London Radix Workshops

education in feeling --- intensive body focused personal growth work - since 1985

now in the New Forest

New Forest 2019 Residential Weekend

Avon Tyrrell

March:  Friday  15 (7 pm)  - Sunday 17  (6 pm)

overnight stay Sunday available - no charge


a limited number of early booking places  - until December  31

at  £365 

Your £100 deposit secures your place.  You pay with PayPal.  Don't have PayPal?  Use a credit card with PayPal.  

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A note from Michael Gavin

It is not easy to describe this truly unique kind of workshop.  I have done my best on this web page to answer your possible questions.

If you prefer, email to set a time for a brief call when I will answer the questions you really have. 

I look forward to hearing from you


PS  Those who know me will know that I am absolutely not a tele-sales person, and I really do want to hear and answer your questions. No pressure, promise.

The workshop

Embodied  Creative Self-Directed Learning


with Michael Gavin & Tracie Peisley

Are looking for a direction in your life, your work , your relationship(s)?

Have you found a direction, but need to reboot your momentum?

Found a goal, but can't see the next step(s)?

Know what to do, but somehow not taking action?

Need a boost to your aliveness and enjoyment of life?

Struggling to unleash your creativity?

Aspiring to mastery in some area of your life?

Just curious or wanting more...?



and get the Early Booking discount - limited places until December 31

£445     £365

This will be 

  • a workshop rooted in Self-Directed Learning,
  • brought alive though Creativity and Radix inspired body work
  • with a group of curious, self-aware and self-responsible people,
  • with a wide variety of topics, activities, and modalities available,
  • with a balance and choice between personal work, professional development, and life goals
  • as well as creativity, fun and exploration, 
  • in the forest, not far from the sea,

I have called it unique and I do not use that word lightly.  I have never done or encountered anything quite like it elsewhere.

Please note: this is not like our usual Radix Intensive workshops, though it may include elements of Radix and other approaches to bodywork, if you choose that.  You can use this workshop for personal work or professional development as you choose. 

Is it for you?

Yes, if you have some curiosity and enthusiasm for your personal growth or your professional development.

No, if you are completely new to personal work, or if you feel that any difficulties you are facing could readily and completely overwhelm you.

The emphasis in this workshop will be on self-responsibility.   Sometimes people need a place to just give up, collapse and be supported for a while.  If this is you at this time, then this is not the right workshop for you.

If you have an appetite for self-exploration, for learning new ways to experience, relate to  and express yourself, for adding new perspectives and skills to your work with people, this will be just the place for you.

If you want some fun, some relaxation and and some stimulating company, that will be just fine too.

Still not sure: email or call Michael Gavin on 01202 237712.

How does it work?

In the weeks before the workshop I will send you some questions and guidelines to help you focus on what you want from the workshop.

On Friday evening, we will meet as a group and map out a plan for the weekend, taking account of everybody's goals and wishes.

Each day we start with a whole group meeting.  Other sessions, outings and activities will be developed through discussion, and will be optional. 

There will be a chance for everyone to have individual intensive work with both Michael and with Tracie in the context of a small group.

I foresee the possibility movement in various forms, a wide variety of art work (inside and outside if the weather is kind), more intensive sessions of bodywork, imagework or other personal growth work, some skills building or supervision for those who want that.  

There are activities provided by Avon Tyrrell and all the amenities of the New Forest, Wessex, and the seaside.

You build a programme that suits you, in collaboration with the group leaders and the rest of the group.

The menu

This is not a set menu, but more like tapas, or a smorgasbord, including-

Personal work:
Radix, Somatic Trauma Therapy, TA, Core Energy Management  
Dreamwork, Imagework
Life and Relationship goals

Professional development:
Body Awareness, Boundary and Contact, Trauma Work, Self-care
Interpersonal Neurophysiology  (Schore, Siegel, Cozzolino)
Character Types in theory and practice, 
Developing Personal Presence and Personal Authority
Specific Skills  for Trauma (eg anchors, brakes, Sibam),  and for Expressive Bodywork
Case Discussion,  Somatic Supervision

Creativity and fun
Art work of many varieties, indoors and out
Dance, Qi Gong,
Exploring Nature 
Avon Tyrrell outdoor activities
Mindfulness and meditation

The location

Located in sixty-five acres of beautiful grounds in the New Forest National Park, Avon Tyrrell is a centre for outdoor activity for young people.  

It has a lake and a mixture of woodland and open spaces.

Its log cabins - nestling in the woods - provide a ideal base for our workshops -spacious enough for group activities, sufficiently private and self-contained.


The nearby the villages of Bransgore and Burley (famous for its witches,) where the New Forest ponies think the streets belong to them, have shops and places to eat, while the town of Christchurch is within easy reach.

