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Psychotherapy in the Natural World

Healing ourselves and our planet

With speakers Angela Cotter, Mike Delaney, Marian Dunlea, Shirley Gleeson, Joanne Hanrahan, Matthew Henson, Lucy O'Hagan

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019 - Ireland

For millennia people have travelled to "the valley of the two lakes" to deepen their connection with nature, a beautiful place in the Wicklow Mountains that inspires a sense of ancient worship, the numinous and the wild. This conference is an opportunity to come back to these roots with other psychotherapists to explore different ways in which we can enrich and expand our therapy practice. Together we will be thinking and experiencing our way back to our ancestral selves in an understanding of the other-than-human world and all that it provides us with.

Our speakers will offer inspiring talks and workshops about integrating our work in the rest of nature; on orienting ourselves within our ecosystem so that we can draw on the self-regulating properties of our bodies, psyches and the world that surrounds us. Body therapy, forest dreaming, Celtic myths, and the use of horses in healing will all be explored in both presentations and experiential sessions. Sessions on foraging and ritual or shamanic practices will also be offered.

We will also be considering what psychotherapy practice means in a time of environmental crisis. How can we draw on these ancient wisdoms to ground ourselves sufficiently to work with environmental anxieties without being overwhelmed? While our young people are directly expressing their fear for their future and the future of our planet, what intelligence and knowledge can the psychotherapy profession bring to help us with this?

"Hemmed round by rationalistic walls, we are cut off from the eternity of nature." C. J. Jung (Collected Works, Volume 8. Pp 380-381)


Angela Cotter
Angela Cotter is a Jungian analyst (IAAP, UKCP, GAP) integrating constellations work, energy psychotherapy and shamanic approaches into her practice. Since 1980, she has researched the meaning of the wounded healer concept in health care practice, using action research and narrative methods... More >>

Mike Delaney
Mike Delaney (Reg MBACP) is one of the leading figures in the field of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy in the UK and a pioneer in innovative, highly successful treatment methods. He and Ella Jones brought together their knowledge, experience and clinical expertise to create the Ofqual-regulated Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy... More >>

Marian Dunlea
Marian Dunlea, IFPP, ISJA, a Jungian analyst, is head of training in BodySoul Europe, part of the Marion Woodman Foundation. She is a Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist and Creator of BodyDreaming. Marian's work reflects her training and experience in Jungian Psychology, BodySoul Rhythms, Trauma Therapy, Psychosynthesis, Authentic Movement, Voice Work, Theatre and Embodied Dream Work... More >>

Shirley Gleeson
Shirley Gleeson it is a Nature & Wellbeing Consultant and Director of Ecowellness Consulting Ltd. She is the Co- Founder of the European Forest Therapy Institute and trains Forest Therapy Guides in Europe. She designs nature based interventions to improve people's health and wellbeing and facilitates nature-based training for mental health professionals... More >>

Joanne Hanrahan
Joanne Hanrahan is an IAHIP accredited Psychotherapist working in private practice in Co. Clare. She completed her psychotherapy training and MSc with Turning Point Institute and Dublin City University (DCU). Living by the sea on Ireland's west coast, Joanne's awareness of the therapeutic value of nature in terms of her own psychological process inspired her choice of research topic. Her MSc thesis, based on qualitative research, explores the role nature can play in psychotherapy... More >>

Matthew Henson
Matthew Henson is an existential psychotherapist (IAHIP and UKCP registered), ecopsychologist, group facilitator and psychotherapy trainer. He runs private psychotherapy, ecopsychology and freelance training practices based in Kinsale, working both indoors and outside... More >>

Lucy O'Hagan
Lucy O'Hagan is the founder of Wild Awake, an organisation which seeks to rekindle cultural and environmental resilience through the (re)learning of ancestral skills in nature. She is also the founder of Phoenix Forest School, Dublins first independent forest school based in Dublin's iconic Phoenix Park... More >>


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Early bird: £150 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded: £190
Self-funded: £170 (IACAT, PSI, IACP, IAHIP, ICP and EEAI members)
2 x Self-funded: £340
Organisationally-funded: £220

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

The Glendalough Hotel
Co. Wicklow

19:30 Welcome and music

09.30 Start
17.00 End
19.00 Musical entertainment

10.00 Start
16.30 End
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