consult & training
This year-long course is starting in January 2021 and is for those wanting to explore psychological, spiritual and practical aspects of working outdoors to facilitate personal and ecological wellbeing. It is designed to help you develop the confidence to start working therapeutically in a variety of outdoor locations. The learning process combines theoretical perspectives with practical skills, delivered through a combination of experiential activities, group work, talks and guided reading.
Who this for:
Aspirant wilderness guides, registered or aspirant councillors and therapists wanting to expand their practice to include the natural world, registered guides in any field wanting to learn "soft-skills" and nature connection practices.
For those developing their own programmes and projects that involve outdoor work there is a lot to think about and plan before the day arrives to head off into the wilds of your work. I love supporting projects that are contributing to "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible".
So as to balance the energy required in sharing insights for other people's projects, with having enough energy for my own, I offer guidance / consultation sessions that involve a process of questioning as well as provide information on safety, structure, legalities and holding practices.
Topics can include:
Logistics for wilderness programmes
menu / hiking food (specifically re. quantities)
routes planning (can include transport suggestions)
legalities / indemnity
equipment lists and rental options
Intersection of mental and environmental health
Ecotherapeutic programme design
Rites of passage programme design
The venue for meetings is a private nature reserve on Red Hill, Cape Town.
To start the conversation all meet-ups begin with walking in the reserve, along a simple, flat, sand track. The deliberate incorporation of the natural world into the guidance session is to acknowledge the many voices available to us if we care to listen - both in ourselves and in the natural world through metaphor. Mental effort can only get us so.
R800 per hour
We walk in all weather.
You do not need to be fit.
We walk as slow as is necessary.
Location: Private Nature reserve - Red Hill