The Dorset coast is a short drive away - Mudeford Quay for fresh caught crab, and watersports, the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Boscombe ( for surfing)- and further afield the magnificence of Chesil Beach and Durdle Door and the whole Jurassic Coast .

The New Forest was new in 1079, and the region, King Alfred's and later Thomas Hardy's Wessex,  is steeped in history.  Stonehenge, Avebury, the Cathedrals at Saisbury and Wincester

Avon Lodge, the largest, comfortably sleeps up to 14.

The lodges have modern fixtures and fittings, its own fully fitted kitchen and bathrooms, and include a spacious open plan living area.  

 Avon Lodge has seven twin bedded rooms.

If privacy is important for you, let us know.  Sometimes a single room is possible and there are plenty of local B&Bs.  You can also camp on the Avon Tyrrell site.

The lodges are airy in summer and cosy in winter.

Accommodation is self-catering. On arrival we provide soup and a light meal, and teas and coffee throughout the weekend.  Bring what you feel you need , or local supermarkets deliver, Bransgore has a Co-op and there is a variety of places to eat out within easy reach.


The Programme


Before the workshop (optional)

Email series:

Formulating your questions, 

Defining your quest

Join FaceBook Group

Friday 2 November

Arrive from 5.00 pm



Soup and Snacks, tea and coffee provided

7.00 pm

Warm Up

Opening Group meeting

Paired or small group exploration to set your course for the weekend

Saturday 3 November 

9.30am  Optional Five Elements Qi gong

10.00 am 

Warm Up

Whole Group Meeting:Plan the day

Tea break

Small group/ Individual activities

About 1 pm Lunch

About 2pm 

Small group/ individual activities

About 7 pm


After supper: 

optional activities (to be decided)

Sunday 4 November

8.30am  Optional Five Elements Qi gong

9.00 am 

Warm Up

Whole Group Meeting:Plan the day

Small group/ individual activities

About 12.30 pm Lunch

About 1.30 pm 

Small group and individual activities


Closing Meeting

End 5.00pm

(If staying overnight

Rooms cleared by 10 am Monday)

After the workshop (optional)

Email series:

Taking your questions further 

Shaping your practice

Refining your quest


Ongoing FaceBook Group

     - for support, accountability, shared wisdom

You can also opt for ongoing Coaching or Mentoring


 Join us for the week-long residential in Thassos in September  (13 -20) 2019

What we are offering 

The key to this workshop is Self Directed Learning.  You choose what you want to pursue.

Personal Work

Professional Development

Creative Activities

Curiosity and Fun

in any combination.

It is not imperative that you know at the outset exactly what you want.  A good use of a workshop like this could be to clarify what is truly important to you.

For personal work, we can use body focussed approaches like Radix, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Core Energy Management and Focusing; creative and imaginative approaches like Active Imagination, Imagework, and art work; and more conventional talking methods like TA  (Transactional Analysis).

You may want to address here and now states, unhelpful patterns, relationship issues, or longer term life goals.  You may have an outcome in mind, or may just want to and be curious and explore.

There are many themes that can be embraced as professional development.  Below, you will find a list of topics on which I have prepared &/or delivered training at some time. That list may give you an idea of the possibilities. 

Of course I do not undertake to cover the whole of any of these modules in the course of the weekend.  If you have worked with me, you know that I warn people to expect and indeed to thrive on the frustration and disappointment that comes from understandably expansive wishes and expectations when they come up against brute reality.

What I do undertake is to collaborate with you and the group to create experiences that will put you in touch with the essence of the topic, and leave you with an onward path of experimentation and learning.

There will be plenty of opportunity for Fun, Curiosity and Creativity:

  • Exercises to disarm the inner critic and saboteur that can prevent playful creative expression. 
  • Exercises  to  broaden one's sense of what might be possible in the arts.
  • No fail supportive tutorials to begin or build a foundation of techniques to grow your confidence in being creative.
  • Moving in to the unconscious untapping the rich seams of imagery through making Mandalas and moving out to connect with nature and each other using the environment to inspire and hold creative adventures. 
  • Reference to a wealth of well known and unknown Artists from the earliest to the current day... we are never alone. 
  • A held creative space with materials and support available to work with emergence of our core concerns and dreams.
  •  The forest is all around, the beach and the coast are not far away.  There will be scope for music, and dance, and art work, both as part of some sessions and as as fun things to do for their own sake.

I have worked with groups for some decades and I have a deep confidence in the nurturing, creative, healing and healthily challenging power of a group of reasonably well-intentioned and responsible people to enable remarkable things to emerge for individuals and for the group as a whole.

Who we are

Michael Gavin

Tracie Peisley

I have worked with groups for some decades and I have a deep confidence in the nurturing, creative, healing and healthily challenging power of a group of reasonably well-intentioned and responsible people to enable remarkable things to emerge for individuals and for the group as a whole.

After more than fifty years working with people, including thirty years as a psychotherapist, twenty years as a body psychotherapist, and about seventeen focusing on trauma,  I closed my individual psychotherapy practice in 2012. 

I  have finally left London behind and settled by the sea in Dorset.

I have now  reached a reflective stage in my life when  I am more focused on reflection, writing and mentoring the development of adventurous souls

I love watching people develop personally and professionally.

I have a particular interest in how people - particularly helpers, and people in positions of leadership - can survive and thrive within organisations,  how the Helping Professions can so easily take their toll on the human spirit, and what can be done to humanise this process..

I continue to be fascinated by ways of working with trauma, and with the complexities of trauma-conditioned transference and counter-transference.  This is in no small part due to my long friendship and collaboration with Babette Rothschild (The Body Remembers, Help for the Helper, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery etc.). She has kindly said: Michael Gavin has been my closest UK colleague since 1992.… There is no one I have more confidence in as a therapist, teacher, consultant, and supervisor."

After more than twenty-five years of learning from and collaborating with Michael Randolph, our Radix Intensive Body Psychotherapy workshops remain a enduring source of surprise and delight to me.  I have long felt a calling to bring the insights of our body focused ways of working to those whose training has been in the talking therapies.

Through yoga, Tai Ji, through dancing and riding my bike, as well as Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Trauma Therapy, I continually return to the fundamental importance of embodied living and body awareness.  A relatively new project unfolding over the last couple of years has been the EveryBodyKnows  workshop series devised and delivered in collaboration with Brian Stirner, a revelation and  an affirmation of the proposition that "less is more",  and that deep learning can come for simplicity and focussed attention.

I am a certified Radix Body Psychotherapist, involved with London Radix Workshops for 30+ years.

One of only two Certified Somatic Trauma Therapists in the UK, I am an Approved Supervisor on the Somatic Trauma Therapy Certification Program.

I was External Supervisor to the London Underground’s Counselling and Trauma team from 2007 to the end of 2015.

I was in private practice as a therapist in SW London from the 1980s until the end of 2012.

I have been a Regular member of the Institute of Transactional Analysis  since 1982, and a frequent presenter at ITA Conferences over the years.  My three years of TA training in the eighties, disrupted by a prolonged encounter with ME/CFS, has formed a valued frame of reference for my thinking, and I learned much from intensive training with Bob and Mary Goulding and Richard Erskine. 

For twenty years, from 1997 to 2018, I was a regular member of a  Professional Development Group, led by the Psychoanalyst, Shirley Spitz, exploring relational psychoanalysis, transference and counter-transference and other analytic and psychodynamic themes.

My own Jungian analysis lasted from 1986 to 1998, and for the past 29 years I have been associated with the annual Champernowne Trust summer conference focussing on Jungian psychology, creativity and the Arts based approaches to therapy.  I am now myself a Trustee with particular responsibility for the Web and Social Media.

I trained additionally in Core Energy Management with William Bloom (The Endorphin Effect, Feeling Safe etc), and with Dina Glouberman in Imagework.

My awareness of Mindfulness practices began in 1966 when I joined an esoteric school based in the teachings of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and the philosophy of the Advaita Vedanta. The practices and the philosophy have continued to inform my life and my work.

A range of possible professional
                                         and personal topics


  • First be comfortable
  • Grounding, Centring and Facing
  • Somatic self-awareness
  • Strawberries, Anchors and Fingerposts – applying Core Energy Management (William Bloom)


  • Expressive Bodywork: Do's, Don’ts and How-To's
  • Understanding Emotions:  In Body, Mind, And Relationship
  • What Talking Therapists Can Learn from Body Psychotherapy
  • Embodied Counter Transference: A Vital Therapeutic Tool


  • Self-Care for Working with People
  • Self-Care for Therapists and Counsellors
  • Self-Care for Trauma Therapists and Counsellors
  • Self-care for Managers and Leaders
  • Self-care for Teachers and Headteachers
  • Self-care for Parents
  • Self-care for Carers


  • Self-remembering (Mindfulness+)
  • Self-esteem – Denton Robert’s “Gentle Path to Peace”
  • Developing Personal Presence
  • Developing Personal Authority
  • Embodying Power: assertiveness in practice
  • Creative Aggression (Bach & Goldberg)
  • Six Human Needs (Madanes)


Introducing Active Imagination  (Jung)

Working with Images (Glouberman)



  • What You Need to Know about Trauma & PTSD
  • Starting Out on Trauma Therapy
  • Working safely with People Affected by Trauma


  • Assessing Clients Affected by Trauma
  • The Three-phase Model of Trauma Treatment    -in theory and in practice
  • Putting on the Brakes - managing arousal in trauma treatment
  • Risks and Remedies in Working with Trauma
  • Peter Levine's SIBAM Model: an invaluable tool for work with trauma
  • 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery in Practice


