Penninghame Process (Primal)

  • Introduction
  • About The Programme
  • Benefits
  • Is It Right For You?
  • Testimonials
  • Dates and Prices

Leave the past behind and create the life you want.

Set in the stunning surroundings of a Victorian mansion in South West Scotland, The Penninghame Process is a six-day residential course focused on deep, personal, healing work.

This transformational course concentrates on the relationships in your early environment, primarily with your mother and father, and is designed to help people from all walks of life.

This course has evolved over more than ten years in order to support individuals to transform their lives.
Here at Penninghame, we realise that 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 get the love we need. Because of this, we close off from our true, natural essence and this is banished into our subconscious — what Carl Jung termed ‘the shadow’.

As a part of our family system, we may also carry the burdens of our past generations which then have a negative impact on our own lives as we grow older. Our past is something we cannot change, which is ultimately reflected in our present day lives and our attitudes towards living in general. Even though we can’t change our pasts, we can change how we relate to it.

We all create our own personal protection strategies and forget about what we have hidden below the surface. We keep down many unexpressed feelings from our early childhoods which are physically and psychologically harmful to ourselves and those around us. Most of us then leave school and expect to create a successful life for ourselves, only going on to finding things are not going so well in relationships with ourselves and others. Or, there are particular areas that we struggle with and do not know how to deal with. Here at Penninghame, we will help you learn how to create an abundant, healthy life and a more positive relationship with yourself.

We believe that everything happens for a reason. Therefore, even when negative things happen, they are still meaningful. Every obstacle or cause of suffering is a signal that we need to increase our level of maturity, change our direction in life or grow in self-awareness. These traits can only be enhanced through an inner journey, which the Penninghame Process has been specifically developed to provide.

We have a number of courses available in 2014, which could be your year of change. Come join us.

At Penninghame, you will acquire the tools to move on in life with a sense of liberation from the past.

We work on releasing negative, primal emotions and held tensions, adopting 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 primal emotions and on rediscovery of the playful and joyous inner being that still exists inside of us, but has all too often been suppressed. This powerful and profound process will help you uncover aspects of your inner self which have been buried beneath years of restraint and unexpressed emotions and will examine subconscious strategies that you use in your everyday life. You will gain new strength both emotionally and physically which will allow you to take responsibility for your own actions and express emotions authentically.

The course uses 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), Family Constellation Work and individual sessions – all helping to discover the hidden dynamics in your everyday life and to reconnect you to the natural flow of love.

We look at releasing the unconscious blockages that stop you creating what you want from life and you will experience more freedom to live in the present.

Learn more about the many benefits of The Pennighamme Process here

The Penninghame Process 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.

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand 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
  • Understand your emotions and experience breaking through these multiple feelings and barriers
  • 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 and safety
  • Trust in yourself and in the higher purpose of your life.
  • Become aware of the relationship you have with yourself and how you relate to yourself as a human being.

Is it right for you?

The Penninghame Process is recommended to people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds and professions.

Whether you come as an individual, as 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 with one another.

If any of the following statements ring true with you, you will benefit from attending a Penninghame Process.

  • I want to break free from destructive and dysfunctional emotional relationships and behaviours
  • I have early childhood wounds and traumas in the past that I want to heal and move away from
  • I feel stuck in a rut, like the same cycle of issues keep showing up in my life
  • I want to escape 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 I don’t know how
  • I feel like a victim of my past
  • I struggle to connect with people or struggle with intimacy or physical relationships
  • I work with children and/or plan to have children of my own and want to be able to give them the best start I can in life
  • I simply want to lead a more joyful, fulfilling and creative life.

Don’t take our word for it, read our testimonials

As featured in the Daily Mail:

“I’ve had a lot of therapy. If you don’t want years sitting on a therapist’s couch, but instead want to make a dramatic shift in a week, I truly recommend this process.”

– Anna Pasternak, Daily Mail Journalist

“From my heart, thank you for the boundless care, generosity and love that you have provided to hold me through my journey. I will treasure this forever.”

– Mark

“I cannot thank you enough for the amazing work you do here, and the attention, love and gifts you all gave us. Thank you for giving me the chance to live a true, full life.”

– HM

“Thank you for reminding me that I am young, wild and free! Also for forcing me to say… happy!”

– Lauren

“I cannot express in words right now the impact you all have made on my life… I honestly now believe I can start living and that is a gift I will never forget.”

– Ellie

“Penninghame has created courses that combine some of the very best tools for personal and spiritual development.”

– Carl

“The journey at Penninghame can sometimes be emotionally difficult and challenging, but they take care of you in every physical way. The accommodation is luxurious, the food plentiful, healthy and delicious, the beautiful grounds calming and nurturing. Throughout the whole process, the staff are there to ensure you are safe and supported at all times.”

- Ms. ES, Therapist

“The sessions when we got connected to our father and mother were very powerful for me and have helped me to see both of them in a new way. I have a relationship with my father now for the first time.”

- Pauline

“I have been brought in touch much more deeply with the angry (rage) child in me and how she has been on the rampage with chaos, resentment and revenge. I now have awareness that I have a strong investment in negative thoughts that I need to let go of. Invaluable course.”

