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Developing embodied awareness in the psychotherapy relationship

A weekend retreat in Dartington

With Julianne Appel-Opper, Margaret Landale, Jon Sletvold and Nick Totton

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019 - Dartington

This rural weekend retreat offers the opportunity for practising and trainee psychotherapists to engage with an embodied approach to clinical work. With recent insights from neuroscience, embodied cognitive science and therapeutic experience, it is now generally accepted that the embodied mind is implicitly at work in the relationships between client and therapist. This event offers the opportunity to feel and make sense of this embodiment and to develop the capacity to work with embodied processes flowing between client and therapist.

For those clinicians who come from a more traditional talking therapy background, moving into the body can feel challenging. We hope to demonstrate that, in fact, all therapists are already working dynamically - unavoidably - with the body-mind and to bring that to consciousness. Attendees will learn how to become more attuned to and trusting of their bodies so that they can play with, notice and make sense of messages encoded in bodily language on behalf of their clients and in countertransference communications. In essence, this training develops and builds upon that which practitioners are already doing and will give therapists the confidence to be more curious in their embodied listening. Our four contributors have a wealth of experience of working from an embodied stance and will share their theoretical understandings via lectures alongside experiential workshops.


Julianne Appel-Opper
Julianne Appel-Opper studied psychology in Germany and qualified in 1988. Her subsequent psychotherapy training in Integrative Gestalt Psychotherapy took place at the German Fritz Perls Institute. From 1989 until 1993, she worked as a clinical psychologist/ psychotherapist in psychosomatic clinics. Since 1999 she has had her own practice, first in the U.K. and then after 2006 in Germany. For 12 years she lived and worked in France, USA, Israel and U.K. In 2002 she qualified as supervisor at the University of Birmingham and, since 2003, she has been a UKCP registered Integrative and Gestalt Psychotherapist... More >>

Margaret Landale
Margaret Landale has been working as a psychotherapist for over 25 years. She has been a training director at the Chiron Centre and delivers workshops and talks nationwide on subjects such as somatization, complex trauma and the integration of mindfulness in psychotherapy. Recently she co-facilitated the 'mindfulness in individual psychotherapy' module at CMRP, Bangor University. Publications include: 'Working with psychosomatic distress and developmental trauma' in: Contemporary Body Psychotherapy - The Chiron Approach, Linda Hartley ed., Routledge 2009. 'The use of imagery in body oriented psychotherapy' in Body Psychotherapy, Tree Staunton ed., Brunner-Routledge, 2002...More >>

Dr Jon Sletvold
Jon Sletvold is a licensed specialist in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He was founding Board Director and is currently Faculty, Training and Supervising Analyst at the Norwegian Character Analytic Institute. He is former chair of the Psychotherapy Speciality Board of the Norwegian Psychological Association. He is editor of three books (in Norwegian) and the author of the recently published book: The Embodied Analyst - From Freud and Reich to Relationality, which has won the Gradiva Award for the Best Book 2015... More >>

Nick Totton
Nick Totton is a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with 35 years' experience. He originally trained as a neo-Reichian body psychotherapist, since when his approach has become broad based and open to the spontaneous and unexpected. He has spoken, taught and published widely on body psychotherapy, psychotherapy and politics, and ecopsychology. He established a training in his own synthesis, Embodied-Relational Therapy, which has been thriving for around twenty years; and more recently set up the related but distinct practice of Wild Therapy. Both of these now continue without his hands-on involvement. His book Wild Therapy (one of eleven so far) is published by PCCS Books, and Embodied Relating: The Ground of Psychotherapy by Karnac. He has a grown-up daughter, lives in Cornwall with his partner and grows vegetables... More >>


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Fees include all talks, workshops and supper

Early bird: £200 (Until 30 November)
Self-funded: £240
Self-funded x 2: £400
Organisationally-funded: £400
Under 25's: £120
This event with our online video package Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy: £360

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

Dartington Hall

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Friday evening:
Settle-in and join us at the Dartington Hall pub from 19.00

09.30 Coffee and registration
10.00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Tea
17:30 End of day

09.30 Coffee
10.00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Tea
17:00 End of day