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Albert Pesso
  • 86 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 19, 1929
  • Place of birth:
    Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: May 19, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Boston, New York, United States
We’re made genetically to be able to be happy in an imperfect world that is endlessly unfolding, and we are the local agents of that unfolding process.

Dear friends,

It is with profound sadness that I inform you on behalf of my sisters that our beloved father, Al Pesso, died suddenly on May 19th after a long illness and seven months hospitalization. There will be a joint memorial service for both our mother and father in Cambridge, MA in late summer at a time and date to be determined.

Extending a warm hug to all who loved him and will miss him,

Tana Pesso

(Al’s eldest daughter)

 

Albert Pesso, beloved husband of Diane Boyden Pesso & son of Esther Albala & Bohor Ben Saba Pincas Pesso, died after a long illness on May 19, 2016 in Boston, MA. Born Sept. 19, 1929 he leaves 3 daughters, Tana Pesso, Tasmin Pesso, & Tia Pesso Powell, 4 grandchildren, Chris F. Edley III, Kyra Chu Pesso, Jonathan Pesso Chu, & Xoren Pesso Powell, brother Sam Pesso, & sister Sylvia Waldner. 

With his wife, Al created Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor, a widely respected interactive technique that helps clients create new memories to compensate for emotional deficits in the past.  He has been called one of the 3 living masters of body-based psychotherapy and was chosen in 2012 to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.S. Assoc. for Body Psychotherapy.

Al began his career as a dancer & choreographer, studying under Martha Graham and May O’Donnell. He & Diane met as Bennington College students, then married & danced in NYC. Al received his B.A. from Goddard College. In 1956, they established a dance center in Quincy, MA & within 5 years developed the foundational theory of PBSP. Encouraging dancers to allow their bodies to act out their inner feelings, they observed that the resulting emotional outpouring was cathartic, but did not help the individual heal their emotional scars. They went on to develop an interactive model that drew on spatial relationships, specific wording, & physical touch to provide a response from the outer world to each of the inner needs expressed. This facilitated the creation of new body-based memories to counteract memories of past emotional deficits. Al was a tenured assoc. professor & dir. of Emerson College’s dance dept. while he & Diane developed, practiced, & began teaching their new form of body-based psychotherapy.

Al served as dir. of Psychomotor Therapy at McLean Hospital & the Pain Unit of the N.E. Rehabilitation Hospital; adjunct prof. at Fielding Inst.; & consultant in psychiatric research at the Boston VA Hospital. He also taught PBSP at Harvard’s continuing education program & at other educational & medical institutions abroad. He has written & contributed to many books & more than 50 articles, & led hundreds of seminars around the world.

Al was a featured speaker at many psychology conferences, such as: the American Academy of Psychotherapists; the Assoc. of Humanistic Psychology; the National Inst. for Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine; the Berlin Psychoanalytic Inst.; the European Congress on Body Psychotherapy; & the American Assoc. of Marriage & Family Therapy. He also presented at medical schools & hospitals, including Grand Rounds at BU’s Medical School.

Considered a uniquely gifted ‘therapists’ therapist’ Al helped thousands of clients to achieve lives of greater happiness, satisfaction, & meaning. He established PBSP training centers around the world which have certified hundreds of PBSP therapists & trained an excellent cadre of PBSP trainers & supervisors who carry on the work to the highest standards. It brought Al & Diane deep gratification in their final days to know that they left had their life’s work in such capable hands.

Like his wife, Al had a deeply compassionate wish to heal all the wounds of the world. He will be sorely missed by friends & family who remain inspired by his life's work, fierce dedication, playful spirit, & unique soul.

A joint memorial service for Al & Diane will be held in Camb., MA TBD. See http://www.forevermissed.com/albert-pesso/#about for tributes.

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by mariana ferreira on 27th October 2016

"Dear Al....
I will never Forget you. you are one of the great inspirations of my psycholgyst career. and you were so so so SO importante to me on a personal level, when I did the PBSP formation with you in Lisbon, and you taught me so much about myself. the omnipotent grief :)
may your spirit be free and full of love."

This tribute was added by Ingrid Alexander on 1st October 2016

"time goes by quickly - already a year has gone by, but your work and ideas inspires me daily, dear Al. You should have seen and hear us, me, and Sabine Lück, your ex-trainees at the big DGSF congress in Frankfurt. While we introduced our book "Ahnen auf die Couch" your name and what we`ve got from you popped up again and again. It was so wonderful, that you`ve been on earth - a real gift to all human beings. Thank`s a lot.
Ingrid Alexander
Psychologische Psychotherapeutin
Generation-Code Trainerin"

This tribute was added by Gus Kaufman on 19th September 2016

"In these few days are my 70th, Al's 87th and Louisa Howe (also of blessed memory)'s birthdays. I miss him and Diane and am determined to carry on the work. I will be leading a structure workshop for therapists in October and we will have a moment of silence for them..."

This tribute was added by Michael Bachg on 19th September 2016

"Al, unwillingly I start to accept the future without your companionship, embedded into the large PBSP community you and Diane gathered. We are your guests on the stage of life: “happy birthday!”"

This tribute was added by Nara Clarke on 19th September 2016

"We had the opportunity, a couple of times, to be around Al on his birth day celebration.  I see him, even now, holding court with those that have gone but are still interest in  Spiritually Growing.
Thank you for all that you have given us, Carl and Nara"

This tribute was added by Barbara Segura on 19th September 2016

"Dear Al and Family,

Collecting my thoughts is painful and joyful all at once. I am pained because my learning with you in your physical presence is over. Every summer I'd ask myself if this would be the last time I saw you and this uncertainty was my propeller to strive and bring my best and truest self to the training rooms. You embodied so many principles of my ideal father which we removed from you! LOL.  I feel such gratitude for your life and my collision course with you, Diane and PBSP.

My deepest condolences to your living and loving family. I have terrific memories of my structures and the seminars in New Hampshire and Boston and all of my travels to train with you. I bring PBSP to my therapy practice with incredible gratitude to you and Diane and your family. I treasure the pioneering work of PBSP, which has personally brought me deep joy and happiness.

Your last birthday (which you didn't want anyone to fuss over) was in Ashville, NC and gratefully to John and Pam, we had another terrific PBSP weekend. I'm glad I shared that birthday with you! Happy Birthday Again!

I will catch up wth you and Diane again!

Sincerely,
Barbara J. Segura
South Florida, USA"

This tribute was added by Gail Lightbody Duquette on 19th September 2016

"Happy Birthday in heaven!"

This tribute was added by anton wölfinger on 19th September 2016

"Happy Birthday AL!

Unforgettable....................   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5SLq-vdlfg"

This tribute was added by Nancy Kyrie Campbell on 14th September 2016

"I am deeply saddened to learn of Al's passing.  I first learned of his work in 1974 and began training with him in 1979.  He has had a profound effect on my life both personally and professionally.  Because of all I learned and experienced through my training with Al I became a much wiser and more compassionate woman which continues to this day to greatly influence my interactions with family, friends and acquaintances as well as rippling out through all of my professional work. I feel overwhelming gratitude that Al has been a part of my life!"

This tribute was added by Gilli Hanna on 26th August 2016

"Dearest Al,
You have touched the hearts of so many people.  I never, ever will forget all that you taught us, with your rigour, humour and enduring kindness and honesty.  Thank you for showing me so much.  You will always be in my heart.
With my love, Gilli
England"

This tribute was added by Markus Aronica on 8th August 2016

"Dear Al,

thank you very much for your profound method
and for your friendship, when we met.

Markus Aronica,
Freiburg in Germany"

This tribute was added by Helga Anna Habermehl on 8th August 2016

"In deep and warm gratitude I say good-bye to Al. His clear and ingenious teaching gave me a wonderful new method for my work as a Biodynamic psychotherapist. Personally, I’m free now from some unpleasant moods and feelings, anxieties and inner pressure, which could not definitely be healed by other psychotherapy methods. They just went away after sessions with Al, in particular also by “Holes in Roles”.
I had the luck to join in 2007 the Munich group for PBSP (Al met us twice a year) and could also have some single sessions in Munich and Freiburg with Al. Thank you for this!
Already in 1999, on the Body Psychotherapy Congress in Berlin I admired the way he worked. I am also thankful for his PBSP activities in DR Congo, where I worked between 1981 and 2004 five times as an economist. Al had so much creative energy, clearness, humanity and love to mankind. I wish to say: It is done.

Helga Anna Habermehl,
Body Psychotherapist in Starnberg, Germany"

This tribute was added by Aaron Ridge on 21st July 2016

"I am so fortunate to have been introduced to the psychomotor method by Al very early in my career. The personal healing and boost for my career as a psychotherapist was extraordinary. Since our group in Minneapolis took off, I was able to study with Al, Al, Diane and others for regular immersion in this inspired approach to human potential. Having a place for over 15 years to grow and commune with others... I don't know where I'd have been without this method and the community it inspired. Thank You to the Pessos for their contribution, and blessings to the Pesso community."

This tribute was added by Baerbel + Guenter Weier on 10th July 2016

"I wrote this obituary, published in the German Aerzteblatt:
https://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/180735/Albert-Pesso-Nachruf-auf-einen-Pionier-der-Koerperpsychotherapie
Guenter Weier"

This tribute was added by Sue Lewis on 28th June 2016

"As the last group in the UK to be trained personally by Al, we would like to pay tribute to what an inspiration he was. His wise humanity, brought with warmth and love, helped us to open our hearts, minds and souls. We are determined to continue his and Diane's work with the precision and compassion we saw in him. Thank you for teaching us, Al - we hold you in our hearts. With gratitude and love from Tom, Sue, Mick, Sue, Asgeir and Elena."

This tribute was added by Mähler Gisela on 20th June 2016

"Dear Al,

fifteen years long you were our teacher and therapist in the Munich Group of Richard Hoffmann.
You helped us to become more who we really are!
We began to understand much more about our familysystem, which changed profoundly over the years in a healing way. You helped us to work as mediators more clear and caring with our clients.You were our honored master and more and more beloved friend.
When you became ill in Munich just before our group should start in last autumn, we saw you in the hospital. When you took the plane home some weeks later we had a last hug.
In love and highest respect for your mastership we say good bye and thank you, Al!

Dr. Gisela und Dr. Hans-Georg Mähler
Lawyers and mediators, Munich, Germany"

This tribute was added by Rosario Ortigao on 11th June 2016

"I have been processing Al's death; what a loss for Humanity!  Pesso's legacy will continue to enrich our clinical community.  Hopefully, those who trained by him (I was, both in the States and in Portugal), will also continue to heal others in one of the most effective ways I know.
Thank you Al; thank you Diane! Thank you PBSP trainers!"

This tribute was added by James Arnfinsen on 10th June 2016

"I had the privilege of experiencing Al's work through one of his students, while also having some contact with him directly in relation to a couple of podcast interviews we did together. Sometimes, and very surprisingly, he would just call me up on Skype, wondering how I was doing. Seeing his big smiley face suddenly light up on my computer screen was enough to leave me happy and beaming with energy for the rest of the day. He has had a huge impact on my life already and I hope to bring some of his wisdom with me as I move a long the path. Rest in peace, dear Al."

This tribute was added by Daniel Marques on 9th June 2016

"I'm thankful for all the knowledge both Al and Diane produced and for what they represent to me. I'm profundly sad that they passed away. Even though I hadn't the opportunity to meet them in person and learn PBSP with them, I feel that my life has changed because of their writings. I admire them and have them as inspiration in life. I still want to be trained for PBSP and I hope that the coordinators and supervisors can offer me and oportunity of continuing studing. Warm hugs from Uruguay."

This tribute was added by Sandy Canfield on 8th June 2016

"When I first met Al Pesso 25 years ago, my life began to transform – both personally and professionally.  I learned such a humane and respectful paradigm – a way of looking at human beings and soulful healing that moved me to the depths of my heart and soul.  I am so grateful for what I learned from Al.  I’m glad I was able through the years to express my gratitude and love to him.  I’m glad he knew how dear and influential he was to me.  Although I did not train so much with Diane, the time I did train with her was very fruitful and enriching to me.  I was so glad to tell her how important her teachings were to me and how much I loved her before she died.  It is with such humble gratitude I say goodbye to both Al and Diane."

This tribute was added by Margret Kaandorp on 3rd June 2016

"My knowledge about PBSP was a coïncident because of reading a RINO brochure for therapists in 2004. This resulted first in therapy for myself with so good results that I later did the training to become a therapist.
Last year I was blessed to do a whole week training with Al in Boston.
I withnessed again that it is really an artform the way Al worked. I hope this form of art to heal deficits from our past will be continued even now Al and Diane are no longer physically here.
May they rest in peace and memories of love."

This tribute was added by Agnes Friederici on 2nd June 2016

"With deep sadness we had to learn that Al Pesso isn't any longer among us with his physical shell.
His spirit will though always be with us and he will have his place in numerous hearts.
With this big loss our thoughts are also with his family.
Al contributed with his humanity as a therapist and with the method, that he and his wife developped, in an extensive way to the benefit of people. They could discover and heal their wounds of the soul and unfold undreamed -competent-aspects of their selves.
We are all very thankful that we were able to live to see him as the great therapist and inspiring teacher of the ingenious method of PBSP.
He and his wife helped to make this world a lighter and warmer place by igniting many -hidden- lights and fires within people's hearts.
We will do everything to protect this light and spread it into the world for the benefit of mankind.
in behalf of the board of the PVDS/PVSD, Germany
Dr.med. Agnes Friederici, CEO"

This tribute was added by Curt Levang on 1st June 2016

"As I think about Al Pesso, my thoughts are of Al as a story teller... and boy could he tell a story!  It is easy to recall him in the center of a circle of entranced therapists and helping professionals.  When Al spoke, he did so with a soft voice, his hands gesturing, his eyes twinkling, and his words riveting.  He did not have a narrow bandwith.  His topics ranged from the latest brain research, philosophy and God, the workings of relationships, and the newest updates on PBSP.  He told the story in a way that allowed you to sharpen your understanding of clients, as well as gain new insights into your own family and your own self.  Al opened his life to us; sharing details of his beloved Diane, his wonderful family, and how he learned to embrace every life experience. I was fortunate to be able to see Al a few days before his death. We talked about the brief hospital related psychosis he experienced and how he was amazed that even that experience gave him a greater understanding of the real Self. I was amazed at how Al’s brain never stopped working, analyzing, and mostly creating.


Throughout my 30 some year relationship with Al, I experienced him as warm, friendly, inviting and offering wonderful hugs. He would always inquiry how I was doing and never failed to ask about my wife and daughter. Al could offer you a sense that you belonged, that you were important.  And he could offer you a new story.  

Al's stories had one overriding theme, just as when you think of Stephen King you think of horror or suspense, when I think of Al, it was a love story.  He and Diane went too amazing lengths to teach us about what the shape of love looks like and how that our entire being, all that we are, every small bit of us, needs validation, naming, sometimes limiting, but everything, even our most shameful parts could be brought into the light and be loved.  It reminds me of Mr. Rodgers quote, "...anything human is mentionable, and anything mentionable is manageable."  Al inspired us to believe that we can be happy in an imperfect world and that our histories can be changed, creating new memories is possible, and our future can be brighter.   I know Al changed my life. His work will continue to bring healing to the world. Thank you Al for all your love, wisdom, and mostly for being Al.      
Curt Levang"

This tribute was added by paul scott on 1st June 2016

"Al,
I met you in 1981 and did a structure.  I had been in therapy much of my life and was so frustrated with the quality of care available.  In that first structure I realized that something in me opened into an world of possibilities, in the years that I studied with you and since I continue to explore that sphere and am steadily grateful. Rest peacefully   Paul"

This tribute was added by Tom Corbishley on 31st May 2016

"Dear Al
I was looking for something, a change of career and direction, to take me through to the end of my useful days. In your and Diane's brilliant creation I saw the answer. Personal growth for me and wider benefits for the community through my practice - win, win.
I am forever grateful for your genius and dedication. And so glad that I had the opportunity to be taught by you. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Marietta van Attekum on 31st May 2016

"Dear Tana, Tia and Tasmin, dear colleagues,
What a great loss to you and to all of us. Al was such a loving and wise presence, that his absence feels so big and painful. Especially so soon after the death of your mother, your loss is huge.
For me Al always was the wise and humorous Jewish rabbi who stood in an eternal tradition - although he did not want that. The connection with his family roots in the sephardic community of Bitola -Macedonia- was for me obvious and inspiring, as an extra to PBSP.
I say a loving Kaddisj for his soul and wish you all the warmth and support that we together - as a circla around you - can provide.
Marietta van Attekum."

This tribute was added by Gabriele Scheiterbauer on 30th May 2016

"I am very sad your that you aren’t in the physical world anymore. Dear Diane, dear Al - I am very grateful that you shared your great knowledge with us and that you brought so much bliss into our world.  
With love
Gabriele Scheiterbauer
Stockdorf, Germany"

This tribute was added by Juliet Grayson on 30th May 2016

"Sally Potter and I wrote this obituary, that was published in the Guardian in the UK.  https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/may/30/al-pesso-obituary

Juliet Grayson"

This tribute was added by Juliet Grayson on 30th May 2016

"Sally Potter and I wrote this obituary, that was published in the Guardian in the UK.  https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/may/30/al-pesso-obituary

Juliet Grayson"

This tribute was added by AGATHE STEINHILBER on 30th May 2016

"Beloved Al,
Thank you for being. Thank you for being you. You manifested humaneness, brilliance, fearlessness, precision, openness, compassion, a big heart, warmth, kindness and strength. Thank you for healing us. Thank you for teaching us. Thank you. With gratitude and love, Agathe"

This tribute was added by Martin Mittendorfer on 30th May 2016

"Dear Al,

when we met the first time 20 years ago and I learned to know PBSP I immediately had the feeling of having found the "missing link" for my therapeutic work and for my "sight of the world."

Quite soon I realized that is was much more: it was you as a warm and present person and a brilliant teacher who helped me to work on my personal missing links and to develop as a human beeing and a therapist. The more than 50 trainings I always felt touched, inspired and enriched. I am so grateful, Al!

I want to share one memory that comes up. Both you and me were waiting before Richards practice in Munich one morning (the door was still locked), leaning on the railings, when I asked you how your night had been and you said that you had slept well this night, because you had called Diane in the evening and "it was like a lullaby, Martin"..

The last time I have seen you was in the hospital in Munich last October. You were still full of energy, and now you are gone. I will carry on PBSP, your present to the world, also to my world, in Austria like I did the last 20 years.

I miss you, Al.

In deep gratitude,

Martin"

This tribute was added by Mary Coleman on 30th May 2016

"Al,

You made my world comprehensible. Your intelligent insights and applications are gifts for the ages and for all ages.  

I will always cherish your intrepid spirit, your keen professional insights and boundless capacity for candor and kindness.  

What a wonderful life--my friend."

This tribute was added by Ulrich Holzapfel on 30th May 2016

"Dear Al,
in deep gratitude for the time spent together and the chance to learn from you.
You will stay a treasure in my heart!

With deepest regards
Ulrich Holzapfel"

This tribute was added by Arnoud van Buuren on 30th May 2016

"Last weekend, doing structures in Denmark, one of the group said: It's not only a method, it's a kind of art. To Al and Diane this is a great compliment. PBSP is not only a wonderfull method of helping people through severe disturbances, it's a work of art to humanity, a tribute to hope, justice and the capability of people to learn to deal with an everlasting imperfect world.
Al and Diane thank you for your teaching, your creativity to build this and may you both rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Francesca Orlandi on 29th May 2016

"Caro Al,

My message is going to be different from the other I read here.
I have never met you and I was not aware of your existence since two months ago. Then something happened. A few people in my life who don’t know each other mentioned about Pesso-Boyden therapy. At first,  I thought  it is was a coincidence  but then when I heard about you from the third person I thought it was like an invitation to go online to type Pesso Boyden.
That day the therapeutic method you invented together with your wife Diane entered my life. I have been looking for a long time for a body therapy to integrated into my clinical practice. And yours got it all: body, mind, spirituality and philosophy. I watched the You Tube videos of your lectures and I must say Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor blew my mind away. I did not know what to do with such a discovery. I kept pestering my husband telling him everything I could understand from what I read about PBSP. He held and contained my excitement.
I looked online and the training in PBSP was going to start in a few days in the UK and not far from where I live. I felt that the coincidence transformed into synchronicity. But then my mind began whispering: how can you get into this training when you haven’t had experienced a structure yourself before or have been into a PB group? I thought that voice echoing my thinking mind was wise and it was taking all the precautions necessary in order for me not to land on the terrain of disillusion! I made my decision and it was a NO to the training. The day in which the training started I wake up at 4am and I washed my hair. While doing this I asked myself what on earth I was doing and why I was doing it? My thinking mind was confused but my body wasn’t. That morning my body led me to Bristol to the PBSP training. I was there at 10am. I was in and I am in now.
In the next three years I will get to know more about you Al and the people who collaborated and worked closely with you.
I found you and soon you ‘left’ me. I believe it is not like that as physical death is not the end of life but a continuation. And I will continue to meet you again and again. My wish is to integrate PB in the therapeutic work I do with traumatized children and I am sure that from where you are now you will help me to figure this out.

Arrivederci Al,
Francesca"

This tribute was added by liesbeth de boer on 29th May 2016

"Dear Al,

It's with sadness that I heard about your passing away.
we know each other more than 40 years in variable roles. First you were my best example of how to be parent for my children, by the method you and Diane developed. Secondly you trained me for a professional therapist in a way that I learned how to be a true "craftsman". Your precise en precious gift to the world will find new ways to be continued by the trainers and therapists.
With grateful feelings, goodbye beloved Al."

This tribute was added by Baerbel + Guenter Weier on 29th May 2016

"A Jewish proverb says, thinking about death, is thinking about life. We believe Al would have wanted that. And so we think about the miracle of life, even about Al’s and Diane's life, about our lives and how we got to know Al. Also how much he has influenced our lives and how we have planned our annual schedule matching his annual workshops. We remember the myriad structures that Al has made us and a smile comes to our faces when we are thinking of our ideal parents, and how often we have chosen a placeholder for Al with a principle of an ideal father on it. All this remains alive in us.
His whole work is a model for a therapeutic movement in the future. We want to help to continue it.
In gratitude
Baerbel and Guenter"

This tribute was added by Marijan Bernardic on 29th May 2016

"Dear Al, thanks for all You and Diana has give us. Your presence, Your teachings and to experience and see You working was a great pleasure. My heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Farewell, great magican, untill we meet again."

This tribute was added by Bärbel Buch on 29th May 2016

"Dear Al,

meeting you was like "opening a door" for me to a much more intensive and fulfilling private an professional liife.
Thank you for this "new map", you will always be in my thoughts and in my heart!
I´m a "PBSP-Therapist"  - and I´m very proud of it!"

This tribute was added by Carly Meulenhof on 28th May 2016

"Last week we received the sad message that Al Pesso has past away. We will remember him as a great creative thinker and teacher. For so many therapists he has been an enormous inspirator with his constantly renewing method and way of working. Engaging the body in psychotherapy as he (and his wife Diane) has always been doing in a dedicated careful and respectful way, has given PBSP a unique position to PBSP in the therapeutical field. We are very gratefull that we have learned so much from him.

Our thoughts are with his children and others who were dear to him.

The Board of the PBSP Community, Netherlands"

This tribute was added by Madeleine Hofer on 28th May 2016

"Dear Al
I miss you! I am very grateful to have you known: I owe you so much. I will have a warm place for you in my heart. Thank you."

This tribute was added by louis sommeling on 28th May 2016

"Dear Al,
you brought me the soul back (after i have leaved the s.j.priesthood)and also the international 'Pesso-family'. You inspired my thinking. We have fighted (when i was in the government of the Dutch `Pesso-association) but remain honest and respectfull. I dreamed of you the night you were dying! We loved each other. Thank you. I hope you are now in the highest  extremely love"

This tribute was added by Madeleine Hofer on 27th May 2016

"Dear Al
I miss you and i will have a warm place for you in my heart. I am so grateful to have known you: i owe you so much! Thank you."

This tribute was added by Tana Pesso on 27th May 2016

"From his obituary.

Albert Pesso, beloved husband of Diane Boyden Pesso & son of Esther Albala & Bohor Ben Saba Pincas Pesso, died after a long illness on May 19, 2016 in Boston, MA. Born Sept. 19, 1929 he leaves 3 daughters, Tana Pesso, Tasmin Pesso, & Tia Pesso Powell, 4 grandchildren, Chris F. Edley III, Kyra Chu Pesso, Jonathan Pesso Chu, & Xoren Pesso Powell, brother Sam Pesso, & sister Sylvia Waldner.

With his wife, Al created Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor, a widely respected interactive technique that helps clients create new memories to compensate for emotional deficits in the past.  He has been called one of the 3 living masters of body-based psychotherapy and was chosen in 2012 to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.S. Assoc. for Body Psychotherapy.

Al began his career as a dancer & choreographer, studying under Martha Graham and May O’Donnell. He & Diane met as Bennington College students, then married & danced in NYC. Al received his B.A. from Goddard College. In 1956, they established a dance center in Quincy, MA & within 5 years developed the foundational theory of PBSP. Encouraging dancers to allow their bodies to act out their inner feelings, they observed that the resulting emotional outpouring was cathartic, but did not help the individual heal their emotional scars. They went on to develop an interactive model that drew on spatial relationships, specific wording, & physical touch to provide a response from the outer world to each of the inner needs expressed. This facilitated the creation of new body-based memories to counteract memories of past emotional deficits. Al was a tenured assoc. professor & dir. of Emerson College’s dance dept. while he & Diane developed, practiced, & began teaching their new form of body-based psychotherapy.

Al served as dir. of Psychomotor Therapy at McLean Hospital & the Pain Unit of the N.E. Rehabilitation Hospital; adjunct prof. at Fielding Inst.; & consultant in psychiatric research at the Boston VA Hospital. He also taught PBSP at Harvard’s continuing education program & at other educational & medical institutions abroad. He has written & contributed to many books & more than 50 articles, & led hundreds of seminars around the world.

Al was a featured speaker at many psychology conferences, such as: the American Academy of Psychotherapists; the Assoc. of Humanistic Psychology; the National Inst. for Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine; the Berlin Psychoanalytic Inst.; the European Congress on Body Psychotherapy; & the American Assoc. of Marriage & Family Therapy. He also presented at medical schools & hospitals, including Grand Rounds at BU’s Medical School.

