McCoCo 2020 … a 4-day CCI Residential

Wiston Lodge, Lanarkshire, 37 miles south-west of Edinburgh 
30th April to 4th May 2020








Dear wonderful co-counsellor:
You are warmly invited to this annual spring residential in Scotland.

This will be the 22nd McCoCo, and once again we have booked Wiston Lodge, an attractive venue that suits a co-counselling event perfectly: peaceful seclusion from the outside world, good workshop spaces in a beautiful and characterful house, and very lovely and extensive grounds where you can roam in nature.


Many people love both the venue and the event, and so return each year. Nevertheless each group that forms on that first Thursday in May is a new group, where we continue to discover ourselves and each other. It is therefore our goal to bring a culture of inclusiveness to our group: you are welcome here whether you are from Scotland, England, Europe, or from much further afield. And, you’re equally welcome here if you’re feeling out of touch with co-counselling, or a total novice or an old-hand.

The structure will follow that of many other CCI events:

  • We’ll have a morning Opening Circle when we will co-create the programme as we move through the long weekend.
  • Anyone may offer or request a workshop.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to be in a support group that meets for an hour each day, with the same people in it.
  • Workshops may be co-counselling only, or non-co-counselling
  • There will be space for you to express yourself creatively though dance, music, art, writing, or whatever you choose.


ALLOWED: tea, coffee, caffeine, prescription drugs, nicotine as long as smoking is outside the building (Smokers: please see note below).
NOT ALLOWED: Alcohol; any drug that is illegal to consume in the UK.
SMOKERS: Please be mindful that smoking outside can result in smoke residing in the lungs being brought into the shared indoor space: please be careful with timing etc of smoking.

Workshop Spaces

There are great workshop spaces for us to do our thing: private, comfortable and quiet.
See Gallery #1

The Building

The building is an old former hunting lodge with great character and convenient spaces for us.
See Gallery #5
Accessibility: the building’s age and design mean that unfortunately it is not suitable for those who cannot use stairs. We’re sorry for any disappointment.


The Grounds

52 acres of woodlands, streams and peaceful lawns help us keep in touch with nature.
See Gallery #2

Sleeping Accommodation

The sleeping accommodation comprises rooms that will sleep 2 to 8 people. It’s unlikely that you’d be sharing with more than about 4 others. Double rooms are very limited: please check the booking page to see if they are still available.


You may sleep in your tent: the camping field is just a few minutes (maybe 2 or 3 minutes) from the house.

The Surrounding Area

The surrounding area is one of rolling countryside. Behind the Lodge is the impressive Tinto Hill that some of like to walk up.

This is the 22nd McCoCo

daytime workshop slots over 4 days, plus evenings and early mornings

acres (22 hectares) of beautiful grounds to explore and enjoy

Not long to go









The food will be wholesome and lovingly prepared by the great folks at Wiston Lodge. The default is vegetarian, but lots of options (e.g.meat, fish,vegan) will be available. See the booking form for full info.


Whether you’re coming by car or other means, travel is pretty straightforward, even if some of you are coming from a long distance away. More info

Accommodation Before and After

If you are arriving in the area before the event, or staying on afterwards, we’ll try and help you find a co-counsellor to stay with. Please contact Mick, who may be able to help: contact

Visit Scotland

14.1 million people can’t be wrong!

That’s right, lots and lots of people visit Scotland each year, outnumbering locals by almost 3:1. Whether it’s for the art galleries of Glasgow, Edinburgh Castle, the rolling countryside of the Lowlands, or the moors, mountains and lochs of the Highlands and Islands, you could extend your stay before or after McCoCo and enjoy Scotland in the springtime.

Ready to book?

Are you

  • old or new?
  • rusty or smooth+shiny?
  • seasoned or rookie?

Remember, the only capacities that you need to be able to do co-counselling are to:

  • Give Free Attention in sessions and workshops
  • Be responsible for your own balance of attention
  • Keep to the ground rules
  • Be able able to refuse a request to give a certain  intervention if you don’t want to give it

I’ve had great times at this residential in workshops, in social time and wandering in the beautiful grounds. Roll on, May 2020!

Richard Charles

Co-counsellor in Leeds

The Team

… organising McCoCo 2020

Thanks for visiting this site, and we hope you’ll join us in Apr/May 2020 for a great residential.
Kate, Lilian, Mick, Richard Charles and Vicki
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