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A propos a recent discussion on the 10,300+ member Ecopsychology group on Facebook of cultural appropriation issues in ecopsychology and ecotherapy:
While America is once again been convulsed with the necessity to face up to its cruel history of European conquest, colonialism, slavery and current racist practices, some in the original European colonizing and slave trading countries have until this week felt none of this applied to them. But in the last few days, amid statue-toppling and calls for street and building renaming in many European and UK countries, The Washington Post now openly discusses the "European blind spot: Though many on the continent look in horror at the United States’ police violence and explosions of racial unrest, fewer feel the need to atone for the imperial systems of injustice that in many cases built the economic and societal foundations of their own modern nation-states." And, I would add, those of many colonized nations.
How does this relate to our field? Some of the culturally appropriated theory and practices embraced early on in ecopsychology and ecotherapy in the US have now spread to the UK and Europe, where we unfortunately find that various Indigenous nature-connection practices from colonized countries have been enthusiastically embraced without the kind of soul-searching that has started to happen on Turtle Island. Some in Europe feel this whole issue is an "American" problem, not realizing that it has also become a problem in the original European colonial nations as well.
The next online gathering of the Canadian Ecopsychology Network will discuss one such complex practice: wilderness ecotherapy. https://www.facebook.com/events/572322546997370/
I'd love to hear from European ecotherapists and ecopsychotherapists as to their experiences with things like sweat lodges, plant medicine, vision quests, four directions work, wilderness solos, etc.
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Leave No Trace Courses 2011

9451316893?profile=originalThe Wilderness Foundation UK is pleased to confirm that it will be running two accredited “Leave No Trace” courses later this year.   These are ideal training programmes for anyone working or spending time in the outdoors and who is conscious about the impact they are leaving on the environment.


Once again our instructor will be Myles Farnbank and this time the courses will be based at our new rural offices in Chatham Green, Essex.


Myles will be delivering two programmes for us:

Accredited One Day Leave No Trace Awareness Training

Saturday 22nd October 2011
Cost: £50 per person
Suitable for: Any experience level
Participants must make their own way to the venue

The course covers the 7 principles of Leave no Trace.

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable ground
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave it as you find it
  • Minimise the impact of fires
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Be considerate of others

This course will be mainly indoors with some outside practical sessions.


Certified two day “Train the Trainer” Programme

Sunday 23rd October and Monday 24th October 2011
Cost: £100 per person
Suitable for: People who already have a good knowledge of “Leave No Trace” and who have completed at least the 1 day Awareness Course.
This is a residential course and participants will be required to camp overnight.
Participants must make their own way to the venue


The Trainers course is a two day programme recognised by the Leave no Trace Centre for Outdoor Ethics. The practical course gives recognised Leave No Trace Trainer status to successful participants.


The course equips participants to :

  • Understand, demonstrate and teach state of the art minimum impact techniques for a variety of groups
  •  Lead a discussion on outdoor ethics and help others to explore their own personal outdoor ethic


The Trainers course looks at a variety of teaching topics, styles and session ideas which are aimed at all potential countryside users, from children to proficient mountaineers and paddlers. It covers a range of varying good practices to suit the wide spectrum of ways we interact with the outdoor environment.


In addition the course will cover:

  • The role/function of a LNT Trainer
  • The principles and ethics of Leave No Trace
  • Teaching skills and techniques and student learning styles
  • Overview of Master Educator Course


How To Book

To book your place(s) please download, complete and return our booking form



Payment can be made by cheque made payable to Wilderness Foundation UK Ltd.   Alternatively you can book online through our website and pay via Paypal Paying with Paypal is quick, easy and secure and at no extra cost to you.   You don’t need a Paypal account – you can pay using any major debit or credit card.   Payment of course fees is required in full at time of booking (n.b.  Please note that a £250 deposit is not required for this programme)




On receipt of your booking form and payment we will send out a Joining Pack which includes full details of all materials and equipment that you will need to participate in the programme.


For further information on these and other educational opportunities with the Wilderness Foundation UK, please give us a call on 01245 443073 or send us an email.

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