Resourcing The Helping Professional – a nature-based workshop

Further information

The space

This large (195 acre), ancient wood, granted SSSI status, has rock faces, small caves, brooks, a small lake and, above the wood (which is on a hill), there is open farmland.

The part of the woods we will be based in are managed by The Grith Pioneers (who book out the fire-pit and take camping bookings). There is a hostel within the woods - which we won’t have access to, but may have groups staying in it.

There is a car park within the woods which is down a very undulating earthy track – it is accessible but it’s recommended to go at a very slow pace. The woods are also accessible from public transport (bus and train) with a mile walk to the woods. Full details will be provided upon booking.

There are no WC facilities however there is plenty of undergrowth.

This being the UK, it can get cold, damp, wet and windy, and increasingly very hot at times. As it will be early October when we meet in the woods we will have a fire, but it will be important to wear suitable clothing for the weather (each person is responsible for their own weather proofing attire).

If the weather is unsuitable (unsafe) for being outdoors, such as high winds and heavy rain, the workshop will be postponed to another day. In this eventuality I will give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.

There will be a covered area/awning provided for the possibility of light showers.

If you have any difficulties with the conditions described above and wish to discuss this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

The Workshop

This day is for professionals working in a care or ‘helping’ capacity with other people. This includes, for example, counsellors, therapists, care-workers/support workers, youth workers, social workers, teachers, emergency service workers, medical health professionals.

The workshop will aim to bring greater awareness to areas of difficulty for participants in their work life, in which they may feel a related depletion of their reserves. Participants will be invited to connect to the natural environment, each other and their creativity, allowing for some personal enquiry, safe expression, and new perspectives. The one-day workshop will offer some movement towards building in restorative and resourcing ways to self-care. Although the day will offer a therapeutic experience, the workshop won’t offer therapy.

We will work together as a group in discussion and sharing, individually and pairs within and with nature and possibly in small groups.

Hot and cold drinks will be provided along with snacks. Participants provide their own lunch, and mug for drinks.

If a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certificate is required for professional development requirements, this will be provided on completion of the workshop.

As a result of attending this group there will be no requirement for participants to use creative methods or nature-based approaches in their own work (this is not a training course).

If you have any queries regarding your suitability for the workshop, or any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Natasha.

We hope you will join us on this rich and resourcing day.

For more information about Natasha please go to www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk