The original NLP Core Skills workshop

NLP Core Skills: a different way of learning NLP

NLP Core Skills was established 16 years ago and is our entry level immersion in in-depth NLP.  It is not an NLP ‘introductory’ course – it’s a fast paced, thorough 5-day experience of NLP skills, insights, and self-discovery – in a wonderful location in the New Forest National Park.

  • Develop real NLP skill, in a relaxed and very informal atmosphere
  • Discover what makes people tick – and what makes you tick
  • Enjoy great company and lots of activity in a secluded 66 acre woodland estate – with birdsong, woodland and lake walks and maybe an evening meal by the sea
  • Learn about yourself, extend your potential and improve your ability to communicate with influence
  • Enjoy being part of a real learning team – and perhaps have a go at the exciting High Ropes course
  • On NLP Core Skills you are learning from experience. We have been running this course every month or so since 1999 – that’s over 140 times – and we’re till improving it.

Course details

Course dates

June: 20-24 June 2015  (Places available)

July:  25-29 July 2015  (Course full – waiting list available)

September: 5-9 September 2015

October: 24-28 October 2015

March 2016: 27 February – 2 March 2016

Course length:

5 days – 10.30 AM Saturday to 5.00 PM Wednesday.

What you will learn:

The course syllabus is here

Who can take part

Open to everyone over 18 years

How to take part?

Make a provisional reservation here – This secures your place, without committing you, until we receive your deposit confirming your reservation.

Course Brochure

You can download our course brochure in PDF format here

Group size:

Around 10-16 people

Course fee

£485 + 20% VAT = £582. You can pay by cheque or credit card – or we can invoice your organisation.

Accommodation available

Stay on-site in shared twin rooms for £133, including VAT – or we can supply a list of local guesthouses.

Terms & Conditions

You can download our Terms and Conditions here

Location of course

In the New Forest National Park, near Bransgore, Hampshire – details on Google Maps – zoom out for the big picture!

Rail or coach travel?

Head for Bournemouth (rail/coach) or Christchurch (rail) and take a taxi.  (Note: each course has its own private website which you can use to contact other participants and arrange to share lifts or taxis).

Air travel

Bournemouth airport – 12 minutes by taxi.

Southampton airport 35 minutes from Bournemouth coach and rail stations.

London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports have direct coach links with Bournemouth.

Minimum knowledge about NLP?

No previous knowledge of NLP is needed. Many who attend our courses have never even read a book on NLP. We begin from the basics and take you through to more advanced skills over the five days of the course.

Minimum level of fitness?

The High Ropes and the Low Ropes course sessions take up around 90-120 minutes each in our NLP Core Skills. And whether you are very fit, very unfit, or somewhere in between you can choose whether you will take part – and the manner in which you take actively or as a supportive member of the team.  See this article on the great Challenge by Choice principle which is central to all of our courses.


‘A wonderful, empowering and powerful programme – entirely different to any other course I have attended. It is proactive and requires delegate participation at every stage of the process. I’m now able to close more sales, relating to people better, and developing stronger relationships. Aadil Butt, Financial Consultant, UK

“Wow! What a fantastic way to spend a week. Thank you so much for bringing NLP alive for me.  Having read a number of books on the subject (or at least attempted to!) I finally understand how I can use the techniques with my coaching clients.  I’m delighted with the photos – it means I can show my husband, my mum, my friends, my colleagues – anybody who just wouldn’t believe I had it in me!  Excellent!” Kate    (More comments from participants)

Our NLP Core Skills course is open to all

At NLP Core Skills you will learn NLP as it was created – through modelling, or examining or exploring, how things work. Such as how our thoughts and feelings work, how we communicate with one another – both verbally and non-verbally, how we create difficulties for ourselves, how we overcome difficulties, etc.

This is not a theoretical course – it is a practical, action-packed, hands-on learning experience where you learn by doing and discussing rather than sitting and listening.

Because we begin at the beginning and, over the five days, gradually build up a set of insights and skills anyone can take part – even if you have never even heard of NLP before.

The thorough NLP training

We aim to make all of our trainings the most thorough – and the most enjoyable – that are available, anywhere!

For example, the introductory NLP Core Skills is a stand-alone training. And it is also the firs part of our Practitioner Certification Programme. This means that, from the very beginning, you will be taking part in an in-depth Practitioner-level training rather than a light-weight ‘NLP Introductory’ course.

You will be learning through discussing, exploring, experimenting and ‘doing’ in a very active and hands-on manner. You will be learning techniques – but you will also be exploring the core principles which support the techniques and you will be modelling the elusive ‘NLP attitude’ of creativity and flexibility and fun.

