Therapy in Nature
Relational and Embodied Therapy in Nature
"If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees"
Rainer Maria Rilke
For many, engaging with ourselves and our own nature in the wider nature of the landscape adds a level of support and nourishment that takes the benefits of the therapy experience to an even deeper level.
Being outdoors and connecting with our own wildness and to that which is other than human at the same time as having the support of an experienced therapist can be extremely beneficial in numerous ways.
Embodied therapy in nature is a dynamic and exciting way to meet ourselves in more of our aspects than we might in indoor settings.
It supports therapeutic processes and acknowledges that we are ourselves wild nature - deeply connected to - and part-of the landscapes in which we live and relate.
Whether or not we are consciously longing for a stronger sense of connection with the natural world, the experience of being outdoors and responding to - and interacting - with the stimuli in that experience, can greatly enhance the therapeutic process and relationship with ourselves.
As we drop more deeply in to our moment-to-moment sensory experience, we can become more available to the wonder of the physical, emotional and relational landscapes we live in as well as the possibilities for insight and relaxation that exist when we are present where we are.
At least the first face-to-face session takes place indoors, during which thorough assessment takes place and a plan for our work outdoors is co-created.
Even if we start working outdoors together, there is always the option of having some sessions indoors or bringing our work inside altogether if it feels right at any stage.
"One of the great places to cultivate your sense of wonder is, of course, in nature. Simply by listening for how it communicates and how it moves, we accumulate a slow intimacy with our place"