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1 Day Nature-based Therapy and Coaching for Personal Development:

A relaxing day of reflective nature-based exercises and activities,
giving you the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world
and improve your mental and spiritual well-being.


16 June 2012

 

Workshop Overview:

This workshop takes place in and around the Chorlton Ees area. A network of trails winding through meadows, woodland and rough grassland next to the river Mersey near Sale Water Park. It is a conveniently located and beautiful setting for nature-based personal development.

The day will consist of a variety of fun, enlightening and sometimes challenging nature-based outdoor activities, sensory and awareness exercises, guided meditation, solo reflection time, and group discussion. These will be used as tools for raising your level of awareness by drawing your attention to your relationship with yourself, others and the natural environment.

 

A path through Chorlton Ees

Ecotherapy deliberately encourages our instinctive deep connection with nature, and then utilises that relationship for personal development purposes. It draws its ideas from many different practices, both ancient and modern, including psychotherapy, counselling, nature-awareness, meditation, shamanism, and bushcraft to name a few.


"Many people feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know that there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature."

says Dr. Eeva Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla

 

Just some of the benefits previous participants gained by attending this workshop ...

  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Lifted mood and reduced depression
  • Gained a new perspective on problems, so that it became easy to find solutions
  • Enhanced motivation
  • Connected to a sense of wonder
  • Built a deeper sense of trust both in themselves and others
  • Dealt with anger
  • Promoted working as a team, building relationship skills
  • Promoted respect for oneself, others and nature
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved psychological and spiritual health and well-being
  • Learned to be more in the here and now
  • Developed greater responsibility for their own actions
  • Put their life in perspective
  • Developed independence and creativity
  • Improved problem solving and life skills
  • Learned that you can achieve things you never thought possible

What benefits could you imagine yourself gaining when you attend this workshop?

Event Logistics:

When: Saturday 16 June 2012
Starts: 9:30am
Ends: 5:30pm
Duration:
1 Day
Location: Chorlton Ees/Chorlton Meadows area, Chorlton, Manchester
(Exact meeting location will be sent with your booking confirmation)

Food and drink: You will need to bring snacks, packed lunch and something to drink.
(A full kit list of the items you will need to bring will be sent with your booking confirmation)

Paying in Full: £60

The first £20 of any fee paid is considered a non-returnable deposit.

Finders Fee:
Receive £10 for every person you recommend who then attends the workshop. Click for further details

Already have a group of people? Or can't make it to this event? Are you looking for unusual corporate events? You can book your own customised nature-based personal development workshop for your group with only a mimimum of 3 people.

Please consider joining the email mailing list to be kept up to date with upcoming events.

Further Workshop Details:

What is nature-based personal development?

This is a relatively new field, but one which has many ancient roots, and as such, it draws its ideas from both modern and ancients practices. The nature-based healing practices of many native cultures are now being researched and integrated with modern therapeutic and coaching practices under the umbrella term of 'ecotherapy.' It is a selection of these practices that will be used during this workshop.

Western society has become more and more industrialised and urbanised and as a result we spend more than 90% of our lives indoors. As humans we seem to have an innate need to be close to nature and living things. We seem drawn, almost unconsciously, to activities which involve the natural environment. Most people are already aware of the beneficial psychological effects of simply being on a beach, paddling in a stream, or walking in a forest or the mountains. I'm sure it is no accident that we are drawn to areas of natural beauty when taking our holidays. Research suggests human identity, emotional well-being, and personal fulfilment depend on our relationship with nature. The human need for nature is not just linked to use of its resources but it also has an influence on our emotional state, thought processes and even spiritual well-being.  


Time to reconnect, relax and reflect

Many researchers now believe that conflicts can arise between our modern society's disconnection from the natural world and our in-built need to relate to it, creating a series of internal mental conflicts, which can give rise to emotional, behavioural and addictive problems.

Research has shown that just spending time outdoors in green space can have significant benefits on your mental well-being. This workshop take this idea much further by actively making use of the connection with the natural environment to aid in your self exploration and psychological and spiritual health and well-being.

 

The workshop

This workshop is focused primarily on experiential learning. Why? In our western society our thinking style has become unbalanced and biased towards a more cognitive thinking style, but a more somatic intelligence exists within each of us. Anyone who has ever had a creative moment, or 'gut feeling' or just knew something was right because they felt it 'in their heart' will be aware of it. This conflict between cognitive and somatic thinking creates and maintains many of our day to day problematic thinking patterns. During the workshop you will be expanding your awareness and learning to think with both your heart and your head. You will learn through immersing yourself in the nurturing natural environment and activities, as well as by personal reflection and sharing your insights and experiences during the activities.

