Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Therapy

Part-time | Bringing Mindfulness to Relationship | Exeter

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A man closing his eyes breathing in during a meditative state. 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.

Join our 1-day workshop to find out more about Mindfulness and Transpersonal with Robin Collins in Exeter on Monday 14th November, 10am - 5pm. Click here to sign-up. 

Course Description

“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.

What qualifications will I need?

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.  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.

What will I study?

Each day of teaching:

  • Will be a complete learning experience but will include mindfulness practice from the very beginning
  • Will have discussion of ideas, inspirations and philosophy, but always embedded in experiential exploration rather than learning new theory
  • Will creatively explore approaches to transcending our limited sense of self (ego) and our limiting ways of meeting the other

Over the course of the 14 days, we will investigate teachings from sources such as Vedanta, the philosophy behind ancient Indian technologies for personal transformation, to the sudden awakening experienced through the art and wisdom of Zen. There will be Sufi poetry and whirling and Taoist ecology and magic, all within the framework of bringing inspiration, creativity and depth to our daily practices and relationships. 

All sources are approached with a deep and abiding respect to the cultural, ethnic and in some cases religious traditions they are based in.

Attendance Requirement:
A minimum of 80% attendance is required at timetabled teaching days.

Course Dates


2022 dates to be confirmed, please register your interest to to be notified of the new dates first. 

How much will it cost?

Courses commencing between 1st Jan'22 - 31st Dec'22:

Option 1 (Total Payable £1,175.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by one instalment of £825.00.

Option 2 (Total Payable £1,280.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by two instalments of £465.00 (payable by standing order). 

Bespoke payment plans (Total Payable £1,280.00):
In order to facilitate students, Iron Mill College has introduced Bespoke Payment Plans which can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Please contact us at 01392 219200 / for further information.

Further information on fees:
Fees listed include VAT.

Applicants are invited to enrol by paying the Enrolment Deposit (which shall be fully non-refundable in all circumstances) as well as submitting all application documents (see the 'Applications' tab for further information). The balance of course fees is payable as per the relevant schedule option above.

All applicants should ensure they read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the Student Agreement and the Tuition Fee Contract Agreement before applying and paying their Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable).

Tuition Fee Increases: 
Tuition fees are reviewed in Autumn each year and are usually increased in line with CPI each January.

How to pay:
For initial course payments and deposits, you can pay online (via Credit/Debit Card) by using the booking form on this web page. You can also pay all fees by credit/debit card, either in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, or over the phone by calling 01392 219200. 

We also accept cash paid in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, as well as cheques, which should be made out to 'Iron Mill College' and dropped in or sent to 'Iron Mill College, Morwenstow, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT'. We can also accept payments by bank transfer and standing order - please get in touch with us at 01392 219200 / for our bank details or a standing order form. Please use your name as the reference when making such payments.

Additional expenses:
This will vary depending on your own circumstances, but all applicants must make sure they fully understand the additional expense requirements they will need to undertake during this course. Iron Mill College is unable to contribute to any of these additional costs; they are met by the student. These costs may include:

·         Travel and boarding costs.

·         Purchase of books.

Course commencement:
Please note: Iron Mill College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort, based on the enrolment of a minimum number of successful applicants. A full refund of course fees paid, including any deposit, will be given to all applicants in the event that a course does not proceed and at least 14 days’ notice (prior to the advertised course start date) will be given to applicants, in the event of a course cancellation or postponement. The college cannot be held liable for any remedy, damages or compensation beyond this.

How do I apply?

How to apply:
You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • Your £350 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place and complete the application form sent via email once your deposit has been paid
  • If you require assistance in completing your application, please contact

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.

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What is the attendance requirement?
A minimum of 80% attendance is required at timetabled teaching days.

Course Venues:   Exeter   |   Poole   

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