ecotherapy Ecotherapy
personal healing and healing for the earth


Ecotherapy is a union between the ideas of ecopsychology and psychotherapy. Fundamental to ecotherapy is our connection to the natural world and the environment we live within. Ecotherapy uses a range of practices in order to help us connect with nature and ultimately with our ‘inner’ nature. Personal distress can be alleviated by developing the mutual connection between inside and outside. Through learning to care for the natural environment we learn to care for and nurture ourselves. Ecotherapy is about personal healing and healing for the earth.

Ecopsychology focuses on our connection with the natural environment. In traditional psychology, the ‘psyche’ is considered in isolation from its natural environment. Ecopsychologists see this split between mind and nature as being at the heart of our current ecological crisis.

‘Understanding one’s existence as such is always an understanding of the world’

Martin Heidegger

Psychotherapy aims to help individuals understand and create meaning from emotional and psychological difficulties they are experiencing. Ecotherapy, utilising psychotherapeutic principles, forms a relationship to the natural world in order to enable us to make sense of our inner emotions and life experiences. Spending time in nature provides the space for inward reflection and the potential for transformation as we become conscious of our interconnectivity with the world around us. How we encounter and interpret the natural world creates a personal narrative that gives meaning to our experiences and emotions. We may feel depressed, anxious, lost and alone, overwhelmed by our thoughts and feelings and unable to draw upon previous ways of coping. Psychotherapy in combination with the natural environment allows us to develop new ways of understanding ourselves and feel integrated in our lives.

New Book on Ecotherapy

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

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Video talk on ecotherapy

Training courses 2015

(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)


The aim of the course is to give you an introduction to Ecotherapy through a series of seminars and workshops which will allow you develop an understanding of how you can use Ecotherapy for both personal and professional development. By utilising experiential exercises and guided reading you will begin to develop and explore your relationship to nature and the therapeutic potential of this

Ten week course on Mondays starting Monday 7th September 10.30-12.30 Dates: 7/9, 14/9, 21/9, 28/9, 5/10, 12/10, 19/10, 2/11, 9/11, 16/11 Location: Brighton and Stanmer Park Cost: £250 (£50 deposit payable on booking)

Dr. Martin Jordan is an international expert on Ecotherapy with fifteen years’ experience of practising therapeutically in nature. He has completed a PhD on the practice of Ecotherapy and recently published on book on Ecotherapy with Routledge.

These workshops will be suitable for those interested in an introduction to Ecotherapy for personal development and to begin to understand how they might be able to use this in their therapeutic work with clients

Please email me to book:

Tea and coffee provided.

Tel. Martin Jordan 07876 716700

Taking Therapy Outside - Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor Natural Spaces Continuing Professional Development for therapists (CPD certificates are available for attendance at this weekend)

10th – 13th September 2015

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 camping (bring your own camping equipment) and self-catering with shared meals where possible.

You are free to stay off site in local B and B’s. 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 07876 716700