Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social responsibility
Bringing Therapy into the Wild
and Wildness into Therapy
A one year course with
Three residentials in Derbyshire and Lancashire,
followed by a final weekend in Bristol
February 2017 - January 2018
An exploration and celebration of therapy's wildness: its capacity to transcend the limitations we place on our creativity and connectedness.
Working outdoors in comparatively undomesticated settings encourages us to bring the other-than-human and more-than human – animals, birds, plants, trees, hills, rivers, winds, dreams, ghosts, spirits – into the therapeutic process. Spending time ‘in nature’, as we say, can help us appreciate that we are never anywhere else, always inhabiting and encountering our own nature.
In living, working and creating community together, and meeting other species in the outdoors, we may come to a stronger recognition of the interdependence of all beings: moving from a more hardened, human-centric view to a softer recognition of the value of all that lives. Bringing these experiences back indoors, we discover how they change our therapeutic work, moving us to work in a less constrained and habit-bound style when we are in the therapy room, as much as when we are outside.
Wild Therapy supports the spontaneous and the unknown, trusting what arises of its own accord. It celebrates embodiment as a central aspect of our existence, moving back and forth between the training room and the spacious, elemental vessel of earth and sky, inviting us to transform fear based, defensive practice into contact based, adventurous practice: enriching both our therapy work, and life on earth.
This year course gives you the opportunity to work with and learn from wildness as it manifests in the
The sequence will take us into increasingly wild environments, and finally into the city to explore how the journey has changed your relationship with familiar domestication, and how you can use Wild Therapy in your work. Throughout the course we will be working solo, in pairs and threes, and in the whole group. The central structure, repeated with variations, will be to go into the outdoors; to encounter the other-than-human; and to come back into the group to share and process our experiences. At least once on the course there will be a whole day spent outdoors on your own.
Dates: 5 nights at Unstone Grange: Feb 16-21st 2017, then 4 nights at Middlewood Study Centre in Roeburndale: May 18-22nd then 4 nights at the camping barn in Roeburndale:
September 7-11th, and a non- residential weekend
in Bristol: early in 2018.
Booking contact Jayne: firstname.lastname@example.org
tel: 07854 146986, or Stephen: email@example.com
tel: 01626 438 279 to explore joining the course.
If we haven’t previously met we will need an extended conversation with you.
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