I offer therapy sessions outside for anyone who would like to explore working with the support of the nature. This can be a physically engaging, sensorial and often playful way to be in an embodied therapeutic process. I call it finding your wild.
This approach is for anyone and you do not have to be ‘outdoorsy’ – although it may particularly suit you if you feel you are. However I also welcome enquiries from those for whom being outside may be physically or emotionally challenging. As we work together we will shape our sessions around our limitations, whatever they may be.
As well as being a way to work with personal process, this can be a way to explore our relationships to the wider world and the environments we inhabit. This can help us find out more about some of the personal questions that may linger in the background of everyday life, for example: How can I feel safe and ‘at home’? How do I repair my relationship with nature? How can I discover what really matters in my life?
Pardon me, if when I want
to tell the story of my life
it’s the land I talk about.
This is the land.
It grows in your blood
and you grow.
If it dies in your blood
you die out.
– Pablo Neruda, Still Another Day VI
It can also be a supportive way to engage directly with broader questions about the human impact on the Earth, like: How do I experience ecological crises, the climate emergency and the feelings that arise from them? How can I turn my desire for change into action?
Finding your wild
The sensing body is like an open circuit that completes itself only in things, in others, in the surrounding earth. (Abram, 2011: 254)
Our bodies are living processes through which we are woven into the living processes all around us. So, as many of us already know intuitively, spending time in nature can help us relax and regulate ourselves physically and emotionally. Research is now starting to validate this, showing that spending time in nature can offer wide-ranging health benefits and reduce symptoms.
But beyond this, a relaxed connection with nature can also offer the possibility of a therapeutic encounter. By making contact with nature, we can make deeper contact with our own nature and rekindle our wildness.
Our sessions are facilitated therapeutic encounters with nature. As well as offering our attention to the human aspects of this meeting, we may listen to the other-than human aspects.
In this relationship, we can witness the challenges we each feel in being just as we are. This allows us to explore the ways in which we have been domesticated by the circumstances of our lives, developing physical and perceptual habits which may inhibit our contact with ourselves, with other humans and with the other-than-human. We may learn more about the places in ourselves that we consider forbidden, the things that we need to control, and the experiences from which we must hide.
Coming into a gentle relationship with wildness allows us to cultivate more acceptance of ourselves and others, and through it a greater physical and emotional bond with the Earth and all it sustains. We can appreciate the richness and abundance in life and welcome encounters with the unexpected, finding delight in spontaneity and celebrating the vitality of being human. It can also help us develop a deeper sense of what really matters to us. With this often comes a care for the places that sustain us, with which our growth is entwined.
This work can take many forms. A session could involve taking a walk, spending time in one place attending to sensations, exploring movement or sounding, being in a garden or working on some land. It may start with something small or with the desire for significant change. Whatever your curiosity our journey is to follow that and find a way to explore which supports you.
Some practical information can be found here.
Please contact me to arrange an initial meeting.