Beat your fear of spiders at Bristol Zoo

Arachnophobes can banish their fear of eight-legged creatures when Bristol Zoo Gardens holds its next ‘Living with spiders’ courses.

There are still places available on the ‘Living with Spiders’ courses, which will be held on Wednesday 28th October and 25th November.

Experts at the Zoo will help people with extreme arachnophobia overcome their fear of the spiders through a combination of, discussion, relaxation, hypnotherapy and learning about spiders. The evening is jointly run by Greg Nejedly, a local hypnotherapist, and a member of the Zoo’s Education Team, and includes an optional meeting with spiders.

Simon Garrett, Head of Learning at the Zoo, said, “popular culture does nothing to dispel the myths about spiders, with spider-related footage often accompanied by sinister music and gothic lighting. Many of us find spiders fascinating but for others they are simply terrifying and can seriously affect how people live their lives.”

At Bristol Zoo we have responded to the demand for people wanting to get over their fear of spiders by offering a course to help them do so.”

On our ‘Living with Spiders’ course, the emphasis is on changing the balance of control, from spiders being in control of people's lives, to people being in control of themselves and their environment”.

These highly successful seminars are small and personal, with participants enjoying a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. They include a variety of approaches, since different people benefit from different 'therapies', and nobody is asked to do anything that they don't want to do.

The next session will be held at the Zoo on Wednesday 28th October from 6pm until 10.00pm. It costs £95 per person, including refreshments and places are limited to ten people so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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