Allison Priestman

Grace and Chaos

A short group facilitation course

Stephen Tame  and Allison Priestman

Starting November 4/5 2017, January 20/21 2018, April 14/15, June 16/17.

Four weekends in London, cost £1100, concessions available

For further information and booking please contact  Allison


This is the fifth time this course has run. Originally developed by Nick Totton, this course is for anyone who wants to learn about groups, how they function, and how to facilitate them.

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.

If you would like to explore joining the course please contact Allison or Stephen to arrange a conversation about it.

Therapy as Play

Allison Priestman

Saturday March 10th,  £85, £70 (early bird end Jan)

Amida Mandala Buddhist Temple, Malvern

To book or for further info please contact Satya & Kaspa  01684 572444.

Play is fundamental to our development as babies and children. This workshop will explore the idea that it is also fundamental to the therapeutic process.  The interaction between therapist and client is a way of creating and exploring reality. Through play we try on and experiment with different aspects and parts of ourselves. Through play the paradox that therapy is both real and pretend can be held.

On this experiential workshop we will explore ways that you may currently play in your work and ways to develop and expand playing as a resource. Getting curious about the play of words, sensations, movement's, images, fantasies and contact.

Re-conceptualising therapy as play gives us theoretical ground to support more-than-rational, and non expert approaches. It also offers the possibility of relaxing and being lighter with the demands of our role.

Playing is not always fun or easy and I welcome an exploration of the challenges it raises.

The Wild Nature Of Embodiment

& Trance and Transference

Allison Priestman , Jayne Johnson

April 28/29, 20178

Bristol , Fulcrum House

For further information and booking please contact Jayne

Working Relationally with the Wild in the Client and Therapist Dyad

Day 1 -The Wild Nature of Embodiment. An opportunity for experiencing the wilder sides of our natures both in ourselves and our clients. A held space to explore becoming the 'wild animal within'. A chance to gain experience, tools and understanding, to work with your own and your client's body process.

Day 2- Trance & Transference How can shamanic experiences and insights support embodied relational therapeutic work? An experiential and theoretical exploration of working relationally with trance and altered states.

The aim of this Embodied-Relational Therapy workshop is to resource practitioners to work with their educated and embodied instincts. Suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists, bodywork practitioners, and anyone interested in shamanic practices. Our aim is to create a safe and contained environment where deep professional and personal learning can occur.

Supporting Wildness

Working Relationally with the Wild in Therapy

Allison Priestman, Kate O’halloran

May 12/13 2018

Norwich, £180, £155 Earlybird (before 12.1.18)

For further information and booking please contact  Kate

What does an embodied, relational and wild therapeutic approach look like? Is Wild a Place? Or a Process? Where is it to be found, and how do we invite it in? We'll be exploring ways in which liminal awareness, daydreaming, and embodiment meet, and offering the concept of Wild Mind as a way to think about working relationally across these territories.

We hope to create together an experiential and theoretical space in which to explore, play and invite insight: How do we use all of our relational resources, our capacity to be intuitive and intellectual, to be embodied and en-minded. How do we support Wildness ...our ability to listen to the wider, wild intelligence inside us and of which we are a part.

Our aim is to create an environment where deep professional and personal learning can take place. We hope that the workshop will appeal to practitioners across a broad range of therapeutic approaches.

An Introduction to

Relational Body Psychotherapy

an ERT approach

Allison Priestman, Stephen Tame

Autumn 2018

For further information and booking please visit

There is a growing interest in the world of counselling and psychotherapy in working with body experiences, and there have, for a long time, been traditions of body psychotherapy paying particular attention to this. There is also a growing interest, amongst practitioners of many kinds, in working with the relationship between the client and therapist. This is central to many strands of psychotherapy.

Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) has been developing an approach since the 1980’s of working relationally with body experience. Indeed, it is becoming ever more clear to us that relationship happens between bodies, and that body experience happens in relationship. As ERT practitioners and trainers, we start from this conjunction – not as something weird, different or esoteric, but as the ground from which psychotherapy takes place.

If you are interested in finding out a bit more about this way of working, in developing your own skills in working from the ground of embodied relating, then you could consider coming along to an introductory workshop. This workshop offer the opportunity to explore an innovative body psychotherapy modality. It is also a good taster for the Embodied-Relational Therapy Training.

Embodied-Relational Therapy (ERT) has its roots in Reichian body work, process approaches, psychodynamic therapies and earth centred spirituality. ERT is an holistic integrative approach focusing on two facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. To be alive we need to be a body, to be alive we need to relate to others; our greatest challenges and our greatest joys follow from these twin facts.

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