Innovative and exciting workshops and seminars

Blue Skies runs and hosts original seminars and workshops for health workers, social workers and therapists (See this season’s workshops below). Workshops are exclusive to Blue Skies and apply new thinking to established fields, encouraging debate and change. You can book by clicking on the workshop you wish to attend in Events.

Existing students can find resources on our STUDENT RESOURCES page.

In house training

We also meet with teams and organizations to evaluate key issues for them as the client and to prepare seminars, workshops, “away days”, team-building accordingly (see Team Building & Training for Organisations).

If you see something here you want why not ask us to adapt it for your needs? If you have a specialist interest, let us know, we probably have the trainer for you.

Exciting Development Days for Everyone

at Blue Skies 2016 

Booking NOW – 3rd International Body-Mind Workshop – October 22nd, Nottingham

International Body-Mind Workshop

22nd October 2016


This popular workshop runs once a year and this will be it’s third time. This year’s workshop will incorporate new material and ideas that Imogen and Miriam have been working on in their therapy and Alexander practices and they are excited to bring to you. For previous workshops see below.

Love, Sex and Relationships

February 2017

Trauma Training for Therapists and Counsellors

May 2017


Well-Being Summer School

August 2017

Wellbeing Summer School        with Miriam Grace Granthier

UnknownFocus on Love                      

Focus on Happiness         

Focus on Peace                  

Focus on Power                 


Other workshops:

Creative Dreaming Workshop 


with Miriam Grace Granthier


Miriam will introduce dreaming on the Friday night before spending the Saturday looking at dreams through a Gestalt and psychosynthesis view.

Come with a journal, a yoga mat and a blanket and find insight through metaphor rather than thinking.

Dream workshop £90       

Working with Trauma from Spiritual, CBP

and Humanistic approaches

with Miriam Grace Granthier

Specialising in trauma work since 1988, Miriam will look at the theory of trauma and different approaches to working with trauma including body work, CBT and Humanistic  perspectives to healing. The workshop will include supervision, self reflection and practical work.

Miriam has worked on this integration for some years and has collaborated on the development of a Post Graduate University Course in Trauma as well as teaching trauma in the UK and Europe. Miriam has specialised in working with sexual trauma, childhood trauma and vicarious trauma since 1988 and more recently has developed her practice and teaching in this area and the area of meaning and purpose. She is particularly interested in helping survivors find meaning and life purpose within apparently meaningless events and death or near death.

£250 for the weekend


Previous Blue Skies Workshops

Sensation and Awareness, with focus on the Body

International Body-Mind Workshop 


Imogen Ragone (Alexander Technique Teacher) and Miriam Granthier (UKCP reg Gestalt Psychotherapist, student of Zero Balancing) ran their unique workshop on Saturday, 10th August 2013 with a further workshop on August 2nd 2014. Both workshops were fully booked. All enjoyed a fun experiential day, which incorporated the disciplines of Gestalt Psychotherapy and Alexander Technique with social psychology and neuroscience. Blue Skies welcomed Imogen as a visiting trainer from Delaware, USA. For more details see our workshop programme and the reviews below.



Miriam and Imogen have worked together sharing commanalities from the Gestalt approaches to awareness and the approaches of Alexander technique. The founders of both approaches share similar influences and Imogen and Miriam’s development of this integration has deepened both practitioners’ approach.

Please see this blog on the psychological impact of Alexander Technique by one of Imogen’s students. Miriam also blogs about the importance of body and psychology.

For anyone interested further, you might like to read about the Reubenfeld Synergy Method which is developed by Ilana Reubenfeld as Gestaltist who gained so many ‘ah-has’ from Alexander Technique she combined them into one therapy combining touch and talking. Some clients talk about their experiences of this type of therapy on this video link.

Comments from feedback forms:


I wanted to enhance my connection within myself and my expectations were met.
A well-managed group
A relaxing day where I learned more.
I thought this was a brilliant day which has really made me rethink about myself and how I can use the knowledge I have gained to improve things for myself and it has really confirmed for me thoughts I already had that more connection should be made between the mind and the body and that such workshops are very valuable in emphasising this. It was a very original workshop which exceeded all my expectations.
Well facilitated and good value. Well done to you both the way in which you facilitated the day and demonstrated the body mind connection.


You do not have to be good…
You only have to let
the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
~Mary Oliver

Mid – Life Awakening Course and Retreats

Miriam’s Mid-Life Awakening courses are life changing (see the testimonials here), helping people to become more fully invested and connected with who they truly are. For this year’s workshops, click here.



Holycombe Awakening Retreat


with Miriam Grace Granthier

3rd-6th September 2015

This beautiful retreat is based on becoming more who you are. Using the philosophy behind Life Awakening, the Human Trinity Principles, this weekend will use meditation, ritual, exercises, discussion, personal reflection and Life Awakening ideas to help you value yourself and appreciate your uniqueness more fully.

Includes all food and accommodation, your own work materials and workbook.

The retreat space is beautiful. Based in the Cotswolds, there is a large pond, a stone circle, trees and horses all near the house. We will be able to explore our connection with nature as well as silence. For photos please go to

This is suitable for those who have experienced the Life Awakening approach and wish to take it deeper, as well as those who are new to Life Awakening.