Developing Embodied Awareness: A short residential course - offered by Caroline Dower
19th November 2017 to 22nd November 2017

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Developing Embodied Awareness: A short residential course

Sunday 19th to 21st November 2017, Shepherds Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland

Caroline Dower is repeating this well-received workshop, first offered in April 2016.   

In all relational models of psychotherapy and counselling we are attending to the present moment.  How do the therapist and patient experience each other in the here and now, and how is this reflected in the non-verbal dialogue or dance?

The aim of this training/ retreat is to provide a forum for trained therapists and counsellors to develop an embodied awareness of themselves and their patients, and how their bodies are moved in relationship.  The sessions will be experiential in nature, working in dyads and small groups.  Theory will be woven into the work and written material made available before and after the course but the focus will not be a theoretical one.  The emphasis will be practical.  We will investigate how this awareness informs and enriches our work, and how it enables us as therapists to take good care of ourselves as we use our own felt sense to help navigate our patients through their distress.  It is not intended to be a group therapeutic process, but we will be actively promoting self-reflection and self-awareness developed in a relational context.  For this reason the group will be open only to trained therapists who have experienced some psychotherapy or counselling themselves.

The venue will be Shepherds Dene, a retreat centre 30 minutes away from the rail and air links of Newcastle.  We will begin at 4pm on Sunday afternoon and finish by 4pm on Tuesday afternoon.  It is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house set in 20 acres of grounds.  My intention is to offer a short course that is both stimulating and refreshing, for up to 15 participants.  

The cost of £300 includes 14 hours of facilitated teaching, full board home-cooked food and accommodation for the two nights is available for 10 participants.  

A reduced rate of £220 is available for 5 local participants, which includes all the teaching and meals, but not the accommodation. 

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19th November 2017 to 22nd November 2017

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