Building Better Relationships


Two Groups

‘As Covid is now a somewhat under control, my colleague Sophie Samuel and I are going to offer two workshops that have been in the making for some time. Fortunately, I believe, the themes have become more rather than less urgent. In case this finds your interest, I would really love for you to take part.

The first workshop is about dealing with conflict, in the widest sense, and not being silenced by fear in the face of strong opinions. The second is about educating ourselves about climate change and trying to find areas where we can reclaim our empowerment.

I. Unchartered Territory: How to talk constructively about the Big Issues.

We live in uncertain times where big and complex issues affect us all. Brexit, Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, MeToo, Climate Change - to name but a few. Many of us feels strongly about these topics but don’t dare to explore them with others or find ourselves in uncomfortable conflicts when we do. We can end up talking only to those who share our opinion. We feel afraid of embarrassing ourselves or upsetting people whom we hold dear. We worry about our lack of knowledge, perhaps of becoming tongue-tied. But it means that we shy away from genuinely important conversations.

However, it is possible to talk constructively about these matters - without fear, overwhelm or embarrassment. When we do, we grow in confidence, become better listeners and find the courage to speak up for what matters to us. How to do this will be the theme of our six week group workshop.

We will explore:

  • How we first learnt to deal with conflict
  • How our nervous system reacts
  • How to stick with a tricky conversation
  • How to turn ’not knowing’ into an advantage
  • How to find our own voice, whilst remaining open to others
Facilitators     Susanna Deverell & Sophie Samuel
Dates Tuesday 11th, 18th, 25th January & 1st, 8th, 15th February 2022
Time 1pm - 3pm
Location Upton Noble BA4 6BB
Cost £240
II. Active Hope in Times of Ecological Crisis.

The challenge of climate change is daunting, to say the least. What can we do as individuals?

Most of us care deeply about the wellbeing of our environment and the future of this planet. However, often when we tune into these issues, we experience a state of powerlessness and overwhelm. We feel so small in the face of it all. This group is a collaborative, supportive and non-judgemental space where we can discuss how to engage positively and actively with the ecological crisis and the feelings that accompany the topic.

We will explore:

  • What power do we have as individuals
  • How do we sustain a sense of hope and engagement in the face of so much uncertainty, eco-grief and fear for the future
  • How do issues of climate change intersect with issues of social and structural power
  • How do we translate our thoughts and feelings into meaningful action in the world
  • How might these issues affect how we think about parenting and grand-parenting
Facilitators     Sophie Samuel & Susanna Deverell
Dates Wednesday 12th, 19th, 26th January & 2nd, 9th, 16th February 2022
Time 7pm - 9pm
Location Upton Noble BA4 6BB
Cost £240