I offer regular ecotherapy sessions in Glasgow for individuals and occasionally for groups.
The work I offer is rooted in an eco-somatic perspective, recognising that our bodies are living processes through which we are woven into the living processes all around us. By making contact with nature, inviting connection through all of our senses – even in the city – we can make deeper contact with our own nature and rekindle our wildness.
“Incomplete on its own, the body is precisely our capacity for metamorphosis. Each being that we perceive enacts a subtle integration within us, even as it alters our prior organization. The sensing body is like an open circuit that completes itself only in things, in others, in the surrounding earth.” (Abram, 2011: 254)
The others we meet on our journey may be animals, mosses, insects, the wind, blades of grass, a tree, birds, leaves and perhaps many things we are not expecting. It may be the rhythms of all the life ‘out there’ that resonate with the life ‘in here’. It may be a sound, a colour or a texture vibrating through us.
Through our encounters with the other-than-human 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.
By coming into a gentle and accepting relationship with our fears of the wild, both in ourselves and in the world around us, we can cultivate more acceptance of ourselves and others, with a deeper sense of our embodiment and through it a greater physical and emotional bond with the Earth and all it sustains.
Recognising ourselves as part of much bigger living processes allows us to rest on the ‘ground of being’ (Totton, 2011). With this support 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.
It’s important to say that this work is for anyone and you do not have to be ‘outdoorsy’ but it’s also fine if you feel you are.
Some practical information can be found here.
Please contact me to arrange an initial meeting.