Facilitator(s) Allison Priestman & Stephen Tame
Date: 14/03/2019 - 26/01/2020
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.
“The Wild Therapy course has left me with an increased awareness with life outdoors and a growing wish to connect with other creatures and life forms. Group process became a growing part of our discovering wildness in its many forms and possibilities to work with that wildness in ourselves and clients both inside and outdoors. It was a great mix of fun, exploration, moving times and challenging ones. Would recommend it to anyone interested in expanding and exploring ideas of work and personal development and our relationship with earth”
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.
“I loved this experience. The time, settings and facilitation supported me to let go of my head and to sink into other parts of me; wilder, quieter, more instinctual and open. Relating to nature and other than human in new and deeper ways. I found myself hanging out with nature spirits, animals and dancing with the wind. Not things I would necessarily have expected. The wild therapy course has given me confidence to take clients outside appropriately and to risk bringing more wild into the therapy sessions”
A one year course with Stephen Tame & Allison Priestman.
Venue: Three residentials in Derbyshire and Lancashire, and one non-residential weekend in Bristol.
Dates: March 2019 – January 2020
Location Unstone Grange Crow Lane Unstone Derbyshire S18 4AL