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.

For events for therapists, see training
and cpd for therapists



A Residential Weekend Workshop For Women

Friend or Foe

with Pom Eaton, Lotta Kitchen and Lora Wignall

Friday – Sunday 15th – 17th March 2019

How we talk and relate to ourselves can have a profound effect on our wellbeing and sense of self. Many of us have an internal critic that may shame or judge us for who we are and what we do. Habitually undermining ourselves through mean and negative thought patterns, diminishes our sense of optimism, self worth and our capacity for self actualisation.

In this workshop we will explore our relationship to the inner critic, the foe, through personal reflection, group work, creative, formative and somatic expression to grow both our understanding of how we are with ourselves and how to change our experience to something more satisfying.

A residential workshop is a unique and often profound experience, where within a safe and supportive environment the group can be a catalyst for sharing, participating, learning and growing.

The workshop will be held at Gayles retreat centre, located on the South Downs, five miles from Eastbourne and will run from 6pm on Friday 15th March until 3pm on Sunday 17th of March. The cost is £405 which includes all meals and accommodation. To book a place or to find out more please contact Lotta Kitchen on 07764 760931, Pom Eaton on 07794 754871 or Lora Wignall on 07742 809979.


DANCE London (Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement)

DANCE is a network of meditation practitioners who are exploring and expressing their responses to the climate crisis

DANCE London hold regular protests and actions that include meditation, theatre and rituals as a form of protest. They also support environmental groups in their vital work with groups and workshops.


dates currently being decided

How to stay alive and connected in the face of the environmental crisis

The recent international report on global warming states that we have 12 years to prevent global temperatures rising above 1.5C – above this temperature the impact to life would be devastating and significantly threaten survival of all of life forms.

We are already witnessing a mass extinction of species, loss of life from extreme weather events and loss of human life from defending land, wildlife or natural resources. How can we hold this in our awareness and continue to take action when feeling paralysed, numb, angry or overwhelmed?

Inspired by the work of Joanna Macy, using practices such as mindfulness, group work and dyads, this series of three workshops will explore our connection with the Earth and each other. The workshops will build on each other to create a space to nurture and express our innate capacity for care and connection with others and our precious planet. We will explore new narratives which envision a just future for all life and look at sustainable activism based on each individual’s values.

Ticket price is for all three workshops and helps pay for venue hire. The workshops build on each other and participants are encouraged to attend all three workshops.

Please contact Joseph Mishan at before booking if you are unable to attend all three.

WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THESE WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE TO ALL: if you need to pay by donation please notify Joseph on

Workshop dates: Saturday 2nd February, Saturday 2nd March, Saturday 30th March.

Workshops run from 11am-3:30pm. Please arrive at 10:45am for an 11am start.

Tea, coffee and vegan refreshments provided

Contact: for more info



Exploring Menopause – A Women Only Event

11am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th March 2019

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