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HeginworthThe 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Next Workshop

  • We are accepting enquiries for the new course beginning November 2015
  • The Course consists of 12 weekend/2 day sessions.
  • First Weekend: 14 & 15 Nov 2015.
  • Times: Saturdays 10am – 4pm; Sundays 10am – 2pm
  • Cost: £1,440.00 | Payments in four installments possible | 5% early booking discount available (before 1 July 2015)
  • Please email Gary Nash: if you are interested in signing up.
  • Requirements include:
    • Participants must attend a minimum of 10 courses to complete the training and obtain the course certificate.
    • Practice journals to be kept between workshops and submitted for feedback.
    • Participants need to obtain the course handbook: Ian Siddons HeginworthEnvironmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life
  • Entry by application: write to Gary Nash, Course Co-ordinator at the London Art Therapy Centre.
HeginworthCourse Facilitator: Ian Siddons Heginworth Ian Siddons Heginworth is a state registered arts therapist (drama) and has an MPhil in drama. He is employed by Devon Partnership Trust as a Specialist practitioner running the Wild Things project for mental health service users in Devon, a combination of outward bound activity with environmental arts therapy. He runs a private practice as an environmental arts therapist and is the author of Environmental arts therapy and the Tree of Life (Spirits Rest books). He teaches on the Southwest dramatherapy MA in dramatherapy course where he delivers the mental health lectures and leads workshops on the therapeutic release of anger and Environmental arts therapy. He also runs seasonal E.A.T. workshops at the London Art Therapy Centre.


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