This is an eight-week ecotherapy programme, using nature, photography, and natural art led by 2 experienced facilitators i.e. Chiara Santin, Community-based family psychotherapist and director of Rainbow CommUnity Projects) and Vanessa Jones, Forrest school leader and outdoor counsellor. the programme consists of 8 guided group sessions of 90 minutes each. The aim is to help participants express themselves, connect and build positive relationships with others in their community to promote their mental wellbeing in a safe and supported environment. Each session will be psychoeducational and experiential, i.e. guided by a topic to provide focus for discussion and develop skills in improving self-esteem and self-compassion, building confidence, mindfulness and wellbeing, building positive relationships, and resilience. Group sessions will be hosted outdoors in the local beautiful countryside in Woodingdean, East Brighton i.e. the Woodland Valley natural memorial ground, Warren Road, BN2 6DD.
I have already run one ecotherapy group for local residents with varying needs and it has been a great success.The feedback from all participants suggests a need for people to come together and benefit from nature to counteract the negative and isolating effects of the pandemic. Some participants are now accessing nature more regularly and have created a peer support group. Thanks to a small grant from the Council to promote resilient communities I am able to offer some free spaces. Please get in touch if you are interested or wish to refer somebody who can benefit from attending.