ECO-THERAPY and WORKING WITH NATURE

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ECO-THERAPY and WORKING WITH NATURE

A meeting point for everyone interested in working with nature in therapeutic ways

Members: 17
Latest Activity: Dec 31, 2014

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Forthcoming Ten Directions Training in Environmental Therapies Course blocks, April, August & October 2012 at Amida France.

Green Therapy weekend May 19/20 (part of summer course block but can be attended separately) in Narborough

(If you know of other events please let us know)

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More events with eco-psychology network

Sorry for any cross postings. Please forward to anyone who might be interested: Meeting at the Edge of the Wild: Ecopsychology Gathering at Green and Away, July 2012. See attached (where there is a…Continue

Started by caroline brazier Mar 17, 2012.

Playing with Fire (article for Green Spirit winter 2011) 2 Replies

In the early Buddhist community, the practice of meditating on the elements was one of the foremost ways in which the Buddha’s followers, particularly the women, discovered their spiritual nature.…Continue

Started by caroline brazier. Last reply by caroline brazier Jan 29, 2012.

ADVENTURES IN ECOTHERAPY (Talk)

This talk was given at Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, Copenhagen January 2012 on…Continue

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Comment by Richard Meyers on January 26, 2012 at 19:47

This is an oldish account touching on how I feel about my involvement with Amida  -  I wrote this just following my Going for Refuge, hopefully, relevant to this group,  

Taking Refuge in Amida

Again the question comes up for me - What does taking Refuge in Amida mean? I went for refuge a few months back and at the time it felt right and the appropriate thing for me to do. It still feels right and I feel only gratitude that I was able to take this step.

Who or what is Amida? What do I mean when I refer all too glibly to ‘the measureless’? I will offer what follows as what serves to answer the question for me.

The personification of Life in abundance, ‘creative generativity‘, and that which informs our sense of beauty and quest for meaning and justice.

There is an inner will to express gratitude and to allow free movement of the spirit in response to the gift of life. This life with all its setbacks and suffering, is also the place where we can witness something new each day. No matter how often encountered the iridescent sheen on beetles and dragonflies borders on the miraculous.

It was my birthday recently and Ruth and I went for a picnic to Monken Hadley Wood near Enfield in London. Down at the large fishing lake we were graced by the presence of a Common Tern. The beautiful flight and fishing exploits of this expression of the divine muse moved us both on a deep level. It was as though we were seeing the flight of an angel. Moments such as these are what inform my sense of the spiritual more than anything else.

No doubt each person has their own individual take on the Buddha and what Going for Refuge implies and no doubt there are orthodoxies here that have been passed down to us. When in my best, most alive moments, I reflect upon Life and The Buddha, it becomes impossible to pass a hair between the two terms.

Informed by such moments I have no doubt that Amida will ultimately take care of all, because He/She is All and how could it be otherwise?

Namo Amida Bu.

Comment by Richard Meyers on January 26, 2012 at 19:56

Rereading the above now - it feels so neat and tidy.  If only life were like that all the time!  Having said that it's very likely that the messy stuff is there to keep my feet on the ground - no room for hubris whatsoever.  But no doubt about it being in a Sangha helps immensely, as does the open wild outdoors.

All best to everyone.

Comment by caroline brazier on January 26, 2012 at 20:02

Thank you for both these Richard. Your first piece is beautiful - very inspiring - and your second comment grounds it all. How I recognise that feeling. You write something eloquent and then think 'Oh yes, that's all very well, but life just isnt that sweet'. But of course sometimes it is, and thats what affects us. Other ties it isnt and that affects us too.

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Tariki Trust
The Buddhist House
12 Coventry Rd
Narborough
LE 19 2GR

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TARIKI TRUST IS A REGISTERED CHARITY

If you would like to help support our work, you can do so by donating through paypal or by sending us your donation directly. We really appreciate your support.

Besides offering training and retreats, Tariki Trust is involved in chaplaincy, environmental action and community support. No one in Tariki is salaried and all work including teaching is voluntary or offered at rates which are well below the professional norms.

OBITUARY- PERRY ISODORE IGOE

Friends, family and loved ones: greetings, and thank you for joining us for this celebration of the life of Perry Isadore Igoe.

Though we gather here today, bound by sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We were all privileged to live a life that has been touched by Perry. He possessed a number of extraordinary gifts, which he shared with us freely. None of these gifts, however, are more remarkable than his capacity for love in its purest, most sincere, and honest form. Love for his adored wife, his beloved daughters, his precious friends, and for nature that surrounds us all, especially the life breathed into us by the trees.

Perry was born August 1st 1963 and was very premature so spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator where he captured the hearts of the nurses and midwives with his cuteness. The trademark infectious Perry smile is well known by all his friends and family so without a doubt, even as a baby he could melt hearts.

Growing up, he went to school in Braintree in Essex, where he lived with his mum Carol, his younger sister Tracey, and older brother Wayne.

Perry was severely dyslexic, so, as a young man, in a very lean job market, he looked for a practical career. He joined the RAF at 16 and served with them for 17 years in Biggin Hill, Brize Norton, Germany, and the Falkland islands. Perry was a peace loving soul and had no desire to ever take up arms, harm, or kill anyone. Since however there had been no wars for a long time, it felt like a fairly safe career for a fit young man. It suited Perry who loved to be part of a team.

