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Connecting with and being part of nature workshop

Updated: Apr 5

Our first day workshop in 2024 for counsellors, therapists and mental health practitioners is on

Saturday 18th May 24.

We offer an opportunity to experience and practice therapeutic work outdoors and nature meditation. Blending elements of self-care and professional development.

By the end of the day, we hope you will feel personally relaxed and restored and have explored new ways of working in nature.

Led by a counsellor who works outdoors and a nature meditation teacher, and offered in a small group setting, this event will include:

• Opportunities to practice bringing counselling skills outdoors

• An exploration of the differences between working indoors and outdoors.

• Practical tips and networking opportunities

• Several guided nature meditations

• 6 hours professional development certificate.

Venue: The lovely private woodlands at Bristol Forest School, Abbot’s Leigh, just outside Bristol.

Covered areas, so the event will go ahead even if raining.

Cost: £85 or £75 Early bird, before 18th April 2024 (paid practitioners).

£50 concession rate (limited number for trainees, volunteers and those on low income)

To book a place on the workshop go to:

Feedback from the previous workshop includes:

‘Thank you to Shauna and Lesley for a wonderful, inclusive and relaxing day. I left inspired by the depth of impact that woodland can have and the difference it could make in a therapeutic setting.’

 It was lovely to come along again, to spend time with yourself and Lesley in the woods - in some ways a familiar experience but also different, with a different group of lovely people, different reflections, and also finding myself relating a little differently, being in a slightly different place in my life than previously. Thank you for a lovely day again


I really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in quiet reflection amongst the trees and to explore again how working outdoors can further deepen the therapeutic experience, whilst also exploring the potential challenges!  I appreciated the reminders of ways in which we can bring the outdoors indoors too and found the five pathways to deepening our connection and relationship with nature inspiring. As before, I found the meditations very powerful, particularly the lying down one at the end of our day together.


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