Re-wilding Eco Therapy

An eco-psychology training over three weekends and in three different woods in Somerset

Starting 12th May 2018


With Collette Barnard & Jane Sanders


Course Programme

  • An overview of eco-psychology – a three strand model
  •  The latest research on the benefits of working in nature
  • Nature as therapeutic container
  • Tracking connection and disconnection in our relationship with nature
  • Eco-centric assessment-  indicators & contra-indicators for taking people outside
  • Working with trauma & fear based defences
  • Embodiment and grounding
  • Theories behind the practice
  •  Exploring the cycles of the seasons, and finding our place in these cycles
  • Working with ceremony, symbols and the five elements
  • Spiritual e­cology/Deep ecology.
  • Validate’ The Great Grief’ and witness our capacity to feel for the Earth
  • Reciprocal whole system ecotherapy
  • Working creatively & playfully in the landscape
  • Working with children & young adults
  •  Practical essentials i.e insurance – contracting, health and safety, boundary issues etc.

Over the three weekends 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

Sessions will take place outdoors in three different wood-scapes as well as indoors at the Sweet Track Centre in central Glastonbury. The last weekend will be a residential and will run from the Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.


Who is this course for?

echo-psych3This course is for those who want to a develop 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.

This course would be relevant for counsellors, health workers, psychotherapists, social workers, mentors, coaches, youth workers, walking group leaders,  teachers/educators and other professional therapists.

This course is 70% experiential; it is grounded in a synthesis of Eastern and Western therapeutic approaches. Most sessions will take place outdoors in 3 different woodscapes


Course Information


Weekend 1   Secret Valley Wood, Glastonbury             

Weekend 2  Hallr Wood, West Charlton, Somerton

Weekend 3     Hazelhill Wood, near Salisbury (residential)

Dates & Times

Weekend 1 12th-13th May 2018
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Weekend 2 30th June-1st July
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Weekend 3 3rd-5th August 2018
Friday 5pm – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm

Booking Information  

The cost of the course is £610

£100 deposit secures your place. If the course is paid in full by 12th February 2018 there is a £50 early-bird reduction.

There is also an instalment plan available on request.

This cost includes the 2 day residential at Hazel Hill. The 1st & 2nd weekends are non-residential.


Re-wilding Eco Therapy

From 10:00am until 5:00pm

At Secret Valley Wood

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Re-wilding Eco Therapy

From 10:00am until 5:00pm

At Hallr Wood

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