Our Wilderness Therapy Training is an introductory programme for people who have an interest in, or are already practitioners in therapy, counselling or related fields.
The content includes an exploration and deepening understanding of the main theoretical approaches that lie behind wilderness therapy. We explore the applications of theory and practice in a dynamic and experiential way. This includes tools such as the use of metaphor and landscape interpretation and connection, and also touching on the theoretical underpinning of the subject and experience.
The training involves 2 modules which are complementary but not exclusive. The Introduction to Theory of Wilderness Therapy is offered in conjunction with a week’s Wilderness Immersion which explores the practicalities and practice of wilderness therapy in the field. Both modules within the programme involve outdoor activities and camping. However, the immersion will include a longer programme that is experiential with camping, journeying on foot or by canoe, with nature immersion at its core. Teaching is embedded through the activities, where the experiential exercises are woven into the fabric of the local environment activities and group needs and specialisms. Both programmes include group reflection, solo periods, journalling and growing knowledge of natural history.