The Wheel of Consent and Trauma Awareness


We explore the Wheel of Consent in more depth by paying attention to the aspects of our experience which can make consent difficult, and sometimes even impossible to achieve - including the responses of our own nervous system, trauma, and cultural imbalances of power and privilege.


This is a weekend-long 'level 2' workshop in the Wheel of Consent - previously known as 'The Wheel and the Shadow'.  It is for those who would like to further their understanding of how the principles of the Wheel inform and impact on all areas of our lives.   Please note that while we will endeavour to hold a trauma-aware space, this is NOT a therapeutic space for the processing or healing of personal trauma.


During the workshop we will:

  • Deepen our appreciation of the Wheel of Consent as an embodied practice

  • Explore the 'shadow' dynamics of the Wheel - this will include looking at how trauma responses in our body (fight, flight, freeze and fawn) can impair or even over-ride our ability to make conscious consent agreements

  • Consider these dynamics from three viewpoints - micro, medio and macro:


  1. 'micro' - our ongoing personal capacity to embody the Wheel's principles, whilst increasing awareness of our own shadows and blind-spots, including an understanding of nervous system.

  2. 'medio' - what happens when we bring our embodiment of the Wheel into interactions with others.  By taking our attention to the workshop space itself, we explore whether and how the personal and cultural shadows in the room permit the creation of a 'safe enough' space for our collective growth and learning

  3. 'macro' - seeing how the Wheel's shadow dynamics play out culturally and socially, through imbalances of power and privilege, in society and institutions, and the ways in which this affects the first two categories

This article by Robyn Dalzen explains more about the intersection of the Wheel of Consent and Trauma awareness.

The weekend will include:
- self-enquiry

- sharing and discussion
- embodied practice  - solo and (optionally) paired.  Any shared touch will be solely by explicit verbal consent, and limited to the hand and fore-arm. We will always offer alternative to shared touch practices.

This work is incredibly rich, as we start to see and unpick the patterns and conditioning which prevent us from fully inhabiting the consensual quadrants of the Wheel - be it with our friends and family, with our lovers and partners, through activist engagement, or in our working environments.

Participation is by application. To attend you must already have some familiarity with the Wheel of Consent.  We are therefore holding an introductory workshop the Friday evening before - attendance of which will enable you to attend this weekend.


Upcoming dates for this workshop:

Sat/Sun 10/11 October 2020, London

Sat: 11am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Facilitators: Rose C jiggens & Rupert James Alison

Cost: £180 (supportive) / £160 (regular) / £135 (low income) / £105 (very low income) sliding scale.

NB - All our 'in person' workshops are dependent on the coronavirus crisis.  We have booked provisional dates with venues in June, September and October, which will be confirmed or otherwise nearer the time.  If you sign up to our newsletter we will keep you posted.

Contact us to book your space.

Payments are 100% refundable with four weeks' notice. After that we can only refund you if we are able to fill your space. In the event that we need to cancel the workshop, you will be offered a choice of a full refund or deferring your booking to a future workshop.

To attend this workshop you will need to have already attended either our Introductory workshop, or our Touchless Introductory workshop, or our Wheel Weekend workshop, or similar with another qualified Wheel of Consent teacher.  

Our workshops cover a wide range of material and can be presented in a variety of formats.  Contact us to join our mailing list and we'll keep you informed of all the events we're running. 


Alternatively, we can present a workshop at your event or organisation.   We'll teach you to get really good at consent, so life can become richer, more authentic and more enjoyable for everyone.

What is the Wheel of Consent?
Dr. Betty Martin’s Wheel of Consent is a cutting edge model of consent based on, but not requiring, exchanges of touch. It distinguishes between the ‘doing’ aspect of an interaction - who is doing; and the ‘gift’ aspect - who it is for. This creates four dynamics or quadrants of experience, which occur all the time in human relating, and are of particular importance when we interact physically.  


The Wheel is also an embodied practice, which uses breath and awareness to bring us into a deeper noticing of our feelings and our bodily impulses.

IMPORTANT: You do not have to touch, or be touched by anyone else to take part in this workshop, and we will always provide alternatives to any shared touch.

Our workshops last anything from 1 hour to 3 days.  Please contact us to find out more