A Weekend of Dreams                 Hosted by Dr Phil Goss and                    Richard Davis MSc.

                     22nd & 23rd June 2019                Shekinah Centre, Newchurch in Pendle


Saturday 22nd June: The focus will be upon exploring the concept

of projection and how this can help reveal the unconscious messages from
different aspects of self. Individuals will be invited to explore their dreams
using techniques from the Gestalt Model. This will be facilitated by Richard
Davis who is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy with the
University of Central Lancashire; where he teaches Graduate and Post
Graduate students, he is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist.

Sunday 23rd June: The focus will be upon exploring the story within
the dream using Jungian theory to support the learning. This will be facilitated
by Dr Phil Goss who is the Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy
programmes in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick. He is
a Humanistic counsellor and UKCP registered Jungian psychotherapist.



Cost £125 per day 

(includes lunch and refreshments)


Limited overnight accommodation is available for those who wish to attend both days and would like to take advantage of the excellent accommodation facilities at the Shekinah Centre.

The extra cost would be £60 pp


Please contact Joan at:  accordcolne@gmail.com.  to reserve a place.


FEEDBACK from the Weekend of Dreams workshops

Click here to read the comments from the evaluation forms from the 2018  Weekend of Dreams workshops. Or go to our 'Our Services page and click on Feedback on the side menu.

           Robbin Shohet Training            Supervision - Finite and Infinte 

               Tuesday 2nd July 2019                      Shekinah Centre, Newchurch in Pendle

Finite and infinite supervision
The title is taken from book called 'Finite and Infinite Games' (Carse J).  The purpose of an finite game is to have an outcome and once that is achieved the game stops. Right and wrong are finite games and the law is based on this.  The purpose of an infinite game on the other hand is to play for the love of it and the aim is to keep the game going. So improvisation in jazz or drama would be examples of infinite games as would children’s play.
To return to a theme of fear and love which I have been teaching for many years , fear is involved in a finite game. The fear of losing something, whether it is the game, a client or a lawsuit.  Love knows itself as infinite and can see life unfolding as it is.  Our life is becoming one which is increasingly transactional and when the other does not fulfil our expectations, we get upset. We calculate to get an outcome and protect ourselves from failing and blame. We are hypnotised into a finite way of being and looking at the world.
Please contact Joan at accordcolne@gmail.com to reserve a place.
Cost is £125 including lunch and refeshments.

Due to popular demand and the amazing feedback from Robin's previous training sessions in 2017 and 2018, we have secured another training day with Robin this summer . '                                            

To veiw the feedback from Robin's training click here or see 'Our Services' page


Working Therapeutically with Children

2 Day Workshop, 29th & 30th June 2019

                                             The Shekinah Centre, Newchurch in Pendle.

        Cost £175 for 2 days, including overnight accommodation, (limited places.)

                                       Cost without accommodation £150


Aims and Objectives 


To explore, enhance and practice listening skills


To experience and reflect upon the various mediums of communication


To identify safe practice; contracting, boundaries and safeguarding


To specifically focus upon the different ways in which children communicate through sensory play, projectory play and embodiment play


To briefly explore history of theoretical development





All individuals will have an opportunity to understand a brief theoretical history of communication using play


All individuals will have an opportunity to engage with a basic understanding of the power and significance of play within a child vocabulary


All individuals will have an opportunity to experience of giving a receiving feedback to peers  


All individuals will have an opportunity to consider different ways of how children engage when sharing their stories


All individuals will have an opportunity to engage with a basic understanding of safe clinical practice when working with children 

                        Please contact Joan at accordcolne@gmail.com to reserve a place.


Read the feedback from the most recent session of

'Working Therapeutically with Children' 

click here




        A Practical Introduction                                 to Focusing

 Two day workshop with Alan Tidmarsh

                 2nd & 3rd November 2019                                The Shekinah Centre                                        Newchurch in Pendle,                                     nr Burnley, Lancashire.

cost £125 per day


Who is this workshop for?

Most of us have the ability to listen to the ‘gut feel’ of a situation or notice a discomfort in the body that may be hard to explain. Focusing provides a way to develop these capacities so that our ‘felt senses’ can be attended to and used to help us through life. 

This session will be for those with no previous knowledge or experience of focusing, or those who have tried it without success.  It will be mainly practical, aiming to give each participant experience of their own focusing style and confidence to develop this life skill.

The session will be particularly useful for counsellors and trainee therapists who would like to use focusing in their work.  It offers the basic skills and experience that will be needed for a further two day workshop on Focusing in Therapy.



-To introduce focusing as a life skill to those who have not practiced it before and in preparation for focusing during therapy.

-To help participants connect to their focusing capabilities and experiment with them.

-To establish the basis for practice through a focusing partnership.

-To have fun.


Learning outcomes:

All participants will:

  • Be assisted to understand the ‘felt sense’ as it relates to their own experience and everyday living.
  • Observe demonstrations of the focusing and focusing accompaniment that illustrate basic principles and techniques.
  • Be offered a series of opportunities to practice focusing and focusing accompaniment, building confidence through manageable steps.
  • Participate in discussion of blockages and difficulties that can occur in focusing and how they may be overcome.
  • Receive detailed notes that set out recommendations for practice, key theoretical principles and references to guide further exploration.
  • Encouraged to form focusing partnerships after the training and will be offered a free focusing/coaching session with Alan (via Skype/Internet) after the training.

Comments from course evaluations: 2018

Participants from this workshop in September last year commented:

Alan is very experienced and knowledgeable about his subject.  His way of being creates a sense of safety for exploring your experience of the ‘felt sense’ in a welcoming and accepting way. Inspiring.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. An insight and deeper awareness of the complexity of a human being at a level that’s within reach.  And what a genuinely caring person Alan is.

To sum it up in a few words – “thoughtful, compelling, magical, instructive and extremely well structured”.  Thank you Alan

Alan delivered the training from start to finish very sensitively and professionally.  His knowledge and understanding of the subject is excellent and provided excellent notes and references and provided books for us to borrow. Excellent!

The training really brought to life how focusing can bring up unconscious issues.  Having the opportunity to do some focusing with someone was very powerful.  I had not ‘got’ focusing at all when just reading about it.



Alan Tidmarsh is a Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Supervisor and Focusing Trainer with substantial experience in the application of focusing in a therapeutic setting.  His PhD research drew on 10 years counselling in a drug and alcohol agency and represents the first systematic exploration of focusing therapy for this client group.  He now works in private practice, concentrating on focusing-oriented supervision, and counsels for a charity supporting survivors of sexual abuse.  His conference papers can be found at https://eastanglia.academia.edu/AlanTidmarsh.


Alan has focused with the same partner every two or three weeks for the past eight years and knows from his own life how valuable this can be.  Having undergone training in Focusing-Oriented Therapy with Campbell Purton, Alan is also aware how focusing can contribute to therapeutic work from a variety of orientations.  He has enjoyed introducing other therapists to the experience of focusing and the possibilities it offers to practice.


When will the course run? How do I apply?


2nd & 3rd November 2019– Contact Joan on accordcolne@gmail.com


Read the feedback from the last Focusing Training weekend click here 



 Understanding Addiction and Recovery

Using the 12 Step Programme


One Day Workshop

 date to be confirmed


Cost £125.00


Please contact us for a leaflet about this workshop, or download one below.

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Creative Listening Skills for School Staff



This is a bespoke ten day course that recognises the individual needs of each school, and the needs that emerge as the course progresses. 


The course dovetails with the Government's recent blue paper on Counselling in Schools which focuses on improving the well-being and resilience of children and school staff.


Request an information leaflet today, or contact us to arrange a meeting to discuss how this highly regarded programme may be of interest to your school staff.

Creative Listening Skills for School Staff
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Understanding Containment & Emotional Regulation. Training for School Staff


See 'Our Services' page for the feedback on these recent training days at the Shekinah Centre in Newchurch in Pendle.

If you are interested in any of the above or have a training request, please do not hestiate to contact us either by email or telephone.

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