A SIX WEEK ONLINE CREATIVE INQUIRY INTO SHAME, SPONTANEITY AND THE SUPER EGO

Playing at the Edge – Creative Adventures with the Inner Critic is a brand new online workshop designed to help us get to know and learn to dance with that part of us who would rather we stayed small and not take risks – our inner critic.

The workshop has been designed to take place across six different 2 hour sessions to allow us to experiment and explore together in a safe and playful online environment and then take our heightened awareness into our day to day lives to see what more we can learn about the inner critic in its natural environment.

Over the six sessions we will cover the following:

  • The anatomy of the Inner Critic and the structure of shame
  • Getting to know our Inner Critic through a variety of creative means including embodied practices, artwork, symbolic modelling, mindfulness, movement and gestalt experiments.
  • Explore a series of maps and models that help us to better dance with our inner critic
  • A simple process for dealing with the Inner Critic
  • Action learning sets through which to support each other’s learning

A maximum of 16 participants will form a cohort that goes through each session and we will tailor and adapt the experience based on the particular needs and interests of the group.  Sessions will take place via a secure Zoom room and for the best experience we recommend participants join from a quiet, private space with a reliable broadband connection (ideally wired rather than wireless)  You will be sent a pack of creative materials and other resources in advance of the first session.   Each session is 2 hours in length with the exception of the first which is 2.5 hours to facilitate introductions and orientation.

 COHORT #1 DATES
 Session 1:  Thursday 28th January 2021    4pm-6:30pm GMT
 Session 2:  Tuesday 9th February 2021     4pm-6pm GMT
 Session 3:  Thursday 25th Feb 2021           4pm-6pm GMT
 Session 4:  Tuesday 9th March 2021          4pm-6pm GMT
 Session 5:  Thursday 25th March 2021      4pm-6pm GMT
 Session 6: Thursday 8th April 2021            4pm-6pm BST

£395 + VAT

Cost includes all six sessions and the creative resources pack you will be sent in advance of the first session

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 COHORT #2  DATES
Session 1: Tuesday 30th March                   4pm-6:30pm BST
Session 2: Tuesday 13th April                       4pm-6pm BST
Session 3: Tuesday 27th April                       4pm-6pm BST
Session 4: Tuesday 11th May                        4pm-6pm BST
Session 5: Tuesday 25th May                        4pm-6pm BST
Session 6: Tuesday 8th June                         4pm-6pm BST

£395 + VAT

Cost includes all six sessions and the creative resources pack you will be sent in advance of the first session

 COHORT #3 DATES  
Session 1: Tuesday 11th May                     8am-10:30am BST
Session 2: Thursday 27th May                   8am-10am BST
Session 3: Thursday 10th June                   8am-10am BST
Session 4: Tuesday 22nd June                    8am-10am BST
Session 5: Tuesday 6th July                         8am-10am BST
Session 6: Tuesday 20th July                       8am-10am BST

Please note that this cohort will meet at a different time to allow those with different working patterns or in different time zones to join. 

£395 + VAT

Cost includes all six sessions and the creative resources pack you will be sent in advance of the first session

In his 2017 TEDx talk Steve Chapman talks about learning to dance with the Inner Critic rather than constantly trying to battle it.  He tells the story of using creative methods to better understand the part of him that despises his creativity, turning his inner critic from an ultimate authority to an irritating annoyance.

This talk gives a good sense of the spirit and philosophical/psychological grounding of these workshops.

 

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

It is important to us that these workshops are both value for money but also accessible to all so we hope this is a price that does that.  However if you would like to attend but do not have the financial means to afford this price then bursaries are available.  Please e-mail sc@canscorpionssmoke.com to find out more.

About the workshop facilitators

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 was Programme Director of the MSc in Coaching Psychology at the Metanoia Institute until 2017 and is now on the faculty of the Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching. 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 is an artist, writer, speaker coach and consultant interested in creativity and the human condition.  He specialises in crashing together ideas from socio-complexity, 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 and Coaching MSc programmes.  Steve has trained extensively in gestalt psychology, mask work, improvisation and completed a foundation programme in Art Therapy.