Outdoor experiences can transform our psychological health and well-being, and encourage us to live sustainably.

Ecotherapy Training, Coaching and Consultancy | ecoSelf

Our approach reveals how outdoor experiences impact our psychology, changing the ways we think, feel and behave. It shows how they can be harnessed through design and facilitation to deliver incredible outcomes for people and the planet.


Down-to-earth advice, experiential design, training, communications and research to deliver well-being and sustainability through outdoor experiences.



One-to-one support to provide psychological insight and practical advice for your therapeutic outdoor programme or sustainability project.



Online learning for anyone starting out with, or developing, their ecotherapy practice.


Dave is an inspirational, calm and creative facilitator allowing all participants to feel comfortable and able to connect with the wonders of nature.

Jim Riach,
Organisation:Keep Scotland Beautiful
Dave is an extraordinary trainer, though that word is a dis-service here, his wealth of experience in the broad fields of outdoor education and facilitated wild experiences is un-paralleled.

Dan Ryan
Organisation:Eden Project
Dave is a very gifted facilitator who is able to connect people from all walks of life and to create a safe environment in which learning, practice and storytelling can happen for everyone.

Karen Liebenguth
Organisation:Greenspace Life Coaching
David made me feel seen, heard, and supported throughout the journey. He is a true wealth of knowledge.

Danielle Levy

Dave has helped me enormously over the past year, l have really enjoyed the coaching sessions and they have helped to develop therapeutic work outdoors with young people. I have learnt so much about the process and how to develop and structure our nature therapy sessions. I feel l have also learnt so much about how everything links up and all the connections between establishing a healthier planet in conjunction with healthier people. Thanks so much

Jill Guppy
Organisation:Winchester Youth Counselling
I gained a massive amount of insight both personally and professionally. I was profoundly moved by the process. I came away refreshed and inspired.

Peter Wooding
Organisation:Venture Scotland
Dave is an outstanding facilitator with a fantastically engaging and inclusive style, great humour, insightful with deep rapport building abilities.

Gavin McLellan
Organisation:Christian Aid

I am grateful for the 12 hours of coaching I had with David Key. The sessions were very helpful in opening up possibilities for how I can use an ecotherapy approach in my clinical work as a psychologist. They were also extremely valuable personally, in helping me to navigate my way into a new phase in my life. I guess you could say that they were

Yasmin Aschebrock
Organisation:Prana Cottage
I leave every session with Dave feeling energised, inspired, renewed and hopeful on this emergent journey of mine. To anyone who wants to understand what it really means to climb down from our human superiority and truly inhabit the world as nature intended – and lead others in doing so – I can’t recommend Dave enough.

Sandra Cunningham
Organisation:Walking Coach
I thoroughly enjoyed our sessions and found David to be an inspirational, enthusiastic and sensitive coach who focused on helping me identify my particular areas of interest and feeding my curiosity.

Julie Gilbert-Binns
If you’re reading this and wondering if it’s right for you, just get in touch with Dave and see where life takes you. It helped me and I loved it.

Steve Malkin
Organisation:Planet First

I’ve worked with Dave over the past few months and am grateful for the conversations on the wider world of nature connection. Dave is generous in sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience and always knows where to point me to explore more. From terminology to concept to fields of study, I feel more confident in crafting a vision for my own offerings. I especially found streamlining and consolidating my interests to reach a broader audience particularly helpful. I feel well on my way to the next steps and am richer for the

Regan Stacey
Organisation:The Forest Therapy School
In learning that the wilderness can be such a powerful source of intense natural healing, I have a new and profound respect for the earth and our complex relationship with it. I now know that this is a new beginning.

Louise Macdonald OBE
A considerate, generous, and passionate coach – I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with David!

Danielle Levy
Dave is a gentle and artful consultant that will help you make the most of the resources you have to hand; be it people, places, kit, knowledge, or time.

Dan Ryan
Organisation:Eden Project
Dave created WWF’s Natural Change process. The results have been inspiring and Dave is great to work with.

Richard Dixon
Organisation:World Wide Fund for Nature
Dave has given me the confidence and capability to set and lead my global organisation’s climate strategy.

Richard Profit
I am literally in a different physical and psychological space as a result of my involvement.

Gill Troup
Organisation:University of the West of Scotland
I was greatly impressed by the depth of Dave’s expertise, insights and empathic connection to the landscape.

Cormac Cullinan
Organisation:Cullinan & Associates
Dave is an exceptional practitioner, teacher and thinker.

Osbert Lancaster
Organisation:Natural Change Limited
David has a brilliant way of guiding you on exactly the paths you want to traverse. He was able to help me follow my questions to new and interesting resources to learn from.

Janani Eswar
Organisation:GRIN (Growing in Nature)

Ecotherapy Training, Coaching and Consultancy | ecoSelf