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ERT: Two-year Modular Advanced Body Psychotherapy Training

(New start date June 30th 2022.)

To watch a video of Allison and Stephen speaking in depth about Embodied-Relational Therapy and this year’s training – click here

(Updated 17 February 2022)

Allison and Stephen are excited to be leading the 2022 training, and enjoying the conversations we’re having with potential trainees. This is an ideal course for counsellors, psychotherapists and allied practitioners to develop and deepen your work into relational body psychotherapy. This 15th year of the training brings together the core of the ERT tradition, embodying the 4 stage approach, Reichian character structure and ERT metaskills, and incorporating our passion for connection, movement and stillness, spontaneity, working with the embodied experience of social injustice, psychotherapy theory, wild therapy, and the impossibly complex & impossibly simple task of being human alongside other humans.

This year we will be basing the first year of this experiential residential training at Eden Rise Retreat Venue – consisting of two beautifully converted barns in the lovely Devon countryside near Totnes. The 200 year old property has two large work spaces, a spacious kitchen/dining area, underfloor heating throughout the building, rear garden with large fire bowl and BBQ, enclosed courtyard garden with camp fire, outdoor seating areas, and even a separate woodburning sauna facility! There is access to the adjoining land for walks and other outdoor meeting areas.

We attract participants looking for a robust training in working with embodiment and relationship, and we are passionate about supporting you to become more deeply the therapist you already are. ERT encourages spontaneity, creativity, and deep trust of your own inherent competence, and of your clients and their unfolding process. A central theme is working with your embodied relationship with our clients.

We will nurture a collective learning community of trainees, enabling a depth of trust and learning.

If you want an experiential and theoretical model to support and develop your work as a relational body psychotherapist, then ERT could be for you.

  • We will support you to be courageous, heartfelt and passionate therapists.

  • We will encourage you to learn how to consult and trust your own body in the work; to inhabit your body in relation to your clients, to be willing to move towards, away, to be available, to be pushed, touched, to hold and be held.

  • We will explore, through our bodies, the marginal, the excluded, and the wild parts of ourselves and our clients, waiting to be seen, heard and expressed.

  • You will need a degree of robustness and self-awareness to embark on this journey, although the rewards will be great, for yourself, your clients and for the wider world.
    Starting in April 2022 we invite you to come and join others in a diverse community of human and other-than-human, that will examine itself, the world of therapy, and the wider world. Many people join us who are looking for a home, a place to belong for their work.

  • The residential nature of the course means that we will be living, working, cooking and socialising together, This supports a greater depth of relating in a rich community.

  • Graduates of the training are eligible to join the Embodied-Relational Therapy Association – a ‘tribe’ for people working in innovative, integrative and courageous ways.
    See documents below for more course information and booking process.

The format will be an initial 5 night residential in April, followed by four 4 night residentials in July, September, November and February, in Devon.

30th June – 5th July 2022
15th – 19th September 2022
17th – 21st November 2022
16th – 20th February 2023

13th-17th Apri 2023


  • Year One: ERT Diploma – Allison Priestman, Stephen Tame

  • Year Two – Advanced ERT Diploma –Two trainers from the ERT Training Team, at least one of whom will be Stephen or Allison

Venue: Year One: Eden Rise Retreat Venue – beautifully converted barns in rural Devon, close to mainline rail connection. Have a look at their website here: Eden Rise Retreat Venue

Cost: We are offering the 2022 training at the same early bird price as in 2020. If you book before 18 March 2022 the course cost is £3150, after this date the cost is £3450. The final booking deadline is May 20th.

This price covers:
-All teaching, including the interview and selection meetings, Stephen and Allison’s contact time, group-holding, planning, teaching, supervision, travel etc,
-Access to handouts and online reading folders
-The entire cost of your accommodation, (including individual bedrooms for those who wish) use of all the facilities, the venue, the land etc.
-All food, which will be local, vegetarian, organic where possible (N.B. we are experienced in adapting the food shopping to incorporate your dietary requirements).
-All admin costs, including the time of our training administrator, Annie Leathes 

We ask for an initial deposit of £500.
We are committed to making the course as affordable as is possible. We therefore offer a very flexible approach to payment plans. It is possible to pay upfront, monthly (from time of booking if helpful), at each residential, or we will agree other payment plans to suit you.
For those on low income, we are able to offer up to three concessionary places, of £350 reduction. 

For more information, Including the application documents please look on the Embodied-Relational Therapy website

The Embodied-Relational Therapy Trainers

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