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Psychotherapy and the Natural World

What is the role of nature in healing the heart and mind?

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November 2016

So much psychotherapy takes place within the confines of a consulting room. But what happens when therapy takes place in a natural setting - or when the natural world is invited into the narrative of self and other? This conference brings together the practices of ecology and psychotherapy to illustrate how engagement with nature is a powerful transformative tool, both in itself and - potentially - when integrated into any therapeutic approach.

This conference rests on the principle that by seeing ourselves as part of the biosphere, rather than above or beyond it, we can begin to return to a relationship with the natural conditions that once provided us with the core of our psychological, spiritual and cultural sustenance. We suggest that our rapid withdrawal from nature is the source of damaging alienation from a part of ourselves and the inherent context of our lives. Our presenters will propose that the biological and ecological field of being is always somewhere present in the relationship and, when embraced through ecologically-aware therapeutic modalities, profound transformation of emotional states can occur.


Guy Dargert
Guy Dargert is a psychotherapist with thirty-five years' experience of practice. He has practiced as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of medical and educational settings as well as privately. He has taught on numerous university level training courses. More >>

Marion Green
Marion Green is an HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist and Certified Trauma Therapist. She initially worked as a social worker in Child Protection, in schools (running a gardening project for non- attenders) and in adoption. She trained in Horticulture and Biodynamics and facilitated a women’s gardening and self-development project in Honduras. .More >>

Joe Hinds
Joe Hinds is an integrative psychotherapist and a member of the BACP and UPCA. He combines researching and teaching psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University with psychotherapeutic practice in East Sussex working with a range of people including those in palliative care. He has published a number of papers related to his interests including wellbeing associated with horticulture, wilderness, and nature interventions. He has a passion for the outdoors and spends time in nature as a therapist and for relaxation as often as he can. More >>

Emma Palmer
Emma is a body psychotherapist and ecopsychologist. She has been a practising therapist since 2003 and is particularly interested in the interface between therapy and social, ecological, and climate justice. Previously a steering group member of Psychotherapist and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and editor of its Transformations journal, Emma is also a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance. In addition to several journal articles she has written two books: Meditating with Character and Other than Mother and is a regular writer for the US journal Somatic Psychotherapy Today.More >>

Carlyn Kilpatrick
Carlyn Kilpatrick is a Social and Therapeutic Horticulturist and founder/coordinator of The Nurture Project in north Norfolk which is launching in the autumn. Having trained in horticulture and psychotherapy, she has blended the two disciplines together in becoming a Social and Therapeutic Horticultural (STH) practitioner. With over 15 years of voluntary experience (at Home-Start and the Camphill community at Thornage Hall), Carlyn hopes to use horticulture to help people with mental health issues lead healthier and more fulfilling lives..More >>

Kelvin Hall
Kelvin Hall has practiced as a psychotherapist for thirty years. His lifetime pursuit of the art of horsemanship led him to research the phenomena of human relationship to other-than-human life, on which he now writes and presents frequently. He has been a past Chair of Trustees and Chair of the Training Committee at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, and has received its Emeritus award. More >>

Joanne Hanrahan
Joanne Hanrahan is a Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist working in private practice in Ireland. She completed her psychotherapy training and MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with Turning Point Institute and Dublin City University (DCU). More >>

Dr Adrian Harris
Dr Adrian Harris is a psychotherapist and embodiment theorist with over twenty years of meditation practice. His PhD explored embodied knowing and his MSc (Counselling & Psychotherapy) researched psychotherapy in nature. He subsequently trained in Experiential Focusing. More >>

Christa Mackinnon
Christa Mackinnon is a social psychologist, family counsellor, clinical hypnotherapist, shamanic teacher and author with over 25 years of professional experience as a therapist and international trainer and lecturer. She is the Founder and Director of Kamdaris Psychological Consultancy and holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Exeter, More >>

Hayley Marshall
Hayley Marshall is a UK based outdoor and indoor TA psychotherapist supervisor and trainer. She has 23 years' experience, and has worked outdoors for 10 years. During this time she has developed an embodied- relational therapeutic approach incorporating nature. She co-authored (with Dr Martin Jordan) a ground-breaking article on the outdoor therapeutic frame in the European Journal of Psychotherapy in 2010. More >>

Nick Totton
Nick Totton is a therapist and trainer with almost 30 years experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, his approach has become broad based and open to the spontaneous and unexpected. He has an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, and has worked with Process Oriented Psychology. More >>


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Self-funded: £190
Self-funded x 2 places: £290
Organisationally-funded: £250

Fees include access to all talks and workshops; handouts, tea/coffee and access to the Eden Project. Lunches are not included.
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

The Eden Project
St Austell
PL24 2SG

The Eden Project website
Accommodation near The Eden Project

Registration 09.00hrs
End 17.30hrs

Registration 09.30hrs
End 17.00hrs