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About Presence in Action

Presence in Action is an approach to group and individual work that focuses on creating safe spaces where participants are invited to connect deeply with themselves and others, release what is no longer serving them, and in this, experience a deepening capacity to be Present and connected to their essential selves. The work explores ‘Presence in Action’, teaching one to be authentically alive and awake to oneself in every moment. Working with the body is central to the work, and participants learn tools to apply the work into every-day life. The approach integrates therapy, meditation, movement, creativity, the practice of inquiry and Constellations.

LESLEY PALMER is a Drama and Movement Therapist (MA, UK), Family Constellations Therapist (SA) and Play Therapist (PGDip, UK). She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Lesley’s therapeutic work focuses on working with bereavement and loss (children and adults) and in the development of capacity for Presence, Resilience and Transformation (adults), Her work integrates Creative Arts Therapy techniques, Constellations, active meditation and Inquiry methods. Her private practice is based in Kenilworth, where she works with individuals and focus groups.

Beyond her private work, Lesley’s commitment is to social and individual healing for South Africans affected by trauma, loss and violence who have limited access to therapy, and to this end has been a therapist, performer, facilitator, supervisor, trainer and project developer in a range of contexts in the NPO field. She has trained adults in the caring professions in the arena of Child Development, Play and Self Care in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lebanon and Brazil. She is currently the Director of GroundSpring Playback Theatre Company in Cape Town and Clinical Supervisor for Intern Drama Therapists at Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand (SA).


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