Who Has Your Back
New block starting 15 December 2017, 12 January, 9 February, 16 March 2018
Fridays 7.15 – 9.15pm
St Philips Church, Canonmills, Edinburgh
A soulful, reflective practice group for people looking for support in a variety of work roles. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you going at work? What is draining and what’s going well? Who or What ‘has your back’?
Using a mixture of conversation and creative approaches here is an opportunity to re-energise vision for work, find help with tricky encounters and refresh courage and compassion towards both yourself and those with whom you work. Open to people from a variety of backgrounds e.g. NHS/social workers, teachers, alternative therapists, charity workers, clergy, volunteers, anyone in ‘people roles’ or organisations. We will create the space between us using images, objects, action and ‘soulful seeing’ to go in search of focus, support, and re-equipping.
Group of 3 to 6 people. £30 per session with a commitment across these 4 dates, then the choice to stay or leave with new folk joining as space allows for another block of 4. Early bird rate £110 for 4 sessions if paid in full by 13 Nov. To aid the group process you are greatly encouraged to come to all dates. If you know at the time of booking that you need to miss one date you will not be charged for this, thereafter the commitment of £30 is to all dates.
Further information email@example.com
For further general information on supervision please see this page
Pithead Time for Pastors*
Small group reflective practice open to all in ordained ministry.
“British miners in the 1920s fought for what was termed ‘pit-head’ time – the right to wash off the grime of the work in the boss’s time, rather than take it home with them. Supervision is the equivalent for those who work at the coalface of personal distress, disease and fragmentation.” Hawkins & Shohet
As supervision – or reflective practice – this group will offer a mixture of conversation and creative approaches to support vocation, explore tricky encounters and re-energise vision. The option to use objects and images in our time can aid confidentiality in a group whose paths may cross in other contexts, being less reliant on story or detail. The group is open to Rectors, Ministers, Priests, Chaplains etc who work at the Coalface of ministry; I would encourage you to see this group as clearly part of work time and to seek expenses for the cost. £30 per session with a commitment to four dates and then the choice to stay or leave. This group has now begun on Thursday afternoons, if you are interested in other possibilities please email firstname.lastname@example.org
(*with thanks to M.Bazely & R.Layzell for the use of their chapter title in Enriching Ministry ed. Paterson & Rose)
Reflection for Life
A group for people who have some experience of one or more of the following:
○ A Retreat in Daily Life ○ Spiritual Direction
○ Quiet Days ○ Growth in Prayer course or similar
○ Exploring – or wanting to explore – their own prayer life
This group is rooted in a broad Christian tradition and will draw on scripture, nature, spiritual writers and poets, creativity and conversation to grow in awareness and in sharing our journey together. The aim is to help the interweaving of faith and life. As life turns like a spiral, our time together may be one way to revisit themes, questions and experiences in a deeper way. We will try out different ways of praying and reflecting, individually and together, and the group will be shaped by its member’s own interests and suggestions.
Group of between 3 and 5 people, in north Edinburgh.
£15 per session.
This group has now started, if you are interested in joining or in other dates please email email@example.com
Informal enquiries welcome for all above groups.
firstname.lastname@example.org 07952 198379
Elizabeth is a spiritual director, trainer and pastoral supervisor, and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Groupwork. Alongside her private practice she coordinates the adult learning programme for the Diocese of Edinburgh.