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Introduction to Eco Therapy

February, 2021

27Feb(Feb 27)9:30 am28(Feb 28)3:30 pmIntroduction to Eco TherapyA professional workshop for Therapists9:30 am - 3:30 pm (28) AESDT Nanga Mai, Paynes Crossing NSW

Event Details

Bare feet on the Earth,
Breathing in and out,
Sound of wind in the trees,
Only this…and this is more than enough.

(Only This,  by Kai Seidenburg)

As humans, it is essential that we remember and live in conscious awareness of our deep connection with all that exists on this amazing planet. These are old ways that have been practiced by the Earths custodians for centuries, and have largely been lost into colonization and consumerism. Now more than ever, we need to open to these old ways and listen to our Mother earth- this connection is essential for sustainable health, wellbeing and harmony.

Informed by theses principles, a new body of research is growing: Ecotherapy, also known as nature therapy. Ecotherapy, is the applied practice of the emergent field of eco-psychology, the term coined  by Theodore Roszak, and is based on the principles of interconnectedness and reciprocity.

This practice supports people spending time in, and dialoguing with, the natural world for improved well being.

As therapists, working in nature allows access to deep support and resource for our clients and our selves.

This 2 day workshop is designed as an introduction for therapists to experience the fundamentals of Eco Therapy to be able to incorporate this profound practice into your work.

What you will gain from this workshop:

  • Theoretical understanding of Eco Psychology and the practice of Eco Therapy
  • Techniques to include in your clinical practice
  • Self care through nature
  • Resourcing for clients and practitioners through the natural world
  • A deepened connection with your self
  • Beautiful time with community in nature




David Talamo, MFT is founder of Wilderness Reflections. He has over 40 years of experience guiding wilderness trips, works as a therapist with youth and adults, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. A Certified Hakomi Therapist, Dave is a pioneer in the field of ecotherapy and was one of the first quest guides to develop a somatic approach to questing. He is committed to the expression of joy and authenticity through the body and to helping others experience their own embodied selves in an intimate, ecstatic relationship with Nature. Currently, he spends most of his field time apprenticing new guides and training therapists in bringing Nature into the therapy process. Dave lives in California, and while he has taught students from around the globe, he has especially enjoyed his connections with the Aussie and Kiwi students. Dave will be joining the training via technology.


Your on the ground crew are: 


Anton Eastick is an Insight Meditation teacher and Hakomi/IFS grounded therapist now living in Melbourne. The Buddha dharma is his true love but over the years he’s also studied and benefitted from Hakomi therapy, plant medicines and approaches, Yoga, Qigong, The Diamond Approach, Voice Dialogue, Integrated Awareness, Common Ground for Men, Internal Family Systems and completed initial leadership trainings with The Pathways to Manhood program among a few others. In life learning he has a “whatever works” approach to new possibilities. In recent years James Baraz, Reggie Ray and Robert Masters have been influential but it was Dave Talamo who introduced him to Eco-therapy and opened the way of nature connection, healing and a deeper purpose.


Gina O’Neill:  is a Ngāti Kahngunu, Rangitane woman and experienced psychotherapist, educator and supervising consultant (Master GT, Grad Dip Couns. And B App. Soc Sci). She has 20 years clinical experience supporting individuals, families and groups presenting with substance and process addictions, mental health, relationship issues and trauma-related experiences. Gina has worked in private psychiatric clinical settings, NGOs and public health settings as a therapist and clinical manager and in the past 8 years as a supervisor, lecturer in higher education, clinical specialist in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation sector and is in private practice.

As Gina is a NZ Maori woman, her interest is in how Te Ao Māori, Indigenous healing practices and reciprocity with the natural world cross over with gestalt psychotherapy to support healing relationships with people and the environment.


Ashleigh Power: (MGT, Cert Holistic Counselling, Adv Cert Community Welfare) is a Psychotherapist and Educator with 30 years experience working with individuals, couples and families, groups and organizations, and founder of TRIA.

Ashleigh has substantial clinical experience working with people affected by addictions and mental health presentations. Her previous appointments include a variety of positions in the public and private psychiatric sector and various community based projects including Clinical Manger of South Pacific Private , Coordinator of Therapy programs at Evesham Psychiatric Clinic and Project Manager Lifeline Sydney Personal Counseling Program.

She had held educator positions in both private & university education sectors in the areas of counselling, social work and allied health.

Ashleigh has completed further studies in Somatic therapy and Trauma resolution. She is also an accredited Eco-Therapist and  psychedelic integration therapist.



The workshop will be held at Nanga Mai- an off grid Eco retreat in the lower Hunter Valley: https://www.nanga-mai.com.au

Accomodation will be in BYO camping or onsite glamping.

Lunch included both days- BYO breakfast and pot luck dinner Saturday

February 27 & 28, 2021. 9.30am Saturday- 3.30pm Sunday.


Feb 27,28. 2021.


The Relational Instituteadmin@therelationalinstitute.com.au


Workshop : $495 + GST

Accomodation options: 

Onsite BYO camping : $25 per person per night

Onsite shared bell-tent: $50 per person per night.


Workshop Registration fee ( does not include accomodation)