All activities are completely 'by choice' so you will not be made to take part in, do, or talk about anything you don't feel comfortable with.

The whole atmosphere of the weekend should remain relaxed playful and fun with occasional challenges.

The workshop aims to help you to...
  • challenge your perceived limitations and unhelpful thought patterns, and develop greater awareness of your own strengths, through the use of the natural environment and challenging nature-based activities.
  • develop a deeper understanding of how you relate to others, yourself, and your life by reflecting on any symbolic or metaphorical relationships between the nature based activities and your own life
  • process your new understandings and learnings by sharing thoughts and reflections in a relaxed, safe, constructive, supportive, non-judgemental and respectful environment
  • integrate your new learnings and positive resources so they become available in your everyday life
 

What would you like to change about yourself during the workshop?

Whilst the workshop will be fun and relaxing, there is of course an overall personal development purpose. So I would recommend that before you arrive at the workshop, clearly think about a psychological issue you have that you would like to work on. This can be something specific in your life at the moment, like stress, or a more general chronic life-long pattern, like general anxiety or relationship issues. At the workshop you will hold this issue in mind during many of the activities, to first understand it, and then transform it.

This is a general self development workshop and suitable issues may include, but are not limited to:

  • feeling stuck in life and can't see a way forward
  • a need to put your life into perspective
  • anxiety and stress
  • feeling burned out
  • low confidence and self-esteem
  • low mood, mild depression
  • minor addictive behaviours
  • feeling unmotivated
  • trust issues
  • anger
  • relationship problems
  • spiritual and emotional health
  • creative block
  • and more...

You will not need to reveal or discuss your issue with the group unless you feel comfortable with doing so.

Space is limited, so reserve your workshop place now. Book online using the form at the top of the page or call 0161 881 4333 or to reserve your place.

Please consider joining the email mailing list to be kept up to date with upcoming events.



"Sometimes a tree can tell you more than can be read in a book."
C.G. Jung

 

Would this workshop be suitable for me?

If you ...

  • have an interest in nature / plants / wildlife
  • Love the outdoors
  • enjoy camping / walking / biking / climbing / other outdoor activities
  • are interested in bushcraft, survival skills or wild camping
  • want to learn to feel more relaxed, balanced and centred
  • have perhaps heard of the benefits of ecotherapy & wilderness therapy
  • feel your life is stuck or lacks direction
  • want to develop a connection with the spirit of nature (in a non religious sense)
  • already feel a deep connection with the spirit of nature
  • have a nature-based spirituality and/or interest in shamanism
  • are someone who wouldn't normally feel comfortable sitting in a counsellors room
  • are someone who prefers to learn by doing and being
  • want to try something different
  • would like to develop your natural intuition / listen to your heart / gut instinct
  • perhaps wish to develop more awareness of your thoughts and behaviours
  • need to develop trust and belief in yourself or others
  • would like to learn to change how you relate to nature, yourself and others
  • are looking for a natural retreat with a difference

Space is limited, so reserve your workshop place now. Book online using the form at the top of the page or call 0161 881 4333 or to reserve your place.

How do I book a place?

  1. Purchase your tickets.
  2. Download the booking form. (MS Word format document)
  3. Complete and return the booking form by email, fax or post.
  4. Once your booking has been received and assessed, you will be sent a booking confirmation, and information pack which will include the location, directions, a list of what you need to bring, information about the facilities at the woodland and the terms and conditions.
 


Rekindled creativity

Space is limited, so reserve your workshop place now. Book online using the form at the top of the page or call 0161 881 4333 or to reserve your place.

Please consider joining the email mailing list to be kept up to date with upcoming events.


Participant and their sight-guide playing Meet a Tree
 

Just a few of the games and exercises...

  • Meet a Tree
  • Team Challenge
  • Drum Stalk
  • Fire Stalk
  • Sit-Spot
  • Find a Tree Like Me
  • Trancework
  • Walking Meditation
  • Bow Drill Fire Making
  • Peripheral Vision/Tunnel Vision
  • Grounding Exercises
  • Fox Walk
  • Herb Meditation
  • Rope Walk
  • Ask a Tree
  • Solo Reflection Time
  • Journalling
  • Group Discussion & Feedback
  • Be a Tree
  • Shamanic Journeying
  • Tracking Intentions
  • Musical Challenge

This workshop integrates various elements of:
Natural-Awareness/Nature-Awareness Games, Ecotherapy, Wilderness Therapy, Bushcraft and Tracking Skills, Counselling Skills, Coaching Skills, Shamanism, Self-Relations Psychotherapy, Contemporary Psychotherapy, NLP, CBT, TA, and Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy.