Considered a uniquely gifted ‘therapists’ therapist’ Al helped thousands of clients to achieve lives of greater happiness, satisfaction, & meaning. He established PBSP training centers around the world which have certified hundreds of PBSP therapists & trained an excellent cadre of PBSP trainers & supervisors who carry on the work to the highest standards. It brought Al & Diane deep gratification in their final days to know that they left had their life’s work in such capable hands.

Like his wife, Al had a deeply compassionate wish to heal all the wounds of the world. He will be sorely missed by friends & family who remain inspired by his life's work, fierce dedication, playful spirit, & unique soul.

A joint memorial service for Al & Diane will be held in Camb., MA TBD. See http://www.forevermissed.com/albert-pesso/#about for tributes."

This tribute was added by Ingrid Alexander on 27th May 2016

"Dear Al,
thank`s a lot for inspiring me and the rest of the world, with your creative  and encouraged approach , specially the psychological one with it`s desperate searching human beings. Your input  enriched my work profoundly . My colleague Sabine Lück and I could take a further step to develop  our Methode Generation-Code. And I promise I`ll do my very best to take care of your wealthy,wealthy gift !
I wish you a good journey into another space !
Ingrid Alexander"

This tribute was added by Juliet Grayson on 26th May 2016

"Dear Al,

I remember the first time I met you, being so impressed by the clarity of your lectures and the profound answers that you were able to give to such complex questions, that seemed to make everything clear.  I loved the way you referred to 'the boys in the back room' when using your decades of experience and wisdom to work with someone.  And I love that PBSP is about the soul as well as the ego.

I can honestly say that your work has changed my life.  So much that I feel dedicated to spreading the word about PBSP.  Thank you for such insight, wisdom, and grace.  I am not alone, in the community of Pesso Boyden practitioners, when I say that you will be missed as a teacher, guide and mentor.  A heartfelt thank you for what you did for us all.

Juliet Grayson, UK PBSP trainer"

This tribute was added by Silke Wächter on 26th May 2016

"Dear Al,

I am so sad getting to know that you left this world. I missed the chance to meet you once again last year. But I am so grateful having met you at all! You have influenced my life so deeply, in professional as well as in personal terms. Representing the most important psychotherapist for me, being a great teacher and model, I am keeping your warm and smiling face in my heart.

I remember meeting you and Diane in Amsterdam in 2009, talking to you about my study, Diane and you holding hands. That was a moment of happiness for me, a real click of closure.

Thank you for everything,

farewell forever,

Silke Wächter"

This tribute was added by Enrique Arellano on 26th May 2016

"Al, I am back here, just to write that we were able to publish your book in Spanish also thanks to the contributing author and your coteacher and Senior Trainner, Lowjis Perquin, to whom I am thankful for his generosity, wisdom and compassion."

This tribute was added by Bernadette Fittkau-Tönnesmann on 26th May 2016

"Dear Al-fare well-thank you! Bernadette"

This tribute was added by Tiare Ula Schmid-Steinhöfel on 26th May 2016

"Lieber Al
von Herzen möchte ich dir danken für die vielen Schätze
die ich von dir erhalten habe
Du bist mir ein großes Vorbild und wirst mich in meinem Innersten immer begleiten
JAI SAT CHIT ANAND
Tiare"

This tribute was added by Tiare Ula Schmid-Steinhöfel on 26th May 2016

"Lieber Al
von Herzen möchte ich dir danken für die vielen Schätze
die ich von dir erhalten habe
Du bist mir ein großes Vorbild und wirst mich in meinem Innersten immer begleiten
JAI SAT CHIT ANAND
Tiare"

This tribute was added by Clare Lipetz on 26th May 2016

"Dear Pesso Boyden kin family (and wider therapy family)
I hope that the immense legacy of your parents and the positive impact they have had on peoples lives is of comfort to you. PB helps at so many levels and the work continues through the trainers and teachers who have been so inspired by Al.
Your gallery is beautiful, thank you for sharing this with the world.
Heartfelt condolences
Clare"

This tribute was added by Kate McGeever on 26th May 2016

"Dear Al
The world is a better place because of you and your gift of PBSP to the world. The work has changed my life both personally and professionally. You were a giant of a man despite your stature and I consider myself lucky enough to have been your student. Your sparkly eyes, and wayward brows, your balletic exercises in the breaks, I will miss you. Wise, compassionate, intuitive and gentle, I will carry you with me forever. I will continue to work with PBSP in your honour and as you wanted. I take comfort in knowing you are with your beloved Dianne. A brilliant gem, I am so grateful, thank you.
Kate McGeever PBSP practitioner UK."

This tribute was added by Odd Harald Røkenes on 25th May 2016

"I am deeply grateful to have met such a warm, creative, wise and inspiring man.  Al has had a profound impact on me personally and professionally, since I first met him in our PBSP training group 24 years ago.  His understanding of  the essentials of  human existence, the importance of the body and the power of healing interaction is a gift to the professional field and to all of us who came to know him.  Thank you for the dance, Al!  Odd Harald Røkenes, Trondheim, Norway"

This tribute was added by anton wölfinger on 25th May 2016

"Dear Al , thanks for your warmth and kindness - you have so enriched so many people and  this world , and we will proud and happily spread  " Pesso " all  over the world...
in grief and gratitude -  Toni Wölfinger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CqxzBUr6I0"

This tribute was added by Andrea Radandt on 25th May 2016

"Dear Al,
my heart is filled with sadness and thankfullness.
I remember when I first got to know PBSP being in another training. I knew at once I wanted to learn the method. What I felled without having words for I could develop during the last 16 years. And I still am developping...
But most of all I could become a happier person - with you and all the other people you taught and inspired.
Thank you!"

This tribute was added by Eva Lanze on 25th May 2016

"Dear Al,

I am very very proud of being one of your practitioners in Germany. I never found again such a wonderful way of becoming who we really are.
Thank you for making this world to a better world with your being. You are with me and my work where ever I am.
Thank you Al.  
Eva"

This tribute was added by Leonhard Schrenker on 25th May 2016

"The first time I met you in Munich was 1996: I was deeply impressed by your person, your technical competence and your openness and sensitivity towards people. I experienced your creativity during all these years as very enriching. I am very grateful to you for your contribution of the psychotherapy in German. We will miss you everybody very much.
Leonhard Schrenker
Trainer vor PBSP"

This tribute was added by Mona Pillmann on 24th May 2016

"Dear Al,
your way of working was scientific and art at once. It was with heart and mind. Timeless. Diane and you are ahead of your time, for many years. Thank you.
Mona from Freiburg"

This tribute was added by Magnhild Kvamsdal Hopr on 24th May 2016

"Dear Al,
My heart is filled with gratitude and sorrow. Thank you for showing me the opening of the heart, the mind, the body, the soul, and the integration of them.
Thank you for comming to Norway, years after years , starting back in the eighties, teaching, sharing and becomming a dear friend.
With deep honoring to you and Diana.
With lots of love to your daugthers and theire families.
Magnhild Kvamsdal Hope"

This tribute was added by František Soukup on 24th May 2016

"Dear Al,

as we didn't ever meet each other, I would like to thank you anyway. As you and Diane are authors of PBSP, "you" helped me to stand again on my feets when I felt really hopelessly. It was such a relief to really feel, know and understand, what is going on in my head and in my heart. And have opportunity to fill my needs.

