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Saturday 11th May 2024

In-person and live-streamed Masterclass

with Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

At the Sheraton Skyline Hotel

London, Heathrow

(limited in-person tickets available)

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Top tips before attending the masterclass session with Penny and James

Read Chapter 4 in Innovations in NLP

Familiarise yourself with  * The basic Clean Language Questions

                                                                                                           * Practice asking and being asked them

                                                                                                           * What we mean by ‘metaphor’

Read introductory articles on home page of

       Coaching, Health, Education, Business

Less is More: A Clean Approach to
Mind, Metaphor and Modelling

“The relationship which we have with our unconscious is easily the most important factor in our success in life – it is that of metaphor.”  John Grinder

Our major modelling project of renowned therapist David Grove led to the creation of Symbolic Modelling, a new modelling methodology based on Grove’s Clean Language, his unique approach to working with client-generated metaphors, and his ‘clean’ relationship with clients’ inner worlds (subjective experience).


We identified the essence of Grove’s approach and then generalised it outside of psychotherapy to coaching and applications in education, organisations and research.  We have continued to develop and extend Symbolic Modelling since Grove’s death in 2008, and his Clean Language questions have been translated into over 20 languages.

The Masterclass will include:

•     Why Clean Language is even more useful than you may have thought

•     How working with metaphor is fundamental to the structure of subjective                experience

•     A new way to model the embodied mind

•     Why self-modelling is key to a ‘clean’ change process

•     How to work with the unpredictable, emergent nature of organic change

•     What goes on in a symbolic modeller’s mind

A clean approach is not a technique, it is a relationship with another person’s inner world. It requires, among other things, a significant shift in your relationship with your own ‘map of the world’, paying attention to what your client is paying attention to, and calibrating the psychoactivity of the client’s mind-body space.


In this masterclass you’ll see us demonstrate our approach and describe how our modelling of the structure and process of the client’s inner metaphor landscape informs our choices. And you will have the chance to acquire a new way of facilitating that is particularly suited to working with complex problems, the big issues of life and the spiritual domain of experience.

About Penny & James...

NLP has been a significant part of their lives since 1991 when they met on an NLP practitioner training in London. They were even married by Todd Epstein in Santa Cruz at NLP University at the end of their trainer’s training in 1992!


They helped found the Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (NLPtCA) and establish NLPt as a psychotherapy recognised by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). And they were among the first NLPt psychotherapists added to the UKCP register, 30 years ago.


Their book, Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling was the first comprehensive model of David Grove’s work up to 2000. They created the first website devoted to developments of Grove’s approach and now contains over 300 freely-available articles. James has also co-authored Insights in Space, the only book devoted to Clean Space, one of Grove’s later developments. And more recently James co-edited the academic book, Clean Language Interviewing: Principles and Applications for Researchers and Practitioners.

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