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 another so that collaboration can continue and that we can all work together to develop different approaches within this varied field. Working outdoors is basically a collaborative experience.

By definition we work in collaboration with the environment to provide activities and spaces in which people can experience therapeutic process, and often we work in collaboration with one another and with those client groups with whom we engage. