Training Courses

Grace and Chaos

Group Facilitation Training
Nov 2017 – June 2018

This course, which has run successfully for the last three years, is for anyone who wants to learn more about groups, how they function, and how to facilitate them. We have produced a full course leaflet with more information.

Here’s Allison saying more about the course:

Grace and Chaos: opposite poles, yet both crucial for successful group process.
Grace – the gracefulness of a well-functioning group or good group facilitation, effortlessly yielding to reality. Joanna Macy describes what she calls group synergy: ‘It is like grace, because it brings an increase of power beyond one’s own capacity as a separate entity’.

Mythologically, Chaos is the primal state from which the world is created. Groups need to go down into chaos in order to pass a certain point in their alchemical journey; so group leaders need the courage and grace to allow chaos to happen, and to model openness to chaos, openness to not knowing, for the rest of the group.

We will learn about groups by being one: holding an open space for the group to do what it needs to do, and using theory in a creative and accessible way to make sense of our experience. You will have opportunities to practice and develop facilitation skills by ‘taking the wheel’ of the group for a while.

Contact Details
Contact Allison:
or Stephen:   tel: 01626 438 279
…to explore joining the course

Website: Grace and Chaos Course
2017:  November 4/5
2018:  January 20/21,   April 14/15,    June 16/17

We will start at 10 AM each day, and end at 5 PM each Saturday and 4:30 PM each Sunday.
Cost: £1100, concessions available


Wild Therapy Training 2018

Wild therapy image

Bringing therapy into the wild, and wildness into therapy

March 2018 – January 2019
Stephen Tame & Jayne Johnson

Three residentials in Derbyshire and Lancashire, and one weekend in Bristol
March 2018 – January 2019                    Cost: £1850

Download the brochure here

An exploration and celebration of therapy’s wildness: its capacity to transcend the limitations we place on our creativity and connectedness.
Working outdoors in comparatively undomesticated settings encourages us to bring the other-than-human and more-than human – animals, birds, plants, trees, hills, rivers, winds, dreams, ghosts, spirits – into the therapeutic process. Spending time ‘in nature’, as we say, can help us appreciate that we are never anywhere else, always inhabiting and encountering our own nature.
In living, working and creating community together, and meeting other species in the outdoors, we may come to a stronger recognition of the interdependence of all beings: moving from a more hardened, human-centric view to a softer recognition of the value of all that lives. Bringing these experiences back indoors, we discover how they change our therapeutic work, moving us to work in a less constrained and habit-bound style when we are in the therapy room, as much as when we are outside.

Wild Therapy supports the spontaneous and the unknown, trusting what arises of its own accord. It celebrates embodiment as a central aspect of our existence, moving back and forth between the training room and the spacious, elemental vessel of earth and sky, inviting us to transform fear based, defensive practice into contact based, adventurous practice: enriching both our therapy work, and life on earth. This year course gives you the opportunity to work with and learn from wildness as it manifests in the client-therapist relationship.

We’ll start off in March at ‘base camp’, Unstone Grange: , a shabby, comfortable residential centre in a beautiful part of Derbyshire.
We then move to wild and wonderful Roeburndale: in May (the study centre) and September (the camping barn, shown in the cover photo), and complete at an urban setting for the final weekend in January 2019.
The sequence will take us into increasingly wild environments, and finally into the city to explore how the journey has changed your relationship with familiar domestication, and how you can use Wild Therapy in your work. Throughout the course we will be working solo, in pairs and threes, and in the whole group. The central structure, repeated with variations, will be to go into the outdoors; to encounter the other-than-human; and to come back into the group to share and process our experiences. At least once on the course there will be a whole day spent outdoors on your own.
The nucleus of this group will be five or so people who have recently completed the two-year Embodied-Relational Therapy training, and there will be no more than twelve members in the group in total.

Dates: 5 nights at Unstone Grange: March 15th – 20th 2018, then 5 nights at Middlewood Study Centre in Roeburndale: May 10-15th, then 5 nights at the camping barn in Roeburndale: September 13th-18th, and a non residential weekend in Bristol: 266th-27th Jan 2019.


Contact Jayne:   tel: 07854 146986
or Stephen:   tel: 01626 438 279
…to explore joining the course. If we haven’t previously met we will need an extended conversation with you.


Embodied-Relational & Wild Therapy Training

Beginning 2019

The next Embodied-Relational Therapy Training starts in 2019 – we will be continuing the tradition of updating the course to reflect our current practice and thinking, but it is likely to be similar the the current successful format – details at the bottom of this page.


For a complete list of Embodied-Relational Therapy workshops and training – visit the new ERT website at:




Embodied-Relational & Wild Therapy Training

Beginning April 2017

ERT brochure 2017

The approach of the ERT Training

Unlike many other trainings, ERT focuses on the trainee’s own work on their embodied relating with self and other, now and in the past, before encouraging them to apply this with their clients. The theme of relationality runs through the whole course; listening to our own feelings and responses as a key part of how we work both in the training and with clients, witnessing how we are moved around and impacted by our clients, yet remaining able to witness and reflect on our working relationship. ERT in training and practice depends on deep contact; achieving this is a large part of the work, and takes great courage for both client and therapist. The training offers a held space to explore how deep contact impacts us.

ERT Process

This is a robust and established training, which has appealed to practitioners from many different therapeutic backgrounds. It is primarily experiential; theory arises out of practice, and no written work is required, although handouts are provided, as well as online access to papers and chapters. Great attention is paid to group process, since we believe that the kind of learning we are looking for can only take place in a safe space, where concerns can be expressed and behaviour can be challenged. We want participants to learn on an embodied level, which entails being open to profoundly stirring experiences. The residential nature of the course means that we will be living, working and socialising together for seven five-day long residentials, plus the graduation weekend, creating a community. This supports a greater depth of relating in a rich and at times challenging environment. This community-building on the training feeds into the ongoing ERT community.

Course Content and Structure

ERT Diploma Training – Year One
The first year training should equip you to use ERT in your existing practice, working more deeply with your own and your clients embodiment.

ERT Advanced Diploma Training -Year Two
Year Two gives you the chance to explore your own embodiment more deeply and systematically, and to become comfortable with hands-on relational bodywork.

Optional Wild Therapy Year
An exploration and celebration of therapy’s wildness, its capacity to transcend the limitations we place on our own creativity and connectedness.


ERT Diploma Training -Year One: Allison Priestman, Stephen Tame

Venue; for Years One and Two: Unstone Grange – Rural Derbyshire.

Dates: The Diploma Year consists of four five-night residentials, on the following dates. In 2017: 20-25 April, 8-13 June, 21-26 Sept, 16-21 November. Followed by a graduation weekend on 23-25 February 2018. Each long residential will start on the Thursday evening, and end with lunch on the following Tuesday.

Course Costs: The price for Year One course is £2900, inclusive of teaching, accommodation and food. We are keen to make the course available to suitable applicants. Please do let us know if cost is an issue, and we can look at what level of reduction is possible.

7 minute youtube video – Allison and Stephen talking about the 2017 training