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SunsetAdvanced Diploma in Transpersonal Therapy: Bringing Mindfulness to Relationship

“Life is relationship.”  
-  J. Krishnamurti

This part-time course for qualified professionals is available to study in Exeter. 

This is an experiential course, exploring how we bring depth, intimacy and presence to relationship with others, with our world, and within ourselves.

We will discover and work creatively with mindfulness based practices from ancient traditions to modern innovations, in individual, one-to-one and group forms, from sitting in stillness to moving in expressive inspiration.

  • A complete learning experience including mindfulness practice from the very beginning.
  • Participate in discussion of ideas, inspirations and philosophy, while always being embedded in experiential exploration rather than learning new theory.
  • Creatively explore approaches to transcending our limited sense of self (ego) and our limiting ways of meeting the other.

This course enables people to significantly and creatively expand their presence and connection in relationship, deepen their ability to support the healing process for clients, and also facilitate meaningful self-care as a practitioner, by focussing in depth on the transpersonal and spiritual aspects of human existence. 

The course is designed as a post-qualifying course, to enhance the practice of already-qualified practitioners within the helping professions. It is not a counselling qualification, and does not lead to professional membership. If you wish to train and qualify as a counsellor, please see the FdA Integrative Counselling or the Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling

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Course Details

“Experiences involving an expansion or extension of consciousness beyond the usual ego boundaries and beyond the limitations of time and/or space.”  - Stanislav Grof

The Transpersonal refers to the aspect of our being which has been called spiritual, and for some would include mystical or religious experience.  The Transpersonal is difficult to define, for it begins at the outer reaches of definition, but in simple terms, involves an abiding feeling of connection and a sense of expansion beyond normal ego boundaries.  Whatever our belief system or religious outlook might be, a fundamental if perhaps rare aspect of human experience is encounter timeless moments of wholeness or one-ness, with nature, with others, and within the depths of our very being.

Mindfulness is best known to us in the form that has largely been inspired by Buddhist teaching, but there is a rich tradition of mindfulness based practices from other Eastern, and Western sources too; from the earliest historical writings, through to modern developments and integrative approaches to therapy and to living.  Over twelve sessions, teachings and practices from diverse sources will be explored and experienced within individual, one to one and group encounter.

Mindfulness is best known in sitting form.  We know, respect and even revere those images and statues of Buddha, most often sitting cross-legged and still, serene and peaceful.  This is one of several basic forms, which also include standing, lying down and moving.  Both stillness and movement will be explored creatively, and respectfully to the tradition that inspired the teaching and practice.

There are approaches to mindfulness that survive from our ancient ancestors, preserved in some of our oldest writings and printed texts and deeply embodied in time honoured techniques and systems of self-development and personal transformation.  There is a common thread connecting cultural, racial and national divisions, spanning across thousands of years, weaving through our ever emerging humanity and ever alive in our quest for meaning and transcendence.

The emphasis for this course is on experiential practice rather than theory. The work throughout will be creative, deeply engaging, joyful and en-lightening.


This course will be particularly suitable for counsellors, therapists and others working in healthcare, social services and well-being.  It will also be valuable for individuals involved in creative industries and for work in which enhanced communication is required or beneficial.

There are no formal educative requirements for this course.  Applications will be considered on experience, commitment open-mindedness, and willingness to explore the unknown.

Please Note:
  This is not a sit back and take notes type of course – your full and open engagement is warmly invited.

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find our Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying. Alternatively the Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • A completed Post Qualifying Courses application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • Your £350 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to admissions@ironmill.co.uk, or by post to Iron Mill College, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course once all of the above application documents have been received and the Enrolment Deposit paid.

Final Application Date:

The deadline for applications is 4 weeks before the start of the course. A decision will be made on whether the course will run, based on confirmed and accepted places, 4 weeks before the start date of the course. Any applications received after the 4 week deadline will only be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead / Course Lead.


What our Students Say

"Feedback from participants of the Professional CBT training was extremely positive. It was experienced as valuable in equipping the students with the knowledge and skills of the CBT approach. It was carried out in an atmosphere most conducive to learning. Working with the Iron Mill has proved to be a valuable partnership.”
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