RETREAT: Ecotherapy​ at Springfield

October 25th – 30th, 2021

Tune in to the transformational power of Nature through Ecotherapy.

Discover why spending time outdoors in nature heals, and how engaging deeply with nature regenerates both personal and planetary wellbeing. For the first time David Key, one of the pioneers and world leaders in the field of ecopsychology, is offering his unique transformational experience in Australia. 

David has been facilitating transformational change in Nature for more than 20 years,  including projects with the WWF, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the European Union, Schumacher College, and Outward Bound New Zealand. 

  • Immerse yourself in the revitalising power of nature. 
  • Unearth wild insights about your place in the natural world. 
  • Learn outdoor techniques for personal healing that inspire fresh ways of being and acting in the world. 
  • Connect with a new community – and the whole community of life. 
  • Emerge  from your lockdown cocoon feeling vibrant and empowered.

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Program Part 1 : Ecotherapy

October 25-30

As a tribe, we will sit around a flickering fire in the woods, experiencing how ecological consciousness arises through relationship, as an emergent property of nature’s living tracery. Then, by spending precious time in solitude on the land, we’ll come back to ourselves as the Earth. Together we’ll broaden our sphere of awareness to participate in nature – on its own terms. We will share the wisdom it has to offer with humility and grace.  

We’ll explore and live in deep time, honouring the processes which connect us with a vast evolutionary journey and all of life on earth. We will reflect on our stories and roles in these challenging and uneasy times. We’ll share a transformational journey that supports a wider perspective of time, space and consciousness. This is a chance to check out from all things digital, resource yourself, reflect and harvest the fruits of a strange and traumatic year.

We will begin, through gentle practices, by getting to know each other and tuning in to place. There will be discussions, time for reflection, creativity, sharing and listening. There will be walking, watching, supporting and nourishment.

We will each find our place and open a deep dialogue with the earth. Through our senses we will pay attention, and discover what we might keep, and what we must give away. Our stories will be heard and carried. Honoured and transformed. We will emerge with a tale to tell and a keen heart.

To complete we will bring things together. Orientate ourselves in and between worlds. Find solid ground below, feel the high sky. We will weave threads and plant seeds. We will make plans and stand together.

Program Part 2: Professional Development for Facilitators 

October 31 – November 2

Those staying for professional development will then spend several days burrowing under the ground of it all. Finding the roots. Unearthing. Exploring how these types of experiences can be skilfully convened, designed, held, led and witnessed – for the benefit of person and planet. One and the same.

Is the second part of this retreat for you?

You do not need to be a psychotherapist or counsellor to participate in this course. It is for anyone interested in working with the therapeutic potential of outdoor experiences – from urban parks to designated wilderness. 

This includes healthcare practitioners, outdoor leaders, social workers, youth workers, rangers, conservationists and educators – as well as those interested in commissioning, or referring into, therapeutic outdoor programmes.

Facilitating Ecotherapy 

Exploring together the transformational power of Nature for personal and planetary wellbeing will give you the confidence, understanding and practical skills to design and facilitate therapeutic outdoor experiences for others.

David will guide you into a deeper understanding of:

  • How can you create healing outdoor experiences for others?
  • What frameworks help understand why they heal and how to work with them?
  • What techniques work best to facilitate outdoor experiences that heal?
  • Why are there so many names for this kind of work –  what do they all mean?
  • Do you need to be a psychotherapist to work therapeutically outdoors?
  • How do you do this type of work ethically and professionally?

If you are looking for professional development, then extend the Ecotherapy retreat with three additional days of expert tuition.

Immerse yourself in the revitalising power of nature. Discover wild ideas about our place in the natural world. Build your personal experience into professional development. Discover frameworks and techniques to design and facilitate therapeutic outdoor experiences in a variety of environments and professional contexts.

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