So I decided to enter PBSP world as a thearapist. I really feel sorry I'll not get to know you as a teacher. Your work and your spirit will not be forgotten.

Frank Soukup, psychiatrist
Czech Republic, Central Europe"

This tribute was added by Ursula Plitt on 24th May 2016

"Today we received the sad news that Al Pesso has died.
Many of us were connected in various kinds with Al Pesso. As part of the lecture and workshop at the HAKOMI Summer Conference Berlin in 2014, he has given us a vivid impression of his body prychotheratic approach.
A master of body psychotherapy, which will allways remain important to us, is gone. We mourn a great teacher and warmhearted man.

In thoughts to his family, which has to cope with this heavy loss.

On behalf of the faculty of HAKOMI Institute of Europe e.V."

This tribute was added by Petra Toholt-Franke on 23rd May 2016

"Deep in my heart I do believe,  you Al, are one of the three important persons, who change my life, following up a new  perspective of therapeutic attitude. I am full of thanks and joy to be allowed to do my work with the enriching PBSP. Your legacy will linger in the hearts and minds of the many people whose lives you transformed.
With great respect, esteem  and love you will presently remain."

This tribute was added by Nara Clarke on 23rd May 2016

"To All of Al's Descendants;  We know that y'all Loved him as a Father and Grandfather, but so many of us Loved him for being a Beacon of Light, in the Process called Growth.  We know that he is having a complete different view of "The Possibility Sphere".  Much Love from Carl and Nara"

This tribute was added by Uta Günther on 23rd May 2016

"What a sad news!.... but what a gift I had got the chance to share some days with you at the Hakomi conference and the Trainers Training in Berlin 2013.  I will never forget your loving presence! Yours Uta!"

This tribute was added by Ido van der Heijden on 23rd May 2016

"I met Al in 1973 in Groningen when I experienced a very memorable rebirthing structure.
From that time onwards Al has been a valuable and inspiring presence in both my personal and professional life at different times during the last 43 years.
I have valued and benefitted from his insights and understanding of the human condition and enjoyed his wonderful sense of humour.
He sometimes saw me as the brother he never had and I will miss him .
Al, thank you for having given so much of yourself."

This tribute was added by Thayer Cory on 23rd May 2016

"More than anything, Al was a cartographer, charting his way through the territories of  the soul, the nervous system, and the many meanings of history.  That he and Diane began their professional lives as dancers reminds us that he trusted the body to be the messenger for our wounds and our longing for wholeness.  He developed his theory and practice from his own felt experience and from observing others with open-hearted awareness. His ideas were always evolving.  His curiosity about the human condition was unending. He knew, beyond a doubt, that happiness is not only possible in this imperfect world, but the deepest impulse we have. This was his genius and the source of his profound goodness.  I worked and trained with Al for almost thirty years and will feel his loss profoundly. Somehow, in my irrational soul,  I imagined that a life force as strong as his would never die. Now I must chart my own course to make sure it never does."

This tribute was added by Astrid Bouwhuis on 23rd May 2016

"Al Pesso has died.
A sad day.
We have lost a great thinker, philosopher, psychotherapist.
No theory I know has more depth and love, sees all the different sides and forces of humanity.
I am grateful to have known Al Pesso and that I have been educated in PBSP."

This tribute was added by kathy triebwasser on 23rd May 2016

"I am so sorry for your loss of mother and father. I attended one workshop as therapist with your father in NH. He was a caring and gifted therapist who helped a great deal of people in his life. He made a contribution to mine that am ever grateful for. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Cootje van der Loeff on 23rd May 2016

"Thank you Tana for your warm words in your message on the passing of your so beloved father.
My warm condolances to you and your sisters and wishing you much strength in this hard time.

During structure workshops and education with Al I benefited till 2015 of the contact with him and of the PBSP method.
Al's sense of humor, warmth and friendliness were so dear to me.
It feels hard to give up the hope on his further recovering.
But the benefit will stay and find other shapes.

Al, Thank you for all,"

This tribute was added by Caroline Collin on 23rd May 2016

"Dear Al,
You have been a life changing experience leading me on the path of happiness in this imperfect world. Giving a shiny touch to my world from my family life, to my friendships and work. And the experience is just about a new beginning starting the 5th PBSP training in Bristol. You will forever remain as an unfolding inspiration hovering in my sky."

This tribute was added by Russell Haber on 23rd May 2016

"From the moment that I met Al in 1978, I discovered that he was a mentor for me.  He never let me down and freely shared his wisdom with our group.  And, I remember him dancing with Diane during p;arty night in NH.  I suppose that he is dancing with her now.'
with Love and appreciation,
Russell Haber"

This tribute was added by Sabina Bongard on 23rd May 2016

"...I remember 2003, when I presented a video for my evaluation. It showed a structure where my patient had made a new memory of a dead ideal father. She went to his grave, put down flowers, talked to him, cried and grieved. You, Al, said, an ideal father would not have died and we had a big argument about this.
In some way, I admit, I thought you might be immortal; but you weren´t , you were a real human being whom I owe so much. Thank you Al for having helped me to open up my possibility sphere not only as a psychotherapist.
Trusting in the law of Entropy I know that you´re not gone, you have just changed and that your energy is spreading forth and forth. So I put down flowers, talk to you, listen, cry, smile and say good bye,

Sabina Bongard"

This tribute was added by Enrique Arellano on 23rd May 2016

"Dear Al,  gratitude to you for all that I received as a student of yours. It has been my honour to be able to publish your work in Spanish through my company.
I believe that we will still be working with your writings and thoughts as they have life timevalue.
What you taught me stays in my heart and mind.
I am ready to continue my work as a pbsp therapist. Safe travels! I will remember your visit to Barcelona.
Enrique Arellano Farias"

This tribute was added by Piera Serra on 23rd May 2016

"Dear Al,
Since I met you in 2012 I was so impressed by your refined technique, deep clinical intuition and original theoretical principles that I didn't miss any opportunities to follow your work. You helped me on my professional skills but mainly on being in touch with my own interpersonal emotions and life story. Thanks for everything!"

This tribute was added by Ulrike Thiel on 23rd May 2016

"Dear Al,

I had the pleasure to meet you as a teacher for your PBSP method in the Netherlands. I enjoyed the education and am using your model within our education for Equitherpaists in the Netherlands now. You have inspired me, made me think and feel  and develop myself as a therapist for my clients and pupils. I thank you very much for everything I was able to find out and develop under your guidance. You always have been a big teacher, honest and trustful person for me and I promise to go further in bringing your very dear and important concepts over to my own students and clients.

Dr.ULrike Thiel
Psychologist and head of the Dutch federation for Equitherapy"

This tribute was added by henny baeken on 23rd May 2016

"I wish your father the same safe place in the hart of the universe as he was helping  so many of us to create one in this world.  Since I followed the PBSM in Amsterdam, I discovered a new world.  Thanks Al, for developping the PBSM."

This tribute was added by Dirk Marivoet on 23rd May 2016

"I heard very positive feedback about Al Pesso and his work already while a student of psychomotor therapy in Belgium. He influenced many in the low countries from the 1960s onwards. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Al in person. His writings, teachings and demonstrations have literally shaped me over the years on all levels. I find guidance in his messages for my personal and professional life most every day. I know he wanted to finish another book. I was already looking forward to read what this great man had still to say! Hope is will be published posthumously. My condolences."

This tribute was added by Sabine Lück on 23rd May 2016

"Dear Al
Thank you for all your wonderfull therapeutic solutions, for your warm hearted advice for how to change desperation into hope. I will carry your gift in my heart and let others know about you and what you gave to the world. Thank you Al, yours Sabine Lück"

This tribute was added by Gus Kaufman on 22nd May 2016

"Dear Friends,
The world has lost a great spirit. A short man, yet he was the tallest tree in the forest. His falling leaves a huge hole in the canopy, one that will take generations to fill.

After the first workshop I was in with Al in 1974 I thought, "this looks like magic, but if it can be learned, I want to learn it." And just under that was "this is the way I can be healed."

And this is what happened. I moved to Boston to study with these utterly human, utterly brilliant people, Al and Diane. For two years we worked together three or four days a week.
So many structures, so many videos, so many memories...

For me Al and Diane were artists and scientists, ceaselessly and fearlessly exploring, using the raw materials of their bodies and souls to reveal and then heal. Like modern monks, they often sacrificed themselves (and their family) in their devotion to their art and healing craft. Contemplating their heroic lives,  all I know to do is to try to carry the work on and to say to the All-Their-Is what I can no longer say to you Al and Diane in person,  Thank You."

This tribute was added by Simon d'Orsogna on 22nd May 2016

"Sad news to hear from this far place!

Al has been, and remains a bright light in the sky, a teacher and therapist, vagabond and autodidact, a loving-witnessing presence. I had been speaking with him just last year about getting some of his teaching on video and made available to a broader audience online, but his health had started to be unstable. His natural enthusiasm and interest in the new was piqued, but he remains a gifted teacher-artist and I hope still somehow his legacy can grow and expand into the future. A unique offering to the world, humane, attuned, poetic-playful, and warmly welcoming.

With good wishes, sadness and great appreciation for his enormous commitment to learning and life.

A deep bow to you all, and to the community of learners that he touched.

Simon



Simon d'Orsogna
Melbourne, Australia
Individual Therapist and Group Consultant"

This tribute was added by Amy Brom on 22nd May 2016

"I first heard about Al from a lecture by Bessel van der Kolk, and flew from California to Strolling Woods for a "training" that changed my life. My many visits there are etched deeply in my memories as times of amazement and awe at Al's gifted ability to lead participants to re imprint memories of pain and loss with those of joy and peace. The deep healing I experienced and witnessed there escapes words. Al, your spirit lives on all of us to whom you gave a part of yourself in PBSP, and your work will continue to change the world through us."

This tribute was added by Jim Amundsen on 22nd May 2016

"Dear Al,
It is strange to write to you as if you were here and still present.  By my calculations, I've trained with you for 26 years!  Since I've been in private practice for 30 years, I can say that your wisdom has been apart of almost every client I've worked with.  That is not going to change!  You have been a sometimes therapist, sometimes, buddy, sometimes colleague, but the role I'm most familiar with you is as a teacher and trainer.  I will always be grateful that the meteor that is you landed in my backyard.  Now it doesn't feel strange to be talking with you!  I'm looking forward to the continued dialogue with you for the next 26 years."

This tribute was added by Bessel van der Kolk on 22nd May 2016

"The moment I met you, that June morning in 1994, the twinkle in your eyes and your powerful and kind physical presence captured my heart.   I now mourn your passing as a teacher and mentor to several generations of therapists in many different countries, my neighbor here in Boston, and as a guide who helped change my inner life. The many weekends doing structures with an ever changing cast of characters in Franklin are unforgettable. To my mind your greatest and most unique contribution was to show us how we can create new memories of having been loved where there was deprivation before; having been met when we were ignored & gaining a voice after having been silenced. Your vitality and life force lit our world, and we will try to carry that candle forward!"

This tribute was added by Nancy Cetlin on 22nd May 2016

"My encounters with Al were like a shower of light and amazement.  He was a true genius with so much heart, and a constantly evolving method of changing people's lives.  While his method will live on in so many dedicated brilliant individuals, his genius was truly his own gift to the world."

This tribute was added by Georgia Rigg on 22nd May 2016

"Dear Al, I met you at a weekend workshop in Portland, OR, in 1976.  I was immediately taken by the theory and practice of psychomotor therapy, and from that time on, I trained with you whenever I could.  I used the theory and techniques of psychomotor, as I learned them from you, in many different settings, and in training students in psychodrama.  You offered me an insight into a personal issue, in 1978, that was and has been of tremendous help to me.  I carry the power of psychomotor to the psychodrama world, and honor you there as one of my most valuable trainers.  Al, I will miss your kindness, your wisdom, and your amazing intellect.  Peace, Georgia"

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Carleton on 22nd May 2016

"Al and Diane were shining lights for me at the Charles Street Meeting House in Boston, when I was a student at MIT, and joined their incredible class in what was beginning to be their life's work.  The Charles Street Meeting House was a kind of consortium of creativity at that time: its minister was printing books of his own poetry in the basement, Al and Diane were giving classes in what was no longer simply dance, my husband (also a student at MIT) and another man were basically rebuilding to install an enormous pipe organ in the meeting house that had adorned a stairway in a house nearby........
As years went on, I saw their names at some of the places we both taught at in Europe, but never at the same time.  Finally we reconnected 30 years later at United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Conferences, at one of which Al was given a Lifetime Achievement Award."

This tribute was added by Ruthann Fox-Hines on 22nd May 2016

"Al was my mentor, my “therapist,” my colleague.  He was a work in process, ever evolving in his thinking.  Such a wonderful role model. Twenty-five years of working with Al helped me be a better person and a better therapist to my clients –in groups and individually.  On June 19th I was explaining “holes in roles” to a therapist who is also a client of mine and pointing to a picture I have on my office wall of Al and me together.   I used to tease him about “bopping” all around the world with his bag and computer.  I like to imagine him now “bopping” around the next dimension side by side with Diane still being super creative and super helpful to so many.  Al will live on here in those of us he trained and in those we have trained."

