Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.
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-the application of Gestalt principles in a medium- or long-term residential community setting, lasting from a few days to a few months. the actual therapeutic work alternates with a shared life of work, study or leisure, giving rise to a shared therapeutic experience. In the early days, Perls favoured individual therapy, then group therapy, and ultimately, community therapy (c.f. Cowichan).