Dorothy Charles
Photo: Ian Momsen

About Dorothy Charles

Dorothy has been a Gestalt practitioner since 1985 working at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California where she has led workshops and training groups ever since. Dorothy received her training at Esalen with Richard and Christine Price, and at the Pacific Gestalt Institute in Los Angeles, California with Lynne Jacobs and Gary Yontef.

Dorothy’s approach to Gestalt Practice continues to evolve and she emphasizes supporting aliveness and authenticity. She focuses on contemporary relational perspectives in Gestalt, including the nuances of emotional process, enduring relational themes, and the use of experiments in Gestalt relational process.

Dorothy now practices in Aptos, California and is the co-founder of Tribal Ground Circle, an educational community studying and practicing Gestalt Awareness Practice, Relational Gestalt Practice, and other work evolving from the lineage of Richard Price, gestalt teacher and co-founder of Esalen Institute. In addition to her work in California, Dorothy regularly teaches throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.