This tribute was added by monique cuppen on 22nd May 2016

"What a special man he was. With his clear mind, his empathic and intelligent view on mankind, he enchanted my mind. He led me to a profound kind of wisdom, that I cherish.
I will miss " the endlessly unfolding of his thinking""

This tribute was added by Petra Winnette on 22nd May 2016

"Dear Al
You have changed my life, our life and lives of many people through your genius, endless enthusiasm, creativity, humor, intelligence and ability to  see through signs of human nature which other people may overlook. I know that you have discovered something new and unknown about the way human mind and brain works. You knew it and you always wanted to share it with others. You greatly succeeded! We think of you and talk about you and your great work very often. Thank you for everything, our big teacher and friend. We miss you and we are grateful for spending almost 13 years around you. Petra and Miles Winnette"

This tribute was added by Michael Bachg on 22nd May 2016

"I bow to you Al. You were a man of genius, a brilliant originator, our inspiring teacher over decades and a very close friend of mine. I cannot express in words, what you, Diane and PBSP means to me. We will keep the treasure.

For the last time

Love
Michael

Michael Bachg
PBSP-Trainer
Coordinator Germany"

This tribute was added by Vann Joines on 22nd May 2016

"Al was one of the true master therapists and an important mentor for me beginning in the late '70's I will forever value his teaching and contribution to my development. The world has lost one of the true originators in the field."

This tribute was added by Marina Eddy on 22nd May 2016

"Dear Al:
I will never forget sitting with you, Bessel, and Dan S. talking about my SEAMEDANCE Ballroom Project for Veterans in 2003. I am forever changed having worked with your method and I will always carry your teachings in my heart, mind and soul.
With my whole being I will continue the Dance we started together in everything I do.  With gratitude and love for you, Diane and all the family.  Marina"

This tribute was added by Pete Mann on 22nd May 2016

"Dear Al

What privilege to learn with and from you for nearly 15 years! I will always treasure your visits to England and your annual summer workshops in the States. My life changed through the structures I had with you, and I was deeply impacted by the care you dedicated within each structure you led with others. By being so constantly consistent to the same principles you showed me how a genuine following guide can be individually responsive to so many different people. Thank you for your contribution to humankind.

Pete Mann
Manchester, England"

This tribute was added by Sally Potter on 22nd May 2016

"Dearest Al
You so impacted me as a vital human being when we met in the first UK PBSP training! I was drawn to the US to work with you in 2002 and felt so enriched I decided to make those summer weeks an annual retreat and treat. Since then you’ve been, and will always remain, a constant reference point in my life. You gave me the gift of being seen and connecting to my true self. I work more profoundly with others guided by your influence. It’s been an inspiration to team up so closely with you to organise UK trainings to spread the richness of what you created with Diane. Thank you for being my mentor, teacher and treasured colleague on my journey to the true honour of becoming a PBSP Trainer. I’m dedicated to carrying your torch onwards and privileged to do so! And I will miss you being in the world.

Sally Potter
UK Pesso Boyden Training Coordinator
Certified Pesso Boyden Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer"

This tribute was added by David Lillie on 22nd May 2016

"I had the pleasure of attending a workshop by Albert at a USABP convention in Boulder, Co. a few years ago. he was such a warm, loving and brilliant man.  I only wish I had been able to get to know him better. So sorry to hear of his passing, but I know his work and love will continue on."

This tribute was added by Rubens Kignel on 22nd May 2016

"Al left a warm, pleasant, intelligent new memory in my life that helped me to become a better person, professional, father and husband. My deepest feelings for all of you."

This tribute was added by Ronald M Converse on 22nd May 2016

"Al and dianne
you both will be so missed and yet you live in  our hearts and memories for ever; thank you for such livingness and gift offerings to use that we have been able to live a fuller and more meaningful life, thanks to the creative impulse and compassion you both had/have towards the human condition;  I am forever in gratitude to you both."

This tribute was added by Ottar Hummelsund on 22nd May 2016

"Al was my teacher back in late 90 early in 2000 in Norway and I learned to feel deep respect for his (and Diana's) development of a complex treatment based on psychology, biology and philosophy. I admired him, among other things, for his teaching skills, brilliant micro tracking, patience and good-hearted personality. He was the antidote itself."

This tribute was added by Jon Chapman on 22nd May 2016

"Dear Al, I have so many memories of your warmth, your wisdom and your inspiring mind over the years that it becomes almost impossible to find one that stands out above all the others.

I first met you in October 2001 at The Malthouse in Sussex, when you came to begin work with the first UK PBSP training group set up by Lowijs. By that time PBSP had begun to change my life, but the level of intuitive mastery you demonstrated that day was a revelation. Over the years, in Sussex, at The Richmond Gate in London, and in Strolling Woods, the revelations kept coming, and I eventually became a Certified Pesso Boyden Therapist and began to practice what I had been taught professionally.

In Strolling Woods you kindly agreed to a video interview with me, in which you spoke of the origins of PBSP and the qualities you felt made a good therapist. Creativity, humility and compassion were the key, you said. "Your job is to trust the client and get out of the way". It became a guiding star for my work.

Well, Al, "memory is running the show". On the stage and screen of my remembered present you are forever dancing.

Jon Chapman
Pesso Boyden Therapist
Cambridge, UK"

This tribute was added by Marie Fortin on 21st May 2016

"One brilliant compassionate pioneer...forever missed."

This tribute was added by Gail Lightbody Duquette on 21st May 2016

"I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and father.  I only met them briefly in Franklin NH when my son, Louis Duquette was a caretaker at the house.  May they RIP"

This tribute was added by Lowijs Perquin on 21st May 2016

"Dear Al,

I am grateful to have known you as the most inspiring person in my life.
My mind goes back 40 years  - you and Diana were leading the first workshop in Amsterdam. Nine structures a day, the vital proof of your motivation and dedication.  
I remember the sweet smell of your blue shirt, your humor and your amazing creative therapeutic solutions.
Six years later, Harmina and I - thirty years old - did profit from your therapeutic work. You helped us to become better parents.
I bought you a bowl of Spanish fish soup when you were in the Boston Rehabilitation Centre, January 2016. I will always remember the pleasure and satisfaction on your face. We felt connected and we were celebrating the meaning of our lives in a last wordless hug, knowing that we both are mortal human beings.
I am grateful that you trusted me and many others to carry Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor forward.
Honored master, dear colleague, beloved friend, I will miss you.

Dr Lowijs Perquin, psychiatrist
Dedicated Trainer in PBSP"


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