After two years of not being able to meet in person, we are so excited to open the doors and relaunch our face to face gatherings for trainee and qualified counsellors. This will be our 5th annual gathering focusing on The Power of Creativity in the Counselling Room.
This year we wanted to make this event as unique and nurturing as possible so we are hosting this within a small countryside hotel in Chester. The Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa has a quirky and colorful character and for those staying over in the hotel, we have negotiated use of the spa and some preferential room rates on a first come first served basis. (Contact them directly for availability and to book this).
Community means everything to us
After a full day of creative workshops, we can’t think of anything better than being able to kick off our shoes and hit the spa for some wind down time. The Creative Counsellors team and speakers will be staying on site on Saturday night and for any community members staying over, we would love to catch up in the pool, join you for a drink at the bar and get to know you a little better after the event. We are also organising a three course meal on Saturday night for anyone staying on site who would like to join us. Details will follow soon!
If you appreciate some quiet self-reflection time during breaks and lunch, our wonderful Evie will be hosting a chill out creativity table where you can spend some time with watercolours or doodling. You can choose to take something away with you and find a corner or take this back to your table too. We appreciate you joining us!
The Creative Counsellors Experience
Whether you are flying solo or in a group – we are on hand to make your Creative Counsellors experience an adventure. So please let us know on your booking form if we can do anything to help or make this experience more comfortable for you!
Payments and bookings
To book a place you will need to register for this event by clicking the “register for this event” button at the top of this page. This Google form will help us to gather all of the important information that we need to ensure we can give you the best event experience including your payment details and dietary requirements! Once you complete the form you will receive a PayPal invoice and can choose to pay in instalments with a £40 deposit plus –
2 x Monthly payments of £19.75 for members (Total £79.50)
2 x Monthly payments of £27.50 for non members (Total £95.00)
Or pay in full. You can also select to pay by BACS as long as we receive your deposit within 24 hours to secure your place.
Forshaw Media will be on site to stream all of the workshops of the day so that we can share the replays with members who can’t be with us in person.
We have carefully balanced the day with a mix of professional workshops, wrapped up in nurturing and creative self-care activities. After all we are people before counsellors.
9:30 – 10:00 Networking Coffee Meet Up
10:00 -11:00 Creative Counselling – Exploring a range of therapeutic interventions to bring more creativity into your counselling room with Tanja & Gaynor
11:00 – 11:20 Coffee, chat and browse the stalls
11:20 – 12:30 Creative Counselling Part Two with Tanja and Gaynor
12:30 – 13:30 Creativi-Tea Lunch! Enjoy a tasty lunch, browse the stalls or find your inner flow with a gentle self-paced creative activity
13:30 – 14:30 The Wonders of Sound in Therapy and Live Gong Bath with Masha Bennett
14:30 – 14:50 Afternoon Coffee and Cake
14:50 – 15:20 Unlock The Hearts Whisper with Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar
15:20 – 16:20 Creative Hearts – A Mosaic Self-Care Adventure with Rhiannon Davies
16:20 – 16:30 Closing Reflections
Tanja Sharpe is an Integrative Counsellor with a private practice in Chester and online. She is the founder and co-director for Creative Counsellors and is the community and membership lead. She is also the the author of the Amazon number one bestseller "Creative Counselling - Tools and Interventions to Nurture Therapeutic Relationships" and "Doodle Your Worries Away". In this workshop Tanja and Gaynor guide you through a range of creative interventions including creative therapeutic writing exercises, metaphor, cards and reflective practice.
Gaynor Rimmer is an Integrative Counsellor with a private practice in Southport and online. She is the co-director for Creative Counsellors and the retreats and training lead. In this workshop Gaynor and Tanja guide you through a range of creative interventions including creative therapeutic writing exercises, metaphor, cards and reflective practice.
Many of you will know Evie as your community champion and ambassadors lead for Creative Counsellors. She will be with us on the day connecting with you all and being the hostess with the mostess. Evie will be managing the exhibitors and stalls on the day as well as hosting our lunch time creative session for anyone who would like to chat and connect in a quieter space.
In this workshop, Masha Bennett will explore the nourishing and healing potential of sound in the therapy room for clients as well as for ourselves. She will also treat us to a live gong and sound bath working with a range of instruments. Masha Bennett is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and therapy trainer, based at The Sand & Sound Centre in Glossop. Masha’s work is steeped in symbol and metaphor, she specialises in Integrative Sandplay Therapy and Gong Healing as well as nature, drumming, therapeutic art, clay, and the Enneagram. You are very welcome to bring a blanket to make yourself comfortable for this experience.
In this 30 minute workshop, Yasmin Shaheen-Zaffar will guide us through working with her therapeutic cards to support clients and our own wellbeing and expression. Yasmin is a qualified creative therapist based in the UK working online and face to face in private practice. She, alongside her colleague Katerina Bolshakova, created The Hearts Whisper cards. She is also the creator of the CC Digital Toolkit & The Angry Tent among other digital and creative resources.
Rhiannon is a qualified counsellor who offers a unique and fresh approach to integrating mosaics therapeutically in her work. In this workshop she will guide us through creating our own heart based mosaic to end the day on a high.
Our popular pre-loved book store will be back with a selection of second hand books on offer for a little inspiration.
From labradorite to ocean jasper, we have a range of crystals and stones on offer to add to your symbols and creative counselling toolbox. Gaynor will also be on hand to offer any advice and support to anyone looking to learn more.
Can I book a room on site?
Yes, rooms are on a first come first served basis and you can check availability, price and book to stay directly with Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa by calling 01244 335262
Additional hotels in the area include: The Cheshire Cat, Rowton Poplars and the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel.
Where is the hotel?
The hotel address is – Rowton Lane, Chester CH3 6AD
Where is the nearest train station?
The nearest train station is in Chester. You can book a taxi to take you to the venue from there.
How do I book a ticket?
You can book a ticket by clicking on any of the “register for this event” buttons on this page. This Google form will guide you through some questions and help us to arrange your personalised invoice for you.
Can we book as a group?
We need an individual form to be completed for every person to capture dietary requirements etc and so you will need to book individually.
Are seats allocated?
No. seats are not allocated and so you can choose to sit anywhere that you like.
Are special diets catered for?
Dietary requirements are catered for and we will also have a selection of alternative milks and options on offer too – as long as we receive your completed form we can pass this onto the caterers.
What if I change my mind, can I cancel my booking?
All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable as we pay per booking with the hotel. If you cannot attend for some reason and we have a waitlist then we may be able to resell your ticket but we can’t guarantee this. If for some reason you can’t attend after booking and we can’t resell your ticket for you, then you will get access to the recorded replay so you don’t miss out.
Will this event be recorded?
Yes we are planning to record the workshops so that we can offer access to members who are not able to attend in person.