News - Summer 2021
News this summer includes a save the date for the 2022 Edge of the Wild gathering - see below. There's also CONFER's new online webinars, and a new-ish book from Mary-Jayne Rust, founder of this website and elder of this community.
Message from the organising team: unfortunately we've been unable to host a virtual event in 2021, as originally hoped. Please save the date for 'Edge of the Wild' 2022: 21st - 24th July 2022 at Green and Away in Worcestershire, UK.
New live webinar series from CONFER: Eco-psychotherapy: Reclaiming our indigenous relationship with nature. Monday 12 April – 18 October 2021 – A Live Webinar Series - full info.
These webinars have emerged out of the postponement of the 2021 Diploma ‘Eco Psychotherapy and the Emerging Adolescent Mind’ to 2022, due to ongoing Covid restrictions. It is impossible to ignore the impact of the environmental crisis we are currently facing. It is now unequivocally clear the contemporary, industrial model for social development not only has had a fatal impact on many ecosystems of the earth but also a detrimental effect on human mental health and psychological well-being. With Bayo Akomolafe, Nora Bateson, Michael Boyle, Karen Carberry, Tom Cheetham, Roger Duncan, David Key, Meredith Little, Graham Music, Robert Romanyshyn, Arne Rubinstein, Sue Stuart-Smith.
It's exciting to announce the publication of a new book from Mary-Jayne, founder of this website, and central to the UK ecopsychology community: 'Towards an Ecopsychotherapy'. This book offers diverse stories, from the therapy room to therapy in the forest, about the healing process of reconnection with the more-than-human world as well as with our wild animal selves. It provides an insight into ecopsychotherapy in practice by outlining its history, key themes, ideas, and controversies. This book is for anyone in the caring professions who seeks to practice therapy with the earth in mind, and for those struggling with eco-anxiety or eco-grief who wish to deepen their relationship with the Earth and find hope in turbulent times. As climate chaos quickens and increasing numbers of people are waking up to the seriousness of our environmental crisis, we are becoming more aware of our dysfunctional relationship with the earth – the body on whom we depend for everything. Ecopsychotherapy can help to support our reconnection with nature and to discover hope in turbulent times. More info/buy Mary-Jayne's book.
Or watch a short CONFER video about Mary-Jayne's new book.
Towards an ecopsychotherapy was published by CONFER books in July, 2020, ISBN 978-1913494124.