TED Intensive Programme


The TED Intensive programme runs over 2 weekends one month apart and incorporates elements of both the TED Ed 4 and TED 20 courses. With the added benefit of the residential learning environment, TED Intensive immerses you in the world of both psychological and physical health. Aiming to begin to unravel the unhealthy patterns from your past and learn different ways to cope with negative situations. We learn about food from a nutrition perspective and look at why exercise is beneficial for much more than weight loss alone. Making improved health the goal, rather than just weight loss.

Weekend 1

Day 1

Using a theory of personality, we look at how we affect those around us and how they affect us, so that we can create healthy relationships with ourselves and others. We look at how listening to the critical voice inside our own heads can cause us to become stuck in the diet/binge cycle, a never ending pattern of calorie restriction and feelings of failure.

We look at what food really means to us and examine the deeper beliefs we have about body size.

We look at the subject of ambivalence. Wanting to be thin but wanting to eat everything we want, brings many a struggling dieter to their knees. Using a therapeutic tool – called two-chair work – volunteers get a chance to explore their own ambivalence in more detail.

We start the day by looking at where our habits of giving and receiving strokes came from and how that affects our mood.

Towards the end of the first day we switch from Head TED to Body TED and take a look at the ‘Evolution of Man.’ What would Tesco have looked like 20,000 years ago, how did Homo sapiens spend their day and why didn’t they struggle with their weight?

For the early risers, there is the opportunity to join Lesley in the gym for a personal training session.

Day 2

 We all get hooked into negative interactions, things such as:-

  • Does my bum look big in this?
  • If it weren’t for my size I’d…
  • Help me lose weight. I can’t do it if you’re still eating that…

Are just a few examples and we use the Drama Triangle* to analyse these negative repetitive conversations and learn how to step out of the ‘Game’ to reclaim our power.

Switching again to Body TED we spend the afternoon looking at what food manufacturers can and can’t claim and learning how to read food labels.


 Weekend 2

Day 1


We kickoff the weekend with a recap of last time and a group discussion about the short-term goals, checking out what happened, sharing experiences and insights.

More than just physical hunger, we have psychological hungers. Things such as a hunger for recognition, contact, and stimulus drive us to make choices out of our awareness. Using this concept we look to see where we are using food to meet these psychological hungers.

Bringing together all of the mornings exercises we examine exactly how we are structuring our day and what kind of strokes this yields us. Analysing how we spend our time allows us to see where we can make healthier choices and we finish the day by setting some short term goals, ready for the next intensive weekend.

Using food diaries kept through the previous month, we look at your diet in terms of food portions and the Eatwell Plate. Then we look at what healthy eating actually incorporates and wrap up the day by examining restaurant menus and learning how to make better choices when eating out.

Day 2

 For the early risers, there is the opportunity to join Lesley in the gym for a personal training session.

We circle back to the diet/binge cycle from weekend one and do a little more work around the subject of negative self talk.

Moving fully into Body TED we look at the actual health consequences of carrying too much body fat? There is much more to it than physical appearance.

Next we move on to exercise. It’s not just about burning the fat off. Exercise offers a whole host of other health benefits and they start even before you lose any weight.

We finish the day with a brainstorming session designed to come up with as many innovative ways to add activity into your day as possible and then we get up and get moving, joining in with some fun and easy ways to get more active without the need to go to a gym.

Finishing off the course with a summary of everything covered, you will have the chance to ask any questions and give feedback about what you have learnt and what you enjoyed/didn’t enjoy.