ecotherapy Ecotherapy
personal healing and healing for the earth

Articles and Information

This page contains both articles that I have written and articles that may of interest written by others

Moving beyond counselling and psychotherapy as it currently is taking therapy outside (limited access to download for free)

Article on Taking Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors (pdf, 146 K)

Article in New York Times 29/1/10 on 'ecological unconscious'

Article on ecotherapy published in April 09 Therapy Today Journal (pdf, 191 K)

Article on nature and attachment published in ecopsychology journal apr 09 (pdf, 180 K)

Editorial on ecopsychology - European Journal of Ecopsychology (pdf, 38 K)

Ecopsychology and problem based learning (2012, 363 K)

Did Lacan go camping? Psychotherapy in search of an ecological self (pdf, 94 K)

Evaluation of the GROW wellbeing project Brighton with some interesting findings on the relationship between ecotherapy and mental health

Recent article on nature based therapy in positive news:

New Book on Ecotherapy

Nature and Therapy: Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy in Outdoor Spaces.

See here to order

Training courses 2014

(I also offer 1-1 support/supervision for therapists and others interested in developing their outdoor practice, this can be done over Skype and online)

Taking Therapy Outside

(CPD certificates are available for attendance at this weekend)

Taking therapy outside - on going support for therapists in developing nature based therapy practice

4th 7th June 2015

Shining Cliff Woods, Ambergate Derbyshire

This weekend will be suitable for therapy professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, arts therapists, psychologists who want to explore the potential for their work in moving into an outdoor, natural space.

On this course we will focus on exploring your personal relationship with the natural world as a foundation for developing an underpinning therapeutic rationale. Participants will gain insight into the needs of clients in moving into working in natural settings.

We will also begin to explore the challenge of holding a therapeutic frame in an outdoor natural space as well as the therapeutic processes that come into play. This will include working with metaphor, embodiment, and the four directions of self in nature, and aesthetic connections. This learning will be applied through skills work to further your understanding of working with clients in a natural setting.

The course will involve a mixture of experiential work, attending to group process, skills work, teaching input and group discussion.


We have a beautiful woodland venue at Shining Cliff Woods near Ambergate in Derbyshire. Here there is shared accommodation in bunk rooms in a small modern hostel with composting toilets and solar showers. There is also space for camping.

This venue is easily accessible by public transport.

The weekend will be self-catering with shared meals where possible.

You are free to stay off site in local B and Bs. However, this may detract from the complete experience and personal learning that can be gained from an extended period in an outdoor setting as part of a group.


For 4 day course - 350

Deposit - 150 is payable on booking - other payments can be made in installments

Places are limited to 12, and subject to short telephone or Skype interview to discuss your interests and training background.

Course Leaders:

The course will be facilitated by Martin Jordan, CPsychol, UKCP registered psychotherapist and counselling psychologist, and course leader for the PG Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling at Brighton University;


Hayley Marshall BA Hons MSc CTA PTSTA UKCP registered psychotherapist and trainer at the South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy.

For enquiries about all aspects of the course and booking please Email: or call on 07540 303536