Are you afraid of spiders or snakes?

Fear is a natural survival instinct that warns us of potential danger. Fear only becomes a problem when it begins to take on a life of its own and we become anxious even when no actual danger is present. Such fear can render us incapable of action, and even lead to compulsive behavior in order to avert a perceived risk situation.

Have you ever felt like this? If so, you are not alone! Have you ever wished you were a little more daring? Then this one-day workshop is the perfect way to explore your fears and gradually confront them. This workshop offers you an opportunity to learn how to deal with your anxiety step by step.

Participation under the professional guidance of:

Ursula Riedinger (Employer Service-Center at Hellabrunn Zoo, Naturopathic Practitioner for Psychotherapy, Associate Degree of Applied Science in Recreation & Wildlife (USA) and therapist for animal-assisted therapy) and her team.

In the workshop, we use methods from behavioral therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Psychology (NLP), counseling, various relaxation techniques and techniques for building up resources. Short zoological and psychological lectures will give you an additional insight into this particular area.

After an induction session, including therapeutic and animal care instructions, you will have an opportunity to approach our snake Houdini as well as our spider Anna. You alone decide how far you want to go. At the end of the animal contact session, you will be able to share your experiences with others, and have a chance to discuss further course of action. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as a reminder of the workshop.

for private workshops:                                                                                                                                      One-to-one private workshops are available from 10am - 3pm by appointment (price: € 185 including admission price and snacks during the breaks, except lunch). Bank details will be provided upon registration at the Service Center. Reference: One-day workshop: Spider and Snake Phobias I

Cancellation deadlines:
Up to 7 days prior to the scheduled date of the workshop cancellation is free of charge. Cancellation requests received between 7 days and 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the workshop will incur a 25% cancellation fee on the price of the booking. Cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the workshop will incur a 100% cancellation fee on the price of the booking.

You can have lunch in the zoo restaurant or in summer sit outside one of the zoo's cafes. Of course, you can also bring your own snacks.

Minimum age 16 years (16-18 year olds must be accompanied either by a parent or guardian who has also paid to attend the same workshop, or an adult with written permission from a parent or guardian)

Zoo School at the Flamingo entrance (the lists of participants will available at the ticket office)

Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn AG
Tierparkstraße 30
81543 Munich
Tel. +49(0)89 62508-91
Fax: +49(0)89 62508-793


Tierpark Hellabrunn AG
Tierparkstraße 30
81543 München

Tel.: +49(0)89 62508-91

Workshop director Ursula Riedinger