The Creative Counselling Gathering 2024

Saturday the 19th October 2024

Book your ticket here

Welcoming you to your 7th Annual Community Gathering at the beautiful Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa in Chester on Saturday the 19th October from 9:30 to 4:30

We are excited to be hosting our annual event again at this incredible venue as we have for the last two years. If you have been to one of our events before then you will know that the whole experience is important to us and to make this event as unique and nurturing as possible, we like to include as many options for connection and reflections as possible with a heavy focus on nurturing our own self-care and sense of community!

The Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa has a quirky and colorful character and for those staying over in the hotel, you have access to a divine spa and some preferential room rates on a first come first served basis. (Contact them directly for availability on rooms and to book this directly with them).

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 will be staying on site on Friday and 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.

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! We will also invite you to join a WhatsApp group if you would like to connect with other counsellors who will be with us on the day.

Payments and bookings

To book a place, please:

STEP 1: Pay your deposit below

STEP 2: Complete your registration form

This registration 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 knowing your dietary requirements! Once you complete the form you will receive details of how to make your remaining payments.

We take a deposit payment to secure your place of £48. Once you complete your registration form we will send you an invoice/receipt and share details for how to make remaining payments to be cleared by the 15th August 2024.

Members total ticket cost = £89.50

Non-members total ticket cost = £105.00

Please note: Your deposit secures your ticket and is non-refundable as we pay this directly to the hotel.

STEP 1: Pay your deposit here

STEP 2: Complete your registration form here


Evening Meal (additional option not included within the day ticket price)

The evening meal is a three course meal with coffee for £30. This gives us a smaller group opportunity to gather and get to know each other even more. The food is amazing and the staff are wonderful. Last year we ended up in the bar after our meal to catch up on life, laugh a lot and hug it out! We know that counselling can be isolating work and this is one of the ways that we like to bring the community together! All dietary requirements can be catered for and you don’t need to be staying in the hotel to book the evening meal. Numbers are limited for the evening meal and so we do urge you to book that with your main booking form.

Event Stall: 

We offer a small number of event stalls and tables where you can offer your products to those who are attending. There is a small donation of £30 towards this to cover set up costs. This also includes a table cloth and table ready and waiting for your set up! You can set up from 8am with event doors opening from 9:30am.


The flow of the day

We have carefully planned the day to offer a balance between professional workshops and creative activities with plenty of breaks and lots of nurturing food and refreshments. After all we are people before counsellors.

9:30 – 9:45 Coffee Welcome with Creative Counsellors

9:45 – 11:15 Creative Psychotherapy for Depression (Arts for the Blues) – with Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston & Leigh Gardner

11:15 – 11:35 Morning Coffee Break and browse the stalls

11:35 – 12:35 Sands of Expression: Exploring Poetry and Symbols in Integrative Sandplay Therapy with Masha Bennett

12:35 – 13:30 Creativi-Tea Lunch! Enjoy a tasty lunch, take a walk in the gardens and browse the stalls

13:30 – 14:30 Supporting Neurodivergent Clients Wellbeing with Louise Brown

14:30 – 14:50 Afternoon Coffee and Cake

14:50 – 16:20 Too Close for Comfort?  An exploration of Attachment Behaviour in the counselling room with Pauline Andrew

16:20 – 16:30 Closing Reflections 


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. Use code RHGA000729 to access the discounted rate. 

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.

Will this event be recorded?

We are not recording this event at the moment, this may change if we decide that this could be possible in the future.