Playing with Fire Course

Allison Priestman

Date: 24/10/2020 - 14/03/2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

About this event

Exploring an Embodied, Relational and Wild Therapeutic Approach

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.

Fire- strength, robustness, energy, risk, warmth, protection.

Playing – spontaneity, trying things out, lightness, flexibility, creativity.

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.


Weekend 1- Working Relationally. Using the ground of our embodied responses, exploring Wild Mind, therapy as play.

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

Weekend 3- The Spirited Wild. Working with wild processes and the ecological self, in alliance with the breathing world.

Weekend 4- Erotic Charge. Integration and Moving Forward. Exploring intimacy and erotic charge, resourcing your habitual therapeutic position.

This course runs over four weekends, giving time to immerse ourselves in meeting one another and the material. My aim is to support participants and the group to build trust and safety, facilitating a relaxation, into creative, serious play. Suitable for counsellors, psychotherapist and allied practitioners, the course is experiential, underpinned by theoretical input. There are no written course requirements. There will be handouts and a online resource of relevant, accessible articles and book chapters to support the integration of your learning. The aim is to integrate the course into your current working practice.

This work is influenced by and grows from; Embodied-Relational Therapy, Wild Therapy, Eco-psychology, Nick Totton, Michael Soth, Family Constellations, Five Rhythms Dance, my relationship with the other-than-human and more-than-human and my garden. We will mostly be working inside, based at the Practice Rooms, Queens Square, Bristol


Dates – 2020 24th/25th October, 28th/29th November, 2021- 23rd/24th January, 13th/14th March 


Venue – The practice rooms, Queens Square, Bristol

Cost – £900, concessions (£780), £200 deposit. There will be up too two concessionary places available. Course fees payable monthly, or at each residential.

Group size – 6 to 12 people

Please call or email to find out more: I recommend a Skype or phone conversation to explore if the course is right for you.

Practice rooms, Queen Square,
Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4LH

Contact Details
Contact Person: Allison Priestman
More contact details: 01453 731226

£900, concessions (£780),