Wilderness Therapy Training & Immersion


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.

Wilderness Immersion

Dates: 1100hrs Monday 19th July 2021 to 1200hrs Friday 23rd July 2021
Location: Scotland or Yorkshire (tbc)
Cost: £600 per person (including food for the 5 days)

Intro to Theory Training

Dates: 1100hrs Friday 10th September 2021 to 1200hrs Sunday 12th September 2021
Location: Mann Wood, Bishops Hall Barn, Boreham Road, Great Leighs, Chelmsford, CM3 1PP
Cost: £350 per person (including food for the 3 days)

Images and quotes on this page are from a Wilderness Therapy Immersion that took place in Vogesen, France 2nd – 7th July 2019.

“I had a great time! The course contained valuable information, it was thoroughly designed and instructors are empathetic, encouraging and deeply knowledgeable on the topics covered. I can’t recommend this enough. Thank you Jo!”

From DM

“This course was an invaluable experience of what wilderness therapy is like to deliver and be part of. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone already working therapeutically or wanting to explore this area.”

From KH

“This course was an invaluable experience of what wilderness therapy is like to deliver and be part of. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone already working therapeutically or wanting to explore this area.”

From MK

“There is nothing more healing as spending time together with a tribe, a family outdoors, enjoying nature, peace and the elements. A deep great guided and safe experience was possible for me through Jo and her team. Thank you for that!”

From JB

We open the space for members of the group to share their own ideas, creativity and experience and this is included/exchanged with other exercises such as meditation and mindfulness for the group.

We do our best to accommodate food and fitness requirements and look forward to hearing from you as to your specific interests and expectations. These are included in a booking form and Skype call between participants before the programme. Participants are expected to arrange their own transportation to the destination and to provide most of their own camping and outdoor equipment (Sample Check List). Once bookings have been made, there are opportunities to look at transport ride-share and also kit and equipment sharing options.

Training is conducted by Jo Roberts with support from other trainers and mentors.

Profile of Jo Roberts

Jo is an experienced practitioner of wilderness therapy having worked with wilderness trails and youth at risk and other clients for over 12 years. She is a psychotherapeutic counsellor and NLP practitioner, and trained social anthropologist.

She has been the founder of many of the programmes run by the Wilderness Foundation in the UK and has served as their CEO for 16 years. She has been training groups of therapists and practitioners over the past four years, working with professionals from UK, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary. She is in love with the natural world and enjoys helping to facilitate growth and change in the people she works with whilst and growing awareness of how critical it is to care for the wild and nature.

Booking Information

What we provide

  • All breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
  • Drinks (hot and cold) and snacks
  • An equipment check list will be provided on receipt of booking form – participants may borrow some of the camping/outdoor equipment from us if required.

Additional Info

  • A minimum of 6 participants is required to run the theory training
  • Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, issued by Wilderness Foundation UK, upon completion of the training
  • Participants are required to arrange their own transportation to our site where free parking is available
  • We aim to make each camp a ‘phone free zone’ if possible. We can discuss this at the beginning of the programme to work out what is best for everyone.
Therapy Training Booking Form

Please refer to the Terms and conditions on the booking form for payment terms and cancellation