Re-wilding Eco Therapy
An eco-psychology training over one weekend and in the woods in Somerset
September 30th- October 1st 2023
With Jane Sanders & Deb Millar
Who is this course for?
This course is for those who want to develop a nature-based practice within their professional work with others; and for those pursuing their self-development in a way that includes an interconnected relationship with the earth.
It would be relevant for counsellors, health workers, psychotherapists, social workers, mentors, coaches, youth-workers, walking group leaders, teachers/educators and other professional therapists.
Over these two days our aim is to enable you to:
- Gain confidence in working with others outside in nature
- Incorporate the symbols, metaphors and cycles of nature as a mirror of your inner journey
- Engage with others in exploring how to integrate eco-psychology into your everyday life and work
- Strengthen the sense of interconnection and inter-being with the more than human world
The course will take place at Hallr Wood, a therapeutic woodland project near West Charlton, Somerset.
- A three-strand model of eco-psychology overview
- Research on the benefits of working in nature
- Nature as therapeutic container
- Tracking our connection and disconnection in our relationship with nature
- Reciprocal connection with nature, a two-way whole system process.
- Eco-centric client assessment- indicators & contra-indicators for taking people outside
- Embodied Relational connection
- Theories behind the practice
- Exploring the cycles of the seasons: and finding our place in these cycles
- Spiritual ecology/deep ecology. Recognising and being with our feelings in relation to the earth & the challenges we and future generations face in the changing times and collective movement.
- Working creatively & playfully in the landscape
- Practical essentials i.e. insurance – contracting, health and safety, boundary issues etc.
- Aversions and phobias- innocence and vulnerability.
- Deep listening to nature, an inner stilling to deepening connection. Becoming the woods
- Can nature provide the answers?
- Skills practice
- Eco-therapy indoors and outdoors.
The cost of the course is £185.
This cost includes a vegan soup and teas but please bring anything else you would like to eat.
A £80 deposit secures your place.
This is a small group and we expect it to fill quickly.
There is optional, bring your own breakfast, wild camping at the woods in Somerton, by donation.
Jane Sanders has been a Core Process Psychotherapist since 1990. She first came across eco-psychology & deep ecology in the 1980’s reading John Seed and Joanna Macy and eventually training as a ‘Work that Reconnects facilitator. She has been teaching eco-psychology on the Sweet Track counselling training for the last 8 years and is a member of ‘Wisdom Tree’ a group of facilitators working mainly from Hazel Hill Wood Education Centre.
Deb Millar is a founder of an educational charity www.wilderwoods.org She has been running long term therapeutic forest school based programmes at Hallr Wood since 2008, with a strong focus on secondary aged young people, many with additional needs. Since 2016 she has also been working with young adults with autism on a Growing for Well Being Project near Baltonsborough.
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