Playing at the Edge – Creative Adventures with the Inner Critic is an online workshop designed to help us get to know and learn to dance with that part of us that would rather we stayed small and not take risks – our inner critic.

The workshop has been designed to take place across six different 2 hour sessions to allow us to experiment and explore together in a safe and playful online environment and then take our heightened awareness into our day to day lives to see what more we can learn about the inner critic in its natural environment.

Over the six sessions we will cover the following:

  • The anatomy of the Inner Critic and the structure of shame
  • Getting to know our Inner Critic through a variety of creative means including embodied practices, artwork, symbolic modelling, mindfulness, movement and gestalt experiments.
  • Explore a series of maps and models that help us to better dance with our inner critic
  • A simple process for dealing with the Inner Critic
  • Action learning sets through which to support each other’s learning

A maximum of 16 participants will form a cohort that goes through each session and we will tailor and adapt the experience based on the particular needs and interests of the group.  Sessions will take place via a secure Zoom room and for the best experience we recommend participants join from a quiet, private space with a reliable broadband connection (ideally wired rather than wireless)  You will be sent a pack of creative materials and other resources in advance of the first session.   Each session is 2 hours in length with the exception of the first which is 2.5 hours to facilitate introductions and orientation.

 COHORT #6 : 19th September – 28th November 2024

Workshop 1: Thursday 19th September  16:30-19:00
Workshop 2:  Thursday 3rd October  16:30-18:30
Workshop 3: Thursday 17th October  16:30-18:30
Workshop 4: Thursday 31st October  16:30-18:30
Workshop 5: Wednesday 13th November  16:30-19:00
Workshop 6: Thursday 28th November  16:30-18:30

£395 + VAT

(includes creative resources pack)

In his 2017 TEDx talk Steve Chapman talks about learning to dance with the Inner Critic rather than constantly trying to battle it.  He tells the story of using creative methods to better understand the part of him that despises his creativity, turning his inner critic from an ultimate authority to an irritating annoyance.

This talk gives a good sense of the spirit and philosophical/psychological grounding of these workshops.


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
It is important to us that these workshops are both value for money but also accessible to all so we hope this is a price that does that.  However if you would like to attend but do not have the financial means to afford this price then bursaries are available.  Please e-mail sc@canscorpionssmoke.com to find out more.

About the workshop facilitators

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. He 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.


We understand that individual circumstances change and endeavour to be as flexible as possible should you need to change or cancel your place on this programme. Due to the demand for the programme and the purchase and sending in advance of the resources pack we do need to put in place a cancellation policy to cover our costs, details of which can be found below:

>6 weeks in advance of start date: We are happy to fully refund your ticket or transfer your ticket to another cohort free of charge.

Between 4-6 weeks in advance of start date: We are happy to transfer your ticket to another cohort but if you wish to cancel there will be a cancellation charge of £30 to cover the cost of the creative resources pack we will have purchased and potentially shipped on your behalf.

Between 2-4 weeks in advance of start date: We are happy to transfer your ticket to another cohort. If you wish to cancel we will refund 50% of your ticket cost.

<2 weeks in advance of start date: We are happy to transfer your ticket to another cohort but cannot offer a ticket refund.