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Lunar Ecotherapy with Charlotte Venkatraman at online

October 29, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
Lunar Ecotherapy with Charlotte VenkatramanOctober 29th 2.00-4.00 ‘The moon is as ancientAs time itselfAnd still no older than a month.’ Whilst most of us are squeezed day to day into linear time for work, family or other demands, the timing of nature is cyclical. Early concepts of time were agricultural and seasonal; our ancestors watched buds spring up, grow to maturity, fade and die back into the earth, only to reappear again in spring. The sun came up in the morning, over our heads and…See More
Aug 27, 2020
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September 14, 2020 to October 9, 2020
On Line Study: Embodied Contact & Sacred SpaceHow do we create a safe, supportive atmosphere for therapy to take place? In any therapeutic method the therapist and the environment in which the therapy takes place each play an essential part in ensuring that the client feels contained and safe enough to address their issues. When working out of doors, creating the therapeutic container can seem more difficult since the space is more open, and may be unpredictable, interrupted by unforeseen…See More
Aug 20, 2020
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Global Ecotherapy at online

November 12, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
Global EcotherapyNovember 12 2.00-4.00pmZoom Seminar.Ecotherapy starts from the premise that the human world is not a separate space, but that we humans are connected to and indeed dependent on a much wider ecological web of life. That the human species has radically shaped and changed that web of life to the point of global ecological and social crises is not in doubt. This seminar will take some time to think and feel through the global ecological, political, economic, cultural and…See More
Aug 20, 2020
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Ritual in Ecotherapy: online mini-workshop at online

September 24, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
This mini-workshop will explore what ritual means and some examples of ritual. We will explore our own rituals, our cultural heritage and where we come from ourselves, including looking at any limitations to or lack of ritual that we perceive. This will lead on to exploring how ritual is a powerful tool within ecotherapy in a variety of ways, including grounding, confidence building, exploring personal challengers and in Earth-connection. Finally we will enact a ritual in the class so if…See More
Aug 16, 2020
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What is Mindfulness?: Buddhist Roots of a Modern Movement at online

October 22, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
With Don de SilvaMindfulness and meditation are used widely in the world today. But, how did these practices come about? Using authenticated Early Buddhist Texts, this session will focus on the Buddhist foundations of mindfulness. It will present some examples of the Buddha’s teachings and practices on mindfulness, particularly the vital links between mindfulness, values and sustainable living; examples of techniques used by the Buddha help individuals to move from grief and despair to care and…See More
Aug 16, 2020
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Mentoring and Chaplaincy: Buddhist principles of empowerment at online

September 15, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
With Don de SilvaMany personal development programmes are underway to enhance the potential, capacity and well-being of an individual. These involve mentoring, coaching, training, and chaplaincy. These terms can be somewhat confusing, given the similarities and overlaps between them. This session will explore the Buddha’s comprehensive practices on enhancing the capacities of an individual. Drawing from Early Buddhist Texts, it will focus on the Buddha’s teachings on being responsible for your…See More
Aug 10, 2020
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Ecotherapy from a Distance at online

September 17, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
Ecotherapy from a DistanceSeptember 17th 2.0-4.00Seminar on ZoomEcotherapist Stephen McCabe will introduce the various ways in which he has dived into distant/online working when COVID-19 lockdown hit in 2020. He will discuss why he now thinks that this is a powerful way to work with clients at any time, lockdown or no lockdown.Throughout Spring and Summer this year, Stephen has been working via a variety of mediums including recorded videos, online forums, email, telephone, zoom and podcasts.…See More
Jul 26, 2020
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BUDDHISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Dhamma for Action and Change at online

July 9, 2020 at 2pm to July 23, 2020 at 4pm
Three online seminars on Buddhism and the environment led by Don de SilvaJuly 9, July 16, July 23 2.00-4.00pmContent:Buddhism and the Environment: Dhamma for Action and ChangeAgendaSession One: 9 July: 2 to 4pm Online: Zoom Session Start: Meditation Focus: Early Buddhist Texts (EBTS) and the Environment Themes:Brief introduction to the EBTS; Early Writing Methods; History and Chronology; General references in EBTS to: Nature: Fauna and Flora Natural Habitats; Forests and Groves, Rivers and…See More
Jul 16, 2020
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Online Unit: Groupwork Skills for Ecotherapy at email and Ning

July 20, 2020 to August 14, 2020
Online Unit: Groupwork Skills for EcotherapyJuly 20-Aug 14  (20 hours)Many people who work therapeutically outdoors work with groups. Groupwork takes many forms, and can bring together concepts from a number of sources. This online learning unit is packed with practical ideas for working with a variety of groups and will be suitable for anyone who want to run groups, whether these are therapeutic, educational, community or personal growth workshops. We will look at the practicalities of setting…See More
Jul 16, 2020
Michael Sims is now a member of Tariki Buddhist Therapists Forum
Jul 16, 2020

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Introduce yourself
I'm a fellow traveller along this current path of existence. My current roles that I choose to define me are a Dr. Psychotherapy/psychology, lecturer, supervisor and mostly a student...however, it's all a work in progress along the road to higher learning and development...I look forward to learning and engaging with others
How did you hear about Tariki?
Through Ecotherapy course
What is your involvement in Tariki?
Are you a student or have you studied with us?
Yes on the ecotherapy course
What can you offer?
My humility, honesty and compassion
When did you first hear about us?
March 10
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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.


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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One-day HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY Conference Expanding a Humanistic Vision for a 21st Century Psychogy


Expanding a Humanistic Vision for a 21st Century Psychology

Saturday 7th October 2017

Resources for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA, 9am-5pm

Cost: £60 - includes lunch, refreshments and live music from

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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…


Posted by caroline brazier on March 24, 2017 at 20:32

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…


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

How often do you wish you could go…


Posted by caroline brazier on March 13, 2012 at 22:49 — 4 Comments


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