personal healing and healing for the earth
HomeEcotherapy 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’
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 feeling fully integrated in our lives.
Training courses 2014
Taking Therapy Outside -
Understanding Therapeutic Practice in Outdoor
Natural Spaces Continuing Professional Development
for therapists (CPD certificates are available
for attendance at these weekends)
Weekend 1 - Why go outside?
29th May – 1st June 2014 at Shining
Cliff Woods Ambergate, Derbyshire (Contact Hayley Marshall for booking
this weekend firstname.lastname@example.org)
Weekend 2 – Therapeutic Processes in Nature
24th – 27th July at Powdermill Woods, Battle, E Sussex
(At Battle only)
Weekend 3 – The Multidimensionality of Therapeutic Practice in Natural Spaces (Advanced Practice)
11th -14th Sept at Powdermill Woods,
Battle, E Sussex
(At Battle only)
These weekends 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.
See page: Centre for Ecotherapy
and Nature Based Psychotherapy -
Courses and Training for more details
Weekend at Ambergate, Shining Cliff - £375
Each weekend at Battle, Powder Mill -£350
Reduced rate for 3 weekend modules booked
together - £950
Deposit - £150 is payable on booking
(whole course or 1st weekend only),
other payments can be made in installments
The course is run by Martin Jordan, CPsychol,
UKCP registered psychotherapist and counselling
psychologist, and course leader for the PG Dip in
Psychodynamic Counselling at Brighton University and
BA Hons MSc CTA PTSTA UKCP registered
psychotherapist. Visiting practitioners will
be Deborah Kelly and Vanessa Jones both
practising arts therapists.
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