Summer Encounter

July 15 – July 21, 2018

Summer edition

July 15 - July 21, 2018

I always talk about the importance of participating in encounter groups. For many of my friends, colleagues, even clients, it is no surprise that for several years participating in such events, specific to the Person-Centered Approach, is part of my personal development process, but especially professional.

For several months, the idea of organizing such an event closer to home has been outlined and I am excited to announce that it will take place in mid-July this year. Bernie Neville will be the facilitator of this group, and his enthusiasm to come to Romania confirmed to me once again that despite the organizational difficulties, this group will take place.

I would like to thank my colleagues who supported the idea, came up with proposals and had the patience to listen to me both in moments of enthusiasm, but especially in those of doubt.

The event website is ready, registrations have started and I invite you to reflect on the possibility of participating in this event and I want you to extract from this experience what you need.


“I joined this encounter group trying not to set expectations too high, just looking forward for enjoying every moment of it, but this experience surpassed anything that I could have ever imagined. It was a deep dive into the core of everything that I am and stand for, exploring and rediscovering myself in the midst of nature, surrounded by amazingly beautiful people. It was definitely not a smooth ride, but one that shook me tremendously and touched me deeply so many times. Arriving there with a strong feeling of inadequacy that was present in me for some time already, I soon felt like going back to my roots and finding a fresh sense of belonging. Extraordinary food for both body and soul, breathtaking nature, laughters and joy, warmth and understanding in the others’ eyes and so much more that I can’t put into words and can’t wait to experience once again next year.”


“For me, the experience of this Encounter is somewhat difficult to describe in words; it is difficult, I mean, to catch its whole essence or significance. I met some very beautiful people (in and out), the chosen environment, in the middle of nature, was simply wonderful, the food was great and not least, the feelings were particularly intense and transformative. One morning, I woke up wondering ”What time is it?” and a voice inside me answered – also in English, before I even grabbed the phone to look: ”Time to love yourself”. And being among these wonderful people, who really know how to listen, how to offer authenticity and warmth, helped me add to my self-compassion, get more in touch with my wholeness – with the wounded part, but also with the healthy one, in a space where I could feel safe enough, seen, and even loved. I allowed myself to be more vulnerable than usual and what came out of it was totally worth it, because I began to feel truer, more alive, more willing and prepared to face some of my deepest fears, so that I may allow more light and joy to get in. Opening up in that circle, I could feel a pleasant warmth in my chest, which usually signals me that I am really connected to myself and speaking from the heart. The preciousness of certain moments cannot be explained, but remains in my heart, and for this I thank, once again, the beautiful people who made those moments and experiences possible.”


“The encounter was a boost of energy and ideas, a great accelerator in my self-discovery process; it made me experience my authentic self and those of other people. This kind of connection works wonders and I wish anyone could have it at least once in a lifetime.”


“Pentru mine encounterul în general este ceva cu care eu nu sunt în confort pentru că îmi este greu să mă deschid în fața unor persoane necunoscute, îmi este și mai greu să o fac în fața persoanelor cunoscute, așa încât pentru mine fiecare encounter este o provocare.
Dar și mai mult decât atât, encounterul este locul care mă pune în contact cu mine, locul în care stau de vorbă cu mine, mă ascult, îmi dă ceea ce în ultima perioadă nu prea mai avem, îmi dă timp și îmi dau timp.
Nu îl consider un eveniment pentru specialiști, îl consider o necesitate pentru oricine dorește sau are nevoie să fie în contact cu el și cu ceilalți.
Encounter România 2018 a fost o experiență ce mi-a adus aminte de nevoia de a-mi da mie timp.
Mulțumesc organizatoarei și tuturor celor implicați în proiect!”


“Encounter – am căutat sensul în dicționarul englez online, care îmi spune că este vorba despre o întâlnire neașteptată sau semnificativă cu cineva sau cu ceva ce poate fi atât cunoscut, dar și necunoscut ori ostil. În dicționarul inimii mele, Encounterul din vara lui 2018 a fost o întâlnire așteptată, pregătită și a devenit semnificativă din mai multe pricini pe care o să le enumăr scurt aici:
– Am simțit oameni, nu doar i-am întâlnit! Iar simțirea împreună crează susținerea cu care hrănesc relații.
– M-am întâlnit într-un mod surprinzător cu mine, cu teme noi din sufletul meu adică, petrecând cu ele ore bune, în compania mea și a grupului. Uneori ne-am războit, eu și temele, deci am avut parte și de ostilitate, dar până la urmă am făcut pace, ce era deci de luptat, s-a luptat și ce era de celebrat, s-a celebrat. Iar asta înseamnă proces, în sens terapeutic.
– Am respirat aer de munte, și am mers cu picioarele prin iarba verde cu rouă pe ea!
– Am stat în preajma căteilor și a pisicilor, ceea ce este întotdeauna pentru mine o excelentă lecție de comunicare nonverbală!
Acestea fiind zise, în dicționarul inimii mele las un loc liber pentru Encounterul ce va sa vină în iulie 2019, să văd ce voi mai scrie acolo, ce sensuri noi voi adăuga … to be continued! ☺“



Bernie Neville


I spent most of my life in the university academic environment training teachers and counselors. When I began my doctoral studies in 1970, I intended to study the usefulness of “sensitivity cultivation groups” in teacher education, but after reading “On Encounter Groups” by Carl Rogers, published in the same year, I changed the focus of my paper to me on the study of Rogers’ theory and practice. I started by getting involved as a facilitator in “encounter groups” with a few colleagues as part of our education and counseling programs.

During the 1970s, the potential of encounter groups was viewed with great enthusiasm, but they became unpopular in Australia in the following decades. Fortunately, interest in these groups seems to have revitalized and people seem to be rediscovering their potential.

I was delighted by the invitation to participate as a facilitator in an encounter group in Romania. Firstly because I always discover significant perspectives and also for the friendships created within these groups, and secondly because Romania is a country that I have wanted to visit for several years.

Arina Dogaru


Before deciding on organizing a meeting in Romania, my needs to participate in such a group change from year to year. I started participating in these groups with a multitude of “external” hopes and needs. I wanted to know about other perspectives of being a psychotherapist, about how this profession evolves and changes in other countries, about access to other books, articles and people who were in direct contact or even clearly guided by Carl Rogers. Later, I found myself learning more about myself, my limits and perspectives, my fears and visas. I learned that I can study them, that I can make myself give up on them or take advantage of them with every interaction. The essence for me now was the interactions; how sincere, authentic and spontaneous I could be with myself and those around me, how much one can accompany the other in his own discovery. All these puzzle pieces helped me personally and gave me a unique professional maturity. The most meaningful understandings and lessons about how they can truly be present to the other that they have remained in participating in these groups. I wanted this experience closer to me, closer to my world so I decided to do something about it. This experience must be shared and must be especially accessible to anyone who wants to broaden their horizons.

I first met Bernie in 2015 as a group facilitator. When we met for the second time, in 2017, I bravely allowed myself to invite him to Romania, as a facilitator. I was very pleased with his availability and enthusiasm. I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity, to experiment and to extract from this experience exactly what you need.