‘Hugely beneficial as a father (I’ve just repeated the course after a long gap), all the way through my two daughters teenage years; I’ve learnt to respect their space, set a good example and amazingly we’re as close as ever and never stop laughing. In my career, I’ll be honest, I haven’t made any more money – probably because its not as important to me – but I have chaired meetings with government ministers, lunched with Dukes and never been either intimidated nor at a loss of what to say.’ Matt Swain, farmer and accountant, UK

“After taking part in this course, I cannot understand how people are able to learn NLP on an abbreviated course with lots of tapes and reading material. It is essential to practice, and Reg provides a very supportive environment to do this. The friendliness and informality of the group, and of the surroundings, belie the powerful impact of this subject.” Jane Owen, Web Editor (More comments from participants)

Small learning groups

We have a small learning teams policy – our learning teams are small because we want you to have fun learning NLP thoroughly in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. With us you are part of a learning team of around 10-16 people (rather than an audience of 100 or more).

This is an important issue for us because we believe that real skill in NLP requires personalised and hands-on coaching and feedback from a Certified NLP Trainer, something that is not possible when you are part of an ‘audience’.

‘I’m more relaxed, mellow even. I can accept compliments without arguing – and come across as more positive. I can now listen better, advise more openly and with less contamination, and I no longer finish other’s sentences. I smile more! And that’s 3 weeks after the course. Just imagine what I’ll be doing in 6 months time! Hanna Edwards, Snapper (of photos!), UK

“Superb experience. I am an experienced trainer, enthusiastic sportsman & full-on Dad of two young kiddies. I learnt a hell of a lot about how much I was missing about peoples communication & all human potential. Playing with these skills is so much fun & so rewarding. Get on this guys & enjoy.” Sam Mawby. Training Manager  (More comments from participants)

 Active NLP

If you’ve tried learning something by sitting in an hotel room, listening to an expert and taking notes you will know this is one, quite conventional, way of acquiring information. It’s not a lot of fun – however entertaining the speaker – and staying awake after lunch is a bit of a struggle!

And it’s not the way to develop behavioural skill, which is what you need at the outset of your NLP exploration. That’s why we ensure that you are actively involved in your learning. For example: lots of our small-group or pair-up activities can be done outside among the pine trees, we use games and experiments to make learning more fun, weather-permitting we sometimes go for a walk and do some NLP in the open air, and we have two sessions on the Ropes Course.

And you’re actively learning right from the start! Much of your first hour of NLP Core Skills is spent, in small groups, ambling about the 66 acre estate where we hold the course – getting to know the area with its woods, ponds, lakes and having a first look at the High and Low Ropes courses – and, of course, getting to know the others on your course.

And, as you’ll discover, this gentle walk also integrates your first few lessons in ‘real world NLP’ i.e. the kind of NLP that relates to everyday life!

It’s because of little experiences like this that people afterwards remark that time at our trainings passes so quickly. See also why Pegasus NLP courses are special.

“For me the opportunity to work outside was important. I also gained some very relevant insights while doing both Low and High ropes. Working as a team is a very important part of my work, however I am used to working with people who have been trained a certain way. It was challenging and enlightening to work with people who reacted and operated in different ways.

I have been on promotion courses at work and have only found about 20-30% useful. By contrast I found in excess of 90% of core skills immediately useful. (both professionally and personally) Reg’s laid back manner and easy delivery style initially had me questioning how much structure there was to the course, however towards the end all the elements came together and it was clear that an immense amount of experience and preparation had gone into the course.

I met some great people, importantly for me I had fun and a laugh while learning. A week after the course I am already aware of some changes, I can be relaxed about things that used to annoy me, I seem to be more tolerant and having many more tools at my disposal allows me to be more open in my interaction with people. I definitely look at life in a more positive way” Stuart Whitmore

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NLP – for people who like to think for themselves!

We recognise that people learn more and learn quicker when they are involved and are having fun so at our trainings you’ll experience an interesting experience of very brief lectures, discussions, games, and indoor and outdoor activities or explorations that enable you to be actively engaged in your learning.

So, rather than listening to lectures from experts, you’ll be actively learning through

  • doing
  • discussing
  • questioning
  • discovering
  • trying things out
  • playing
  • exploring
  • practising

..because we recognise that:

  • People learn best when they are actively involved in the process rather than passive listeners – and this is especially the case with adult learners
  • Different people have different learning needs
  • People remember better when they learn by exploring and finding out for themselves
  • People learn best when they also learn with and from their peers
  • People learn best when they feel free to challenge and question rather than simply listen and absorb.

Plus, we respect your skills and background and expertise. Our courses are designed to draw upon and integrate our customers’ life and work experiences because in this way we are able to create a very dynamic learning team – rather than a group of passive ‘students’.

Accelerating your learning

We want you to not just enjoy but benefit in very practical ways from your experience Pegasus NLP. So we use a wide range of methods for accelerating the learning process and this enables us to  pack a huge amount of information, insights and experiences into every hour of both NLP Core Skills and the NLP Practitioner Part 2 trainings.

And we also carefully outline and explain each of these methods so that you have the ability to afterwards use them in how you communicate and influence and interact with individuals and groups after the training course.

