Diary of Events

January 12th, 2016

For a detailed description of our events click on the link to the right of this page.

International meetings: click the link on the right to read about these.


Dates For Your Diary:

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTIES SURROUNDING COVID-19, WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE CHANGES TO OUR EVENTS DIARY.

ALL EVENTS THAT WERE DUE TO BE HELD OVER THE SPRING/SUMMER MONTHS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED. 

IF YOU HAVE BOOKED ONTO AN EVENT, PLEASE BE ASSURED YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE BALINT SOCIETY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE A REFUND. 

WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Please note the following:

  •  The Balint Spring Weekend at Whalley Abbey, 27th to 29th March 2020 has been postponed until later in the year (hopefully this will be held late October).
  •  The Two Day Leadership Event in Cardiff, 30th to 1st May 2020 has been cancelled.
  • The Dublin Balint Experience, 16th & 17th May 2020 has been postponed.
  •  The London Leadership Training Day, Swiss Cottage Hotel, 5th June 2020 has been cancelled.
  •  The Two Day Event in Newcastle, 25th to 26th June 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
  • Oxford weekend at Corpus Christ, 2nd to 4th October has been cancelled.

Further information will be provided as soon as possible. If you have any queries please contact the administrator.

Events for your diary:

Please note we are hopeful the following events will run, however this is subject to change dependent upon the Covid-19 Pandemic.

23rd to 25th October 2020: Deferred Balint “Spring” Weekend at Whalley Abbey.

13th – 15th November 2020: Belfast Balint Weekend.

4th December 2020: Balint Study Day in Bristol.


Balint Weekends/ 2 Day Events: 

27th – 29th March 2020: The Balint Spring Weekend – Postponed

The Balint Spring Weekend is a residential weekend based at the peaceful & comfortable conference house of Whalley Abbey on the Banks of the River Calder in the grounds of the ruined abbey. Non-residential places are available.

Time will be spent in case discussion groups in which doctors, psychotherapists, counsellors, practice nurses, other allied health professionals, medical, nursing and other students can share and explore their feelings about their patients in the safety of small groups or in a Balint Group Leaders Intensive Workshop which will run concurrently, for those already with Balint Group experience who want to learn, practise & improve their group leadership skills. There will also be a peer supervision group for Balint Accredited Leaders who would like to discuss their group and/or practise leadership skills. 

Please note: registration for this event has now closed. 


30th April & 1st May 2020: 2 day Balint event in Cardiff – Cancelled. 

The Cardiff Two Day Event is open to anyone on their way to Balint leadership accreditation or current Accredited Leaders. It will run over two days – Thursday 30th & Friday 1st May 2020.

Participants will have the opportunity to lead and participate in at least 4 Balint groups within their allocated group which will add to the richness of the Balint experience.


16th May & 17th May 2020: The Dublin Balint Experience – Postponed. 

The Dublin Balint Experience is a one-and-a-half day forum of Balint groups, discussion and conversations, being held in Orlagh Country House. A Georgian mansion built in 1790, Orlagh is set on 45 acres in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, with uninterrupted views of Dublin City Centre, Howth Head and the Irish Sea.

Dr Emma Nelson, Dr Hugh Nohilly and Réamonn Ó Donnchadha Ph.D., are co-ordinating the second iteration of this event on Saturday & Sunday 16th/17th May 2020. We are following the more established events of Sligo and Belfast, with the guidance of the UK Balint Society, in providing the opportunity to be part of an experienced Balint event. The registration fee is €170 (£140). There is limited accommodation onsite, but there are several hotels within a twenty-minute drive of the estate. We welcome expressions of interest to participate in the Dublin Balint Experience, and in particular from accredited leaders, who would like to lead Balint groups during the forum.

We would be delighted if you were to join us for what we hope will be a great experience. If interested please email us at: dublinbalint@gmail.com and we will send you further details including a registration form and payment method details (euro cheque by post, electronic bank transfer and PayPal).

NOTE: Balint Society UK will NOT be handling registration or payments for this event.


25th – 26th June 2020: Newcastle Two Day Balint Event – Postponed. 

Roots and Shoots in Balint Work” – This two day non-residential event, held at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead, will be of interest to all who are involved with Balint work, and will include a mix of talks and group discussion. On the evening of the 25th, all delegates are invited to attend an evening meal at the Bridge Tavern, which is included with the registration fee.

Talks – We will be exploring the origins of Balint work, its “roots” in Michael and Enid Balint and anchorage in psychoanalytic thinking, as well as looking at some of the more recent “shoots” and developments of Balint in medicine and other disciplines. We are also very fortunate to have Dr Raluca Soreanu, Reader in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex University, as our Speaker at this event.

Groups – Groups will include a Balint Group suitable for everyone, a Leadership Development Group for Accredited Leaders or those on the Acreditation Pathway and a Pyschodrama Group led by Dr Jean-Pierre Bachmann & Dr Esti Rimmer.


13th November – 15th November 2020: Balint Weekend Belfast 

The Balint Weekend Belfast is a non-residential weekend based at Malone Lodge Hotel, in Belfast.

This weekend will provide an opportunity for clinical, allied health and other professionals and those in training to explore their feelings about patients in the safety of small groups. A Leaders Workshop group will also be available for those wishing to learn, practice and develop their group leadership skills.

The fee for the weekend will be £140.00.

**Please note that due to Covid-19 registration for this event is not yet open. If you would like to register your interest, and be notified when registration opens please contact the Balint Society Administrator – administrator@balint.co.uk.


One Day Events

5th June 2020 – London Leadership Training Day – CANCELLED.  

This workshop, held at Swiss Cottage Hotel, will be of interest to those leading Balint groups and Balint style case discussion groups who wish to examine and develop their leadership skills.  The day will count towards leadership accreditation.

If you wish to be added to a waiting list for this event please contact administrator@balint.co.uk


Group Leaders’ Peer Supervision Workshop Dates

Birmingham Peer Supervision GroupIf you are leading a group, or are interested in becoming a leader, this is for you.  The intention is to provide supervision support in a group setting.  We meet every two months at Edgbaston Golf Club, Birmingham, B15. The meeting is usually on the third Thursday of the month, from 7-9pm.

Please contact Dr Shake Seigel for further information

Tavistock WorkshopPlease contact David Watt if you are interested in presenting your group 

Meets at the Tavistock Clinic, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA. All meetings begin at 8pm and end at 10pm.

Next Meeting dates: Tuesday 4th February 2020, Thursday 14th May 2020

Newcastle upon Tyne Balint Leaders’ Peer Supervision GroupPlease contact Jane Dammers if you would like to attend or present your group.

Meetings are held from 4pm to 6pm at Benfield House, Walkergate Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle NE6 4QD   Tel: 0191 287 6130.

Next meeting: Wednesday June 10th 2020. ** This meeting may be via Zoom.

The Balint leaders peer supervision group is open to anybody in the region who is running a Balint group.  We meet for 2 hours and have time to discuss one or two groups as well as discussing some more general issues.  There is no charge for this group.  If you know anybody who is involved in Balint and is not on the mailing list please feel free to invite them to come along.

North West Balint Leaders’ GroupPlease contact Ceri Dornan if you would like to attend this or future meetings.

Next meeting: to be decided.