Next Event

This is our first event of 2018 (Please note that it is a limited number event)  Please note there are only 3 places remaining.

Surrendering to soul: continuing the journey with Marion Woodman

led by – Tanja Pless-Mulloli and Peter Kenney at Alnmouth Friary, Alnmouth, Northumberland

Saturday, March 24th, 10am to 4:30 pm

We will look at ego and self, as well as experiential activities using a dream, working in triads, and collective active imagination .
We are delighted that both Tanja Pless-Mulloli and Peter Kenney will be with us again this spring for an all-day workshop at Alnmouth Friary, .
Lunch will be from 12:15 to 1:15, with the option of either bringing something along or joining the others at the local pub or cafe. There is a direct rail line from Edinburgh to Alnmouth (early booking can reduce the ticket price ) and members can be met at the station Saturday morning and driven the short distance to the Friary, also back again for the return journey. Places on the workshop are limited to 15 participants (at a cost of £25), for further details contact Holly Petrie at


*Although these are not  CGJSS event they might be of interest.

Play Group Therapy with Children

A Wellspring Introductory Training

Edinburgh:  February to June 2018

(one weekend day per month)


This training will introduce participants to the characteristics and dynamics of play group therapy for primary aged children.

Learning will include the theoretical knowledge and skills base required in order for adults to work in a transformational way with children’s vulnerabilities and lack of confidence.  The qualities of deep sensitivity and developmental understanding that inform the course provide children with some of the conditions needed to support their longing for corrective emotional experiences, true resilience and developmental fluency. Play and behaviour are children’s most immediate, effective and natural forms of communication. Through their behaviour and play children are communicating information about their life struggles, their defences and areas of developmental arrest, anxieties and fear, and their strengths and resources.

The role and function of the adult in this model is central to the creation of a therapeutic group climate. It is both a very challenging and profoundly satisfying role. The most significant principle is that demonstrations of kind and skilful resilience by adults, promote feelings of security and confidence in children.

Aspects of Eastern and Western psychology, attachment theory, child development, and various models of play group therapy will be drawn on to enrich the power of learning about sensitive relationship, use of self and therapeutic attunement, and group dynamics.


The first day will be a general introduction, followed by four additional dates covering course components in more detail. Each day can be booked separately.

Dates: Feb 18; March 18; April 15; May 20 and June 17 2018

Cost:       £50 for each day booked

Location: Wellspring, 13 Smith’s Place, Edinburgh

Tutor:  John MacFadyen, Therapist at Wellspring, a Core Process Psychotherapist and member of the teaching team at Karuna Institute, Devon. John has many years of working therapeutically with children and families. Play group therapy has been an area of specialisation.

For enquiries please contact:  Wellspring     0131-553-6660 or John MacFadyen:   07788976022