SCPP :: Phine Dahle

Polyvagal Theory & Somatic Dialogue
Residential Workshop
Connecting Mind and Body

With Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann - April 2019 UKCP Following ethical codes of professional codes of practice homeGetting in touchWorkshops & groupsGroupsGetting hereLinks & resources

Residential Workshop itinerary

Friday 12th


Saturday 13th

Sunday 14th




Arrival and welcome - 5pm.
Evening meal - 6pm.
Seminar - 7pm - 9pm

Workshop - 10am - 5pm (including lunch)

Workshop - 10am - 12.30pm
Lunch - 12.30
Close - 2pm (We have the venue until 5pm)

St Colomba's House, Woking, Surrey

About the weekend

Preparations for our Residential weekend are well underway. If you haven't yet reserved your place, there are details below of how to do so.  In the meantime, Gerhard has this update about what to expect from the unique work that we will be doing:

"The autonomic nervous system is the basic regulator of our behaviour and wellbeing.

When we are stressed and don't feel safe, our organism reacts with defensive behaviour patterns. Simple exercises are able to shift our autonomic state from defensive to ventral vagal activity and social engagement. A sense of safety and connectedness allows us to orientate ourselves in the present and influence behaviours that have become dysfunctional and don't work for us anymore.

In this seminar and workshop Gerhard will introduce "Smoveys", an exercise tool to reinstall rhythm and flow in areas of the body where movement is limited. They are frequently used by Peter Levine in "Somatic Experiencing". It's amazing how slow rhythmical exercises support the somatic dialogue and a sense of more aliveness. As with all the other exercises before, we will practice gently and with little effort, to allow personal experiences to emerge."
- Gerhard Zimmermann, 21 Feb 2019.
This will be an opportunity to experience more self-contact and contact with others who are interested in working somatically. Take time to integrate the work we do and work closely with Gerhard and Phine in a supportive and immersive setting. 

St Colomba's House is a retreat and study centre located in peaceful surroundings, with space for reflection, solitude and community for you to absorb the depth and benefits of our work together.

Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann  
An experienced medical doctor working in the field of behavioural medicine, he runs a private practice in Mainz, combining his medical knowledge with psychotherapeutic approaches. He has trained in Gestalt and Behavioural Psychotherapy.

Gerhard Zimmermann has been coming to Southampton from Mainz, Germany to share his knowledge and experience for 28 years.

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Cost: £450.00 per person to include:

• Seminar with new information on polyvagal theory, somatic dialogue and the influence of trauma
• Workshop all day on Saturday and on Sunday morning
• More time for personal work
• Two nights' accommodation in a private en-suite room (contact Phine with any queries)
• All food and drink
• Opportunities for retreat and relaxation in beautiful and peaceful surroundings
The professional group will meet at the usual time of 3.00 for 3.30-5.30pm on the Friday – cost £50.00.
Spaces are limited to 25 people and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 will secure your place.

For more information and to book your place, please contact:
Phine Dahle at Southampton Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Phone Phine on 023 8032 0097 or email: or