In addition to presentations led by Iain McGilchrist there will be opportunities to explore the implications of Iain’s work in a variety of ways. These include optional practical workshops by Samantha Field and John Field, lively discussion groups and quiet reflection time. In all cases, you choose whatever you prefer to do in the way that suits you best.
Activities and options between Iain McGilchrist’s eight lectures, over the 4 days, include:
- Opportunities for personal reflection and processing. The venue sits in 400 acres of beautiful Cotswold countryside with stunning views, sculptured pathways and many delightful reflective spaces. You will be welcome to explore the grounds of this area of outstanding natural beauty, find your own special spaces to reflect on the talks and record your thoughts and feelings. There are also very comfortable coffee lounges or, of course for those who are full-board, the peace and quiet of your own room.
- For those of you who seek stimulating conversation, and want to talk with like-minded people, there will always be the option to join in with the organised discussion groups. As with the chats over meals it is amazing to hear all the different ways in which individuals have come to, and are looking to use, the learning from Iain’s work.
- Last, but not least, six optional practical sessions that will be led by leading trainers Samantha Field and John Field. The aim is to bring to life some of the applications of the differences between the left and right hemispheres in fields such as creativity, education, coaching and personal development. Each of the sessions listed below will be run twice giving you the chance, if you wish, to attend all six.
A summary of what will be covered by Samantha and John in these 6, highly practical sessions is outlined below:
Session 1: Mind-Body Connection and Dealing with Transition
Transition and change is an inevitable part of life and we can all suffer from resistance to change. This resistance is often associated with a conflict between the left and right hemispheres and their different perceptions of the world. The left hemisphere can logically think it has the answer and the ‘complete picture’ but it never has – it trusts what it thinks it knows. The right brain has a sense of the possible and is much more comfortable with uncertainty, imagination and the future. In this session we will look at mind-body techniques for assisting with challenges and transition. We’ll look at how we make sure the right brain is heard and the full system is considered.
Session 2: Creating Time and Space to Connect with the Right Side of our Brains
The development of a clear sense of personal identity, and how we fit into the world, calls upon both left and right brain thinking. Unfortunately though, it is the right brain contribution (to our understanding of the whole) that so frequently gets squeezed out of our modern day lives. This session looks at habits that we might embrace to create space and give more attention to what the right hemisphere can contribute to our journey through life and the decisions we make.
Session 3: Systemic Change in the Body
Change without considering the whole system is often frustrating and frequently ineffectual. In this session we will look at the SCORE coaching technique for assessing the impetus for change, the systemic impact and the resources required. The SCORE model, used in a particular way, can be used to access both left and right hemispheres and bring about a more systemic and sustainable strategy for change.
Session 4: Exercising our Senses
Creativity coach and facilitator, Samantha Field, says that when she is teaching creative approaches she is often simply helping people to get in touch with their senses in new ways. In this session on ‘Meditation and Mindfulness through Drawing’ there is no right answer, no good or bad. The focus is on the moment, and the process of seeing, hearing and feeling, rather than the end product. Samantha creates a safe environment, free of judgement, where you can simply enjoy paying attention to your senses.
Session 5: Strategies for Dealing with Left-Brain Lock
As you will discover in this workshop the concept of ‘left brain lock’ is a significant and growing problem, and is a theme that runs through through the whole workshop. So how do you deal with inflexible logic that ignores all evidence that potentially undermines it? In this session we will look at the language and strategies that can be used to weaken left-brain lock and bring about more flexible and healthy thinking.
Session 6: A New Way of Seeing
With today’s hectic lives we often need time to just ‘stop’ for a while. Samantha will take you through practical exercises to help clear your mind and simply enjoy your own visual perception of the world and, in doing so, connect with the world in a more satisfying and creative way. The session will conclude with help on how to develop your own (or your client’s) personal, everyday practises that help us to connect and listen to what the right side of the brain is telling us.