“Only in reciprocity with what is Other do we begin to heal ourselves.” – David Abram (author of ‘Becoming Animal’ and ‘The Spell of the Sensuous’)
Ecopsychology includes and overlaps with many aspects of psychology and ecology yet it is always concerned with human-environment relationships. It is a context for healing the much-vaunted human-nature split. It offers therapeutic practices in wilderness areas to help people express and heal their connections to nature, as well as offering indoor opportunities to discuss the ecological challenges and despair we feel about the ecological crisis.
Certain methods of psychotherapy can elevate the capacity to think and symbolise over and above a bodily knowledge. Ecopsychology includes the body as a place of earth’s wisdom. We humans are part of nature. Each time we eat or breathe we can see how intimately we are connected to our surrounding ecosystem. We are animals, with instinctive natures and sensual desires. We often speak of our own “inner nature” and the importance of being in tune with a kind of ecosystem within.
My psychology practice has recently embraced ecopsychology and I have completed an MSc in Holistic Ecology at the well-known Schumacher Institute in the UK. I furthered my studies by completing a month-long Eco-facilitation course with Jenny Mekwen, a facilitators’ course with Transition Towns Totnes, as well as in-depth training with the Natural Change project.
A deep love of the earth and its ecosystems inspired this desire to learn from nature and complex adaptive systems. I now use my skills and experience to help discover wider solutions and insights into the human-environment interface. My holistic, ecological worldview challenges reductionist and materialistic worldviews.
Embodied experiences, not just cognitive knowledge, are necessary to ignite real change. I run various groups using a method I’ve devised called “deep-time presencing”, which demonstrates ecological thinking.
I offer group-work and consultation services on-site, as well as off-site in natural, wilderness areas. These immersions can be tailored to any grouping – I have led workshops for adults, and immersion experiences for families. I am looking forward to leading my first “Moms and Sons in the Wilderness” at Pinda Game Lodge, South Africa.
There are three sections to the workshops – Soil, Soul and Society – offering transformational learning opportunities that engage cognitive, social, emotional and ecological intelligences.
Experience transformational learning for 21st -century problems.
Discover an antidote to the fear and hopelessness present when we are inactive and silent about issues.
Be mentored and coached in reflexive thinking, dialogue and expression of these experiences.
Learn by doing: being in the field, head, heart and hands. Identify, explore, discover, imagine, envisage.
Learn defined leadership skills, and practise them throughout the programme.
Develop a participatory and meaningful relationship to the natural world.
Learn about socio-ecological issues: the state of the planet, climate change, eco-system imbalances, evaluating your ecological footprint, social impact of the ecological crisis, the green economy and the role of ecopsychology.
To find out more about my Immersion Workshops in nature, or for consultation on sustainable development and leadership, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org