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

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:

Training courses 2014

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

11th 14th September 2014

Powder Mill Woods, Battle, East Sussex

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 Powdermill woods near Battle in East Sussex. This venue is 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 - 295

Deposit - 95 is payable on booking, other payments can be made in instalments

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 07876 716700

(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)

Workshop Content

Extensive training/support for qualified therapists interested in taking their therapeutic work outdoors into nature - Therapeutic Processes in Nature - this course will explore therapeutic approaches to working with clients in natural settings, looking at therapeutic process through personal experience, skills work to develop competency and confidence and case discussion around outdoor work, helping you to begin to make the shift outdoors


Fridays 6-8pm,

7th March, 4th April, 2nd May, 6th June, 4th July


Stanmer Park/woods, Brighton, East Sussex (accessible by public transport)

The workshop is aimed at

Therapists interested in ecotherapy and the therapeutic potential of being in nature. There will be opportunities on both a personal and professional level to understand how nature can be of benefit to ourselves and the people we work with.


25 per session 115 if booked all together

Martin Jordan is a senior lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Brighton. A Psychotherapist and Counselling Psychologist

How to Book


Martin Jordan tel: 07876716700