Adventures in Clean

Join us for a multi-level clean experience, with six of the world’s leading clean practitioners. Whether you choose to work on your own personal development, or focus on learning more about clean modelling, this will be a fantastic Clean Learning opportunity.

What's involved?

The event will centre around personal therapeutic development sessions. Everyone who attends will be facilitated by one of us for at least one session on a topic of their choice. If personal development is your main purpose for attending, you’ll be able to gain from several sessions over the course of the weekend. We’ll be using Clean Language, Symbolic Modelling, Clean Space, Emergent Knowledge and the Whirly Gig to facilitate your personal journey of insight, clarity and change.

Between your own development sessions, you can reflect, write, draw, walk, talk with other participants, observe others’ sessions, ask questions or coach someone else and be supervised by one of us. There will be several things going at once. At times we will work in pairs, observing and asking each other modelling questions to learn more about how we each work. You’ll be able to observe all of this and to ask them your own modelling questions during the debrief sessions. This includes modelling what was happening in the facilitator's mind as they were working with the client as well as modelling the unfolding structure of the session and the client's journey.

Please note that this is a group event and all sessions will open for everyone to observe and participate. Everyone who attends the event will be expected to take part in at least one personal development session.

A warm welcome, beautiful surroundings and delicious lunches (on Saturday / Sunday / Monday) await you. The Practice is Caitlin and Shaun’s family home and is situated on the stunning Dee estuary, with views across to North Wales. When you’re not joining in the learning fest, you can enjoy a walk along the beach or in the nearby parkland. The event is not residential but there are plenty of reasonably-priced B&Bs nearby and West Kirby boasts many lovely pubs and restaurants.

Additional information

In order to ensure a high level of personal and professional development, spaces are limited to 20 people.

Frequently asked questions

What is Clean Language?

Clean Language is a simple set of questions developed by counselling psychologist David Grove. These questions are used with a person's own words to direct their attention to some aspect of their own experience. Asking these questions in the right context often results in an interesting new insight or the recognition of some new possibility. And if that new possibility is then questioned using Clean Language, the result can be quite profound. Clean questions invite people to consider their experience from different perspectives and they are often surprised by their own capacity to generate new, powerful and useful ideas about their own experience.

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What is Clean Space?

Clean Space is a facilitation process that emerged out of David Grove's continued search for a way to facilitate clients effectively and efficiently to do the personal work they need to do with the least possible interference from a facilitator. 

In a Clean Space session, the facilitator invites the client to find different physical spaces (usually in a room, although it can be anywhere) to represent different aspects of their thinking. The client moves from space to space, pausing in each one to consider what they know there. In this way, they build up a network of connections between the many thoughts, feelings and ideas in their mind and body.

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What is Symbolic Modelling?

Symbolic Modelling was created by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley when they worked with and observed David Grove over several years, to discover what he was doing to achieve his phenomenal results. They combined David’s ideas with ideas from the fields of cognitive linguistics, systems thinking and NLP to produce a model which could be taught to others to enable them to achieve the same kinds of results as David.

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What is the Whirly Gig?

The Whirly Gig It is actually a gyroscope with a seat that can be moved through 360°. It was devised by David Grove as a way to enable people to orient themselves at any position within 3D space and find out what they know there. David postulated that experiences and traumas are laid down in the body, and that therapies which involve sitting and talking do not allow the body access to those memories, because the body is not in the right position.

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Upcoming events

Adventures in Clean

Friday 7th September, 2.30pm to Monday 10th September, 2pm 2018
West Kirby, Merseyside,
With Caitlin Walker, James Lawley, Penny Tompkins, Marian Way, Shaun Hotchkiss, Phil Swallow