The Discovery of Will

Dates and format

This consecutive four-day experiential course will currently take place from Friday to Monday on the following dates on Zoom:

  • 9 – 12 October 2020
  • 19 – 22 March 2021
  • 14 – 17 May 2021
  • 8 – 11 October 2021 (provisionally)

Facilitated by Samantha Cairns and Peter Crowe

Due to restrictions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be delivering the above two 'The Discovery of Will' courses online via Zoom.

The safety of participants is always our highest concern. We hope to be able to offer the course in person in 2021 once it becomes safe to do, however at present we do not estimate that this will not occur before mid-2021.


The Discovery of Will course brings together experiential and theoretical learning to introduce the basic concepts and principles of psychosynthesis. For each of the seminars, course learning will be delivered through a combination of maps and models, theoretical explanation with examples, and experiential techniques, including mediation, drawing, reflective writing, discussion, guided imagery, and enactment. These four-day intensives are structured to help those looking to find a meaningful path through what Keats termed, “the vale of soulmaking”.

Participants are encouraged to reflect on their unique journey of soulmaking: putting their own experience at the centre of their learning and comprehension. With each becoming the subject of their own enquiry, they may also use the group to explore questions of choice, intimacy and compassion by deciding which aspects of their personal story they share and which they elect to keep to themselves.  

The discovery of the will in oneself, and even more the realization that the self and the will are intimately connected,may come as a real revelation which can change, often radically, a [person’s] self-awareness and [one’s] whole attitude toward [oneself], other people, and the world. [One] perceives that he [or she] is a “living subject” endowed with the power to choose, to relate, to bring about changes in his [or her] own personality, in others, in circumstances. This enhanced awareness, this “awakening” and vision of new, unlimited potentialities for inner expansion and outer action, gives a new feeling of confidence, security, joy—a sense of “wholeness.”
Roberto Assagioli: The Act of Will. 1973

The Discovery of Will is delivered as a four-day experiential course and during this time participants will explore how unexamined patterns and default behaviours shape the ways we experience, respond to and understand the world. As humans we rely on patterns in order to manage the intricacies of everyday living, yet these behavioural defaults don’t always remain effective. Recognizing our patterns and how they both serve and limit our purpose, opens new ways of reading a situation and responding to the information around us. 

Course modules

  • The language of inner experience and the psychosynthesis map of the psyche
  • Body, Feelings and Mind – a dynamic information system
  • Identity and Personal Freedom
  • Subpersonalities and Multiplicity
  • The Will/Aspects of the Will
  • Self-realisation and Spiritual Awakening
  • Imagination and Creative Expression
  • Synthesis and Evolution

What will I gain from attending 'The Discovery of Will' course?

"I found the Discovery of Will weekend workshop a truly transformational experience" – Course participant

  • Insight into limiting patterns and blocks
  • The possibility for more open, honest and authentic relationships
  • Movement and change
  • Tools for life, value and direction
  • Access to creativity, imagination and intuition
  • Connection to inner wisdom, meaning and purpose

Participants will learn to identify serving and limiting aspects of their personalities and thus begin to discern what Assagioli called the ‘loving observer’: that part that is both at the core of each one of us while also connecting to something “above and beyond” our exclusive concerns. In this way, we may get clearer as to what is of value and truly meaningful to us. Finding compassion and acceptance for the aspects of our personality that we struggle with, can gradually bring diverse and sometimes conflicting elements together into an organic and purposive whole.

Designed as an introduction to the essential methodology of psychosynthesis, the course will be of particular value to people wanting to explore themselves at a deeper level, as well as professionals whose interest is in applying the inclusive frame of psychosynthesis to their own fields. It is particularly appropriate for people at a critical juncture of the their lives and who seek clarity and direction; for those feeling called to attend more to the spiritual aspect of their lives; and/or for those for those who having achieved a number of significant life goals are now wondering ‘what’s next’.

The Discovery of Will offers a transformative and enriching opportunity for personal development and spiritual discovery via a programme that encourages you to open to possibility, embrace your potentiality, and explore creative insights and inspiration. As part of the course, each person will have the opportunity to meet individually with a psychosynthesis psychotherapist so that they can explore their own process in depth.

Weekend structure

  • Friday 9.00am–5.30pm
  • Saturday 9.00am–5.30pm
  • Sunday 10.00am–5.30pm
  • Monday 9.00am–4.00pm

There will be an hour allocated for lunch and coffee breaks during the day. On Saturday evening, there will be the opportunity to gather around a virtual fireside to share stories, poems and songs.

N.B. Attendance on The Discovery of Will course is a pre-requisite for the year-long All That We May Be programme, nonetheless, the course forms a unique opportunity to deepen your personal and/or spiritual journey whether or not you intend to continue your studies in psychosynthesis.

The Discovery of Will programme is open to anyone who considers they have the necessary self-capacity to manage the four-day intensive (we suggest age 25 or over, though younger people have attended). If you wish to apply for one of our courses please fill in the application form and send it together with £50 deposit to Peter Crowe at A copy of the full application form can be downloaded here. 

Course fees

The Discovery of Will course fee: £320 (includes a £50 deposit).

Participants are responsible for their own meals and accommodation.


Peter on 07543 225011 or email: