Playing with Fire, Exploring an Embodied, Relational and Wild Therapeutic Approach

Allison Priestman

Date: 13/10/2018 - 28/04/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

About this event

This training starts from the position that we are all embodied, relational animals and explores what kind of therapy is needed to meet that reality. What does an Embodied, Relational and Wild therapeutic approach look like? Working in this way requires us to turn up, to be available – emotionally, physically, intellectually. This course aims to support robust and non-defensive practice. Resourcing practitioners for the reality of working in a demanding profession, in a taxing medium.
Playing with fire – working with our own and our clients’ embodiment and relational responses. Perhaps exploring touch, movement, the erotic. All of these are potentially challenging arenas, that are not historically well supported or acknowledged within our profession. Are the dangers too great? In many ways it’s more  dangerous to ignore our own, or our clients’, embodiment, relational impulses and ecological selves if we wish to practice in an effective way.

Fire– strength, robustness, energy, risk, warmth, protection.
Playing – spontaneity, trying things out, lightness, flexibility.

This course runs over four weekends, giving time to immerse ourselves in meeting each other and this material. My aim is to support participants and the group to build trust and safety, facilitating a relaxation, into serious play. Suitable for counsellors, psychotherapist and allied practitioners, this course is experiential, underpinned by theoretical input. The aim is to integrate this material into your current working practice.

Weekend 1- Working Relationally
Using the ground of our embodied responses, exploring trance states and Wild Mind.

Weekend 2- Exploring Embodiment
Focusing on movement and touch. How to work with our own and our clients’ body process.

Weekend 3- Supporting the Wild.
Working with wild processes and the ecological self, in alliance with the playful universe.

Weekend 4- Sexuality and Spirituality.
Exploring intimacy and erotic charge, building a spiritual foundation for the work.

This work is influenced by and grows from; Embodied-Relational Therapy, Wild Therapy, Eco-psychology, Embodied Relating, Nick Totton, Michael Soth, Family Constellations, Five Rhythms Dance, my garden and relationship with the other-than-human and more-than-human. We will mostly be working inside, based at the beautiful Fulcrum House, body psychotherapy centre, off Whiteladies Road in Bristol. Please call or email to find out more and have a mutual conversation to see if the course is right for you.

Dates – 2018: 13/14 Oct, 1/2 Dec, 2019: 16/17 Feb, 27/28 April.  
Venue –
Costs – £920, concessions (£780), £200 deposit.

Group size – 6 to 10 people

Fulcrum House
3 Grove Road

Contact Details
Contact Person: Allison Priestman
More contact details: 01543 731226

£920, concessions (£780)