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06-08 Sep 2024 | Weekend Retreat in the Woods | Intro to Environmental Arts Therapy | Oaks Wood, Derbyshire

This is a unique opportunity to experience a training weekend delivered in the context of an off-grid camping retreat in private woodland in the Derbyshire Peak District.

In these challenging times, many professionals are looking for alternatives to working face-to-face in enclosed environments, and the outdoors offers many benefits that the training will explore. This weekend is suitable for practitioners at all levels of experience, serving both as personal and professional development as well as positive self-care in the midst of the hustle and bustle of contemporary life. It will also give a good introduction to the field for those considering taking their therapy work outside. This event suits arts therapists and others in the caring professions (please contact us via the email below if you are unsure about suitability). Maximum group size 12.

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There will be a mix of activities over the weekend with an emphasis on experiential workshops that encourage a deeper personal connection with the natural world and its inhabitants. You can expect:

  • A warm welcome with hot drinks and delicious vegetarian meals.
  • Ritual opening and closing to hold the sacred space of the retreat.
  • An introduction to the ideas behind Environmental Arts Therapy and eco-therapy.
  • Practical and creative workshops which will include a combination of mindfulness in nature, journeying, art-making using natural materials in the environment, reflection and sharing.
  • Discussion of issues around working therapeutically in the natural world.
  • Fireside sharings – bring songs, instruments, stories, poems.

Please note: This is an off-grid experience. We have a compost toilet but no running water and a very limited phone signal. We encourage participants to see this as an opportunity to experience a simpler way of living close to nature.

Food and camping: All meals and hot drinks are included in the fee. Food will be vegetarian/vegan and comprised of hot home-cooked meals Friday and Saturday evening; soup, salad and bread for Saturday and Sunday lunch and a choice of porridge, muesli, fruit, yogurt, bread and spreads for breakfast. There will be breaks for hot drinks and cake or biscuits. If you have any dietary requirements, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate. We have tents for those unable to bring their own, available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please do not use large tents due to limited pitch sizes. Please bring your own sleeping bag, mat if you can, warm clothes, waterproofs and sturdy shoes.

Transport: Oaks Wood is 10 miles outside Sheffield and accessible by car. There is a train station at Hathersage 2 miles from the wood, and we can arrange pick-up for an additional fee at agreed times. Sheffield is 2 hours from London by direct train: change here for Hathersage.

Access: The camp is a ten-minute walk up a steep hill, and the ground around the camp can be uneven. We can take camping gear and offer lifts to the camp at the top for those that need it. Please get in touch for further queries about accessibility.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Cecilia at or call 07504 696926.


Cecilia Browne, MA Art Psychotherapy, Environmental Art Therapy cert. Cecilia has worked in arts and mental health as a community artist and art psychotherapist for 20 years, running workshops and developing projects with diverse community groups. She worked for 10 years in mainstream school as an art psychotherapist and has a private practice using integrative arts-based approaches with adults and young people. Over the last few years she has been developing eco-therapy workshops and retreats in a co-owned piece of woodland with her partner.

Simon Turnbull, UKCP accredited integrative psychotherapist. Simon taught mindfulness and Buddhism for 30 years, during which time he trained as a counsellor, initially working in residential and daycare settings for people with drug and alcohol problems. After training as an integrative psychotherapist, he has worked in private practice in Sheffield for 14 years. He has completed additional training in Body Psychotherapy and as a Shamanic Practitioner and works indoors and outside in woodland in Derbyshire.


Next Workshop

Date: 06 – 08 September 2024
Time: 5pm Friday 06 – 3pm Sunday 08 September 2024

Costs:  The workshop costs are aligned with our usual day rates plus 5% discount. To the final cost we have added £90 for food/drinks/amenities.

£394 employer funded; £356 self-funded; £318 students/trainees

Early enrolment self-funders discount (deadline 1 July 2024) for self-funders only = £318

Deposit: You may pay a £200 deposit to secure your place, with the balance payable by Friday 16 August. As we need to ensure minimum numbers to go ahead and to cover our costs, we cannot issue any refunds unless you pay in full when the terms and conditions below will apply.

Please note, owing to the special location and arrangements, our terms and conditions for this workshop are amended:

  • If you cancel your booking 21 days before the event, there will be a 50% refund only.
  • If you cancel less than 21 days before the event, we cannot provide any refunds or reimbursements.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the course, in which case we will give you reasonable notice and/or offer a full course refund, as appropriate. However we are unable to refund any travel costs.
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