Location: Highgate Wood | Saturday 6th November 2021 | 10 am – 4 pm
This workshop is for art therapists, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, educators, counsellors, and others who wish to work with nature in their practice. The one-day workshop will introduce the ideas and practice of working therapeutically in nature using the cycle of Nature to attune to the turning year. It will consist of experiential exercises and reflective time to deepen knowledge and skills in this area of health and wellbeing practice.
Individual image-making and play will be explored within this beautiful woodland setting, as well as the opportunity to share and learn from the group. Working entirely within the woodland, with the use of tipi tent (Covid restrictions permitting) we plan to introduce participants to the themes and metaphors associated with the month of November, which within the Celtic tradition is the start of the New Year.
We will look at ways in which nature and natural cycles can be integrated within the therapeutic relationship, including within the consulting room. Readings, teachings, and guidance offered by Vanessa and Gary is informed by the practice of environmental arts therapy and will provide a rich foundation for onward study, training, and self-development
No previous training in the arts, art therapies or ecotherapy is necessary but a willingness to be curious about your own interconnection with the land and all her relations is encouraged.
Vanessa Jones, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert, Trained MBCT Mindfulness Teacher, is a BAAT registered private practitioner working outdoors in nature as an art therapist within her private practice and the NHS since 2010.
Gary Nash, Dip. AT MAAT, EAT Cert, has over twenty years of art therapy experience working in adult mental health, voluntary sector, learning disabilities services & mainstream education. He is a BAAT registered Supervisor and Registered private practitioner.