Playing at the edge

A creative inquiry into shame, spontaneity, freedom, self consciousness and our inner critic.

Playing at the Edge is a two day workshop led by Steve Chapman and Simon Cavicchia that uses a variety of creative experiments to help us get to know and better understand our inhibiting self image, our inner critic and the effect this has on realising our full creative potential.

Participants will be invited to participate in a variety of Gestalt Psychology techniques, creative practices, masks, improvisational experiments, mindfulness practices and a variety of other methods to help them become more aware of their attachments to fixed self images and other ways in which they inhibit their spontaneity.

The next workshops are:

23rd-24th April 2020

2nd-4th October 2020
Residential workshop in Devon, UK
(in association with Creative Beings)
Further info and tickets (via Creative Beings)

8th-9th October 2020
Cost and venue to be confirmed
Register your interest

19th-20th November 2020
London WC1B 3DA
Buy Tickets for Playing at the Edge (November 2020)

Please note that this workshop is limited to a total of 16 participants.

View the Inner Critic Gallery from previous workshops here.

Watch Steve’s TEDx talk on learning to creatively dance with the Inner Critic below

NOTE: This work can be extremely rewarding, liberating and challenging.  It requires a degree of resilience and capacity for self support in the face of inner criticism which can be painful to see and experience.  We expect participants to be able to support themselves in the face of these challenges and would like to invite you to consider your levels of support before signing up for the programme.  If you would like to speak to Steve our Simon before signing up then please contact us.

Simon Cavicchia: Simon is a coach, executive coach, organisational consultant, supervisor and a Gestalt psychotherapist. He has consulted at all levels in organisations working with individuals and groups. He Is currently Joint Programme Leader of the MSc/MA in Coaching Psychology at the Metanoia Institute. He is particularly interested in integrating relational and psychodynamic perspectives on organisational life and consulting, and is committed to continually researching how these perspectives can be used to inform effective practice in organisational settings. He supervises consultants and coaches, and has a psychotherapy practice in London.

Steve Chapman - March 2015 (Hi res colour)Steve Chapman is a spontaneity and creativity consultant, coach, speaker and writer.  He specialises in crashing together ideas from the complexity sciences, gestalt psychology and various therapeutic creative practices to help individuals and organisations navigate their way through change in a way that is more responsive, lively and innovative.  He holds an MSc with distinction in organisational change and is visiting faculty on the Ashridge Business School and Metanoia Organisational Development MSc programmes.  In addition to this Steve has trained in improvisation with Keith Johnstone (Loose Moose, Calgary), John Cremer (The Maydays, Brighton), Neil Mullarkey (The Comedy Store, London) and the late Jason Chin (iO, Chicago) and in mask work with Steve Jarand, Trestle Theatre and Strangeface Theatre. He has also undertaken a foundation programme in Art Therapy. He is the author of “Can Scorpions Smoke? Creative Adventures in the Corporate World.”

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  3. Kathleen King says:

    I would have loved to do this one, but I’m not in the UK that week. Grrr! I hope there will be another one (i know, it would be a repeat of sorts, but I know you are not worried about not being original, so that’s OK!) 🙂

  4. Andrew Coull says:

    I was part of this workshop in November 2019. If you want to find a safe place to explore, experiment and connect with your inner critic then it’s here. Steve and Simon are a brilliant partnership and we’re gentle while encouraging as we found our own edge and discoveries. I didn’t know what to expect and I imagine no workshop is the same but if I turned the clock back knowing what I do now then I’d be there again without question.

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