When he was 23, Perry managed to search for and finally find his father, Isadore Griffin, who was Black American, which led to several visits to his father in the USA.  Sadly his father also died at an early age a few years later. But Perry has continued to keep regularly in touch with the American side of his family – he was always telling Liz that one day soon they would go to visit, what he jokingly called, - ‘the dark side’!

Perry then worked in logistics and stores for the RAF and was promoted to corporal but, as the Cold War ended, promotions in the RAF were increasingly hard to come by. So after 17 years Perry took voluntary redundancy, left the RAF and went to work for Motorola in Swindon. He bought a house with his then wife, Carrie, and lived in it with his two daughters Sian & Kylie and rather a lot of strange pets. 

Perry was a great believer in investing in property and at one point when he found his work hours cut down, he took on two other jobs and bought a house in Avebury, which he rented out for a while. He later moved to Avebury with his wife Antoinette and ran a B&B there. 

Avebury was a spiritual home for Perry – he loved the standing stones and he enjoyed the succession of eccentric, visiting tourists interested in the stone circles as well as the many crop circles that pop up in Wiltshire fields in the spring and summer months. Whilst Perry was there he was a member of a Wiccan coven and later a shamanistic group.

In 2007 Perry decided to train as a counsellor with the Buddhist Organisation, the Amida Trust – now re-named - the Tariki Trust. This was where he met Liz and they became good friends.  In 2009 they both qualified as counsellors. In his usual ‘speedy’ fashion Perry had completed the course in record time – under 2 years. He went on to work for an organisation which helped educate young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perry worked as a counsellor for several years before he finally fulfilled a life-long dream of buying a property ‘somewhere warm’.

In 2013 Perry moved again, lock stock and barrel, to the Serra De Estrella Mountains in Portugal where he quickly made a lot of friends among the ex-pats from the UK and Europe, all busy restoring old buildings and farming the land.

Perry and Liz met again accidentally in 2014 at the Buddhist House. They fell in love during a marathon 17.5 hour dinner and talked through the night and most of the following day. Since then Perry and Liz have been busy restoring their house in Portugal, affectionately named ‘The Ranch’ and have gone from having baths by candlelight in the goat shed, to a beautiful home with 3 bathrooms. Perry was never happier than when he was walking around the land working out watering systems and making sure the 150 trees he’d planted were growing well. Indicative of his altruistic personality and philosophy of sustainability, all the trees he planted at ‘The Ranch’ have been selected to provide for the next generations. A fan of tree nursing myself, I would often ask him about his trees and we would share videos and ideas for them. On a specific topic of his latest project, the Pecan trees, he mentioned how the earliest the small, 1-inch saplings would grow to bear fruit in 10 years, and it might be a good 20 before they reach maturity. “Perry,” I said, “that's ...a really long time.” To which he replied: “They aren't for me.”

And this is the type of person Perry was - always thinking of others first. Planning for the long term, working for a sustainable world, a world that works with nature, not against it. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “a wise man plants trees in whose shade he knows he will never sit.”

Perry had a great love of nature and the natural world, which he attributed to his Native American ancestors. His great love was trees, which he believed really spoke to him. So Perry returned to the Buddhist house to train in eco-therapy and shortly thereafter Perry and Liz started running eco-therapy and tree planting holidays in Portugal. Alongside his projects in Portugal, Perry joined several local eco-projects in Bristol.

On the 10th of July 2016, Perry and Liz married at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire in a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony with over a 100 family and friends. Neither of them stopped smiling and laughing all day long, and Perry tore up the dance floor in what seemed like a union of John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. Since then they have spent six months of every year at the Ranch in Portugal and have welcomed many family and friends as visitors there.

Perry loved life – he just loved being here on this earth. Many people on this Earth believe in a higher power or greater purpose. Perry was content being himself, in this world, right now, enjoying the greatest and the smallest life has to offer. A true “Zen master”, as I like to describe him to my friends.

Perry was the most gentle and kindest of men – a true gentleman. Perry never had a bad word to say about anyone – not a criticism or judgement ever passed his lips. He didn’t swear, he didn’t argue, and he also didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, or even take tea or coffee. That is one reason why his death has been such a shock for all of us. Perry’s life was about love, acceptance, and working with others as part of a team, and he lived that out with every breath he took.

We have been lucky to know Perry in this life, we regret his passing on so soon, and so young, but his spirit and his legacy will remain among us – youthful, lively, fun, and full of love, and that oh-so-special smile.  We honour him.   

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This is a newsletter for all those who have been involved with our Ten Directions ecotherapy training, including past and current students and people who are considering joining the programme in 2017. Within Tariki we have a growing community of people who share an interest in taking therapeutic work outdoors and we want to keep you in touch with us and with one…

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Grounded in Faith: Psychotherapy and Pureland - paper presented at European Shin Conference 2012

Grounded in Faith: Psychotherapy and Pureland

Since the time of the Buddha people have looked to Buddhism as a source of salvation from their unhappiness and confusion. In the modern age, psychotherapy has become a route which many people choose to help them face and move beyond their personal suffering. Not surprisingly many Western therapists tend to gravitate towards Buddhist ideas and, conversely, Buddhists are often interested in exploring how their faith…

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Posted by caroline brazier on September 4, 2012 at 14:35

Running Tide Article

I wrote this article for Running Tide back in January but it didnt get published and as Running Tide has only just come out, things had obviously moved on. I'm putting it up here because it seems like a pity to waste a good article - or even a mediocre one!

 

Going Back to Go Forward: The Birth of Tariki Trust

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