Biography and Social Development Trust | Diploma Course in Biographical Counselling | Short Courses | UK based – Sussex


Short Courses  2016

The Planets at Play and in the Workplace

with Margli and Paul Matthews

14 – 19 February 2016

7:30 pm Sunday – 12:30 Friday

Continuing Professional Development     


With Margli and Paul Matthews 

14- 19 February 2016

7:30 pm Sunday – 12:30 Friday 

In this week we will aim to enliven language and human meetings through the practice of dialogue, mask work, simple rhythmic movement and guided exercises in writing creatively together. Therapists, teachers, social workers, parents, indeed anyone who recognises how essential imaginative language is for all our relationships would surely benefit from this. The qualities and dynamics of the planets will be central to our exploration. 

Each day we will focus on the nature of the human encounter from a different planetary aspect, exercising the skills and inner attitudes needed to help others arrive at their own creative solutions. Talks on the theme will be taken up and practiced in small groups. This will include movement and dramatic improvisation with planetary masks to facilitate and inspire a richness of interaction and conversation – mercurial, sun-filled, jovial – for us to carry back into our places of work, families and communities. 

This work with the planets that Margli has over many years developed with colleagues in the Diploma Course in Biographical Counselling will be further served by the imaginative writing activities (both playful and profound) that Paul has worked with in a variety of contexts.  Emphasis here will be on creative process rather than the finished work. The permitting and honing of faculties vital to any ‘helping conversation’ will be the focus of our attention throughout our time together.

Course Leaders

Margli Matthews is a biographical counsellor, supervisor and trainer with over 30 years’ experience in private practice and adult education.  She directed and designed the Diploma Course in Biographical Counselling for 21 years and offers training courses and workshops in a variety of contexts and countries.  She is co-author of Ariadne’s Awakening, a book concerned with a new consciousness of the feminine and masculine principles in our lives.

Paul Matthews, faculty member of Emerson College for over 30 years, is a poet and a teacher of Spatial Dynamics. He travels widely with his work, speaking his poetry and encouraging others in the use of imagination. His inspirational books on the creative process, ‘Sing Me the Creation’, and ‘Words in Place’ (Hawthorn Press) explore the relationship between word and world. ‘The Ground that Love Seeks’ and ‘Slippery Characters’ (Five Seasons Press) are gatherings of his poetry.  See also:

Practical Details:

Tuition: £475

Early Bird: £ 400, with application and full payment by 18 December 2015

Venue: Emerson College Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK

Meals and Accommodation:

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and meals for the weekend. Emerson has rooms available @£35 per night. Rooms have access to a kitchen to prepare your own breakfasts and suppers. Lunches are served at the college for £42.50 for the week (5 days @ £8.50). There is a café for morning coffee. For requests for accommodation and/or meals please contact Emerson College: +44 (0) 1342 822238; [email protected]

A list of landlady accommodation is also available on request from the Trust: [email protected]

To apply:

Fill out the application form and send it with a deposit of £100 or full payment for early bird application to:           

Biography and Social Development Trust

Emerson College Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX

[email protected]

To secure your place on the course application and full fee is due by cheque or bank deposit by:

25 January 2016

Cheques to be made payable to: Biography and Social Development Trust

Bank details:  Biography and Social Development Trust

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