Workshops, activities and guided walks gently guide to reconnect people with nature and their inner nature to provide a greater sense of health, balance, restoration, harmony, peace, happiness and clarity. Natures gifts of therapeutic benefits is innate, our relationship is what has changed so we often no longer sense the connection. Ecopsychology offers opportunities to reconnect our relationship and enjoy the playful sensory world.
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S.O.S - Sustainability of Self as a Whole Life Organism
Creatively transforming climate change-related emotions to build resilience and well-being with a variety of practices. Our disconnectedness as a species from Nature has created Earth-separated behaviours reflected in anthropocentric climate change. Vulnerable states of planetary imbalance threaten many species including our own as this is reflected within us. We feel vulnerable. Disharmony in physical, psychological and emotional health is predicted to rise as we witness, or are subjected to, greater consequences of ecological collapse.
You are invited to join 'safe circle' groups, or individual sessions as we witness together, support each other and learn to transition uncomfortable emotions and create methods that sustain us. Events include Deep Ecology/Nature Reconnecting practices, Active Hope Study Groups, The Work that Reconnects and the Good Grief Network 10-step program.
Eco-Art is Nature Art, an enjoyable creative expression which offers therapeutic, educational and personal insights. Workshops based around creating artwork are tailored to the intent of the client or students, options include creating mini-gardens, bath fizz and seed balls. The focus may be utilizing creativity to create an artwork and/or learning Chinese Brushpainting techniques or it may offer insights for a well-being issue.
"It was about being creative and being in touch with your inner creativity without having to please anyone, it was very special for me to have that little space. I am surprised how positive this has been. It has taught me to not run from myself but to sit quietly with myself and remember I have the connections in me to make sense of my world and the things in it. It’s reminded me that I thought creativity was at a dead-end but this showed me there are other ways to create. I can radiate out and live if I connect back with myself, with nature and the things that give me light and life. I will take this as a lesson to be mindful of." Laura, Sept. 2014
We channel natural creative energy to produce an artwork which incorporates sensorial aspects, expression and findings following an Eco-psychology system with a nature-connected experience. Art and nature combined are beneficial on many levels and bring about an awareness of natural systems such as how our energy works with insights into creative energy. We also learn more about specific plants and cultural context; greater value is focused on items, plants or people that we know more about and can feel a connection with. Our sense of place (place-making), sense of self and relationships of how we fit into the world around us often leads to deeper thinking and therefore responsible environmental actions.
"...the facilitator was very in tune with the idea of allowing Nature to guide and teach. " (EcoArt participant. Jan 2015)
No previous art experience required, in fact it can be an advantage! Contact for quote dependant on requirements, group, school or individual sessions.
"I felt that my instructor is a true nature lover and is following the protocol of the art lesson and I respected that. I looked at the greenish yellow strong bamboo stems standing in front of me. And before I could ask for its consent I felt that the bamboo and I were part of the same family: ‘nature family’. The strong, erect bamboo and I were not very different from each other. …as I painted at home I felt immense peace. When I started, my head was completely muddled up from various chores that I had in mind. As I painted I realized I was gaining my concentration and focus. It relaxed me. I felt a sense of achievement each time I painted a leaf, a stalk or a branch that was up to my satisfaction…I am excited about painting nature and expressing my various moods through nature. (Monica, lesson 1 Bamboo Chinese Brush painting. (2013)
Learning Chinese Brushpainting Techniques with Eco-Art is offered as individual sessions. An example of a nature exercise may be something as simple as heightened sensory observation of a bamboo plant and observing the horticultural aspects of the plant, intention of the Chinese brushpainting artist and then the technique and painting. These classes involve a 5-week program with the client painting and applied ecopsychology lessons including homework, writing reflections and sharing insights.
"I have been enjoying our lessons immensely. I am very fortunate to know you and learn from you. I feel you are helping me unlock something that had been there locked up inside me." (Art With Nature student. Sept. 2013)
‘Tune in to Nature. This was a beautifully put together and powerful workshop. Steps were made to create a safe and supportive environment for us to re-connect with ourselves and nature. We see once more that nature has the answers, we just need to listen’. Oliver (Tune into Nature group workshop as part of the Earth Exhibition, 2019)
Eco-Art Backyard Bliss is a program or individual workshops individually tailored which take place in an ordinary backyard (or local park or garden) to demonstrate the ease of finding connections in Nature, creative flow and inspiration as well as provide therapeutic benefits. You will be guided to explore sensorial connections in Nature providing a nurturing and supportive environment conducive to inspirational flow and creative expression. Techniques are taught to access Natures creativity and wisdom include: Applied Ecopsychology, horticultural activities, art techniques, play, mindfulness and visualization.
Eco-Art Seasons offers workshops with an opportunity to look deeper at issues for greater wellbeing while supported by the cycles of seasons. We play with Nature-reconnecting and Eco-Art techniques to gain a deeper understanding of the world around and within us.
Guided Nature Walks
Guided nature walks gently assist with re-connecting with our inner nature and natural environment to provide therapeutic benefits. Deb uses Eco-psychology 'Natural Systems Thinking' model to gently guide individuals to access the natural energy and wisdom offering feelings of relaxation, creativity and inspiration. Contact for quote according to location.
"Deb, I feel very privileged to have u to guide me for this nature walk. Thank you! I learned that nature has the answer to modern day living stress. There is this deep connection between nature and human that we have long forgotten to connect with. Being in nature (after consenting it) helps me to appreciate life better and take things around me slow. It help me to appreciate myself and this world i live in. And a tree is not just a tree, it full with life. its the circle of life." Singaporean female, 29. (Self-confessed high-rise girl!) August 2013
Sensory Garden: Connecting with Nature - Adults group or individual programs and workshops
These professional and personal development workshops encourage sustainable practices and principles. Sessions and activities are based on the intent of the individual or group and may be conducted in a backyard, garden, center or park... any natural setting.
“Seeing myself as particles of unity I perceive others and my environment as same. I choose to interact with the wisdom of who and what I am…Trust nature will find a way to let me know of an attraction for my well-being.” Participant. Nov. 2014
Reconnecting to our relationship with our food systems and eco-systems through horticultural and landscape design perspectives. We follow The Natural Systems Thinking Process, Horticulture activities and other methods of working with Natures energy to guide us towards achieving our goals and intent. This activity may involve a person or small group learning to propagate cuttings, make a mini-garden, make bath-bombs, create eco-art... Workshops currently offered HERE. Contact for more info or a quote to establish program or workshop based on your requirements.
"I slept on a bed of leaves fallen from the sky canopy and I dreamt I was awake
walking through the landscapes of myself until I was
I slept on a bed of leaves fallen from the sky canopy and knew I was the dream of Earth."
Reiki for LOCAL Friends of Greensong Subscribers
Several techniques including Applied Ecopsychology, Reiki, visualization and other natural healing models are utilized according to the client needs. When we are consciously connecting with inner nature through sensing and mindfulness we become aware of nature's invisible energy forces which create opportunities for us to heal, rejuvenate and ultimately create a healthier society and planet. This is the very energy I work with as I intuitively sense messages in the body.
My ultimate aim is to teach individuals to decipher their own intuitive messages about trust, creativity, health and decision-making so they are empowered to care for themselves and the world around them.
"To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders." - Chuang-tzu