What the course looks like
Each weekend will be made up of the following:
| Friday Evening, 5.00pm – 7.00pm - Orientation to the weekend and Group Process |
| Saturdays 9.30am – 5.00pm - Studio Workshop and into Nature |
Practical and experiential environmental arts therapy workshops will focus on the following:
Themes associated with each month
Reference to the EAT resource book
Symbolism; links to theory and mythology
Nature, metaphor and personal process
| Sundays 9.30am – 4.30pm - Skills Practice & individual/pair work in Woodland |
One-to-one environmental arts therapy sessions offered by and to participants in pairs followed by a group session. This will enable you to put what you have learned into practice, developing techniques, interpersonal skills and developing your relationship with the Natural environment.
Reflective learning focussed on the following:
Skills-based work outdoors
Facilitated learning in pairs to reflect the therapist/client dyad
Group reflective discussion
Theory Seminar and Clinical Supervision
Facilitated group discussion: focusing on developing skills and experience of workshop themes and their application to your clinical work. Theory will be explored in relation to the written assignments and support given in preparation for the final show.
There are two written assignments, one on the theory and philosophy of environmental arts therapy and one on environmental arts therapy in clinical practice. The last weekend of the course includes a final show in which you will share and display your learning experience through a variety of mixed media presentations (can include visual art, dance/movement, music, ritual, performance etc.)
Who Can Apply?
This course is being offered to creative arts therapists who wish to specialise in the practice of Environmental Arts Therapy or who simply wish to enhance and extend their existing practice by working outdoors.
Applicants must be qualified HCPC registered arts therapists (art, drama, music), trainee arts therapists in the final year of an HCPC accredited Masters Programme, or UKCP registered dance movement psychotherapists.
Evidence of your qualification and professional registration as well as a current DBS check will be required.
Please note – this training is not validated by the Health & Care Professions Council and does not lead to professional registration with HCPC.
Private Camping Included During Summer
Included in your course fees is the exclusive use of the main camping field at West Town Farm, on Friday and Saturday nights from May to September. The beautiful camping field, situated on the edge of the woods, includes solar-powered hot showers and composting eco-toilets.
During the colder months of the year participants are required to organise their own accommodation. The course is located on the outskirts of the village of Ide on the edge of Exeter, where there is an abundance of accommodation available to suit different budgets.
One weekend per month for 12 months
Course dates 2024/2025:
Twelve workshops over one year (generally on the second weekend of each month)
Course total for the year is £3500.
Fees can either be paid as a single payment, or broken down over the year as follows:
Pre-course booking deposit* by 01 Sep 2023
10% fee – £350.00
Enrolment fee by 03 Nov 2023
30% fee – £1050.00
Third payment by 01 Mar 2024
30% fee - £1050.00
Fourth payment by 05 July 2024
30% fee – £1050.00
In order to secure a place on the course we recommend paying your initial 10% deposit as soon as possible. We can only guarantee a place to those who have paid deposits.
This fee includes assessment of all assignments, end of year show and certification.
*Booking deposit is non-refundable.