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Postgrad Certificate in Environmental Arts Therapy 2022-23 | 1 weekend/month for 12 months | from 11th Nov 2022

Since the pandemic, London Art Therapy Centre and Ian Siddons Heginworth have decided to relocate this course to Devon where Ian lives. We are delighted to have helped be part of the development of the School of Environmental Arts Therapy (SEAT) who will be running and managing this wonderful training course.

For all enquiries, applications, and bookings, please email directly.

This 12-month course trains HCPC registered art, music and dramatherapists (including final year trainee arts therapists), as well as UKCP registered dance movement psychotherapists, in the use and understanding of environmental arts as a therapeutic process.

Environmental arts are represented in their broadest sense as: visual arts, movement, drama and ritual in wild and natural locations, inspired by natural themes and cycles and using natural materials. Through practical and interpersonal experience, it aims to enhance and develop the skills of the participants and prepare them for taking their therapeutic practice outdoors.

The course itself is not HCPC accredited and does not lead to registration with the HCPC as an art therapist, music therapist or dramatherapist.


The Environmental Arts Therapy Certificate Course is based at West Town Farm, in Exeter, Devon. West Town Farm is a working organic farm offering a mix of beautiful meadows, orchards and semi-ancient native woodland. The farm is part of a Higher Level Stewardship scheme and, as such, is committed to supporting a rich diversity of wildlife alongside their food production. The Farm is dedicated to improving habitats for wild animals and other native species. West Town Farm is also a farm-based education centre and hosts Organic Arts, an educational charity that promotes the arts and rural issues.

Period of study:

The course is comprised of 12 weekend workshops, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, held each month for 12-months. There are a maximum of 16 participants, so early sign-up is encouraged as the demand is very high.

The course follows the Celtic calendar and runs from November 2022 through to October 2023. Attendance is one weekend per month throughout the year (including academic holidays) and participants, who will be encouraged to attend all twelve weekends to get the most from the course, will be required to attend at least ten in order to obtain their certificate.

Course structure:

Each weekend will be made up of the following:

Friday Evening, 5.00pm – 7.00pm | Orientation to the weekend and Group Process
Saturdays 9.30am – 5.00pm | Studio Workshop and into Nature

  • Practical and experiential environmental arts therapy workshops will focus on the following:
  • Themes associated with each month
  • Reference to the EAT resource book
  • Guided imagery
  • Symbolism; links to theory and mythology
  • Nature, metaphor and personal process

Sundays 9.30am – 4.30pm | Skills Practice & individual/pair work in Woodland

  • One-to-one environmental arts therapy sessions offered by and to participants in pairs followed by a group session. This will enable you to put what you have learned into practice, developing techniques, interpersonal skills and developing your relationship with the Natural environment.
  • Reflective learning focussed on the following:
  • Skills-based work outdoors
  • Facilitated learning in pairs to reflect the therapist/client dyad
  • Group reflective discussion
  • Theory Seminar and Clinical Supervision


  • Facilitated group discussion: focusing on developing skills and experience of workshop themes and their application to your clinical work. Theory will be explored in relation to the written assignments and support given in preparation for the final show.

Written Assignments and Final Show:

There are two written assignments, one on the theory and philosophy of environmental arts therapy and one on environmental arts therapy in clinical practice. The last weekend of the course includes a final show in which you will share and display your learning experience through a variety of mixed media presentations (can include visual art, dance/movement, music, ritual, performance etc.)

Course Resource Book and other reading:

All participants are required to have a copy of the course resource book “Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life” by Ian Siddons Heginworth. Copies are available from

A further list of recommended course reading will also be distributed to all participants prior to commencement of the course.

Who can apply?

This course is being offered to creative arts therapists who wish to specialise in the practice of Environmental Arts Therapy or who simply wish to enhance and extend their existing practice by working outdoors.

Applicants must be qualified HCPC registered arts therapists (art, drama, music), trainee arts therapists in the final year of an HCPC accredited Masters Programme, or UKCP registered dance movement psychotherapists.

Evidence of your qualification and professional registration as well as a current DBS check will be required.

Please note – this training is not validated by the Health & Care Professions Council and does not lead to professional registration with HCPC.

To Apply:

Please apply in writing and include a CV and statement of interest and send by e-mail to:

All enquiries should be sent to this email address.


Ian Siddons Heginworth RDT, MPhil – Founder and Co-Director of the EAT Certificate Course.
Ian is a leading pioneer of environmental arts therapy. He runs a private practice as an environmental arts therapist near Exeter, Devon. Ian is the author of “Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life, the book that inspired the growth of E.A.T. in the UK, and the co-editor of “Environmental Arts Therapy, The Wild Frontiers of the Heart”. He is also employed as a clinical supervisor in environmental arts therapy by Devon Partnership NHS Trust and has led training events for many years throughout the UK, but especially at the London Art Therapy Centre and at Spirit’s Rest Therapeutic Woodland in Devon.

William Secretan FRSA, RDT, PGDip, MA, EATCert, Co-Director of the EAT Certificate Course.
William qualified in both integrative counselling and wilderness therapy in 2005. Since then he has trained as a drama therapist, psychodrama psychotherapist and environmental arts therapist. William works for Devon Partnership NHS Trust as principal psychotherapist within the Psychology Department at Torbay Hospital, where he leads on Ecopsychology & Ecotherapy for the Trust and runs a weekly environmental arts therapy group. He also runs a private practice working with individuals and groups, both indoors and outdoors.

Course fees:

  • Each weekend workshop (Friday – Sunday) is £241 for a programme of 12 weekend workshops.
  • Course total for the year is £2900.
  • This fee includes assessment of all assignments, end of year show and certification.
  • Fees can either be paid as a single payment, or broken down over the year as follows:
One weekend per month for 12 months

Course dates 2022/2023: twelve monthly workshops over one year:
November 11-13 2022 | December 9-11| January 20-22 2023 | February 10-12 | March 10-12 |April 21-23 | May 12-14 | June 16-18 | July 14-16 |August 11-13 | September 08-10 | October 06-08

Friday 5-7pm (arrivals welcome from 3pm)

Saturdays 9.30am-5.00pm 

Sundays 9:30am-4:30pm

For all enquiries, applications, and bookings, please email directly.



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