Hear from previous participants of the Penninghame Process

“I had thought of taking part in the process for many years before actually doing it, but always found an excuse for not going; this was despite my husband and some of my closest friends having gone through and raved about it!

I felt great fear at the prospect of having to face my fears and deal with what ever may ‘come up’ during my time there…and sometimes it is easier to keep ones head in the sand and plod along, because, let’s be frank: change is scary.

I have always been plagued by a hideously low self esteem-I had tons of self confidence, but inside I hated myself a lot of the time. I was convinced  this lack of self esteem stemmed from a difficult and sometimes abusive childhood. The scars of my youth had haunted me all my adult life and sometimes led me down some very dark places indeed. I was trapped by my past, unable to move forward. I was absolutely functioning on the outside, but my heart was heavy.

I knew that to move on and grow as a human being I would have to look at and heal some of my past hurts…and where could help me safely do this? Penninghame.

I had seen the massive (positive) shift in my husband and I suppose I thought if it could help a cynical and hardheaded bloke like him (he is a Forman builder, famously gruff!) then it could help me too.

Eventually I plucked up the courage to contact the Penninghame team and can now say with my hand firmly on my heart, that this was the bravest, most valuable decision  I’ve ever made.

I won’t tell you about the process because that is for you to experience with your own eyes and heart.

What I will tell you is that it changed my life.

Beautifully, gently; sometimes with great sweeping shifts; other times with hesitant baby steps…I had the breakthrough I was looking for and more.

People often ask me what the process consists of: all I can say is that it’s there to help you heal yourself in the most loving, kind and heroic way possible. I call it the greatest gift you could ever give yourself.  Go.”


“I used to have a drink problem which nearly destroyed me and my family. I stopped drinking by using a 12 step programme.

But I wanted to go deeper and discover why I drank in the first place. The Penninghame Process was suggested to me by a friend. I didn’t have a clue what to expect , I’d never done any self development workshops before. I signed up and did the process 6 years ago. I used to live in Scotland and it stirred many memories within me when I journeyed North. I arrived on a cold November night, the man that walked in was not the man that left. It was over a 6 days but it felt like a life time. The only advice I’d been given was give it 100% by a friend that had already done it. I did and I got a lot from it. I discovered feelings and what they were, I was given the tools to take responsibility for my anger. The Penninghame Process gave me my life back. I’m not full of anger, revenge or blame also it has helped me with my family. If you are thinking of doing it, it will change your life and the friendships I made there are still strong to this day.”


The Penninghame Process – A Transformational Journey

Do you sometimes feel that you have lost your way in life?

Is your life not working out how you planned and you don’t know why?

Do you want to take a new direction, resolve issues from the past

and live life more fully?

Set in the stunning surroundings of a Victorian mansion located in South West Scotland, The Penninghame Process is a six day, intensive residential course. Based on the understanding that childhood experiences shape our lives, the course is designed to help people from all walks of life. The course has evolved over more than 10 years to support individuals let go of the past and engage their own lives fully.

At a young age, we develop a strategy to survive by only revealing certain parts of ourselves that we believe to be acceptable in order to gain the love we need. In this way, we close off from our true, natural essence and this is banished in to our subconscious – what Carl Jung termed ‘the shadow’.

As part of a family system, we also carry the burdens from past generations which have a negative impact on our lives as we grow older. The past is something we cannot change and ultimately it is reflected in our current attitudes to life.  We create our own personal protection strategies, forgetting what we have hidden below the surface. This creates a large amount of unexpressed feelings which are physically and psychologically harmful to ourselves and others.  We leave school and enter the world with the expectation that we can create a successful life for ourselves, yet we encounter many

At Penninghame, we believe that everything that happens to a person has a purpose and therefore it is meaningful, rather than good or bad. Every obstacle or cause of suffering is a signal that we need to increase our degree of maturity, change our direction and grow in self-awareness. These traits can only be enhanced through an inner journey and The Penninghame Process has been specifically designed to aid people take a new path.

This powerful and profound process can help you uncover aspects of your inner self which have been buried beneath years of restraint. It will help release unexpressed emotions, move past blockages and examine subconscious strategies whilst allowing you to express authentic feelings. You will gain new strength and resources which shift the outer circumstances of your life and allow you to take responsibility for your own actions. From this new found awareness, you are able to create the changes that you want to bring into your life. We have a number of courses in 2014 which is a year of real change.  Our next course is being held 29th April 2014 – 5th April 2014.  Telephone or email us to find out more information and if course is right for you.

Leave the past behind and live the life you want!

Join us for our next Penninghame Process (Primal) programme starting on the 2nd November.

The Penninghame Process (previously known as Primal) is a 6 day residential course focused on deep personal healing work.

Our programme will take you by the hand as you start your journey to encounter the past and transform for example low self-esteem and anger into peace and reconciliation. You will acquire the tools to move on in life with a sense of liberation from the past.

The beautiful environment at Penninghame House gives space for reflection and your personal journey. There are many paths and walkways around the estate where you can walk or sit by the river, in the woodland or on the lawn to listen and watch nature unfold before you.

