Stephen Gilligan Workshop

Self-Relations Supervision with Stephen Gilligan

July 22-25, 2021 (*CEs available)

The 2020 supervision has been postponed until 2021.

For the 19th 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. We will generate together a safe ritual space in which to explore both the technical and personal aspects of Self-Relations and hypnotic work. Steve will teach Self-relations psychotherapy through lecture, demonstration, small-group exercises and therapy work in the center of the group.

Participants may do personal work, invite clients for a consultation session, or set up a role-playing experience. In each case, a therapist, a client, and Steve Gilligan work as a trio. We especially focus on entering the “living” relational field that allows therapists and clients to work together in a parallel process linked by experiential-somatic-cognitive conversations for change. Everyone has a chance to work, with some in the center of the circle, and others more privately within groups of three. Self-Relations 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 in ways beneficial to 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. We will all share some cooking and clean-up duties, but these should be fairly light and non-intrusive, and provide a good opportunity to get to know each other. If you let us know in advance, we will try to respond to special dietary needs.

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.

About Stephen Gilligan

After receiving his doctorate in Psychology from Stanford, Stephen became known as one of the premier teachers and practitioners of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. He developed his own approach, self-relations psychotherapy, incorporating ideas from his mentors, Milton Erickson & Gregory Bateson and from aikido, Buddhism, mindbody healing, meditation, and performance arts.
Dr. Gilligan’s many publications include Generative Trance, Therapeutic Trances: The Cooperation Principle in Ericksonian Psychotherapy, a classic in the field; Brief therapy (Ed. with J. Zeig), Therapeutic Conversations (Ed. with R. Price); The Courage to Love: Principles and Practices of Self-Relations Psychotherapy, The Legacy of Erickson; and Walking in Two Worlds: The Theory, Practice, and Community of Self-Relations (Ed. with D. Simon). His work is known for its emphasis on reconnecting mindbody processes, embodied relationality, and encouraging and supporting transformational change.

Cost for the workshop is $1050 ($25 discount if you pay by check), which includes meals Thursday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Participants either commute locally, stay at accommodations nearby, or stay on-site in our 21′ diameter yurt (room for 6) or in a tent (accommodations at Skyote are an extra fee).
Registration & Information:
This group is limited to 18 participants. To reserve your space, send an email to, and then send a $300 deposit (refundable until June 30) made out to SpiritMoving to:
SpiritMoving, P.O. Box 1691, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
or pay through PayPal, using this url:

*CE Information

We are able to offer 24 CEs, at an additional fee of $60.

• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

• For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Selene Kumin Vega, For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at