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Posted on August 28, 2023

Intro to Somatic Ecotherapy Daylong

Otago — 7th October 2023

Taranaki — 11th November 2023

What to Expect – 

Immerse yourself in a day of connection, community, and alliance with the natural world while you learn some fundamental but profound ways of supporting your clients’ therapeutic experiences in nature.

The day includes:

  • An overview of the principles of somatic ecotherapy and exercises to experience the depth of experience for yourself.
  • A demonstration of a Somatic Ecotherapy session.
  • Sharing of some simple but potent ways to bring the magic of the natural world into your practice.
  • Discover the ease of resourcing your client alongside nature.
  • Experience the possibilities of being resourced by yourself as the therapist throughout the client’s session.

Otago Course Investment: $60.00

Taranaki Course Investment: $169.00

Wild at Heart – Mindful Somatic Ecotherapy Immersion for Professionals – 10 Days

Venue: Kauaeranga Outdoor Education Lodge, Thames, NZ

Dates: 6th to the 16th March 2024

What is Ecotherapy?

We notice it ourselves. We notice it in others. The experience of groundedness, unity, wholeness, connectedness, peace… when we spend time in the natural world. Ecotherapy is not a new concept. It has been an inherent aspect of our existence on Earth for as long as we have been here.

It’s only a recent development in human evolution where being in nature is something that we go and “do.” Prior to this, our interdependence with nature was an obvious necessity. Consequently, as research is showing, the absence or forgetting of this necessity is resulting in many harmful and discouraging effects, both personally and collectively.

Ecotherapy, then, involves the intentional re-connection with the natural world as a profound gateway to our own healing and renewal.

The primary professional modalities that inform this training are: Somatic Ecotherapy, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Creative Arts Therapy, and Mindfulness.

The Structure of this Training

This is a four-module 10 day residential training and includes an overnight wilderness vigil.

The purpose of the training is to support participants in (a) developing their own intimate relationship with nature, (b) developing a solid structure for facilitating an Ecotherapy session, (c) incorporating several different therapeutic modalities well suited for this work (see above), and (d) determining where their own particular level of comfort is in this way of working.


Meet the Facilitators:

Toni McErlane – Ecotherapist, Counsellor, Mediator, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Facilitator, Rites of Passage Facilitator

Brendon Whitmore – Ecotherapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Deep Nature Connection Mentor and Wilderness Rites of Passage Facilitator

Financial Investment: Early bird if paid before 30th Nov $2950, $3250 if paid after that date.