Embodied-Relational Therapy Training Course 2025

Embodied-Relational Therapy Training Course 2025

Allison Priestman & Stephen Tame

Date: 01/04/2025
All Day

About this event

ERT: Two-year Modular Advanced Body Psychotherapy Training 2025

We’re flagging here that the core ERT training will be going ahead with a new intake in 2025.

Our core training, the Embodied-Relational Therapy Training, has been running successfully for many years. We are currently (Nov 2023) coming towards the end of the Advanced Year of the 2 year modular ERT training.

We plan our next ERT training intake to be in Spring 2025 – we are currently in the early planning stages, and seeking a more accessible training venue.
The training facilitators will include Allison Priestman and Stephen Tame – the current ERT training team. At this stage it is too early to say if the team will be expanded for the 2025 training.

To give you a sense of the training, please do look at the information for our most recent intake below on this page.

We will send updates on progress via our mailing list – see the bottom of the page for the signup link.
Do also feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions you may have.


FOR REFERENCE: ERT 2 Year Modular Training 2022

Updated 6th April 2022
We’re excited to be leading the 2022 training, and enjoying the conversations we’re having with potential trainees. This 15th year of the training brings together the core of the ERT tradition, embodying the 4 stage approach, Reichian character structure and ERT metaskills, and incorporating our passion for connection, movement and stillness, spontaneity, working with the embodied experience of social injustice, psychotherapy theory, wild therapy, and the impossibly complex & impossibly simple task of being human alongside other humans.

This year we will be basing the first year of this experiential residential training at Eden Rise Retreat Venue – consisting of two beautifully converted barns in the lovely Devon countryside near Totnes. The 200 year old property has two large work spaces, a spacious kitchen/dining area, underfloor heating throughout the building, rear garden with large fire bowl and BBQ, enclosed courtyard garden with camp fire, outdoor seating areas, and even a separate wood burning sauna facility! There is access to the adjoining land for walks and other outdoor meeting areas.

We attract participants looking for a robust training in working with embodiment and relationship, and we are passionate about supporting you to become more deeply the therapist you already are. ERT encourages spontaneity, creativity, and deep trust of your own inherent competence, and of your clients and their unfolding process. A central theme is working with your embodied relationship with our clients.
We will nurture a collective learning community of trainees, enabling a depth of trust and learning.

If you want an experiential and theoretical model to support and develop your work as a relational body psychotherapist, then ERT could be for you.

To watch a video of Allison and Stephen speaking about Embodied-Relational Therapy and this year’s training – click here

  • We will support you to be courageous, heartfelt and passionate therapists.
  • We will encourage you to learn how to consult and trust your own body in the work; to inhabit your body in relation to your clients, to be willing to move towards, away, to be available, to be pushed, touched, to hold and be held.
  • We will explore, through our bodies, the marginal, the excluded, and the wild parts of ourselves and our clients, waiting to be seen, heard and expressed.
  • You will need a degree of robustness and self-awareness to embark on this journey, although the rewards will be great, for yourself, your clients and for the wider world.
    Starting in June 2022 we invite you to come and join others in a diverse community of human and other-than-human, that will examine itself, the world of therapy, and the wider world. Many people join us who are looking for a home, a place to belong for their work.
  • The residential nature of the course means that we will be living, working, cooking and socialising together, This supports a greater depth of relating in a rich community.
  • Graduates of the training are eligible to join the Embodied-Relational Therapy Association – a ‘tribe’ for people working in innovative, integrative and courageous ways.
    See documents below for more course information and booking process.

The format will be 4-night residentials in June, September, February, and April, and 5-nights in November – all in Devon.

30th June – 4th July 2022
15th – 19th September 2022
17th – 22nd November 2022
16th – 20th February 2023
13th – 17th April 2023


  • Year One: ERT Diploma – Allison Priestman, Stephen Tame
  • Year Two – Advanced ERT Diploma –Two trainers from the ERT Training Team, at least one of whom will be Stephen or Allison

Venue: Year One: Eden Rise Retreat Venue – beautifully converted barns in rural Devon, close to mainline rail connection. Have a look at their website here: Eden Rise Retreat Venue

The cost of Year 1 is £3450.
£3150 if booked by 18th March 2022.
Please note that if you book onto the ‘Embodied marginalisation, power and privilege’ workshop, and then book onto the ERT training, then your ERT training deposit is returnable up to May 6th.
The final booking deadline is May 20th

This price covers:

-All teaching, including the interview and selection meetings, Stephen and Allison’s contact time, group-holding, planning, teaching, supervision, travel etc,
-Access to handouts and online reading folders
-The entire cost of your accommodation, (including individual bedrooms for those who wish) use of all the facilities, the venue, the land etc.
-All food, which will be local, vegetarian, organic where possible (N.B. we are experienced in adapting the food shopping to incorporate your dietary requirements).
-All admin costs, including the time of our training administrator, Annie Leathes

The Advanced course is the same price pro-rata (it’s a shorter course so will cost less), and the optional Wild Therapy year which some people take after the Advanced year is generally a lower price.
We ask for an initial deposit of £500.
We are committed to making the course as affordable as is possible. We therefore offer a very flexible approach to payment plans. It is possible to pay upfront, monthly (from time of booking if helpful), at each residential, or we will agree other payment plans to suit you.
For those on low income, we are able to offer up to three concessionary places, of £350 reduction. 

See our thinking about this training and covid – updated on 29th June 2021
ERT 2022 year 1 – covid and residentials

2022 Application Documents:
2022 ERT Course Info 6-7-21
2022 ERT Selection Process 2-7-21
2022 ERT Application Questions 2-7-21

For course admin inquiries or queries, or if you have difficulties downloading the application documents please email Annie: [email protected]

For queries about the training, contact Stephen or Allison:
[email protected]   [email protected]

Eden Rise
Sandwell Barns

Contact Details
Contact Person: Annie Leathes (ERT Training Admin)
Email: [email protected]
More contact details: [email protected], [email protected]
Website: https://erthworks.co.uk/events/embodied-relational-therapy-training-course-2021/

£3500, £3150 if booked by 18th March 2022