Nature Based Gestalt Therapy
Bare feet on the Earth, Breathing in and out, Sound of wind in the trees, Only this…and this
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, as indigenous people and culture reminds us. 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, and how to bring nature into our therapeutic work.
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.
After popular demand this professional training combines Eco Therapy and Gestalt therapy and is designed for therapists 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
- Research the history and origins of nature based therapies
- Determine the place of Gestalt therapy in application of nature based therapy
- Research evidence of efficacy of nature based therapies
- Research and apply Indigenous practice as relevant to nature based Gestalt therapy
- Follow protocols for gaining permission to work in chosen location with clients
- Establish relationship with nature as ‘co-therapist’
- Assess clients for suitability of nature based Gestalt therapy
- Establish contract for working in nature, including risk management plan
- Facilitate client process with nature as ‘co-therapist’
- Synthesise Gestalt therapy and nature based therapy
- Resourcing for clients and practitioners through the natural world
- A deepened connection with your self
- Beautiful time with community in nature
This training will take place both in an urban location to allow participants the opportunity to work in local parks, and in a bush retreat location in the hunter valley to deepen the ‘vision’ of the work.
Participants are required to possess previous training in counselling/psychotherapy and will be asked to submit evidence of this at the time of registration.
Ashleigh Power ( She/Her) is the founder of TRIA and is a Gestalt practitioner and certified Eco Therapist (CMPACFA). Ashleigh is an experienced gestalt psychotherapist, educator and supervising consultant (Master Gestalt Therapy, Cert. Ecotherapy). She has 30 years clinical experience supporting individuals, families and groups.
Ashleigh’s relationship to country or place came as part of her recovery from cancer, where she became custodian of a parcel of land on Darkinjung country. It was during this time that she learnt to listen and be in relationship with country from a place of reciprocity to support healing and wellbeing. This led her to study Eco Therapy formally with Dave Talamo of Wilderness Connections and build this work into her practice as a Gestalt therapist and educator.
Gina O’Neill (She/Her/Ia) is a descendant of Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitane (Aotearoa, NZ), Ireland and Germany, currently living and working on Eora and Bundjalung lands in Australia. Gina is an experienced gestalt psychotherapist, educator and supervising consultant (Master Gestalt Therapy, Grad Dip Couns., Cert. Ecotherapy 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 consultant supervisor, educator/trainer, clinical specialist in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation sector and is in private practice. She has completed further studies in working with Trauma using Indigenous models of care, ecotherapy and currently somatic abolitionism – cultural somatic trauma practice.
Gina sits on the leadership group of the PACFA College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP).
Over the years, the human suffering Gina sees in her practice comes from people feeling isolated and disconnected, starving for connection and support. Gina’s metaphor of walking back home together speaks to the re-connecting and healing our relationship with our Mother earth by incorporating Indigenous healing practices and psychotherapy in reciprocity with nature.
TIME & LOCATION
This training will take place over 2 weekends. The first will be at TRIA in Sydney, where we will work in the CBD parks and surrounds. Sept 23,24, 2023. The second weekend will be at a bush retreat in the Hunter Valley over 3 days October 27-29, 2023.
Weekend 1 Sept 23, 24 2023 Weekend 2 October 27-29 2023
Fee includes meals and single room accomodation at the residential weekend. Early bird (before June 30th) $1850 + GST Full Fee (After June 30th) $1995 + GST
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