Body-psychotherapy with John Leigh Dent

        The Naked Heart               

A residential weekend of moving from shame to pleasure

Facilitated by John Leigh Dent and Lynn Hyde

East Down Centre, Exeter, Devon 

5pm Friday, 6th september - 5pm Sunday 8th September 2019

Cost: £245 Low-income £215

 Cost includes accommodation and food 


From shame to pleasure

Pleasure is an essential part of living. Pleasure comes through play, the senses, creativity, movement and connection, yet often the amount of pleasure we allow in our lives is minuscule. This is often down to an underlying shame around such things as body image, sexuality, fantasies, touch, creative and authentic expression, abuse or simply feeling too alive. To cope with shame the psyche develops protective armour. Removing the armour and experiencing our naked hearts enables the shame to be replaced with a deep sense of self worth.

What can you hope to gain

Being able to share who we are with another is one of life’s riches, through this we feel whole and a sense of belonging. This workshop will help you be more at ease with your body, integrity, aliveness and intimacy. Over the weekend you will find ways to share with others, who you truly are, in ways that are both nourishing and empowering

What’s involved

Within a containing space and working with creativity, movement, bodywork, dialogue and group processing, we will explore the heart, body and sexuality. This will include looking at shame, pleasure, vulnerability, curiosity, body armour and boundaries. Responsibility for personal boundaries will be encouraged at all times. The weekend will also include cooking, eating and socialising as a group and time for personal space to enjoy the surrounding beautiful Dartmoor National Park.. Maximum number of participants will be 14.

Does the workshop include nudity?

This question, whether you will be required to be naked. is sometimes asked. The 'naked' in the title of the workshop refers to an emotional nakedness and not necessarily a physical nakedness. The emphasis will be on being sensitive to your feelings around what is right for you, so that you can hold your boundaries in a non-judgemental space. The intention of the workshop is to encourage a sense of self worth (and even celebration) around body-image, sexuality and self expression, so nudity may be helpful to some. 

Who is it for

This workshop is suitable for couples and singles. It can be used as CPD for therapists of all modalities. To attend you are required to engage with the group and personal material that surfaces and have a significant amount of experience in personal growth work.


Arrive 5pm on Fri 6th September and ends on Sunday 8th at 5pm


East Down Centre. Dunsford, EX6 7AL.  East Down is magical place on Dartmoor with a very special energy. There is a kitchen, bedrooms and a large space to work in. Over the weekend we will cook and eat together. Check out the website for more details


A £75 deposit is required with the remainder to be paid a week prior the event. To book email All bookings include accommodation for Friday and Saturday night and meals throughout.