Psychogeography: how places make us feel

June 25 2018

A WORKSHOP designed to help attendees understand how different places and spaces make us feel is being held to raise funds for Bristol’s last remaining rehab centre.

Chandos House, a residential treatment centre for addiction based on Chandos Road in Redland, is on a critical fundraising mission to continue saving the lives of men suffering from substance and alcohol addiction.

Writer Will Self is one of the Chandos House’s brothers and supporters. Through his work as Professor of Contemporary Thought at Brunel University, Will teaches a course on Psychogeography, which can be understood as a means of investigating and making use of the way different places and spaces make us feel. Psychogeography focuses on the practice of dérive, ‘drifting’ through the world to better understand how our preconceptions and preoccupations shape the environment about us. 

Two exclusive sessions will be led by Will at Chandos House on Wednesday  July 11. A morning session will be held for residents as part of their ongoing therapy, and a second afternoon session at 2pm will be open to those who’d like to support the work of the facility and learn how to enact the ‘dérive’ and creatively remake their own world. Will stresses that you don’t have to be an artist or writer to gain from dérive, and anyone who works creatively (and feels blocked in any way) should find it extremely helpful. 

Because of the intimate nature of the session only ten places are available and tickets are by donation from £65 to £830, which will pay for an individual therapy session all the way up to one man’s full treatment costs for one week. 

To find out more about the session or to book your place, email or visit