Workshops & Groups

Spiral hosts workshops and courses on a wide variety of issues. Any current workshops are listed below, along with workshops and courses at other venues, facilitated by Spiral therapists or others whom we know and value.

Spiral has a great flexible workshop floor which is available for hire. This includes a light, ground floor room for up to 20 participants with chairs and cushions, a full kitchen, a breakout area and a beautiful south facing walled garden. Please contact us for availability and rates.

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Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness

(Crossfields Institute Level 3)


From January 2020, Andrea Klein and will be delivering a pioneering professional Diploma qualification, which was originally developed by William Bloom PhD and the Spiritual Companions Trust, at the Spiral Centre in London. The course will take you on a one-year journey spaced over 8 in-person weekends with lots of practice, reflection and guided peer-group work between teaching days. Whilst you will have to complete some written work for your portfolio, the programme is designed to be experiential and embodied rather than academic. You will learn about the health benefits of spirituality, develop and deepen your own spiritual practice and self-care and learn how to hold and support others on their journey. The course offers a heart-based safe space for personal and spiritual exploration and growth as well as the first UK qualification integrating spirituality and healthcare to be on the Ofqual Register, the government overseer of qualifications. Graduates of the course have the opportunity to become members of the Spiritual Companions Network and practise as Spiritual Health Mentors/Coaches. They will also be authorised to teach the Your Spiritual Health Programme and the brand-new Meditation Masterclass Programme. Participating in this training would be a great asset for anyone already working in a therapeutic, caring or educational setting, or anyone simply wishing to develop and deepen their spiritual practice in a non-religious, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually literate environment.

Course Dates 2020:
Jan 18/19, Feb 22/23, March 28/29, April 25/26, May 30/31, June 27/28, Sept 5/6, Oct 10/11

Course Format: 96 classroom contact hours over 8 weekends, which take place over the course of one year with a 2 month summer break and a month to complete your portfolio after the last weekend of classroom sessions. Students will be organised into small peer support groups which meet 8 times during the course, in-between each classroom weekend, either in person or by conference call/Skype. Students are also required to complete 300 self-directed learning hours between modules, which include activities such as reading, researching, companioning others and reflective writing assignments. This also includes a commitment to a minimum of 20 minutes per day devoted to their spiritual practice of choice.
Lead tutor: Andrea Klein
Associate tutor: Maria Luz Fernandez
Visiting tutor: William Bloom

The syllabus consists of four units:

In this unit you explore and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. You are supported in clarifying and implementing the approach that best supports your own daily spiritual health practice. In this way you experience for yourself the benefits and challenges. This all takes place within a group of supportive peers and tutors. From this personal experience and observing the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners, you then explore how best you might support others from diverse cultures and with different learning styles to develop their own spiritual health practice.

In this unit you learn about the crucial importance of reflective practice for self-care and personal development. You will explore the different reflective strategies, choose the approach that best suits you and implement a daily practice of careful and honest self-reflection. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. You will study how reflective practice is a crucial element of self-managed healthcare and psychological wellbeing. You will also look at the psychological and mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.

This unit introduces you to the history, culture and science of the relationship between spirituality and medicine. You look at the evidence base, the physiology and the psychology of how spirituality can benefit health. You are supported in developing and clarifying your own language and terms of reference, so that you can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in multicultural and interdisciplinary environments. You also reflect on how all of this is relevant to your own personal experience of illness, wellbeing and health.

This unit builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units, focusing on the actual giving of spiritual care and enabling others to develop their own spiritual health practice. You will be introduced to and required to practice the fundamental skills of whole-body listening and how to facilitate a developmental conversation, one-to-one and in small groups, around the health and wellbeing benefits of spirituality. You will learn how to lead individuals and small groups into meditation. You will also study the psychological challenges that may arise in an enabling relationship and be introduced to the crucial topic of risk and the procedures for assessing and referral.

For more information, admissions policies and pricing (including concessions and early bird offers) please go to or call Andrea directly on 07956 376 145.


