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Ecotherapy / eARTherapy

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A core strand of practice is eARTherapy - promoting eco-creativity and relationship with nature; working with and for nature

I have over 24 years experience with individuals, groups, students and teams,
working creatively with and for nature, promoting:
- eco-creativity and wellbeing;
- eco-supervision / eARTh-based supervision - nature-based creative approaches within supervision;
-
eco personal development and learning.

Evidence for Nature and Wellbeing 

Visit the online ASLA resource detailing many research studies on the  Health benefits of nature

Other resources include: A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care (Natural England, 2016) - a recent report on research by the University of Essex and Mind (a leading UK mental health charity).

See also e.g. The mental health benefits of nature exposure (2015);  Connecting with nature offers a new approach to mental health care  (2016)

and the Children and Nature Network.



eARTherapy 

A core strand of practice is eARTherapy - promoting eco-creativity and relationship with nature; working with and for nature.

"eARTherapy(Sibbett, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2016, etc.)  is a nature-based approach that is a synthesis of Art Psychotherapy, Counselling and Ecotherapy - celebrating and fostering Nature and eco-creativity.   A key aim is to nurture wellbeing, creativity and nature; underpinned by and committed to 'earth caring' values. It features:

Ecotherapy is a nature-based therapeutic approach that is informed by ecopsychology. It can support wellbeing and help create better relationships with nature, ourselves and each other. For more details, see MIND's summary: What is Ecotherapy?; and also see our Resources page for other sources of information.

"Earth's the right place for love" (Robert Frost, Birches)





 eARTh-based Practice

Committed to
eARTh-caring values,
Green Care and eco-creativity.
Green Man
(c)CS


(CS, 2002, 2006, 2007)

Client, therapist, art, nature
 
Rotation

 Green Man
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 eARThing

Promoting Green Care
and eco-creativity
in the curriculum
and practice.
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Kairos

A window of opportunity:
fostering creative time & space, with and for nature.

Green window
(c)CS

In a 2016 Report on A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care, Bragg and Atkins (2016, p.12) summarise that "nature-based interventions have been termed ‘green care’ (Pretty, 2006; Hine et al., 2008a,c; Sempik et al., 2010; Sempik and Bragg, 2013), ‘ecotherapy’ (Mind 2007, 2013; Bragg et al, 2013) or simply ‘nature-based interventions’." They propose that "the term ‘Green Care’ should be used to describe the range of activities that fall within the scope of nature-based interventions for individuals with a defined or diagnosed need." (Bragg & Atkins, 2016, p.viii).







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