Psychotherapy in the Natural World: Healing ourselves and our planet
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019 - Ireland
With speakers Angela Cotter, Mike Delaney, Marian Dunlea, Shirley Gleeson, Joanne Hanrahan, Matthew Henson, Lucy O'Hagan
For millennia people have travelled to “the valley of the two lakes” to deepen their connection with nature, a beautiful place in the Wicklow Mountains that inspires a sense of ancient worship, the numinous and the wild. This conference is an opportunity to come back to these roots with other psychotherapists to explore different ways in which we can enrich and expand our therapy practice.READ MORE...
Together we will be thinking and experiencing our way back to our ancestral selves in an understanding of the other-than-human world and all that it provides us with.
Our speakers will offer inspiring talks and workshops about integrating our work in the rest of nature; on orienting ourselves within our ecosystem so that we can draw on the self-regulating properties of our bodies, psyches and the world that surrounds us. Body therapy, forest dreaming, Celtic myths, and the use of horses in healing will all be explored in both presentations and experiential sessions. Sessions on foraging and ritual or shamanic practices will also be offered.
We will also be considering what psychotherapy practice means in a time of environmental crisis. How can we draw on these ancient wisdoms to ground ourselves sufficiently to work with environmental anxieties without being overwhelmed? While our young people are directly expressing their fear for their future and the future of our planet, what intelligence and knowledge can the psychotherapy profession bring to help us with this?
“Hemmed round by rationalistic walls, we are cut off from the eternity of nature.” C. J. Jung (Collected Works, Volume 8. Pp 380-381)
SPEAKERSDr Angela Cotter, Mike Delaney, Marian Dunlea, Shirley Gleeson, Joanne Hanrahan, Matthew Henson, Lucy O’Hagan, ,
Friday 6 September 2019
Welcome and music
Saturday 7 September 2019
Registration and Coffee
Spreading Roots: integrating nature and psychotherapy in a time of crisis
The development of psychotherapy into the natural world and its impact on mental health is increasingly coming to the fore; the consequences of our connection with, and our disconnection from nature are now very much part of the societal consciousness. While integrating nature into psychotherapy was once seen as a fringe activity, it is increasingly valued as core to our connection back to the self, and to the planet. Join Joanne on a journey where she will review the evolution of the approaches influencing this field to date and how they might evolve into the future, benefiting both therapists and clients.
Coffee and registration for your afternoon workshops
(on a first come, first served basis)
The Bushes Don’t Have Panic Attacks: Introducing BodyDreaming
BodyDreaming shows how body, mind and psyche interconnect, and how working with all three creates a learned secure attachment to our own sensing bodies, allowing trauma to heal. When we orient toward our environment we can draw on the self-regulating properties in our bodies, psyches and the world that surrounds us. Attunement to this inter- connected field expands our consciousness and brings us into a healing relationship with nature that we discover to be reciprocal. BodyDreaming demonstrates how to restore homeostasis to a dysregulated psyche and nervous system by introducing the practice of inner and outer attunement. Our sensing body resonates with this practice, creating new neural pathways to activate the healing process, and changing our default autonomic nervous system response of ‘fight- flight, or freeze’. The practice aligns us with what Jung refers to as the universal self-regulating drive toward wholeness. We discover that we are in a participatory relationship with nature, our nature and that which surrounds us. This alignment brings us a greater sense of coherence as we feel part of this inter-connected field.
Lunch (can be purchased at venue)
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: A brief history
This presentation will offer a mixture of anecdotal evidence and the results of a one-year study carried out by LEAP on the effectiveness of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) when working with people who have been sexually traumatised. We