Exploring the Divided Brain – 2021

Coming to Your Senses

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

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Date: 2-5 October 2021  Workshop with Iain McGilchrist - The Master and His Emissary and The Divided Brain
Format:4 Days (30 hours for CPD).
Location:Tewkesbury Park Hotel

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Join like-minded people, for what will be the last chance to experience this unique 4-day retreat in the company of world-renowned author, lecturer and intellectual giant Iain McGilchrist. John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, regards ‘The Master and his Emissary’ to be the most important book he has ever read and  attended the June 2019 event. Keep an eye on the 2021 schedule for guest speakers and optional discussion groups and experiential workshops.

Over the four days Iain McGilchrist will give 14 fascinating and profound lectures, interspersed with complementary workshops and discussion groups to help cement and assimilate the learning. Explore the divided mind in the company of a 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.

Your typical day

All this takes place at one of our fabulous venues. 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 the Hotel before joining the others in the main lecture room. Iain McGilchrist takes the stage and ; his audience with deep meaningful content interspersed with amusing personal anecdotes. As Iain brings you 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 lunch.

After lunch choose how you would like to continue the learning by; joining an active discussion group; experiential workshop; taking a stroll and finding a quiet place to reflect; taking advantage of the relaxing spa facilities, a sauna, a swim, or simply lay back in the jacuzzi, all the time reflecting on the themes 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.

See what previous attendees have said about this course:

“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
“A splendid 4-day programme: Iain McGilchrist’s talks are deceptively demanding intellectually but these are counterbalanced by sessions 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
“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
“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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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.



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.

Where is the course?

The luxurious leisure hotel, Tewkesbury Park, is just 2 hours from London and less than 1 hour from Birmingham and just a few minutes from junction 9 of the M5. A mixture of old world English-country charm and up to date modern facilities Tewkesbury Park is a truly outstanding place for taking a break and focusing on your own personal development.

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

Tewkesbury Park Hotel
Lincoln Green Lane
GL20 7DN

How much and what’s included?

This is a fully inclusive, high-quality, residential package. We take care of everything so that you can focus on enjoying the experience and getting the maximum value from the learning. All rooms are first-class, en-suite, newly decorated, and all have great views. The venue and grounds are located on the edge of the Cotswolds and quite simply beautiful.

The hotel provides a wide range of raquet sports, pool, spa and leisure facilities included 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. The staff are always helpful and friendly and the chill-out spaces and lounges are welcoming, comfortable and covid-secure. The lectures take place in a light and airy state-of-the-art training room with floor to ceiling glass wall with amazing far reaching views towards distant hills. Just perfect for this kind of event.

Iain McGilchrist is an absolute delight and it is a real privilege to meet the man behind the book in such a congenial setting. Iain joins the group for meals, breaks and on an informal basis in the evening. You really couldn’t ask for more, yet this whole training and accommodation package is available for the amazing price of £1,997 incl. VAT for the all-inclusive 4-day experience.

For those of you however who can’t do all 4 days, we have 2-day packages, and a limited number of non-residential places available. This is made possible as the lectures are not sequential and each day stands alone.


Saturday-Tuesday: £1997 incl. VAT
All-inclusive package, arriving 10.30am Saturday, for an 11am start through to 3pm finish on Tuesday.
i.e. 4 days and 3-nights all-inclusive accommodation.

Saturday/Sunday: £1197 incl. VAT
All-inclusive package, arriving 10.30 am Saturday, for an 11 am start through to 6.00 pm on Sunday.
i.e. 2 days and 1-night all-inclusive accommodation.

Monday/Tuesday:  £897 incl. VAT
All-inclusive package, arriving before supper on Sunday through to 3 pm finish on Tuesday.
i.e. 2 days and 2 nights all-inclusive accommodation.


Day Rates:

Saturday:  £310 incl. VAT
Sunday:  £395 incl. VAT
Monday:  £375 incl. VAT
Tuesday:  £295 incl. VAT

(Day rates incl. lunch, teas/coffees and use of hotel facilities) 

Welcome event on Friday Evening:  £225 incl. VAT

We will also be holding a welcome event on Friday October 1st that includes accommodation, and dinner with Iain McGilchrist for those of you who would like to arrive the day before, settle in, get to know people and enjoy a pre-conference evening. 

How do I book a place?

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 questions then please contact or telephone +44(0)7964 810634. We will be delighted to help with any queries that you have.


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.

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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 CPD hours will be given to all participants. Please check with your disciplines governing body or your supervisor to clarify for CPD suitability if required.