Online Group Sessions

Beyond Threat: finding your centre in the midst of uncertainty and change

To fully benefit from this programme we ask that you

  • Are willing to respectfully participate in group discussions, listening to and sharing personal experiences and reflections.
  • Have already begun to reflect on your life, and developed some self-awareness and understanding about your experiences.
  • Have access to a private, quiet and uninterrupted learning space, a good broadband connection, and use of Zoom software.
  • Are able to attend a minimum of 5 out of six sessions. You will find details of the dates and times of the courses below.

Programme overview

Depending on the emerging needs of each learning group this content may evolve. The pace of learning is determined by the group.


Session one:
All behaviour starts in the body

  • Understanding our Trimotive Brain and the neurobiology of personal resilience.
  • Learning and applying practices to better manage your emotions – especially those of your threat brain.

Session two:
Warming up awareness

  • Understanding and cultivating self-compassion as a core condition for learning and growth.
  • Understanding and learning to soften your Inner Critic.
  • Learning practices to develop an appreciative mindset.

Session three:
The significance of childhood experience

  • Understanding your implicit (unconscious) memory and how it influences you.
  • Exploring conflict and shame as threat brain triggers.

Session four:
Owning our shadow

  • Understanding the shadow self.
  • Meeting and living with our shadow.

Session Five:
Loss (letting go)

  • Exploring the stories we tell about ourselves and how our attachment to these narratives might help or hinder our growth.
  • What must we give up in order to grow? What must we keep?

Session Six:
Return (letting come)

  • Exploring how we will sustain and grow our learning.
  • Transitions – exploring the challenges of new beginnings.
  • Staying connected: post programme support and resources.

To join a programme you will need to:

  • Check the programme dates below and commit to attending all six sessions.

A minimum attendance of five sessions is required.

Course dates

Learning Group One (LG1)

Friday mornings from 8.30am to 10.00am
October 9th, 16th and 23rd, November 13th, 20th & 27th.

If these dates don’t work for you, you can still apply for a course and we will hold you on a waiting list and inform you of new dates as they arise. You will not be required to pay until your place has been confirmed.

To apply for this programme

  • Complete a personal information form providing a short biography of yourself, so that facilitators can best support your individual learning goals.
  • Agree to, sign and return our participation terms and conditions which is required in order to create a safe and confidential learning environment.
  • On acceptance of your application we will confirm your place and course dates via email, and you will be asked to pay the full and non-refundable course fee of £495 plus VAT.

Once you have joined and paid for your programme you will receive

  • Six 90 minute group sessions, in a group of between six and ten people. You will work with and get to know these same people throughout the programme. Each session is facilitated by Dr Nelisha Wickremasinghe, and co-facilitated by a senior practitioner from the Dialogue Space.
  • A copy of the book, Beyond Threat, which is core course reading and will be posted directly to you.
  • Access to the Learning Space where you will find further reading, video sessions, and suggestions for individual practices you can work with in-between sessions and after the programme.
  • Life-long membership of a growing learning community which includes: ongoing access to live, online development sessions hosted quarterly by Dr Wickremasinghe, and further reading and other resources posted on the members Learning Space.
  • As a member of the learning community a ‘hot off the press’ copy of Dr Wickremasinghe’s next book, Being With Others, (due for release Winter 2021).
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