Monthly Archives: March 2016

Grace Unfolding: Supporting our Capacity to Flow with Life’s Unfolding


April 2, 2016 @ Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
With Mary Turner

‘Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.’ Zen proverb

Emotional resistance is our capacity to adapt to adversity and disturbances, and be able to let go of old structures of thinking and behaving that may have given us a sense of stability and coherence. If we can develop the resources to respond flexibly and creatively, times of emotional turbulence can become transformational.

  • How do we prepare the ground for grace to unfold?
  • What conditions make it more possible?
  • How can we face the reality of what is?
  • What gets in the way of being able to flow?

This experiential workshop is suitable for therapists and trainees from all modalities who are interested in resourcing themselves personally and in their work, and in furthering their ability to support clients to develop resilience.

For more information, visit the EGI website.

Location: Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
Dates: 2-3 April 2016
Time: 9:30am-5pm
Cost: £225 including a non-refundable deposit of £95

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The Well Grounded Therapist – Landscape, Stillness and Body


A Residential Weekend with Miriam Taylor and Vienna Duff
10th – 12th June 2016

The contexts in which we work as therapists can leave us ungrounded. The needs of our clients, the material we work with and the pressure on our time can each pull therapists out of shape, and we absorb negative energies in our work.

This weekend retreat is held in the stunning setting of Poulstone Court in the Wye valley near Hereford. In this quiet place, we will explore inner and outer landscapes to restore connections with ourselves, with others and the wider environment. Use of story, ritual and creative materials  will help create  structure for the workshop.   

Venue:  Poulstone Court, Kings Caple Herefordshire

Cost: £395 /£350 early bird by end February 2016  (2 reduced fee places; please enquire)

Single rooms available @ £24 supplement (first come/first served!)
Bookings/enquiries to:

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Therapy’s Embodied Styles – Workshop


30 April – 1 May 2016 – with Susan Gregory 

Following up on Breathing, Moving and Creating, the theme of the BGJ Seminar Day which I co-taught in November, I am offering upcoming workshop participants the opportunity to practice and become confident with including experiments using breath, body movement, and creative activities in therapy sessions and groups.

The workshop is named Therapy’s Embodied Styles, after my article by that name recently published in the British Gestalt Journal.  At the workshop, I will be distributing copies of the article along with a list of helpful references in the field.

We will spend two interesting and creative days together in which I will offer mini-lectures and therapy demonstrations, and participants will practice new skills or enlarge old skills in dyads and small groups – with lots of support from me – and with plenty of time for large group discussions and q & a’s.

Participants will leave the workshop with increased confidence in experimenting in session, and with expanded understanding of how work with breath, movement and creativity deepens the client/therapist relationship.

Workshop participants need not have attended the BGJ Seminar Day – all therapists, counsellors and trainees are welcome.  The workshop fee is £190, with a deposit of £50 due at registration. The remainder will be due by 22 April. There are limited spaces available, so I urge you to contact me if you are interested in attending.  For more information, please write to me at

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