Nature Connectedness: A creative nature-based experiential workshop to connect with yourself and explore your relationship with nature
9:30am-3pm (5.5hrs, with breaks)
Being outside in nature enriches our wellbeing and benefits the natural world. This has been particularly evident during the pandemic, as nature became a resource, a source of comfort and inspiration for many people. Although our relationship with nature is nothing new, we have often been disconnected from nature in modern life. However, a growing amount of research, projects, and initiatives are recognising and advocating the importance of our nature connectedness. Indeed, many therapists and other professions are increasingly taking their practice outdoors, integrating the therapeutic value of connecting with nature.
This interactive workshop will be an opportunity for to explore your nature connectedness through a creative, nature-based experience online and outdoors. We will start by spending time connecting together online as a group and reflecting on our relationships with nature. We will then take some solo time (approximately two hours) to go outside and spend time in nature. I will suggest some creative ways to help you explore your nature connectedness and your self-connection in nature. There will be time to consider practicalities beforehand, and you may choose to spend time outside in a public or private place. This may be your garden, allotment, a local wood or nature reserve. I will be contactable throughout this solo experience. For the last part of the workshop, we will return together online. Here, there will be time to share our experiences, reflections and creativity.
This workshop is suited to people who have previous experience of doing personal work, e.g. in counselling, therapy or personal development workshops. Participants may be asked to provide the workshop facilitator with some information about themselves prior to the workshop.
Kirsty Weedon is passionate about the importance of our nature connectedness. She is an experienced group facilitator, having spent many years working in education, youth and community work, and the outdoors. She is a recognised professional in outdoor learning and will complete her psychodrama psychotherapy training in 2021. Kirsty currently offers indoor and outdoor therapy from her private practice in Nottingham, runs wellbeing workshops for professionals, and co-facilitates an outdoor therapy and working therapeutically outdoors practitioner discussion group.