“Knowing where we are” is a series of workshops that offer a nature-based exploration into being, connection & purpose.
We will spend each day in an outdoor space, using the various natural environments to explore how we relate and connect to the world around us, ourselves, others, and to our hopes and dreams.
During the workshops we will explore the world through four ‘existential dimensions’ (Deurzen-Smith, 2012), giving opportunity for personal development and reflection:
- Physical – The relationship that exists between ourselves and the physical world: Our physical body, the environment, and the ‘things’ around us.
- Personal – The relationship that we have with ourselves: Our mental wellbeing, thoughts, and feelings.
- Social – The relationship that we have with others: Society/culture, friends, family, work colleagues, non-human animals.
- Spiritual – Our sense of purpose, drive, and motivation, our personal sense of meaning, our values and our beliefs about life; our reason for being.
Vegan drinks and snacks will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch and a bottle of water to last you the day.
We will be outside all day, even if it’s raining, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Only suitable for adults
Unfortunately, due to the nature of woodland, we cannot claim that this workshop is accessible for wheelchairs – please contact us if you have any queries about accessibility.
Composting toilet available on site
About the workshop facilitators
Nick of Long Valley Therapy
I have worked as a qualified Counsellor since 2012, and I’m particularly interested in the way that people create meaning in their lives, develop a sense of connection, and engage with the choices that life presents them; philosophy is a cornerstone of my therapeutic practice. As an amateur bushcrafter, I have developed an interest in nature-based therapy and I am in my fourth year of offering an outdoor therapy service in Hythe, Kent. Further to my core training, I am also studying for a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy practice, with a focus on existential/eco-orientated therapies.
Louise of Fern Counselling
I am passionate about talking about life, death, and meaning both as a human being, and in my role as a counsellor. I thrive on connection and love to create space for other people to find their own ways to develop and explore a sense of “being” and connection. I encourage space for nature within therapy; with both its unassuming acceptance for us as we are and the wildness and risk-taking that nature invites us to entertain. Outside of my counselling work, I have ten years of experience facilitating and leading training and discussion around communication, values, and equality. I also co-host the Faversham Death Cafe.
Deurzen-Smith, E., 2012. Existential counselling & psychotherapy in practice. 3rd ed. London: SAGE.