Spring Balint Weekend 2020 – Whalley Abbey

Refresh your enthusiasm!

Revive your empathy!

Resource yourself!

Come to understand your feelings and work more effectively!

Come to the Balint Spring Weekend Workshops at Whalley Abbey, Lancashire - 27th to 29th March 2020.

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. 

Saturday afternoon is free to give you time to explore locally, eg the abbey ruins, gardens, riverside path & village or to visit the market town of Clitheroe with its castle or Pendle Hill with its Quaker and witchcraft connections.

Whalley has a railway station with connections to Manchester and is only 20 minutes from the motorway network. 

Options for Attendance:

"All-In" places include wholesome food and comfortable en-suite accommodation from Friday evening meal to Sunday lunch inclusive.  **Please note that all single occupancy rooms are now booked. There are two shared rooms available **

"Non-residential" places include all meals except breakfast. See booking.com for nearby accommodation to book yourself. 

Bursaries are available for those earning less than £18,000 per annum. Please contact the Treasurer, Dr Ann Evans to discuss this.


"Student Places" we are offering a limited number of subsidised places for medical, nursing and other students from professions involved in one to one relationships with patients, clients or pupils. You should have some clinical / practical face to face experience so that you have cases to discuss. The subsidised rate is £20 non-residential. Please note that this subsidy only applies to students undertaking their initial training, not postgraduate studies. If you wish to attend the conference as a student you must first apply in writing to Dr. Caroline Palmer, providing details of the course you are on and the name of your medical school or university.  Your application must be approved before you complete your registration.

Certificates and PPD - 11 hours

Event Timetable - please click on the following link for access to the provisional timetable - Whalley Abbey Provisional Timetable 2020. Please note this is subject to change. 

Cancellation by a Delegate

Cancellation requests should be submitted in writing to the Administrator (administrator@balint.co.uk) with the bank account name, sort code and account number used to pay the registration fee.  The Society will refund the registration fee paid at day delegate rate, less an administration charge of £25.00. 

Refund of payments for overnight accomodation and the annual dinner will be subject to the Society being able to change the number of delegates contacted to the provider, or there being a refund by the provider.  Late cancellations may therefore receive only a proportion or none of this payment. 

In the case of payment by Trusts, an alternative delegate may be sent to the event free of charge.  Please notify the administrator of their details. 

When a delegate does not attend without notice, no refund can be issued. 

Cancellation by the Society: In the unlikely event of the Balint Society cancelling an event the registration fee will be refunded in full. 

Occasionally it is necessary to make late changes to an event programme and the Society reserves the right to do this.

March 27th, 2020 6:00 PM   to   March 29th, 2020 1:00 PM
Whalley Abbey
The Sands
Whalley, Lancashire BB7 9SS
United Kingdom

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Event Fee(s)
Whalley 2020
Residential, Shared Room pp £ 215.00
Non-Residential £ 160.00
Student non-residential £ 20.00

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