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Eco therapy

July 23 @ 10:00 am - August 14 @ 5:00 pm


A face to face course for advanced trainees and therapists in clinical practice.

We will immerse ourselves in the ancient landscape surrounding the TAC training centre. This is where the virgin oak woods of Tycanol hide the foundations of an Iron Age fort, hill tops are dominated by cairns, angels spread their wings across the mountain at sunset and where the bluestone was hewn for Stone Henge. You can sense the deep partnership of nature and human wreathed in myth.

This course will be centred on the indoor training centre – however much of the work will be done outside.

Eco therapy is an exciting many layered way of looking at the therapeutic encounter.

Together we will bring the therapist and client out of the safety of the walled room into the wildness of open natural spaces. As the therapeutic dyad walk together, both are equally vulnerable to weather, stumbles and surprises. This creates a new equality in the relationship.

​As we wander through nature with our clients, we can perceive their bodies moving in three dimensionality. Their legs walk, their posture will show us tensions, not visible on a sofa or chair. We will encounter objects, views and temperature changes that invite projection and enlighten areas of the individual’s deep narrative.

Usually we experience the ‘others’ of the client’s life through their frame of reference and our experience of them. Now, we witness them doing this as they relate to the natural world.
Politically it invites us to consider our passivity and use of the natural world. Just as we invite our clients to account their own needs and those of others, so, in coming into a relationship with nature, we invite clients to consider their relationship to nature, their consumerism and acts of pollution to assuage the emptiness common to human beings.

Eco therapy comes from a philosophical stance, that it is our lack of relationship to nature that has created an existential split, or primal Discount of self, other and the environment.
Our bodies are created to relate in natural spaces. Enclosed within man made worlds, our senses become deadened as we become divorced from our true natures.

Thinking of the existential internal conflicts Yalom describes – Death – Life, Meaning – Meaninglessness, Contact – Isolation, Freedom and Structure – how are these related to our loss of relationship to nature?

As always the training at TAC will work through experience to a deeper understanding of theory. Practical exercises will inform the therapists outdoor clinical practice.


July 23 @ 10:00 am
August 14 @ 5:00 pm
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Transactional ANalysis Cymru
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Transactional Analysis Cymru
Tycanol, Brynberian
Crymych, Wales SA413TZ United Kingdom
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