About Nigel Magowan:
Nigel Magowan is a well regarded and experienced Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist. In his nature-based therapy and coaching, he integrates his psychotherapy skills with ecotherapy, life coaching, NLP, and advanced hypnotherapy. He draws his ideas, approaches and techniques from a wide variety of sources such as Meditation, Nature-Awareness, Bushcraft, Tracking, Aikido, Mindfulness, and Shamanism. Since 2002 he has run his own busy full-time private therapy practice in Chorlton, South Manchester. He combines all his skills and experience to produce a solution that is tailored to your unique personal needs. All treatment is carried out in a highly constructive, relaxed, supportive and non-judgemental environment.

He provides high quality outdoor nature-based therapy and coaching for private individuals, organisations and corporate groups, in the form of one-to-one sessions, regular group sessions, workshops, retreats, and bespoke events.

Nigel holds a recent enhanced CRB certificate and has full professional insurance.

 
Nigel Magowan enjoys a relaxing  break by the camp fire  at his ecotherapy and wild camping retreat in North Wales
Nigel Magowan

Corporate Services
Nigel is also available for bespoke workshops for your team, group, organisation or business.

Value for money
To see Nigel privately at his Manchester practice for one-to-one sessions would normally cost you £70 per hour. This workshop contains over 8 hours of activities. Therefore 8 hours of his time would usually cost you £560. However by simply attending this 1 day workshop you will be receiving over 8 hours worth of his valuable time, knowledge and experience for only £80, a massive saving to you of over £480.

Space is limited, so reserve your workshop place now. Book online using the form at the top of the page or call 0161 881 4333 or to reserve your place.

Please consider joining the email mailing list to be kept up to date with upcoming events.

What Payment Methods are Accepted?
Paypal, Card, Cheque, Cash

 

Restrictions and notices

  • Inner Changes operates a strict no alcohol or drugs policy during events.
  • This particular event is for over 18's only. Please do not bring children as they may distract you or other participants during many of the more reflective and meditative exercises.
  • This 1 day workshop is not catered. You will need to bring food, drinks and snacks.
  • Weather: Whilst we all enjoy a warm sunny day, the workshop can and will continue in all types of weather. As weather is a natural phenomenon, it can teach us many things, if we pay attention. The workshop will only be cut short or called off if the weather causes safety issues.
  • Do dress appropriately for the outdoors and the changeable British weather. Layers of warm clothing and waterproofs are recommended. Footwear should be sturdy and waterproof and suitable for walking off the paths.
  • This event is for general personal development purposes only. It is not suitable for those diagnosed with moderate to severe mental-illness. Application forms will be checked and if it is deemed that the workshop is unsuitable for you, you will be refunded in full before the start of the workshop.
  • We will be spending most of our time away from the paths. The terrain is uneven, and has many natural obstacles and hazards which may make it unsuitable for those who have mobility issues. If the workshop is considered unsuitable for you, you will be refunded in full before the start of the workshop.
  • Only two of the activities involve the use of a blindfold. If these activities take place and you feel uncomfortable with this, then you may want to skip them. During the blindfolded activities you will have a personal sight-guide close by for your safety. You can also remove the blindfold at anytime and end the activity but will lose out on any benefits you might have gained through participation.
  • Confidentiality, respect and ethical behaviour are extremely important if group members are to open up and share experiences. You should not repeat outside of the group anything specific of a personal nature, regarding anything another participant may have said or done without that participants permission.
  • Do not bring dogs or any other pets.
 


Base Camp at the North Wales Weekend Workshop


Base Camp at the North Wales Weekend Workshop


Time for a relaxing cuppa by the camp fire
at the North Wales Weekend Workshop


 

Background Information:

What is ecotherapy?


Ecotherapy is really an umbrella term for a whole variety of nature-based therapies which utilise an experiential connection with nature as a major part of the therapeutic process.

Ecotherapy is a relatively new field of therapy, but one which has many ancient roots, and as such, it draws its ideas from both modern and ancients practices. Unlike us, our ancestors would have seen little or no separation between themselves and the natural world they lived in. Many native cultures today still live in a harmonious relationship with nature, interacting with nature's rhythms, to sustain and heal, physically, mentally and spiritually. In native cultures, the shaman would in effect be the equivalent of our modern doctor, counsellor and psychotherapist.

