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Giving Voice: A Workshop for Those Afraid to Sing and Shout!

  • The Gestalt Centre 96-100 Clifton St London, EC2A 4TP United Kingdom (map)

We speak metaphorically of giving voice: giving voice to a feeling or to an idea; giving voice to a section of society, or giving voice to what is often unvoiced. We speak of finding my voice: finding the confidence to speak out in my own unique way. Like any metaphor, giving voice evokes and conveys a range of personal meanings. But giving voice is not just a metaphor. For those of us with speech, we do give voice. My voice is a focal expression of me in relation to you: not just what I say, but how I say it: how I sound. Equally, how I hear your voice, how you sound, informs my sense of you. Using the gestalt approach, we will investigate how we give voice, increasing awareness of our voices, exploring and experimenting with them. We will move between the metaphorical, telling the stories of our voices, using imagery and movement; and the literal, making sounds together. Trainer, Toni Gilligan is a UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist; she is a Gestalt Centre Director and Trainer. She has been training in voice work with Gilles Petit since 2004, and is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.