A Taste of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling
Enabling the Conditions in which Change Happens Naturally

James Lawley and Penny Tompkins

Key Skills for Supporting Development in Others, while Learning about What We Need for our own Development

For experienced and aspiring coaches, counsellors, therapists, teachers, managers, leaders, and health professionals – all those who would like to deepen their ability to tune into and influence the flow of their own and others' lives.

With clean language, you will find you:

  • Get to what’s essential more quickly
  • Stay focused on what’s most important
  • Find creative and novel solutions to problems
  • Experience the value of embodying goals and resources
  • Realise metaphors are a doorway to creativity
  • Be surprised how change can happen naturally
  • Access higher and deeper levels of experience


Price: Programme fees: €620 / US$750 / IDR 10,225,000
Commences: 19 – 22 April 2018
Duration: 3 nights, 3 full days
Inclusions: Twin-share accommodation, all meals, course fee, traditional blessing, participation in twice-daily group Awareness Meditation practice, . Govt taxes and basic service
Options: Room sole occupancy: additional € 60 for 3 nights.
Exclusions: Credit card charges, bank transfer fees. Airport transfers
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Over the past 20 years James' and Penny's 'clean' approach, Symbolic Modelling, has provided a way of facilitating people to experience systemic shifts that lead to organic change and personal evolution. It incorporates David Grove's Clean Language, a unique set of questions for working with people's self-created metaphor landscapes. This radically different way of facilitating change is based on the science of self-organisation. No change technique is required – change emerges spontaneously as people develop a deep relationship with their naturally occurring metaphors and symbols.

The role of the Symbolic Modelling facilitator is to encourage the conditions under which change happens naturally. What makes this methodology so useful and innovative is its simplicity, its 'clean' philosophy and it’s use of metaphor to work with complex problems as well as high-level goals. Ernest Rossi, long time collaborator with Milton Erickson said this approach "helps people learn how to facilitate their own creativity in solving their own problems in their own way.” Less from the facilitator, really is more for the client.

Learn from from two recognised world leaders in the field. Through demonstrations of the six phases of Symbolic Modelling, debriefs and practical activities you will not only develop your skills as a coach, therapist, manager, teacher, health professional, etc. you will also find how your own inner world is organised and what needs to happen for it to evolve.

Key Learning

In this programme you will learn how to

  • Work cleanly and directly with people’s personal metaphors
  • Do less and achieve more with just 12 Clean Language questions
  • Facilitate clients to self-model and embody resources
  • Keep sessions on track with the Problem-Remedy-Outcome model
  • Access your own metaphor landscape on a personal development topic of your choice



Day 1 Arrival between 2-3.30 pm, registration, and getting settled. Traditional Blessing to open the programme
Evening welcome and introductory session

Days 2, 3, 4 Clean Language Programme, concluding for 5.00pm. Optional evening meal and bed and breakfast available on request

Typical daily routine:

  • Optional Morning Stretching, Awareness Meditation, and Energy Practice (50 minutes)
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Session
  • Lunch Break
  • Afternoon Session
  • Evening Stretching, Awareness Meditation, and Energy Practice (50 minutes)
  • Dinner
  • Optional evening movement or energy practice


Penny Tompkins and James Lawley are co-developers of Symbolic Modelling and leading authorities on the use of self-generated metaphor for personal and professional development.
Their book, Metaphors in Mind is a comprehensive guide to their approach which they demonstrate in an Online Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling Training.

They aspire to develop the developers of others. Both are supervising Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapists registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 1993. They have a private practice and teach Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language to therapists, counsellors, coaches, health professionals, managers and teachers throughout the world. Together they run The Developing Company, are married, and live in London.


More Photos

Group session
Metaphors in Mind, Cover
In conversation




Reviews / Articles

In addition to coaching and therapy, Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language can be applied in many other areas and contexts. Those who have attended this course have found that they are able to immediately apply their learning in their own work setting and make a difference in people’s lives.

Introductory articles:
Overview: Symbolic Modelling Emergent Change though Metaphor and Clean Language
Coaching: Coaching with Metaphor
Therapy: Tangled Spaghetti in My Head
Health: Mind, Metaphor and Health
Education: Learning Metaphors
Business: Metaphors of Organisation

+ 200 articles available at cleanlanguage.co.uk

A video and transcript of a complete session:
The Tree of Wisdom (24 minutes)

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