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The Mastery of Self Expression

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Factory 8, Southville, Bristol
The Bonus Room, Factory 8, Upton Road, Southville
Bristol, BS3 1QZ
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Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February

Please note: This event is scheduled to take place at Factory 8, Southville, Bristol. For all queries, please contact jancastleuk@hotmail.com.

Equal parts performance masterclass and personal development course, The Mastery of Self Expression is an intensive weekend workshop that will help you discover how to come deeply into relationship with yourself and your ‘audience’ – whether that’s formally on stage or informally in your everyday interactions.

A thrilling and stretching experience, The Mastery is not about technique but about a quality of presence – the ability to risk being authentically who you are in the presence of others.  It offers you an experience of your own capacity for creative and spontaneous self-expression, connecting you to your passions and enabling you to discover who you really are behind the ‘masks’ we all wear.

Created by Dan Fauci in 1977, The Mastery was originally based on training actors but quickly passed into the public arena, running continuously around the world since then; thousands of people from all walks of life have benefited from it.      

What Mastery workshop participants said:

“The weekend I did my Mastery I can safely say was the most playful, exhilarating, exciting, challenging weekend in my entire adult life.”

‘Would highly recommend to all actors/improvisers and anyone who wants to get more and more comfortable with being their true selves on stage.’

Requirements for people attending the workshop

Please note that although some of the areas covered in this workshop may feel therapeutic, it is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for proper medical or psychological treatment.  It is not suitable for those currently too emotionally sensitive or too physically disabled to take responsibility for themselves.  Everyone attending the workshop will be required to sign an ethics form to ensure safety and confidentiality, and create an environment in which it is safe for people to move out of their comfort zone.  

Prior to the weekend, you will need to learn by heart, a two minute piece (poem, song, dance, monologue, story, piece of music, mime etc) that you will use as a vehicle for your creative expression (not an improvisation). Guidelines on this performance piece and full joining details for the workshop will be sent to you one month before the workshop.

ACCESS TO VENUE: there is one step off the street, otherwise everything is flat and accessible.

Weekend timings:

Friday: 17:30 (doors 17:00) – late ie possibly after 23:00

Saturday:  9:30 (doors 9:00) – late ie possibly after 22:00 

Sunday:  9:30 (doors 9:00) – latest 19:30

About the Instructors

Sam Chittenden 
Sam is a writer/director and runs a small theatre company (Different Theatre) alongside her consultancy Different Development.  Her experience includes many years as a Board Director in the NHS, a coach, a poet (Beth Somerford) and author of Rhyme & Reason – The Poetry of Leadership.

Sam hosts a variety of personal development workshops and creative retreats.  She is fascinated by stories and the characters that inhabit them.

“The Mastery of Self Expression is a weekend of exploration for everyone involved. I am always bowled over by the creativity and passion shown by participants, and by the changes they choose to make in their worlds.”


Jan Castle
Jan is a highly experienced coach and facilitator, the creator/co-creator of numerous self-development and creativity workshops including Live your Dream, The Write Space, Voicing your Purpose and The Space (follow-up to The Mastery).

She first became interested in our ability to create and ‘be’ without limitation when exploring the Art of The Fool with Frankie Anderson and Eastern spiritual traditions.

“I am fascinated by the ‘edge’ I experience in myself and others, the scary and thrilling frontier between the version of myself I think is acceptable to others, and showing up fully in all my wonderful, messy, creative humanity.”



February 16 @ 5:30 pm
February 18 @ 7:30 pm


Jan Castle/The Bristol Mastery
07896 343981
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