A Two Day Self-Practice Self-Reflection Retreat

Weekend retreat Oxfordshire, UK

Course brief:

During this idyllic weekend retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience the spectrum of chairwork methods in a unique, immersive, and evidence-based format: from the ‘inside-out’.

Research indicates that one of the most effective ways for therapists to learn and refine their therapeutic skills is through self-practice and self-reflection (SP/SR). Set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, this SP/SR retreat will provide you with an in-depth and personally meaningful experience of chairwork.

This retreat is focused on self-experiential learning, meaning that you have the opportunity to address either ‘clinical’ or ‘personal’ issues. These issues will be explored via various chair-based interventions, demonstrated and guided by the retreat facilitators, and reflected on individually, in pairs, and as a group.

Participants will be introduced to chairwork methods drawn from multiple approaches, including: Psychodrama, Emotion-focused Therapy, Compassion-focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Voice Dialogue.

A variety of action-based interventions will be practiced over the course of the weekend. These will include empty-chair techniques for interpersonal issues and ‘unfinished business’; multi-chair techniques for managing self-criticism and emotional distress; and role-playing techniques for addressing conflicts and countertransference.

Retreat start and end: The workshop will begin the morning of Saturday 28th November. Attendees are encouraged to check-in the night before to help settle into the venue and its beautiful surroundings.

Matthew Pugh

Matthew Pugh is a Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Schema Therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and Voice Dialogue facilitator. He is a co-founder of Chairwork and the author of ‘Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork: Distinctive Features’. Matthew is the author of numerous chairwork-related articles and book chapters, and has trained hundreds of therapists in the use of action-based methods.

Tobyn Bell

Tobyn Bell is a Compassion-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. He is a co-founder of Chairwork and a co-author of the book ‘Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists’. Tobyn regularly provides national and international training on compassion and chairwork, and is actively involved in ongoing research within these areas.

This workshop is aimed at mental health professionals and coaches who practice, have an interest, or are new to chairwork. Prior experience of using chairwork is not a requirement.

Given that this is an experiential retreat, we hope that you will bring an openness and readiness to experiment in an environment which is safe, supportive, and respectful.

The retreat begins on the morning of Saturday 28th November and ends the afternoon of Sunday 29th November. Guests are encouraged to check-in on Friday 27th November and to take this time to settle into the venue and its surroundings

The retreat will be held in Charney Manor: a stunning 13th century manor house located in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside and set amongst beautiful gardens.

The retreat fee includes two nights’ accommodation on a full-board basis. All bedrooms are provided on a single occupancy basis and come with en-suite facilities. Participants are welcome to stay longer, although extra nights should be arranged directly with the manor and will incur additional charges.

COVID Cancellation Policy: Delegates will be provided full refunds in the event that the retreat venue cannot be used due to COVID-19. We are unable to provide refunds to individuals who are unable to attend for personal reasons, including COVID-19 and/or local lockdown measures.

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22 - 24 October 2021
£450 (early bird 'til 01/08/21)


Charney Manor, Oxfordshire, OX12 0EJ