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Exploring the Divided Brain

Understanding the relationship between the two hemispheres with world-renowned author, psychiatrist and lecturer Iain McGilchrist

Date:3-6 March ’18 (Sun-Tues).Workshop with Iain McGilchrist - The Master and His Emissary and The Divided Brain
Format:4 Days (30 hours for CPD).
Location:Puckrup Hall,
Tewkesbury

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Join other like-minded people, on a unique 4-day experience, in the company of world-renowned author, lecturer and intellectual giant Iain McGilchrist.

Experience a series of fascinating and profound lectures, over a period of 4 days, interspersed with complementary workshops and discussion groups to help cement and assimilate the learning. Explore the divided mind in the company of a small group of friendly and engaging individuals from a rich diversity of backgrounds – all keen to share their understanding of Iain’s work and how it’s making a difference in their lives. Get to know Iain on a personal basis and explore how you’ll take your learning forward to make yours and others lives more balanced, satisfying and creative.

All this takes place in at a fabulous venue, on the edge of the Cotswolds, amid 140 acres of private grounds. A truly unique and special experience that you can share with a small group of approachable, open-minded and engaging intellectual explorers.

Your typical day

Start the day, in a relaxed and friendly group, chatting over breakfast. Enjoy a full English breakfast or perhaps choose from a wide range of healthy and delicious alternatives. Take a stroll through the beautiful grounds of Hotel before joining the others in the main lecture room. Iain McGilchrist takes the stage and enthrals his audience with deep meaningful content interspersed with amusing personal anecdotes. As Iain brings you bang up to date with the latest thinking on the human brain your own mind will relish the new insights and profound implications. Sit back and listen or get involved yourself in the rich discussions before going to coffee with people who are already starting to feel like friends.

Next join one of the optional sessions available to further explore the practical applications of what we know about the divided brain before continuing the conversation over a 4-course lunch.

After lunch choose how you would like to continue the learning by: joining an active discussion group,  taking a stroll and finding a quite place to reflect or taking advantage of the relaxing spa facilities, a sauna, a swim, or simply lay back in the jacuzzi and reflect on the thoughts of the day. Whatever you decide, you choose the pace that suits you. 

Back with Iain mid-afternoon you’ll learn even more about how our understanding of the brain is set to revolutionise our understanding of the mind and what it means to be human. Join in with the lively and rich Q&A before heading back to your room to prepare for the evening.

Meet your fellow intellectual explorers and Iain in the comfortable and inviting bar. Benefit from how approachable and accessible Iain is and how willing he is to continue the ongoing dialogue in such an informal way. Enjoy the banter and camaraderie as you get to know the delightful company you’re keeping even more. Soak up the learning while you indulge in more culinary delights over dinner. Continue the conversation after dinner before retiring to your, warm and comfortable, room to reflect on the day and get a great night’s sleep.

“This course was intelligent, challenging, moving and therapeutic in equal measures – a veritable feast for the senses. The conversations over lunch and dinner were as illuminating as Iain’s views. It was interesting to see how all participants took something different from the conversation according to how it helped their own experience”
William O’Connor, Foundation Professor and Head of Teaching and Research
in Physiology at the University of Limerick
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“A splendid 4-day programme: Iain McGilchrist’s talks are deceptively demanding intellectually but these are counterbalanced by sessions (led by Samantha) which cleverly allow these new ideas and concepts to be assimilated more easily. When you couple this with the 4* star location, this makes for a truly memorable weekend.”
Charles Grimes
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“The opportunity to listen to Iain McGilchrist’s life’s research and his own personal story was utterly useful and totally compelling. That, combined with the chance to exercise my creative side in a relaxed atmosphere, was a wonderful experience that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone interested in achieving some balance in their hectic modern lives.”
Chris Colcomb, Managing Director
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“Samantha created a wonderful restorative space for learning from the wisdom of Iain McGilchrist. This was a highly significant milestone on my personal journey.”
Jerry Gilpin
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For a comprehensive review of this workshop in May 2015 see the
blog entries by Jenny Mackness here.
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About Iain McGilchrist

Iain McGilchrist picture - Author of The Master and His Emissary and The Divided BrainIain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and writer who works privately in London, and otherwise lives on the Isle of Skye.

He is committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mould, and in turn is moulded by, our minds and brains.

Click here for more information about Iain McGilchrist and his world-renowned book ‘The Master and His Emissary.

What will you learn?

As an introduction to some of the topics that will be covered and expanded on (both in theory and in practice) you might want to watch the RSA video below:

In addition to presentations led by Iain McGilchrist there will be a number of practical sessions led by leading trainer Samantha Field. The aim is to bring to life some of the practical applications of the differences between the left and right hemispheres.

Click here for information about guided discussion groups.

How much and what’s included?

This is a fully inclusive, high-quality, residential package. There are no hidden extras; we take care of everything so that you can focus on enjoying the experience and getting the maximum value from the learning. The venue and grounds are quite simply beautiful and access to a wide range of spa facilities are include in the price. The food is delicious, varied and plentiful and the price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and a choice of drinks and snacks throughout the day. All rooms are first-class and en-suite and staff are always helpful and friendly. The lectures and workshops take place in light and airy state-of-the art training rooms and the chill-out spaces are welcoming and comfortable. Iain McGilchrist joins the group for meals, breaks and on an informal basis in the evening. Iain is an absolute delight and it is a real privilege to meet the man behind the book in such a congenial setting. You really couldn’t ask for more yet this whole training and accommodation package is for the amazing price of £1,325 plus VAT (£1,590 incl. VAT) for the whole 4-day experience. What’s more you can reserve your place now for just £400 via the book now button.

 

 

Where is the course?

The luxurious leisure hotel, Puckrup Hall, is just 2 hours from London and less than 1 hour from Birmingham and just a few minutes from junction 8 of the M5. A mixture of old world English-country charm and up to date modern facilities Puckrup Hall is a truly outstanding place for taking a break and focusing on your own personal development.

Nestled on the edge of the Cotswold hills Puckrup Hall combines the highest standards of service with outstanding training and leisure facilities in a location where you can truly get away from it all.

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For more information about Puckrup Hall click here.

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Times

We start the first day of the course at 11.00am and then 9.00am every other day. We aim to finish by 6.00 each day and we finish by 4.00 on the last day of the 4-day course. It’s a total of 30 hours training during the 4-day course with plenty of time to unwind, enjoy the wonderful surroundings and discuss the learning from the day.

For a more detailed workshop schedule click here.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The workshop qualifies for 30 hours CPD depending on the governing body of your specific discipline. A certificate of attendance with CDP hours will be given to all participants. Please check with your disciplines governing body or your supervisor to clarify for CPD suitability if required.

How do I book or reserve a place?

Places are strictly limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We encourage you to book early to guarantee you can get a place.

Fully residential, all-inclusive price:

£1325 plus VAT
(£1,590 incl. VAT)

Non-residential price:

£1,095+VAT
(£1,314 incl. VAT)

We encourage you to book as soon as you can. With Field & Field you are booking on a course that has strictly limited numbers so bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any further questions then please do contact us. We will be delighted to help with any queries that you have.

 

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