The London Art Therapy Centre is pleased to announce the launch of a new post-graduate training in Environmental Arts Therapy. This course is suitable for final year and qualified arts therapists who wish to enhance and extend their practice with working in nature.
Vision: We believe that Environmental arts therapy is a new and unique arts therapy that does not fit into any of the existing modalities. This is because:
- Environmental arts therapy is practised outdoors and enjoys a profound and intimate relationship with the natural world, inspired and shaped by the locations that it inhabits.
- The foundation of environmental arts therapy is its unique relationship with the turning year, (the cycle of the seasons) and metaphors, myths and traditions relating to each month, so its therapeutic processes are imbedded in the natural passage of time.
- Environmental arts therapy is multimedia, combining visual arts, drama, movement, voice-work and ritual, all practiced outdoors.
Environmental arts therapy is currently practiced as a clinical speciality by a small number of existing arts therapists. We wish to offer this unique specialism as a formal training and so provide this exciting new therapy with the practitioners and trainers that it will need to grow.
Environmental arts therapy is art/s therapy practice that takes place in nature, using natural materials, natural locations, natural themes and natural cycles. As in arts therapy, the therapeutic goals are the same however the context and references are drawn from the natural world as well as using myths and metaphors.
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