The nature-based healing practices of many native cultures are now being heavily researched and integrated with modern therapeutic practices under the umbrella term of 'ecotherapy.' It is a selection of these practices that will be used during my workshops and one-to-one nature based therapy sessions.


Why do we need ecotherapy?

Western society has become more and more industrialised and urbanised. People in industrialised nations now spend more than 90% of their lives indoors. Our time spent outside, surrounded by nature, is estimated at only 1% - 5%. As a modern society we have become increasingly disconnected from the natural world.

For millennia we have existed in a very close relationship with the natural world, and have been intrinsically connected to the rhythms of our natural environment, from our water and food, to the changing of the seasons. Human evolution has been so closely intertwined with our environment, that our need for a relationship with nature must reside in our very genes. Our genetic make-up has barely changed over the last 10000 years: an almost insignificant change of 0.005%. Therefore it would seem that despite our modern society and technological advancements, we are still genetically hard-wired to need to co-exist in close relationship with the natural environment.

As humans we seem to have an innate need to be close to nature and living things. We seem drawn, almost unconsciously, to activities which involve the natural environment.

Research suggests human identity, emotional well-being, and personal fulfilment depend on our relationship with nature. Most people are already aware of the beneficial psychological effects of simply being on a beach, paddling in a stream, or walking in a forest or the mountains. I'm sure it is no accident that we are drawn to areas of natural beauty when taking our holidays. The human need for nature is not just linked to use of its resources but it also has an influence on our emotional state, thought processes and even spiritual well-being.

Many researchers now believe that conflicts can arise between our modern society's disconnection from the natural world and our in-built need to relate to it, creating a series of internal mental conflicts, which can give rise to emotional, behavioural and addictive problems.

Given our seemingly in-built requirement for interaction with the natural world for our physical and mental well-being, it would appear that there is a strong need for us to finds ways of re-integrating nature back into our lives, so that we can redress the balance.

A Solution

Mankind's use of nature to enhance well-being, physically, mentally and spiritually, has been around probably as long as humans have existed. It is only in more recent times, largely due to industrialisation and urbanisation, that man has become more and more disconnected and isolated from the natural world. In our modern society, that in-built need for relationship with nature has become disrupted, leaving us unbalanced and open to a variety of mental and emotional problems.

Research has shown that just spending time outdoors in green space can have significant benefits on your mental well-being. This can be as simple as spending some time gardening, or sitting in your local park, or going for a walk in the countryside. Ecotherapies such as Wilderness Therapy, Pet-Assisted Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Nature Awareness, Green Therapy, Horticultural Therapy and Walking Therapy, all take this concept much further by actively utilising a connection with nature as part of the therapeutic process to enhance your psychological and spiritual health and well-being.

 

Credits

All photographs by Rachael Magowan Professional photographer.
Specialist fields: live music, events, landscape, portfolio shots, fine art prints.

 

 

 

 


Using the natural environment for personal growth and healing
(Ecotherapy / Wilderness Therapy / Natural Awareness Therapy / Adventure)


Nigel Magowan
Integrative Psychotherapist,
NLP Master Practitioner, Coach, Advanced Hypnotherapist, Ecotherapist and Accredited Supervisor

Call 0161 881 4333

 
 

"Country walks can help reduce depression and raise self-esteem according to research published today, leading to calls for "ecotherapy" to become a recognised treatment for people with mental health problems. Ecotherapy: the green agenda for mental health is the first study looking at how "green" exercise specifically affects those suffering from depression.
According to Mind, England and Wales's leading mental health charity, it produced "startling" results proving the need for ecotherapy to be considered a proper treatment option."
Country walks 'can help reduce depression'
The Independant, Nicola Boden, Published: Monday, 14 May 2007

 

"Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim. There is growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being. In the latest analysis, UK researchers looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found fast improvements in mood and self-esteem."
'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health'
BBC News Website, Published: Saturday, 1 May 2010 00:01 UK

   
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Ecotherapist, Integrative Psychotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, Coach, Stress Management Consultant, Advanced Hypnotherapist and Accredited Supervisor

Inner Changes, 22 Newport Road, Chorlton, Manchester, England, UK, M21 9NN
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Nigel Magowan is also a consultant at the prestigious On Harley Street Clinic, 1 Harley Street, London, England, United Kingdom W1G 9QD
Telephone: 0207 183 4548

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