- Caroline

“I am now genuinely happy most of the time, in a peaceful way, and if I am not, I don’t fall into my old patterns of depression. It’s different, and I’m not sure how to explain it, but I usually come out of it quickly and with answers and insights, and then I accomplish a lot of things that I previously wouldn’t have known how to do.

I am so grateful to you, Rosie, Ray, Marie and everyone at Penninghame for the life lessons and tools that are really helping me in a way that is important to me, which is to be free of this sense of victimisation and to feel that I am actually steering my own boat. I have also learned to be so much more at peace with myself and everyone around me and to be more accepting of things as they are. It is a very liberating feeling on the one hand, and it is interesting that I have this need to get used to it – again reminding me of what I learned about the tendency to cling on to the old and familiar even though it may not feel good.

My life hasn’t changed in some spectacularly dramatic way, but the subtlety of the change is very profound. I see it reflected in other people’s faces because they also starting to see me for the first time. Although I still have a few more layers of fear and old stuff to work through, I am just astonished at the number of realisations that come tumbling down on me almost daily, so I can trust that I am right where I need to be.

– Karen

“With such an idyllic setting and beautiful grounds, it’s hardly surprising that Penninghame has become a leading centre for wellbeing.” -

Deborah Valentine, Contributing Editor of Talent Engagement

Well where do I start? What an amazing experience it was. I genuinely feel as though it was the best thing I have ever done. My life and everyone close to me has benefited from it greatly.

I was made aware of Primal after having witnessed first hand the change in my girlfriend since having done the course back in April of this year. Like my partner I have had numerous traumas in my life. These traumas caused many years of pain projecting out of me in forms of aggression, rage, anxiety, paranoia, depression, lack of self confidence, guilt and so on.

My partner told me nothing of the course and what it entailed, however she didn’t need to say anything. I just knew that it had changed her outlook on life for the better. She was in control of herself, happy, content and at peace. This was beautiful to see yet overwhelming for me. It was obvious that she had started on a new journey and I was miles and miles behind. I soon realised I wanted to catch up and be along side her in this journey.

Nobody can prepare you for the primal course at Penninghame. If I had known of all the exercises we were going to do I probably wouldn’t have gone. Over the course of the week I was put in situations that were so far out of my comfort zone, however as the week progressed I found myself getting stronger and I was beginning to explore and release parts of my inner self that had been locked away for so long. The realisations and insights were vast and I actually started to enjoy myself. I was smiling as well as crying!!

I went to primal for a variety of reasons, in particular to find some inner peace. I had known for for a long time that I had been living my life in an unconscious manner which resulted with repetitive negative and unhappy patterns. I kept finding that the same issues in my life would re-occur every so of often. I was desperate for some change and learning how to mitigate these old nasty habits. For many years I felt as though I had lost all my power. I was out of control. I was at the mercy of my past and my own thinking. I just didn’t know how to control my actions that were brought on by my thoughts. It was dark times and it was dark for others close to me.

Without going into detail about Primal, the course taught me so much about myself and how to change my life for the better. I have discovered my life energy and the resources I have within get myself through any life situation that is challenging. I maintain a conscious mind by working hard – watching my thoughts and not allowing them to take control of me in an unconscious manner. I’m embracing life. Practising daily my meditations in whatever form or action I choose. The rhythm of my life has definitely become more balanced free and flowing. My relationship with my partner is beautiful again and probably better than ever. I enjoy waking up everyday to a new day and being in control of me.

I can safely say I am finally living in the NOW!! :)

Thank you all so much guys for what you did for me and Ellie….

I love you all…. Matty.. xxx

Next course dates: arrive Saturday September 27th 2014 for Registration & Welcome Dinner – 6.30 pm.   Course ends Friday October 3rd -approx 6.30 pm  Stay overnight to travel home Saturday 4th October 2014 after breakfast.  The course fee is £1,595 per person, fully inclusive of all course content, accommodation and meals. (See alternative pricing options below)

This cost takes into account many aspects including staff wages, food, laundry, utilities, repairs, maintenance, gardening, stationery, phones etc.

It is worth noting that the buildings at Penninghame have all been renovated and are in good condition but the age and type of construction does need quite a high level of maintenance.  Also some staff are brought in specifically to the course and others are permanent.

We appreciate that individuals have different levels of disposable income and also the current financial situation is challenging for many.  We do however, want to make the course available to everyone so we have a trust and integrity system that you choose what you can afford to pay in the following price scale.

Speak to us if you cannot meet the whole fee up front and require a payment plan.

Bursaries may be available for those who qualify subject to availability.

Level 1   £1,595

Level 2   £995

Level 3   £695

(As a guide we would expect that those participants offering to pay £695 will be students, on low incomes or financially challenged etc.)

Sept 27th – Oct 3rd 2014
Nov 29th – December 5th (Please note this is a change of date from previously published)
If you have any questions regarding the course or would personally like to speak to one of the team regarding The Penninghame Process please contact us on:

+44 (0)1671 401414 – Lynn Taylor

+ 44 (0) 7973 674 864 – Gordon Jessiman

+ 44 (0) 7738 429 389 – Nichola Cain

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