The annual 'Edge of the Wild' UK ecopsychology gathering and other UK events
This page introduces the background to the 'Edge of the Wild' annual ecopsychology gathering, as well as pointing you in the direction of other ecopsychology events across the UK. Unfortunately, due to covid-19, both the July 2020 and July 2021 in-person gatherings at the Green and Away tented conference centre in Worcestershire have been cancelled, although we hope to connect online as a community between 22-25th July 2021 so please save the dates! More info here.
Background to the 'Edge of the Wild' event
Through the 1990s ecopsychology had been emerging in the UK, with groups forming and some residential get-togethers at Laurieston Hall in Scotland (read more History). Responding to interest in a UK-wide gathering, Emma Palmer (then known as Kamalamani), Mary-Jayne Rust and Nick Totton sponsored the first 'Meeting at the Edge of the Wild' residential ecopsychology gathering, organising it together with Judith Anderson, Caroline Frizell, Margaret Kerr, Dave Key, Suzanne Keys, and Chris Robertson in 2012. It was held at the Green & Away tented conference centre in Worcestershire, in the heart of England.
If you would like to read more about that first gathering, you can download the themed edition of 'Transformations' (journal of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility), then edited by Kamalamani (who's now known as Emma Palmer). And you can read Ned Henderson's account of the 2017 'Fraktured Psyche' themed event here and reflections from 2017's artist in residence, Jess Tanner, here.
This event has been running ever since, bringing together social dreaming, invited speakers, a rich workshop programme, fire side 'open mic' with Robbie Breadon and Fi Gilmour, dancing and music, river swimming and the chance for the community to come together each year.
Events on the Ecopsychology UK ning website
There's a detailed and varied listing of events on the Ecopsychology UK ning website, sister website to this one. To view this page you'll need to register/log in free of charge. We think it's worth it, as there are numerous events listed: from one day workshops to whole trainings. You can also join in discussions and meet people in the UK and world wide - there are now a few groups meeting in person as a result of having connected via the Ning and at the 'Edge of the Wild' event. Please contribute to the ning as much as you can - it relies on the contributions of its members!
You might also want to browse the following pages of other UK-based organisations:
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