At RZSS, we obviously love spiders. But we recognise that not everyone does! Spiders are amazing creatures with incredible adaptations. They are an essential part of the ecosystem and those found in the UK are completely harmless and would rather avoid us humans.
We understand how a fear of spiders can really begin to impact on people’s everyday lives. Our course is designed to help you to overcome your fear of spiders in a friendly, relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
The spider phobia workshops consist of one afternoon where you will hear from our clinical hypnotherapist Morag Torrance on phobias – how they develop, what they are and how they make us react. You will have a chance to discuss your phobia to better understand its impact on you. Then our expert keepers will tell you a bit more about spiders, showing how fascinating they can be and that there is nothing to be afraid of. We will then go into a group hypnosis session with Morag to help you to remove negative subconscious associations with spiders and reinforce positive associations.
We will not show you any spiders or images of spiders during the theory part of the course.
After the group hypnosis session, you will have the choice of whether you’d like to go with our keepers to a different room to meet some friendly spiders. At this point, you can meet some spiders in closed transparent containers and you will also have the option to practice calmly catching a British house spider.
Our team will help you overcome your fears:
Clinical hypnotherapist Morag Torrance
Morag is an experienced clinical hypnotherapist, with 7 years’ experience in a palliative care unit, working with patients with a wide range of anxieties and phobias. http://www.hypnomo.co.uk/
Our keepers have years of experience working with arachnids and are able to talk expertly on these fascinating creatures. Some of our keepers have actually overcome animal phobias themselves and deal every day with interactions between the public and our animals.
Our team of volunteers will be there on the day to chat to you about your phobias and the support you in overcoming your fears. They have been trained to help specifically with these workshops.
If you have any questions about the workshop or if you’d like any more details before you take part in a course, please ring our booking team on 0131 314 0327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How many people will be on the workshop?
A maximum of 20 people will be on the workshop with you.
Can I visit the Zoo before the workshop starts?
Daytime Zoo entry is included in the cost of the workshop.
Can I bring someone along with me for support?
Yes, you can bring one person along with you. They will be allowed to sit at the back of the room for the theory sessions and be with you for the practical meet the spider session. They will not be permitted into the hypnotherapy session. Guests of participants will need to pay for entry if they are arriving before 1.45pm, they can do this at the Information Desk when you arrive at the Zoo for your day.
Can I cancel or reschedule my workshop?
The phobia workshops are non-refundable and non-transferrable unless due to exceptional circumstances (illness/injury, pregnancy or bereavement). This will be at Edinburgh Zoo's discretion and proof must be provided. Guests of participants will need to pay for entry if they are arriving before 1.45pm, they can do this at the Information Desk when you arrive at the Zoo for your day.
I’m a member, do I get a discount?
Yes, RZSS members get a 10% discount. Please seleet the member's ticket option and bring your membership card with you on the day of your workshop.
How long does the workshop last?
The workshop begins at 2pm and last until around 6pm to 6.30pm.
Are there any age restrictions?
We welcome participants of any age, but suggest that younger children under the age of 12 might not get as much out of the session. Anyone under the age of 16 will need to bring an accompanying adult with them.
Do I need to bring anything on the day?
It is optional, but a cushion for the group hypnotherapy session will help you to relax.
What's included in the price of the workshop?
The price includes a four hour session with a professional hypnotherapist and our expert keepers. You will receive refreshments (tea, coffee, juice) on arrival and during the break.
How do I book a place on one of the workshops?
Please select your date and book online.
What should I expect to receive?
You will receive an email confirmation of your booking with further details about the day.