Embodying Place & Time
weekend ecotherapy workshop, sligo
with Therese O’Driscoll and Matthew Henson
Fri (eve) 08 Sept – Sun (lunchtime) 10 Sept 2023
Therapy never happens in a bubble, it always has a setting, a physical place and time, and a socio-political context. This weekend workshop offers an introduction to embodying place and time in the therapeutic encounter.
Employing an ecotherapy lens and integrating western psychological wisdom with indigenous traditions, we will draw upon a wide range of creative and experiential training methods, embracing spontaneity to meet and explore whatever emerges. Through practices that bring us fully into our bodies, we will find our therapeutic ground by connecting with ourselves, each other and the other-than-human ‘natural’ world. We can never be anywhere other than where we are, so that is where we will start, with a phenomenological exploration of this place, this time, here and now.
The workshop is aimed at practising psychotherapists, counsellors, art therapists, dance movement therapists, psychologists, etc, or students in those disciplines. It might also be of interest to anyone in the broader caring professions; social workers, teachers, youth workers, medical practitioners, alternative and complementary practitioners, etc. It is equally suited to those looking to work in an ecologically informed way with clients and to individuals looking for ecologically informed personal development. The workshop can serve as a standalone experience, or as an introduction to ecotherapy for anyone thinking about a more in-depth training. No previous formal qualifications are required.
Overlooked by Benbulben and Knocknarea, the workshop will take place at An Talamh, a wild working garden situated in West Sligo and home plus garden/cabin studio of Therese. The surrounding landscape has been a teacher of how to garden and how to receive the influence of the wider environment and its many inhabitants.
The cost of the 15 CPD hour workshop, including facilitation by two trainers and evening meals:
€290 Early bird (book before 30 June)
A range of affordable accommodation is available locally.
Therese and I are both registered psychotherapists (IAHIP) with more than 50 combined years in practice. Therese is also an accredited supervisor, offering eco supervision. Her work integrates an interest in the healing relationship, our relationship with nature and the use of creativity. Working through words, poetry, dreams, the body moving and dialogue with place, she offers a safe, contained and healing space. I am also a qualified psychotherapy trainer and draw upon my training in existential-phenomenology and wild therapy to facilitate deeper human-nature connectedness. I am particularly interested in the therapeutic mutuality which occurs when we fully engage with the other-than-human.