What is Ecotherapy? It’s a broad term and can mean a variety of things to different people. The simplest answer to that question is perhaps that it’s a range of nature-based activities aimed at improving your mental and physical wellbeing (Natural Academy). The models of practice that we might work with together in our sessions are centred on our connection to nature as a way of connecting to ourselves, often touching in to something bigger and beyond that too. A way of reconnecting with our place in the wider ecosystem of the human and non-human world. Working with nature as a place of support, holding, insight, authenticiy, reciprocity and a safe place to be in our wholeness of all that we are. The spaces that I facilitate are deeply influenced by my training with The Natural Academy and their Natural Self Model, woven together with my continued fascination of our body-mind relationship with the world. To find out a little bit more about what inspiration and training I bring to our sessions together, please click here


1-2-1 Sessions

As an Ecotherapist, I offer a safe, held and confidential space in nature that offers you an opportunity to pause, listen and explore ALL that you are; to reconnect with yourself and have your whole self heard. ALL of you, the whole cycle; the dark, the light and the bits in between. Working with this awareness of natural seasons, cycles and rhythms, we’ll work in an embodied, curious, compassionate and mindful way, focusing on the reciprocity of our relationship with nature. Offering an invitation to rediscover and reconnect back in with the rich resources available to you, within yourself and with the more-than-human communities around you. To serve as a reminder for you to remember ‘your place in the family of things’, to reconnect with feeling safe in your belonging in your body, on this land, at this time. To support you in really living the full spectrum of flavours of ‘your one wild and precious life’.

The sessions themselves are held outside in a private area just on the edge of the 103 acre woodland of Goblin Combe, 30 minutes drive or bus ride from Bristol City Centre. They tend to follow a spacious and flexible format of a nature based grounding, followed by space to be heard, with the option of weaving in creative, mindful, sensory or movement based ecotherapeutic practices if that’s something that you’re curious to explore. Always keeping space for the mystery and magic of each individual and our time together.

Whilst I am still in training, I’m offering 1-2-1 sessions at a reduced rate of £45 per 90 minutes. I am also keen to make these sessions accessible to as many people as possible so please do drop me a note to chat any further about the options of alternative payment or exchanges. Before starting to work together I also offer a free 10 minute phone call before the session and a pre session questionnaire to help get a sense of what you’re coming with and what we might expect from our time together.

Please get in touch if you’re curious to find out more. I really look forward to hearing from you.

*quotes from Wild Geese & The Summer Day by Mary Oliver


group Sessions

My group sessions tend to go in cycles. Listed below are some of the sessions that I’ve run recently. Please do email me for more info or to chat about how we might work together to create a version of them together for you, or your group or organisation.

 

wellbeing walks

Through my work with Avon Wildlife Trust, I’ve been offering a series of Spring Wellbeing Walks at Moorend Spout Nature Reserve. These sessions have been an invitation to celebrate our emergence from Winter and to return to the land local to you, to reconnect with it and it’s wildlife as well as each other after what has been nearly two years of navigating our way through this pandemic. An hour and half of mindful practises and movement without any other agenda than being with our senses in this magical place. Bliss!

 

corporate wellbeing & conservation days

I’m currently working with Avon Wildlife Trust and Triodos Bank co-facilitating a series of seasonal Wellbeing and Conservation days with Simon Martin. Delivered across a range of Avon Wildlife Trust reserves, each of these sessions aim to inspire the Triodos team to connect with the natural world through both gentle practical conservation work and a mix of wellbeing practises, all themed in relationship with the current season. As well as offering a space to reconnect with their own wellbeing, they also offer an opportunity to experience the interconnectedness of that with the natural world, supporting both learning and hopefully then in turn behaviour change, giving the group a sense of empowerment to take action in supporting nature’s recovery. A benefit to us all – people and wildlife alike!

 

take a tree break

Take A Tree Break started at the beginning of Covid19’s arrival in the UK when I started to share a daily slice of nature based mindfulness through Instagram. The aim of this project is to keep us connected to ourselves, each other and to benefit from the support that a connection within nature gives us, which seemed all the more important during such an unsettled time. This has since grown and has now become a lovely plump and varied collection of tenish minute nature based mindfulness practices that were recorded live and can be revisited at any time via Instagram. I have since partnered with Soulful Food in a collaboration to share these practices with their audience and I am also now offering bespoke sessions for small groups.

 

The Moon Collective

The Moon Collective is on a mission is to create an inclusive space for women to reconnect with themselves, each other and nature. Co-curated with Jess Fellows and Joey Scherr, the sessions are a delicious blend of nature based practices and intuitive movement supported by deep and nourishing rest, organised monthly around the full moon and infused with her themes. For more details about these sessions please drop us an email themooncollectivebristol@gmail.com or find us on instagram @the_moon_collective.

 

women’s nature connection circle

A weekly space to reconnect with ourselves, each other and the more than human world that we’re walking through together. Shared live online via zoom with the invitation to be outside to share the practice (although that is absolutely not a necessity), sharing themes of the season and the phase of the lunar cycle as we flow through it together week by week. This space offers an opportunity to share and to be heard, some gentle movement as well as room to bring ourselves in to stillness, listening to ourselves and the magic of the natural world.

 

Mornings with moon

Mornings with Moon are an invitation to get your lush ol’ self outside, to really land in nature, yours and that around you, have a gentle wiggle, and offers a space to have a heartfelt share should you feel like it. Your practise to do as you feel. To connect, TOGETHER. No magic trickery or new fangled techniques. Simply making space to come together and tune in to what is already here. Starting your day from that place and with that flavour. Following one full moon cycle, from new moon to full over four weeks, we’ll reconnect with the rhythms, the ebb & flow of it all, and gain more insight in to the magic and power of knowing our own internal monthly cycle a little more too. Welcoming it ALL with compassion & curiosity.

 

Mama’s Circle

These monthly New Moon sessions are an online space to recognise those that don’t get recognised anywhere near enough for what they do day in, day out. A space created to honour them and their epicness and remind Mama’s of who they are for themselves. A chance to reconnect. A nourishing space to gather together to share, be heard, be held and supported with some sprinklings of super gentle movement perhaps, as well as some real space to rest.

 

Embrace The Dark

Embrace the Dark is a workshop co-curated with Rosa Lia, on the shortest, darkest day of the year, coming together in circle to honour the cycles of change both in nature and in ourselves. Welcoming in our wholeness: shadows and light, endings and beginnings, choosing what to let go of and what to carry forwards. Offering gentle movement, sharing, creative practices, and guided visualisation; an invitation to integrate the ups and downs of the year behind, mourning the losses and celebrating the learning. Sewing seeds and intentions in the fertility of the dark, to blossom in the year ahead.

 

seeing and sensing

Seeing and Sensing is a collaboration with my very precious sister Lucy and her community Cult, to explore how we feel art. Art has the capability of igniting our senses: what we hear, what we smell, what we see and what we really feel when we look at a painting. Joining forces with Lucy, in this series we share a combined interpretation of both her experience as a curator around the history of what we see whilst also bringing an invitation to the senses of it.