This ecotherapy training course will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge to design and facilitate therapeutic outdoor experiences. 

Get started as an ecotherapist, or dig deeper into your existing ecotherapy practice. The course is based on extensive research and over 25 years of hands-on professional practice. It is delivered over three months through a mixture of live group webinars (recorded to watch again/later), and one-to-one online tutorials.

Gain an overview of the various ecotherapy approaches currently being offered internationally and explore some foundational theories underpinning this type of work. Learn about facilitation styles and techniques and see examples and case studies of therapeutic outdoor programmes. Understand issues surrounding liability, insurance and risk, and where to access resources and networks. Work out your next steps towards professional practice, or towards further enriching your existing practice.

Please explore the outdoor ecotherapy training course information below for more details. If you have any questions or want to discuss things, please book a free intro session.

The course has been scheduled to be accessible in the maximum range of time zones.

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Outdoor Ecotherapy Training Course | ecoSelf
Outdoor Ecotherapy Training Course | ecoSelf
Duration:3 months
FormatTwo one-to-one tutorials and six live group webinars, plus reading and optional assignments.

Maximum group size: 12

Contact time:14 hours
Approx. reading time:40 hours
Location:Via Zoom and Google Drive.
Certification:A Continuing Professional Development Certificate for up to 50 hours can be issued upon course completion.
Price:NZ$1995.00
Dates:2024 Programme

JULY COURSE
Webinar 1: CONTEXT - 9th July at 08.00 to 10.00, NZDT
Webinar 2: THEORY - 23rd July at 08.00 to 10.00, NZDT
Webinar 3: DESIGN - 6th August at 08.00 to 10.00, NZDT
Webinar 4: FACILITATION - 20th August at 08.00 to 10.00, NZDT
Webinar 5: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - 3rd September at 08.00 to 10.00, NZDT
Webinar 6: Q&A/DISCUSSION - 17th September at 08.00 to 10.00, NZDT

Tutorials: 1 hour each, scheduled at a time convenient to you, subject to time zones.

All webinars are recorded so you can watch them again, or catch up if you miss one. There is a 15-minute break during each session.


I am pleased that I decided to do this course with David. I got a lot out of the experience. I appreciated the open and flexible style of our sessions, and enjoyed the diversity of our valuable discussions.

David made me feel seen, heard, and supported throughout the journey. He is a true wealth of knowledge – and customised the course to meet my personal interests, by providing plenty of useful study resources.

Danielle Levy

David is very knowledgeable and experienced and provided me with access to a wide variety of resources which we would then discuss within the sessions. Because they were individual sessions, David was able to tailor them to my interests and what I wanted to explore.

This is a very flexible course and very worthwhile.

Joanna Kitto
Organisation:Living Psychology

Dave’s 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 collaborative and supportive, which I feel is exactly what is needed in this world.

I would do the course again and again.

Janine Finlay
Organisation:Fin Films Ltd UK & The Good Nature Project

I heartily recommend David’s work to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and experience within the broad purview of ecotherapy. The bespoke nature and pacing of the work, together with David’s extensive experience, strong companionship and challenge gives a blend of embodied practice with imagination and study, making for a profound synthesis and optimal conditions for deep change.

For me it was a tremendous vessel in which to simmer and steep, one that promoted the risky business of leaping, that served encountering the nobly camouflaged layers of self and led me to “be able to stand in the wreckage of what used to be (my) certainty” and have that be a flourishing of wild and previously unseen truths.

I recommend David, the man and his work, to anyone with heart enough to commit and head enough to set the compass.

Keith Hackwood
Organisation:Synthesis Wales

I have worked with Dave since 2014, firstly through the online Nature Psychology course and more recently by engaging with him as my coach. He has a richness of knowledge, wisdom and experience that I feel so lucky to be able to access – and my only wish is I had found him sooner.

His grounded, open and, I think, quite modest style heartens me greatly in a world where humility often seems scarce. 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

Having recently completed Dave’s course, I feel I have stepped through a threshold; one which has transformed me, and how I contribute to our world. Dave has gently facilitated us through his process, with care, quiet determination and clarity. Our world needs more people to work with Dave, to change how we connect, love and serve with positive agency, our natural world.

Elizabeth Neagle
Organisation:Dol Fach Community Interest Company, Wales

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.

I work to connect children to nature in India and his course has helped me build language and structure around my work in order to better communicate with others around me.

I have also greatly benefited from his library. The resources available there would be very hard for me to find elsewhere.

Janani Eswar
Organisation:GRIN (Growing in Nature)

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
Organisation:Field Studies Council

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.

Emily Peel Yates
Organisation:Halcrow Group