Introduction to Outdoor Therapeutic Practice

SIX-MONTHS / ONLINE

Gain the confidence, understanding and basic skills to design and facilitate therapeutic outdoor experiences.

 

 

Nature Psychology Theory

SIX-MONTHS / ONLINE

Explore the psychology of our relationships with nature.

 

 

Nature Facilitation for Change

SIX-DAYS / RESIDENTIAL

Learn how to design and facilitate outdoor experiences for sustainability and change leadership.

 

 

Dan Ryan

Dave has worked with me and my team for the past few years on team dynamics, programme design, and personal coaching. He 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. His attention to detail, subject knowledge, and impeccable research means all learning experiences with him are enlightening, thought provoking, and deeply practical.

Organisation:Eden Project

Sarah Munro

A newness has been thrown into the now, that will affect almost everything from this point. I find that exciting. We may be in uncharted water but that doesn’t mean we’re going down. Who knows where we could go…

Organisation:Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Margret Mennenga

Don´t hesitate. Just do it! You will feel great, brave and you won´t be disappointed – I promise you.

Organisation:WWF-Germany

Louise Macdonald OBE

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.

Organisation:YoungScot

Peter Wooding

I gained a massive amount of insight both personally and professionally. I was profoundly moved by the process. I came away refreshed and inspired.

Organisation:Venture Scotland

Deborah Richardson-Web

It feels like I’m in the process of enlarging my heart. And it’s kind of painful, but also joyous and also really crucial.

Organisation:Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Brenna Nyznik

The course experience was truly incredible, and I was taken by surprise at the level of intensity and personal response to what I thought would be a challenging week, but not to the degree that occurred.

Organisation:Mercy Corp

Emily Peel Yates

Dave’s course has given me permission to silence the white noise. It has helped me to sift out what matters. It’s pretty subtle. It’s liberating.

Organisation:Halcrow Group

Inga Page

Dave co-taught a 3-week course on Ecopsychology at Schumacher College with Mary-Jayne Rust. The course was well planned and the group gave very positive feedback of what they learned and how the process was facilitated. Dave is extremely organised and a good planner, as well as being a committed and inspiring teacher.

Organisation:Schumacher College

Louise Macdonald OBE

The course has acted as a catalyst for all kinds of ideas and actions, both personal, professional and as a group. I think the phrase might be “watch this space”!

Organisation:YoungScot

John Daffurn

In this beautiful peaceful setting, where you can literally hear the leaves fall, it is easy to have ‘thinking time’ and how important it is too; I can hardly believe what has come up for me today.

Organisation:Scottish College for Educational Leadership

Richard Profit

The course has brought me a deeper awareness and ability to listen. This has enabled me to understand the broader impacts of my business and provided me with the skills to find different responses and action, rather than merely repeating past actions.

Organisation:PepsiCo

Jim Riach

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

Organisation:Keep Scotland Beautiful

Cormac Cullinan

I was greatly impressed by the depth of Dave’s expertise, insights and empathic connection to the landscape as he led our group of wild lawyers through the wilderness of the Knoydart Peninsula in Scotland.

Organisation:Cullinan & Associates

Charlie Németh

The course cleared a lot of clutter from my head and allowed me to focus and determine the deeper underlying questions of my life and of my connection to Nature. Since then, I have pursued a deeper relationship and conversation with the natural world that has constantly informed my life.

Organisation:Teacher, Hungary

Gill Troup

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

Organisation:University of the West of Scotland

Marc Forrester

Dave helped me realise that I am strong enough to make change in my life that will benefit me and others. The confidence is now in me to say what I think and not say what I think others want me to say.

Organisation:YouthLink Scotland

Gill Troup

Hold your nose and dive in at the deep end – the course will take you to places you haven’t imagined, good and bad, and will be truly formative as an investment of your time and energy.

Organisation:University of the West of Scotland

Steve Malkin

Approaching the beach from the cliff top I had a feeling something profound was going to take place. And when I met Dave it started happening. In just 36 hours I had the best reset I could have imagined and 36-months later I am still enjoying its effects. 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.

Organisation:Planet First

Osbert Lancaster

Dave is an exceptional practitioner, teacher and thinker. We worked together for three years; if the right project came along, I’d have no hesitation in asking Dave to work with me.

Organisation:Natural Change Limited

Tom Deacon

The course played a subtle but powerful part in deepening my commitment to a life of working for positive change. It opened windows in my thinking, and reinvigorated trust in working with intuition and metaphor that have since shaped my working path.

Organisation:Field Studies Council

Karen Liebenguth

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. I came away from this course feeling enriched and with a new sense of direction for my own life and work path.

Organisation:Greenspace Life Coaching

Gavin McLellan

Dave is an outstanding facilitator with a fantastically engaging and inclusive style, great humour, insightful with deep rapport building abilities.

Organisation:Christian Aid