Ecopsychology Online Course FAQs

Here are a few of the questions I’ve been asked about the course over the last few years. If you have any other questions, please do get in touch.

How long have I got to complete the course?

As long as you like! Your subscription will end whenever you decide to cancel it.

What resources do I get access to?

It depends on your subscription. In most cases I provide a document on Google Drive where I post resources and notes from our tutorial sessions. There is a basic reading list here too, to get things started. In addition, I offer access to a large library of PDF files that you can download as your curiosity takes you. I identify other readings as we go, according to your interests. Many of these are available as PDF files. You also get email support.

Check out the subscription options to see what resources are available >>

Do I have to write an assignment?

There are no written assignments. However, some participants ask me to set one for them to help support their learning. I am very happy to then give feedback about this. I can also offer feedback about other written work you might be doing. For example, some people do the course to support their post-graduate research or a project at work. The point here is that you decide what will be most helpful and I respond.

Is there a curriculum?

No. See below…

What’s the structure of the course?

The structure of the process fits around the tutorial sessions. At the beginning of each tutorial we agree an agenda of things you would like to explore, or have been reading about. In this sense, the structure is led by you. I can give more or less structure according to your learning style. For example, some people ask me to set deadlines to help them complete the reading. Others hate having deadlines!

What you learn about is worked out in the first session where I ask a series of questions to help you locate your interests. The field of ecopsychology is truly vast, but once we find the questions and particular threads you bring to the learning, I can advise you how to proceed. Everything is written up in our shared Google document, so you can refer to that at anytime as your personal guide (subject to your subscription).

The essence of the course is that it is incredibly flexible and “student-centred”.

Is the course accredited?

We do not seek formal / institutional accreditation for this programme because:

1/. The course is counter-cultural. It is incongruent for it to be institutionalised;

2/. True validity in this context is ecological. The main outcome is that it helps people develop practices that lead to action. Their activism validates the work beyond the anthropocentrism of institutions;

3/. Any accreditation process creates a generalised and homogenised form of pedagogy. This course is intended to help people find their own pedagogy of interrelationship.

We will evaluate our learning as we go and at the end of the course.

More questions?

If you have any more questions please get in touch!

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

Margret Mennenga
WWF-Germany

Dave’s deft touch can be found as traces of invisible thread through many of Eden Project’s experiential learning programmes. He 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. He is equally capable of directing you, unblocking your problems, or simply guiding you towards the right solution for your programme needs.

Dan Ryan
Eden Project

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.

Osbert Lancaster
Natural Change Limited

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

Sarah Munro
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

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”!

Louise Macdonald OBE
YoungScot

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,
Keep Scotland Beautiful

Dave co-created our Natural Change process for engaging with the natural world. He has run this exercise for us twice with a diverse group of people over an extened period. The results have been inspiring and Dave has been great to work with.

Richard Dixon
World Wide Fund for Nature

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
YoungScot

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.

Gill Troup
University of the West of Scotland

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.

Steve Malkin
Planet First

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
Venture Scotland

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

Gavin McLellan
Christian Aid

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.

Dan Ryan
Eden Project

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.

Brenna Nyznik
Mercy Corp

[The 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.

Emily Peel Yates
Halcrow Group

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.

Deborah Richardson-Web
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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.

Karen Liebenguth
Greenspace Life Coaching

[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.

Tom Deacon
Field Studies Council

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.

Marc Forrester
YouthLink Scotland

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.

John Daffurn
Scottish College for Educational Leadership

I am literally in a different physical and psychological space as a result of my involvement and have also established some very good (in the real sense) new friends, some of whom I see regularly and the rest I know are there should I need them.

Gill Troup
University of the West of Scotland

Dave co-taught (with Mary-Jayne Rust) a 3-week course on Ecopsychology at Schumacher College. The course was well planned and thought through, 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.

Inga Page
Schumacher College

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.

Charlie Németh
Teacher, Hungary

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

Richard Profit
PepsiCo

Dave’s ecopsychology course was the beginning of my journey with this incredible work.

I learned a lot about myself, and this has ultimately meant I can work with other people with a much deeper understanding of change processes. I loved that the course was self governed – for me this meant I could go on my own exploration, and pull on the threads that interested me.

Dave is very attentive and flexible toward personal needs, it is less ‘teacher-student’ focused and more colloborative and supportive, which I I feel is exactly what is needed in this world.

I would do the course again and again.

Janine Finlay
Fin Films Ltd UK & The Good Nature Project

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.

Cormac Cullinan
Cullinan & Associates