Come to McCoCo 2019

Four Day Residential:
Thursday 2 May 6 pm to Monday 6 May 3 pm

Wiston Lodge

At the 20th anniversary of McCoCo in 2018 Janpieter Hoogma stepped down as organiser.

... a BIG thank-you from us to Janpieter for his energy, enthusiasm and focus which helped this event to thrive until now.

So many people wanted the annual event to continue that several people have formed the new organisers’ team: the event is well supported and has sound financial backing.


We all love coming to the beautiful venue at Wiston Lodge for this annual co-counselling residential, and we hope you’ll join us in spring next year to co-create another great experience together.

We are delighted to offer the McCoCo 2019 residential workshop. We are offering this exciting, international, supportive and beautiful space from Thursday evening 2 May to Monday 6 May. This will be the 22nd McCoCo residential workshop. The Monday is a Bank Holiday for everyone in the UK.​

We have booked again the wonderful venue 45 miles south of Edinburgh called Wiston Lodge. It is a magnificent 19th century former hunting lodge, set in 52 acres of beautiful grounds, including much woodland and streams. There are several spaces suitable for different kinds of workshops including a hall for dancing and a big room for the opening circles. For more pictures of the venue, click here.

The workshop program will follow the same format as many other co-counselling residentials,: a structure will be offered within which the  participants will co-create the programme each day. Anyone can offer a co-counselling workshop or ask for a topic group, massage, music, meditation or indeed any activity that makes your heart sing. As well as participating in workshops and support groups or simply having co-counselling sessions you can choose to enjoy dancing, chatting with people from overseas in front of a log fire, walking in the lovely grounds or up the nearby Tinto hill etc.On the final evening we often have a ceilidh (informal cabaret).

Are you hesitating? New to Co-Counselling?

We extend an especially warm welcome to Co-Counsellors who have recently completed Core Training Fundamentals or who have not been to an event like this before. This event provides an opportunity for you to meet Co-Counsellors from throughout the UK and beyond. We will offer a workshop at the beginning of the workshop to help eveyone settle in to the event.

Feeling rusty...?
No problem, the only requirements for having sessions is to be able

  • to give your free, aware caring attention to your client
  • to refuse to enter into a session contract or to give a suggestion if you don't want to
  • to keep confidentiality

If you are able to do this, you will very quickly remember again what you have learnt earlier in Co-Counselling, especially when you experience the support, freedom and encouragement that McCoCo has on offer.

Staying with a co-counsellor before of after McCoCo 
We can possibly offer accommodation with Co-Counsellors in Edinburgh or the local region.



Enquiries about food, travel, booking and everything else.... please see our website

McCoCo will be a drug and alcohol free workshop.

We are looking forward to seeing you at McCoCo 2019

Bye for now,

Chris, Kate, Mick, Richard and Sarah

Sarah Horsfall (bookings)
Chris Beale (bedroom allocation; joining instructions)
Kate Golten (food, diets)
Mick Drury (co-ordination of lifts and staying with local co-counsellors, and any other general enquiries)
Richard Mills (publicity; team coordination, liaison with venue)

Event Dates
Thursday, 2 May, 2019 - 17:00 to Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 - 14:55
Wiston Lodge
Millrig Road
Wiston, nr Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6HT
United Kingdom
Phone: 01899-850 288
Lanarkshire GB
Travel Information

Despite its secluded location the venue is very straightforward to get to, whether by car or public transport.
See our website,


The general diet is vegetarian. There may be some meat and fish for people who choose. See the website for up to date info. Special diet requests maybe catered for: you can mention your dietary requests on the (electronic) booking form. You can also contact Kate Golten 0117 939 0310 or 079 2048 8570

Sleeping accommodation

We can offer camping, single sex or mixed rooms. Normally you'll be sharing a room: some of these rooms can sleep up to 10 but it's extremely unlikely that you'll be sharing with 9 others. We usually have max 6 per room, and often fewer. Book soon for the best chance of your needs being met. 

If we have at least 40 participants we can also use the cabins. Each can have two couples.

Contact us if you have special accommodation needs.

Money matters
Costs of attending: 

3 reasons to book now…

  1. You’ll secure your place…. Places are limited.
  2. You can still get the Early Bird price.
  3. You can then start looking forward to a mouth-watering experience awaiting you only 3.5 months away.


Early Bird: book by 15 Feb 2019 Prices
£130 £140
Single room In house*


Double room In house*


Attendance McCoCo with
Bed(&Breakfast) further afield *




Bursary requests i.e. reduced fees

If finding the money is preventing you from booking please let us know. We may be able to help via the separate fund.

Payment arrangements

Booking is via the website

  • Pay a £50 deposit to secure your place.
  • Pay from your on-line bank account to

    Sort code: 40-27-14
    Current account number 51560980

    Make a cheque payable to McCoCo-CCI 
    and send it to Sarah Horsfall (address at the website).

Registration / Booking Information

Booking is via the website

Contact Information

Contact details are on the website.

Sarah Horsfall (bookings)
Chris Beale (bedroom allocation; joining instructions)
Kate Golten (food, diets)
Mick Drury (co-ordination of lifts and staying with local co-counsellors, and any other general enquiries)
Richard Mills (publicity; team coordination, liaison with venue)