A 2 Day face-to-face creative inquiry into shame, spontaneity, freedom, self consciousness and our inner critic.

Playing at the Edge is a two day workshop led by Steve Chapman and Simon Cavicchia that uses a variety of creative experiments to help us get to know and better understand our inhibiting self image, our inner critic and the effect this has on realising our full creative potential.

Participants will be invited to participate in a variety of Gestalt Psychology techniques, creative practices, masks, improvisational experiments, mindfulness practices and a variety of other methods to help them become more aware of their attachments to fixed self images and other ways in which they inhibit their spontaneity.



6th & 7th June

Umbrella Rooms
London, WC2H 8EH

Limited to 12 people.


Whilst the essence of this workshop is the same as our online cohort-based workshop, the experiments and experience are different as the face to face environment allows us to use a number of techniques and practices that we are unable to do online.   It is therefore suitable for those new to this work or those who have worked with us previously online.

Please note that this workshop is limited to a total of 12 participants.

Watch Steve’s TEDx talk on learning to creatively dance with the Inner Critic below.


PLEASE NOTE: This work can be extremely rewarding, liberating and challenging.  It requires a degree of resilience and capacity for self support in the face of inner criticism which can be painful to see and experience.  We expect participants to be able to support themselves in the face of these challenges and would like to invite you to consider your levels of support before signing up for the programme.  If you would like to speak to Steve our Simon before signing up then please contact us.

Whilst the venue is located on the ground floor there are three big steps up to the door which unfortunately means that the room is not wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access requirements and would like to attend a future workshop then please get in contact and we can work something out for a future session.


Simon Cavicchia: Simon is a coach, executive coach, organisational consultant, supervisor and a Gestalt psychotherapist. He has consulted at all levels in organisations working with individuals and groups. was Programme Director of the MSc in Coaching Psychology at the Metanoia Institute until 2017 and is now on the faculty of the Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching. He is particularly interested in integrating relational and psychodynamic perspectives on organisational life and consulting, and is committed to continually researching how these perspectives can be used to inform effective practice in organisational settings. He supervises consultants and coaches, and has a psychotherapy practice in London. 


Steve Chapman is an artist, writer, speaker coach and consultant interested in creativity and the human condition. He specialises in crashing together ideas from socio-complexity, gestalt psychology and various therapeutic creative practices to help individuals and organisations navigate their way through change in a way that is more responsive, lively and innovative. He holds an MSc with distinction in organisational change and is visiting faculty on the Ashridge Business School and Metanoia Organisational Development and Coaching MSc programmes. Steve has trained extensively in gestalt psychology, mask work, improvisation and completed a foundation programme in Art Therapy.