Exploring Menopause – A Women Only Event

For the next date please contact Cabby Laffy

At Spiral
This weekend workshop is for any women interested in this topic, rather than a training event for professionals. It is facilitated by Cabby Laffy and Eileen Bellot, who have run several programmes called ‘Reclaim the Menopause’ for women in Hackney since 2015.

Exacerbated by a lack of knowledge and negative social attitudes, many women find the Menopause a confusing and uncomfortable phase in their lives. This weekend aims to give women a voice and empower then to understand their choices for managing a healthy transition through the menopause.

The workshop covers

  • The physiological process of the Menopause phase
  • The impact of stress on physical and emotional well being
  • Managing symptoms like anxieties, hot flushes and sleep difficulties

Through experiential exercises and group discussion there is an opportunity to explore

  • Beliefs, experiences and myths about Menopause
  • Your relationship with your own cycle of life
  • Your thoughts and feelings about sexuality
  • “The Change” – Your goals, dreams and hopes

The workshop is priced at £150 waged. Concessions are available for low/unwaged.
To book: ring Cabby 07981 665 917 or email



CBT Workshops on Anxiety & Depression
and Anger Management & Assertiveness

Simms Psychological Service is running a series of 2-day CBT self-help workshops at the Spiral Therapy Centre. These workshops aim to teach you practical skills to manage symptoms relating to anxiety, depression, insomnia and anger management.

We will be offering the following workshops:

The Insomnia Workshop aims to explore and challenge difficulties that people have with irregular sleep schedule, broken sleep, early morning waking, delay in getting to sleep and any issues with tiredness experienced during the day.

The Anxiety and Depression Workshop aims to explore unhelpful patterns between thoughts feelings and behaviours, and aims to challenge difficulties with low mood, anxiety and stress. It aims to challenge issues with worry and any difficulties with negative and repetitive thinking. It will also focus upon low motivation and any tendency to avoid wanted goals.

Two day workshops, a month apart. Apply to Lowina Simms for information and dates.

The Anger Management & Assertiveness Workshop aims to explore any difficulties with passivity, passive aggression and aggression. This workshop will focus upon challenging unwanted emotional responses to everyday situations, and will focus upon assertiveness skills.
The first workshop session will cover the main principles of CBT, and the teaching of evidence based skills and techniques to practically manage undesirable symptoms, emotions, behaviours and thinking styles. Attendees are then encouraged to practise skills learned for a month, before they are invited back for a follow-up session.

The second workshop session occurs a month after the first session, and will focus upon and explore any improvements in mood, behaviour and thinking style. It will also problem-solve around any on-going difficulties and any challenges people may have had when using the skills offered in session one.

The cost of the workshop is £140 for both sessions. (Early bird bookings will receive a discount). For more information or to secure your booking please make contact with Lowina Simms on 07957 180 475 or email:

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Medicine Woman Medicine Ways
Holistic Healing and Well being

Medicine Woman Medicine Ways (formerly Celebrating Woman) was co-founded by Lorraine Grayston and Dawn Russell in 1998 and offers spaces for women (and sometimes women and men) to come together and work directly with the wisdom of the Earth and the magic of the circle.

The aim of Medicine Woman Medicine Ways is to offer life enhancing and transformative work that brings us into good relation with all things. Once we understand that we create powerfully, but mostly unconsciously, that our vision of who we are and where we want to go affects every aspect of our lives, we can begin the journey of self-realization. That is to touch the deep spirit within and around us and to live and manifest fully, with a deep sense of peace and connectedness – a sense of belonging – being part of.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” …. Marianne Williamson

We work with Earth based Spirituality which is is a path of knowledge (knowledge that is acquired by conscious life experience) and not a belief system.

The cycles and rhythms of the seasons and lives of all the beings (including ourselves), are reflections of the Mystery and to immerse ourselves, with awareness, in these cycles and rhythms can give us a glimpse into the heart of the divine, the heart of ourselves. We also offer individual session (see below for details)

Some of the Practitioner and Personal Development Training we offer:

*THE MATRIDONAL JOURNEY – Cycles of Becoming
Working with the Archetypal Journey of birth

A Journey to Remember

Deepening Our Connection To
Earth Based Spirituality


For more details and current dates please visit our website