Incidentally, we do not use hypnosis to accelerate learning because we want you to be able to consciously remember what you have learned…

Learn NLP away from it all

Our Core Skills workshops are held in the near-idyllic and peaceful setting of a 66 acre estate of wooded grounds with its own lakes – the perfect place for switching off and focussing on having great fun learning a great subject!

You can even stay on-site in the Norwegian-style log cabin where we hold our trainings for just £133 per workshop. This fee includes VAT.

‘This course gave me a significant insight into myself and also how I could support others with their development. Not only did this programme increased my self-awareness but also, as a trainer, I’ve been able to share some of the NLP techniques with others – such as the eye movements for example – that were useful as stand-alone aspects of NLP.  Caroline Bell, Trainer/Coach, UK

‘I found the experience extremely positive and uplifting. The atmosphere created is relaxed and conducive to learning, with a blend of practical, theory and lots of humour!  I was surprised how much we managed to cover in the time we had, and how much of it seemed to simply slip into my unconscious without too much effort. The outdoor activities helped to reinforce this and provided an excellent foil for the classroom sessions.” Gary, Training Consultant

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Practical Details

Course fee

Course training fee: £485 plus VAT. You can pay by cheque or credit card – or we can invoice your organisation.


If you like the idea of waking up to the sounds of the forest you can stay in the Norwegian-style pine Lodge where we hold the course. Accommodation is self-catering and sharing a twin room. Those staying at the lodge usually form a food kitty and share shopping and cooking. +

Staying on-site with others from your learning team can be great fun and many report that it makes for a wonderful ‘immersion’ in NLP.

If you would prefer more conventional accommodation we can provide a list of local hotels and guesthouses – some within 10 minutes drive of the centre so you can pop into the Lodge for an evening chat after your evening meal.

‘A fantastic experience in a beautiful setting with trainers who are enthusiastic without being overbearing. Skills were gained almost without realising it and plenty of opportunity to practice – brilliant use of flip-chart visuals.  Although the skills will be used extensively in my current job, the course has given me the confidence to start putting my plans of career change into action.’ Meic Richards, Firefighter/trainer & life coach, Wales.

‘Taking part in the Core Skills course clarified for me exactly what NLP is all about. The relaxed setting and combination of indoor and outdoor activities helped me to keep involved throughout. At the end of the course I felt intellectually stimulated and have been spurred on to try out new things in my day-to-day life and to take NLP further. I got more out of the course than I have out of years of previous training.’ Ged Brannan, Management Consultant

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The centre is in the middle of the unspoilt New Forest so there are no local cafes or take-aways. Those staying in the Lodge usually organise their own light lunch while those who are staying ‘off-site’ bring in a packed lunch.

We normally eat together – indoors if it is cool or on the veranda when the weather is warm. (The Lodge in which we hold our courses has a fully equipped kitchen.)


The venue is convenient for road, rail, and air travel. Bournemouth rail station is a 25 minute taxi ride away – or we may be able to arrange a lift for you!

Road: The venue is about two hours drive from London, Bristol, Exeter, Brighton and Oxford. We will send you detailed directions on how to get to the centre.

Air: Bournemouth Airport is 12 minutes by car/taxi and Southampton Airport is 30 minutes by car/taxi

Rail & Coach: Nearest rail stations are Bournemouth or Christchurch. Nearest coach station is Bournemouth. Being off the beaten track there are no public transport links with the centre so a taxi ride is necessary – we will help you share if there are others travelling by public transport. Click here to check details of train timetables – or coach timetables

“Worth every minute I spent on it! The course was thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding, but even if it wasn’t, one week of my life is a small cost for such a great set of tools to help me make sense of the rest of it.” Dan P. Software Engineer

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Where are the courses held?

Near Ringwood and Bransgore on the western edge of the New Forest National Park. Check on Google Maps.

About 2 hours’ drive from London, Bristol or Oxford. About 30 minutes from Rournemouth or Southampton.

Terms & Conditions

You can download our Terms and Conditions here


Remember you have a money-back no-small-print guarantee with NLP Core Skills.

Core Skills’ Facilitators

NLP Core Skills’ is facilitated by Pegasus NLP team facilitators Reg Connolly, Lizzi Larbalestier, Iain James and Christophe Orgueil. See details of Pegasus NLP team here .

Make it a holiday, too…

If you are staying in the New Forest while attending Core Skills you have the opportunity of enjoying a break in a wonderful part of the country.

You can come early and spend an extra day or two in the area or stay in the area after the course to get some exercise, enjoy the peaceful forest moorland and ancient woodlands or explore the nearby beaches and coastline of Hampshire and Dorset, two of the most beautiful counties in England and which boast a milder climate than most parts of the UK.

 By Reg Connolly, Director of Training, Pegasus NLP


With our NLP Core Skills course you have a two-day money-back guarantee.

If you are not convinced that the course will benefit you just let us know any time up to the end of the second day and we will refund your course fee – plus accommodation fee if you’ve stayed on site.

And we will do this promptly, in full, and without question.