There is more to facilitating cleanly than asking clean questions.

It is twenty-five years since Penny Tompkins and James Lawley first saw remarkable therapist David Grove demonstrate Clean Language and his unique way of working with metaphor. Penny and James’ intensive study of David led to Symbolic Modelling, a method now used throughout the world in therapy, coaching, education, health, research and many other applications.

Facilitating cleanly is a craft and like all crafts there are ‘hidden’ skills that turn a technique into an art form. This series of online workshops explores what happens below the surface, behind the scenes, and inside the mind-body of experienced clean facilitators.

How do they model symbolically? What do they pay attention to and what do they ignore? How do they relate to the client, their inner world and themselves cleanly? How do they get exceptional results even though they are using the same questions as a beginner?

Penny and James have teamed up with Annemiek Van Helsdingen to reveal all.

The following 9-minute video is an overview of what InsideClean offers to those who want to take their facilitation skills to the next level ...
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There is more to facilitating cleanly than asking clean questions.

When using Clean Language, do you sometimes …

  • Get lost when facilitating and get that ‘frozen in the headlights’ feeling? 
  • Not know what to do when a client appears stuck or going round in circles? 
  • Wonder how to proceed when your client ‘does not go into metaphor’? 
  • Get overwhelmed by the amount of information the client provides?
  • Wonder if it is really possible to facilitate from a place of ‘not knowing’? 
  • Consider if what you are doing is actually working for the client?

Then this series of advanced workshops is for you. 

InsideClean online workshop series

How it works

There are FOUR workshops in 2019:

  • How do you know what question to ask? (available as recording, )
  • If only God would give us a sign (available as recording)
  • How to ask a Clean Language Question with "Oomph" (available as recording)
  • And on Oct 28th, 7 pm UK: Asking Specialised Questions: When and How?

In each workshop, we pick one topic and with you we’ll explore what’s beyond the obvious when working cleanly.

There are two options to join us:

  1. Annual Membership

    Join as a member for four workshops (for the price of three) and:

    • Participate in the live workshop
    • Access the library of workshop video recordings
    • Receive bonus material that has never been released before
    • Request topics for future workshops.
  2. Individual Workshops

    Participate in individual workshops. If you cannot attend live you will be able to view a video recording of the event, which is designed to give you a lot of value, even then.

    Either way, we’d love to have you join the adventure.

You will get the most out of our time together if you are already familiar with: 

  • Asking Clean Language questions
  • Working with clients' metaphors
  • The Problem-Remedy-Outcome (PRO) model.

Information about these topics is available here.

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What you can expect from the InsideClean Annual Membership

  • Optional pre-work

    For each workshop you will receive pre-work to help you start thinking about the topic. The preparation may be in the form of a short video to watch, an article to read or an activity to do, including questions for reflection.

  • The live workshop

    Each live workshop will be approximately 90 minutes delivered via Zoom (setting up an account is free and very easy). We will go deep into a particular feature of facilitating cleanly. Small group activities with other participants will enable you to immediately try out the ideas and learn from your own experience.

  • Your online library

    In your online course portal you will have access to all the information for each workshop, together with the recording of the live event. This will mean you can review the material in your own time and find new layers of learning.

  • Bonus material

    When you join as a member, you also have access to never-before-released bonus material that will be regularly added to throughout the year. Be the first to see Penny & James being interviewed about their relationship with David Grove, how they modelled him, and their development of Symbolic Modelling.

  • Join from anywhere

    We are excited to use the InsideClean platform to provide live online workshops, that you can attend no matter where you are in the world! We look forward to (re)connecting with you and exploring content rarely made explicit before.

About Us

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley are co-developers of Symbolic Modelling and leading authorities on the use of David Grove’s Clean Language and self-generated metaphor for personal and professional development.

Together Penny and James run The Developing Company, are married, and are based in London. Their purpose is to facilitate people to see the repeating patterns in their personal and professional lives, to recognise how these patterns can change, and to trust what emerges.

Their book, Metaphors in Mind is a comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language which they also introduce in an Online Course. James’ latest book (with Marian Way), Insights in Space is the first to be dedicated to Clean Space.

Over 200 of their articles and blogs are freely available at

Annemiek van Helsdingen has used and taught Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling since 2005 in many application areas, including corporate change work, clean interviewing, education and personal development. 

She is the founder of the Academy for Soul-based Coaching, an online Academy offering in-depth live-training, where she and her team teach aspiring and trained coaches to use Symbolic Modelling in conjunction with Holding space to help their clients make the changes they want to make.  

Annemiek lives in the Netherlands with her husband and daughter and thoroughly enjoys the global nature of her work. She wants nothing more than to see people access their inner magic, so they can take ownership of their lives and thrive, both as coaches and clients.

Our deepest appreciation goes to David Grove (1950-2008), the originator of Clean Language and the source of all the subsequent developments to emerge in the world of clean.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I attend the live workshops online?

    In your learning portal, you will find the Zoom link for each workshop. All you need to do is click on the link and install a small app. Zoom is a very user friendly platform that allows you to share your webcam and microphone, allowing all of us to see and hear each other. It also allows us to use breakout rooms, so you can practice just as you would in a face-to-face training.

  • Do I have enough experience to join?

    You will get most out of our time together if you are already familiar with: * Asking Clean Language questions; * Working with clients’ metaphors; * and especially the Problem-Remedy-Outcome (PRO) model.

    Information about these topics is available at:

    If you are not sure if your prior experience is sufficient, please contact us at:

  • What if I can't make a live workshop?

    All workshops are recorded and you will have unlimited access to the recordings and other materials – providing you with a rich resource for continued learning.

  • Recordings and privacy

    All live workshops are recorded and will be added to the InsideClean portal for current and future members. By joining us you consent to being recorded. However, you have the choice to turn off your webcam so that you will not be visible in the recording.