"This above all – to thine own self be true" William Shakespeare

All too frequently, we become too busy and bound by the tyranny of urgent tasks to recognise the joy and wonder available in and around us everyday. Our mission at The Open Way is to gently remind you and ourselves of the precious opportunities presented by life and to suggest ways to engage more creatively with its ephemeral beauty.

Courses and workshops

The Open Way offers courses and workshops in psychosynthesis and psychospiritual psychology from various venues in and around the South West. In 2021, we will be offering 4-day ‘Discovery of Will’ courses in March, May and October and, also commencing in October 2021 we will be running 'All That We May Be', a year-long programme over 9 weekends that concludes with a 5-day residential.

These courses are facilitated by Samantha Cairns and Peter Crowe

If you wish to apply for one of our courses, please fill in the pre-application form and send it together with your deposit to Peter Crowe at info@petercrowe.co.uk. Information on the application process and course fees can be found here. A copy of the full pre-course application can be downloaded here. 

The Discovery of Will

This unique and stimulating course has at its heart the principles and techniques of psychosynthesis, a psycho-spiritual psychology. Psychosynthesis considers the difficulties in life not purely as problems to be solved but as stirrings at a soul level calling each of us to be more fully the person we are meant to be.

The course will introduce key concepts of psychosynthesis and consider their application toward living a more fulfilling life. Over the four days, we will use guided imagery, meditation, creativity and dialogue to explore where and how you find meaning in the everyday. 

Click here for more detailed course information.

Dates and format

The Discovery of Will’ course takes place over four consecutive days at The Well Spirituality Centre, Elsie Briggs House of Prayer, 38 Church Rd, Westbury-on-Trym BS9 3EQ. This four-day course – Friday to Monday inclusive – occurs three times a year.

This inspiring course will take place on the following dates:

  • 8 – 11 October 2021
  • 11 – 14 March 2022 
  • 13 – 16 May 2022 (tbc)

During the course, each participant is given the opportunity to meet with one of the facilitators to explore their their own process and response to the material presented, in a little more depth in a one-to-one session. 

N.B. Attendance on ‘The Discovery of Will’ course is a pre-requisite for the year-long ‘All That We May Be’ programme.

This course forms a unique opportunity to deepen your personal and/or spiritual journey whether or not you intend to continue your studies in psychosynthesis.

All That We May Be

The 'All That We May Be' programme picks up from 'The Discovery of Will' to explore the psychospiritual context of psychosynthesis in more depth. It is spread over one year with nine 3-day weekends (Fri-Sun) and one 4-day residential. The course is arranged so that each weekend is integral to and of itself, while building coherently on preceding weekends.

The overarching structure of the programme is provided by a personal exploration of the journey of soulmaking. Modules within this programme draw on a variety of experiential learning techniques, including reflective mediation, guided imagery, volition, creative and archetypal expression.

Weekend format

  • Friday 6.45–9.45pm
  • Saturday 9.00am–6.30pm
  • Sunday 10.00am–2.30pm