Other beings ‘Being’ present


Footprints in the sand

Outdoor therapy is a rich and diverse way of working, typically taking place in natural environments.

This project is trying to understand, from an individual perspective, what it is like to meet ‘other beings’ during an outdoor therapy session.

I am using the phrase ‘other beings’ because outdoor therapy (sometimes written as ecotherapy) considers all living creatures as being of equal worth and validity, and so the phrase ‘other being’ includes people, animals, and all other living things.

This eco-centric principle is one of the defining features of outdoor therapy, and separates it from ‘therapy outdoors’.

I am currently seeking participants.

I am looking to interview a number of people and I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in participating, please check the eligibility details below:


Eligibility

About you

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Access to a decent internet connection

Particulars

  • Currently/recently engaged in outdoor therapy
  • The therapy was facilitated by a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist
  • The therapy is always (or frequently) outdoors
  • The therapy includes engaging with the environment*

* this might be placing your hand on a tree, taking your shoes off and feeling the ground with your bare feet, being actively mindful of the surroundings as a part of the therapy.

Please download the information sheet for full details:

This research has full ethical approval from Bath Spa University and is being conducted as part of my Master’s Degree Programme.

    *Research interviews will be conducted using an online video conferencing platform.*