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September 2022 | A weekend retreat in the woods: An Introduction to Environmental Arts Therapy at Oaks Wood in 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 which 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 is suitable for arts therapists and others in the caring professions (please contact us on the email below if you are unsure about suitability). Maximum group size 12.

There will be a mix of activities over the weekend with an emphasis on experiential workshops which 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 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. No large tents please, due to limited pitch sizes. Please bring your own sleeping bag and mat if you can, as well as 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 on ceciliebrowne@yahoo.co.uk or call 07504 696926.

Facilitator/s:

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 currently works in mainstream school as an art psychotherapist and have a private practice using integrative arts-based approaches with adults. Over the last few years she has been co-developing eco-therapy workshops and retreats in a co-owned piece of woodland.

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 12 years. He has completed additional trainings in Body Psychotherapy and as a Shamanic Practitioner and works both indoors and outside in woodland in Derbyshire.

Next Workshop

Date: Postponed till September. Please email trainings@arttherapycentre.com to be on waiting list.
Time: Friday 5pm – Sunday 3pm

Costs:  The workshop costs are standardised with our usual day rates plus 5% discount. To the final cost we have added £70 for food/drinks/amenities.

£374 employer funded; £336 self-funded; £298 students/trainees

Early enrolment discount by 31 March 2022 > for self-funders only = £298

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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