dates & booking
Download flyer with information about our introductory weekend courses. (note: flyers are in pdf format and will open in a new browser tab, or right click to save)
Introductory weekends can be attended as a one-off experience or may be used to lead into and form part of our Level 1 certificated course in Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy (PCEAT).
To gain a Level 1 certificate in PCEAT you will need to attend an introductory weekend plus our 3 themed weekend workshops which constitute our Level 1 training.
*See booking section (below) for application process.
All workshops are designed to encourage and accommodate your unique depth of exploration and to support a balance between your creative comfort and stretch.
CPD certificates will be awarded to all who attend these training workshops, either at the end of a series or individually if attending one-off weekends.
Download flyer with information about our SoulCollage® follow up series of weekend workshops with the option to be taken individually or as a series.
You must have attended an introductory weekend before joining this series.
September 9th/10th Introduction to SoulCollage®
October 14th/15th Expressive Arts Therapy: Where the Wild Things Are – befriending our inner beasts (fully subscribed)
November 11th/12th SoulCollage®: Inspirational Guides – Creating a Circle of Support
March 17th/18th SoulCollage®: Exploring the Transpersonal Dimensions
April 21st/22nd Expressive Arts Therapy: Self-Esteem – discovering the Gods and Goddesses within (fully subscribed)
May 19th/20th SoulCollage®: The One and the Many – Exploring Self-Configurations
June 16th/17th Expressive Arts Therapy: Playful processes and experimental materials (fully subscribed)
October 13th/14th Level 1 – Nature as Metaphor (weekend 1, following the July Introduction)
November 10th/11th Level 1 – Polarities (weekend 2)
March 10th/11th Level 1 – Weaving Stories (weekend 3)
May 11th/12th PCEAT Skills Training – optional and paid for separately
To book your place on any of the above trainings and workshops, excluding the Level 1 PCEAT 2018/19, please specify your choice and send a non-returnable deposit of £75 to Dinah Brown at 5, Ferney Green, Kendal LA9 4SW. Alternatively you can email this information and organise payments by bank transfer by contacting Dinah at Either way we need your email address, postal address and telephone contact number and if new to our workshops a brief description of your background. On receipt of your deposit a follow up letter will be sent giving more information about the workshop, venue and local accommodation (if latter is requested).
Places are limited so it may be wise to apply early to avoid disappointment.
NB. Questions and Enquiries about Level 1 PCEAT 2018/19: email Amy at email@example.com.
Bookings for the Level 1 PCEAT 2018/19: Please post a non-returnable cheque deposit of £75 made out to Creative Connection Cumbria to Joan Elliot, 17 Leighton Drive, Lancaster LA1 5UQ or if paying by BACS please email firstname.lastname@example.org for bank details.
NB It is essential to have attended the July 2018 Introduction to PCEAT first before booking onto the Level 1 training.
To complete the booking, we also request you to email Joan your email address + mobile number + brief information about your professional background + your reasons for wanting to attend the training.
On receipt of your deposit and these details you will receive follow up instructions for attending the Level 1 series, including directions to Endmoor, information about payment of balances and a list of suggested local accommodation (if requested).
Please email Joan or phone 07704 710810 if you have further questions concerning payments.
Full weekend attendance will be validated with a CPD certificate.
Information about accommodation (pdf document opens in new browser tab)
All our workshops are experiential, offering an abundance of materials and creative processes.
We aim to offer a safe, respectful, empathic group context where you can find your courage to try out new creative approaches as a way of deepening and quickening your personal growth and to gain insight into possible professional applications.
Our Expressive Therapy training courses and workshops, held in North West England, are based on Natalie Rogers’ Person Centred mixed media approach, the Creative Connection, whilst our series of Soulcollage® workshops use Seena Frost’s model with roots in Jungian psychotherapy.
Although both models integrate aspects of Jungian and Gestalt theory and practice, but our orientation as facilitators is Person Centred.
The Expressive Therapy workshops are generally aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and those working in related helping professions. However anyone wanting deep personal exploration through creative media is equally welcome and we often have participants who fit this description.
Absolutely no artistic expertise is necessary, just an open mind, a willingness to play, and most importantly the stability and resilience to work at an emotional depth in an emotional environment.
Dinah trained as a Person Centred expressive therapist with Natalie Rogers in California in the late 1980s and subsequently helped to set up and co-lead the European branch of Natalie’s Person Centred Expressive Therapy Institute which she ran for 10 years with Tess Sturrock until 2001. Since then she has chosen to lead shorter weekend trainings. Dinah received her BACP trainer accreditation in 1998 (ended as a scheme in 2010) and her BACP counsellor accreditation in 2012. She has worked for many years as a counsellor and supervisor (since the early 1990s), but is now focussing her energies on leading these workshops.
Dinah trained with Linda Woolfson to become a licensed SoulCollage® group facilitator in April 2016 and has been running groups in this model since June 2016. She will be retiring in June 2018.
Joan has immersed herself in the culture of PCEAT since 2006 and completed the training with Dinah to facilitate groups using this model. She leads courses incorporating this expressive approach for groups at Littledale Hall, a therapeutic community near Lancaster. She is an experienced PC counsellor, working for the NHS, GamCare and The Birchall Trust, a Cumbrian organisation supporting survivors of rape and abuse, where she integrates PCEAT into her counselling practice.
Comfortable when working at emotional depth and bringing her serenity, compassion and resilience to group environments, Joan has the gift of transmitting safety within a group, truly embodying Carl Rogers’ core conditions.
Since June 2017, Dinah’s daughter, Amy, has been assisting her in facilitating the workshop programme. A freelance artist/designer, specialising in intricate papercutting and 3 D designs in paper (www.amywilliams-art.com), Amy has also trained as a PC Counsellor and has experience working as a secondary school counsellor. She has recently been appointed as the community arts development officer for the Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), facilitating weekly art groups for children, young people and adults with an emphasis on cultivating wellbeing through creativity. She also volunteers regular support with adults with mental health issues through Space to Create in Kendal.
Amy brings abundant creativity, playful skills and her warm, sensitive personality to our trainings.
Joan and Amy work well together, complementing each other’s qualities to create a colourful, fun, but safe container for the transmission of Natalie Rogers’ deeply therapeutic model.
They are in the process of creating their own website. Until it is live, details of their schedule of courses will appear on this website. Their courses will start from July 2018 (see Calendar section above). I will indicate when their website is completed.