Facilitator(s) Stephen Tame & Jayne Johnson
Date: 01/02/2017 - 31/01/2018
About this event
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 ever 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 client-therapist relationship.
“A unique experience, enabling me to develop my ecological awareness and round my psychological practice in a deeper connection to the Earth and all entities which share it … The residential venues have a magical quality to them and the whole experience was, for me, immensely therapeutic.”
A one year course with Stephen Tame & Jayne Johnson.
Venue: Three residentials in Derbyshire and Lancashire and one non-residential weekend in Bristol.
Dates: February 2017 – January 2018
Location Unstone Grange Crow Lane Unstone Derbyshire S18 4AL