Working Therapeutically Outdoors

In this course, we explore some of the vital skills and approaches involved to ensure participants’ wellbeing and the transformative potential of outdoor practice.

This course can be run as a module in higher education, or as one-off visiting lecture sessions. It is ideal for education, applied arts, social care and health students.

What we cover:

  • The key elements of therapeutic practice and how being outdoors supports and challenges this
  • The theory on nature as a container and healer, from ecopsychology, evolutionary biology and environmental humanities
  • Necessary safety, welfare and practical procedures for outdoors
  • Creative examples of ecotherapy
  • Thinking about and responding to your client group’s needs
  • Further training opportunities


Credit: © Howie / McCree 2012. Bev and Julia reflecting on going feral.