  • The Neuroscience You Need for Trauma Therapy
  • Understanding Trauma in Brain and Body


Short-Term Work with Trauma

Long-Term Work with Complex Trauma

Trauma and Counter-transference

Structural Dissociation and Trauma


(Applying Current Theories in Practice)

  • Making Sense of Affect Regulation (SCHORE)
  • Making sense of Mindfulness (SIEGEL)
  • Making Sense of the Body Remembers (Rothschild)
  • Making Sense of Structural Dissociation (The Haunted Self)


For People in Leadership Roles

  • Between the Millstones –Surviving the pressures of organisations, and thriving
  • Developing Personal Authority as a Leader

For People in Education

  • School Rules
  • How to Praise and Disapprove
  • The Anatomy of Arousal (and of Calm) for Teachers
  • Developing Personal Authority as a Teacher/ Headteacher
  • Confidence in the Classroom
  • Don't Smile till Easter – the path of the classroom Ninja
  • Troubled or Troublesome - understand and manage challenging behaviour
  • Toddlers, Teens and Beyond

‘I have learnt to trust the creative process and although a painter for thirty years I give myself permission to play with and make whatever comes to mind in any media. Sometimes I collect beach materials to recycle, one summer I spent each day mosaicking, I always have clay to sculpt and coil along with painting and drawing staples.’

Tracie Peisley in depth

I believe passionately in expanding upon one’s idea of what might be possible and facilitating others to follow a creative process, which given permissive environments, appropriate resources, practical direction and crucially supportive relationships, individuals can make work ready to exhibit which exceeds early expectations.

I qualified as a HCPC art therapist, with experience of working with children, families and adults creatively.  The therapy I offered followed the participant process and supported a range of abilities. The premise is to work with the artist within seeking to express something.  I am confident that everyone can achieve something through a creative process and some of course are very talented indeed. 

I have worked with non-directive and directive models depending on the needs of the individuals and groups I have worked with.  I can work closely with individuals sharing skills and ideas and equally I am willing to give space for ideas to unravel at their own pace.

In work with children I have experience of 5-11 year olds with complex needs, Physical and Emotional.  I have put together sessions that include drama, movement and play to improve social interaction and build the confidence to take risks.  These skills are taken into daily life but also the challenges of being a creative practitioner.  Trying something for the first time, baring not knowing what might happen, remaining curious, moving forward, taking risks and relaxing are all states relevant to making art.

I am a qualified teacher and can confidently structure a session, hold it’s boundaries and make the preparations necessary for a smooth running course.  I can evaluate the workshop and risk manage it.  I can differentiate a task dependent on the participant’s level of understanding, agility and experience.  I am not fazed by learning new skills and I would like to take this enthusiasm and confidence, belief that anything is possible into the workshops.


I have led community based art groups for many years, notably the Pandora’s other box project which supports women to move out of their comfort zone and to empower them to make art both individually and collaboratively around a theme with a view to staging a professional exhibition.  Many women from these groups have gone on to lead their own groups.  Most recently I supported a group of 8 women to make work for an exhibition called, ‘Still I Rise’ (based on the poetry of Maya Angelou,) at The Fish Slab Gallery in Whitstable

In terms of my own artistic practice, my training as an art therapist really set me free to work with any media.  I am a painter of 30 years but I have also worked with metal, ceramic, wood and fabric to make sculpture, create environments, make objects and clothes.  I believe that all my pieces are in a sense collages, amalgamations or assemblages of things put together to make something that is harmonious with some sense of emotional tension.

This is what you can explore
         in the creative aspects of the workshop

  • Exercises to disarm the inner critic and saboteur that can prevent playful creative expression. 
  • Exercises  to  broaden one's sense of what might be possible in the arts.
  • No fail supportive tutorials to begin or build a foundation of techniques to grow your confidence in being creative.
  • Moving in to the unconscious, untapping the rich seams of imagery through making Mandalas 
  • Moving out to connect with nature and each other using the environment to inspire and hold creative adventures. 
  • Reference to a wealth of well known and unknown Artists from the earliest to the current day... we are never alone. 
  • A held creative space with materials and support available to work with emergence if our core concerns and dreams.

That thing you want to do
                        – that thing you want to say

Take yourself seriously

Listen carefully


Reach for the good stuff

Be courageous

Tolerate stupidity

Be nice when you can

Love yourself unreservedly

Love others even more

Forgive the bastards

Take action

Think about the planet

Remember all the little things are sentient

Write poetry

Send poetry

Make touch a priority

That thing you want to do

That thing you want to say


Be creative it won’t kill anyone

from Tracie's blog

October 1 2018