If you would like to join us on the forthcoming programme, please contact us on +44(0)1671 401414 or email info@penninghame.org
The cost for the 6 day programme is £1,595 per person which includes all therapy work, 24 hour access to a course assistant, accommodation and meals.
All information received by the Penninghame Foundation from participants is treated with complete confidentiality.


Events and relationships in our childhood can create feelings of negativity, anger, bitterness and anxiety which, when suppressed, can get locked inside us. In adult life, those feelings hide in the subconscious and can sabotage our lives without us realising what is driving us from the inside.

We work on releasing negative emotions and held tensions, adopted social roles and survival strategies to help you find who you really are and what you really want from life. The course is focused on the primal emotions and on rediscovery of the playful and joyous inner being that still bubbles inside us, but has all too often been suppressed. When you remove the blocks of your past, you will experience the freedom to be who you really are, to live in the present without fear or anger – to choose who you wish to be!

The course is primarily experiential, using a variety of creative techniques and exercises, working on victim roles, power issues, anger, guilt, shame, suffering and pain. Techniques include, amongst others, deep self-enquiry, body work, dynamic meditations, spirit integration (Oneness Experience) and Family Constellation Work – all helping to discover the hidden dynamics in your everyday life and to reconnect you to the natural flow of love.

Penninghame Process (Primal) will help you to understand your core life issues and how to address them, opening yourself up to a new life and unleashing the potential within you. While experiencing something completely different, deep and powerful, this course will enable you to:

  • Understand the influence of early life conditioning – how things that happen when we are children affect us as adults
  • Become aware of the underlying dynamics of your relationships – with your parents, partners, children, friends and colleagues
  • Learn what it means to set right your personal relationships – how to leave your past behind, take charge of your life and have fun with it!
  • Understand your emotional charges and experience breaking through these multiple feeling layers.
  • Learn how to release suppressed emotions and destructive emotional patterns
  • Get in touch with your authentic self and allow yourself to open up to the potential you have within
  • Move from separation and loneliness to inner connectedness
  • Experience joy, hope, inspiration, self-confidence, inner freedom, openness, safety, and trust in yourself and in the higher purpose of your life


Penninghame Process (Primal) is recommended to people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds and professions. Whether you come as an individual, a couple or as part of an organisation, this course can help open life up for you. We also welcome parents with teenage children who want help in developing their relationship.

If any of the following statements ring true with you, you will benefit from attending a Penninghame Process (Primal):

  • I want to break free from destructive and dysfunctional emotional relationships and behaviours
  • I have early childhood wounds and traumas that I want to heal and move away from the past
  • I feel stuck in a rut, like the same cycle of issues keep showing up in my life
  • I want to escape from my insecurities, loneliness and low self-esteem
  • I feel the need to start afresh and start to live my full potential as a human being
  • I often feel lost and lack motivation for life
  • I am tired of the emotional rollercoaster that I seem to be permanently riding
  • I want to improve my relationships – intimate, family, social and at work – but don’t know how
  • I feel like a victim of my past and can’t move away from it to the life that I want
  • I struggle to connect with people or struggle with intimacy or physical relationships
  • I simply want to lead a more joyful, fulfilling and creative life
  • I work with children and/or plan to have children and want to be able to give them the best start in life. (As our parents before us, we in turn pass on our emotional make-up, whether consciously or unconsciously, to our children as a blueprint for their lives)

Penninghame House plays host to Europe’s most exclusive weight loss & fitness boot camp

Penninghame is very pleased that The Camp will be using Penninghame House and Estate as the new Scottish venue for their boot camps.

The first camp at Penninghame starts on the 30th June, with future dates in 2012 being 28th July,  15th September and 6th October.  

The Camp is the UK’s original boot camp (established 2007)  and are consistently praised as the most unique and successful week long weight loss and fitness holiday camp running in Europe.  The boot camp courses are tailored and designed with specific weight loss, fitness and toning goals in mind.

For more information visit The Camp website or phone 0800 3357672.

Penninghame House is available for hire as a venue for meetings, conferences or courses.  For more information contact us on 01671 401414 or email info@penninghame.org



Special Tapas and Paella Demonstration and Dine

We are delighted to offer a very special Demonstration and Dine evening at Penninghame House Cooking School.  Our visiting Spanish chef, Ioel Ezkurra, will be cooking for the evening showing how to make authentic Spanish food.  Ioel has worked in several restaurants in Spain and Europe including some Michelin starred establishments.

Enjoy a glass of spanish wine while you watch Ioel cook your dinner.  You will get to taste a selection of tapas before you retire to the dining room for dinner.  Enjoy a restaurant experience whilst learning new cooking skills.

Price per person is £40 which includes a selection of tapas, main course, dessert and wine.

This is a one-off evening so book early to avoid disappointment.  Booking can be done by telephone or on-line.  Tapas and Paella Demonstration & Dine

Accommodation is available please email info@penninghame.org or telephone 01671 401414 for more details and prices.

Seed Crunch Recipe

Great tasty and healthy snack for lunch boxes or picnics………

Seed Crunch
½ cup sesame seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup brown rice syrup

Lightly toast seeds separately in a medium hot oven or in a dry pan.  Heat rice syrup in a saucepan, then add toasted seeds and mix well.  Pour mixture onto a baking tray or greaseproof paper then allow it to cool before cutting into squares.