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New Forest 2019 Residential Weekend

Avon Tyrrell

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

overnight stay Sunday available - no charge

£445.00 £275

The workshop

 self-acceptance | transformation

growth | contribution

& the realisation of unlived potential.

with Michael Gavin 

What to call this event?

I see it as part workshop, part seminar, part masterclass, part mastermind.

This event will be

  • rooted in the impulse to Autonomy and Individuation through the Self-Directed Learning approach,

  • enlivened and embodied though ideas and practices from Radix & Focusing, DMT and Qi Gong

  • inspired both by Jungian archetypal psychology & Active Imagination, and Dina Glouberman's Imagework

  • enlightened (though not obtrusively) by the wisdom of Taoism, the Advaita Vedanta, and the "perennial philosophy"

  • informed by a variety of psychological and philosophical approaches, both eastern and western

  • with a group of curious, self-aware and self-responsible people,

  • enabling a balance between personal work, professional development, and life goals

  • as well as creativity, fun and exploration,

  • in the spring, in the forest, not too far from the sea,

Please note: this will not be equivalent to our usual Radix Intensive workshops, though it may include elements of Radix and other approaches to bodywork.

It is not therapy, though you may find it therapeutic.

It is not training, though you may find that you learn on many levels.

From the point of view of Radix, while we can never exclude the significance of Feeling, the emphasis of the weekend is on Purpose.

You can use this workshop for personal growth work, life goals or professional development as you choose and in any combination. 

How does it work?

In the days 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, and/or early on Saturday, 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, and activities will be developed through discussion, and will be optional.

There will be a chance for each person to do some individual work in the context of a smaller group.

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

After the workshop there will be options to follow up what emerges here.

The menu

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

Personal work:

Coaching and Mentoring

Radix, Somatic Trauma Therapy, TA, Core Energy Management

Dreamwork, Imagework, Sculpting and Constellation

Life and Relationship goals

NLP, TA, Gestalt

Professional development:

Body Awareness, Boundary and Contact, Self-care

Presence and Authority

Creativity and fun:

Dance, Qi Gong,

Exploring Nature

Art work, indoors and out

Avon Tyrrell outdoor activities

Mindfulness and meditation

A note from Michael Gavin

It is not easy to describe this truly unique 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


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.

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

This plan is template and a backup

I am prepared for the form of the workshop to evolve differently as the spirit moves us .

Before the workshop (optional)

Preliminary question:

Formulating your questions,

Defining your quest,

Reviewing your resources

Friday 15 March

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

* If all participants can be present.

Otherwise, informal get together.

Saturday 3 November

9.30am Optional Five Elements Qi gong

10.00 am

Warm Up

Whole Group Meeting:Plans `& Intentions

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: Review & set intentions

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 9.30 am Monday)

After the workshop (optional)

Email series:

Taking your questions further

Shaping your practice

Refining your quest


Possible Ongoing FaceBook Group

- for support, accountability, shared wisdom

You can also opt for ongoing Coaching or Mentoring

Michael Gavin

A more personal note

On arriving at the age of 78, I considered my life, looking back and looking forward, and undertook an experiment designed to last seven years (assuming I am spared) until I reach 85. The themes of this workshop are the themes of that experiment.

 self-acceptance | transformation

growth | contribution

& the realisation of unlived potential  

In my practice this involves a step-by-step shift of focus towards Coaching and Mentoring, and to teaching, mainly through on-line courses but perhaps with some live events, addressing the things I have found to be of value, and involving the development of Not So Common Publishing, set up initially to make the book Able & Equal, A Gentle Path to Peace available again. In addition I hope and intend to give time and substance to part formed but so far unrealised ideas like the Calm, Joyful Centre Project, and the Path of the Spinning Wave


I have served in many ways, as a teacher and headteacher, as a therapist, and supervisor, as a trainer and consultant, and learned a lot in these roles, through study and experience, and the blessing of some good teachers and companions, and by no means least through my many mistakes. If all goes well, this marks my antepenultimate change of identity, (with a contemplative phase at 85 followed by the final transition.)

Inviting people to this workshop, at such short notice, is one expression of the attitude underlying this seven year experiment. It is an act of faith in "the process." It is also an act of faith in the irresistible impulse of unfolding human potential.

Thank you for considering, and even more if you have accepted, my invitation.

Michael Gavin

Some more about me 

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 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 propositi

on 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 33 years I have been associated with the 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 for future projects


  • First be comfortable

  • Grounding, Centring and Connecting

  • 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 and Beyond– 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)
    • Security <> Variety | Significance <> Love & Affection | Growth <> Contribution


    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

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