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Ecotherapy: Using Nature As Part of The Therapeutic Process


Fri 21 Apr 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 22 Apr 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 23 Apr 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Te Moata Retreat, 180 Paul Rd, Tairua, The Coromandel

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Cost: $385.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: kvaleontis

An Introduction and Inspiration to use nature in the therapeutic process.

Suitable for: Therapists, counsellors, psychologists, family workers, drug and alcohol workers, youth workers, community gardens, childcare/aged care workers and art/occupational/diversional therapists.

Facilitated by Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis.

Kerryn is an Art Therapist and Horticultural Therapist, working in mental health, in Sydney, Australia.

She grew up in Aotearoa, NZ. She has developed and taught this course, for Cultivate, the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW in 2012. She has had 20+ years of teaching, working in the community and mental health sectors, across many diverse cultures. She is co-author of the handbook Nature Heals: A handbook for Horticultural Therapy, Ecotherapy, Green and Nature Based Therapies for Australia and New Zealand due for publication 2017.

The weekend will cover:
- Introduction to Ecotherapy as both ancient and evolving discipline; relevant theoretical frameworks; indigenous and cultural perspectives
- Overview of current research into the benefits of working with nature
- Overview of group facilitation skills specific to working with nature contexts
- WH&S considerations for working outdoors/in with nature
- Ideas for program development/incorporation in existing work

Inspiring activities grounded deeply in working with nature as healer including:
- Nature as a powerful way into mindfulness
- 54 senses: the non-verbal language of nature
- Working with the seasons as metaphor for flourishing
- Deepening the healing potential of flowers and leaves
- Listening through nature writing/poetry for everyone
- Land art – facilitating temporal nature sculpture
- Ideas for bringing nature inside
- Ideas for working with individuals

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