • Use relaxation to enter a state of therapeutic presence

  • Describe the importance of the COACH (centered, open, aware, connected, holding) state

  • List the three interacting minds of the generative self

  • Explain the importance of relaxation in creating proper conditions for creative solutions

  • Describe the importance of working with clients to identify resources

  • List three positive connections that support clients in generative change work

  • Describe the importance of the three positive connections for helpful client sessions

  • Use verbal statements, visual images, and somatic modeling to represent positive intention

  • Apply felt sense of mind-body connection for practitioner and client centering

  • Explain the purpose of identifying positive resources in sessions with clients

  • Describe the principle of utilization in working with clients

  • Apply mindfulness to problem states

  • List possible daily practices that can be used to sustain positive change


The workshop takes place at Skyote Mountain on 73 acres of redwood, fir, oak, and madrone forest in the Santa Cruz mountains, 20 minutes north of Santa Cruz, 25 minutes south of San Jose.

Participants either commute locally, stay at the Best Western 10 minutes’ drive away or an airbnb, or stay on-site in our 21′ diameter yurt (room for 6) or in a tent (accommodations at Skyote are an extra fee).

Note from Selene Kumin Vega, Supervision Group Sponsor
Some of the participants in this group have been attending since 2002. Others started later and are now regular attendees. Each year there are new participants as well, and the group is a mix of therapists, coaches, various professionals working with others, and those who are just here for their own growth. The group is limited to 18 participants, and the setting is peaceful, on 73 acres of redwood, fir, oak, and madrone forest, in a strawbale, off-the-grid home and workshop space. Healthy meals and snacks are provided, and we can respond to most dietary needs if you let us know in advance.
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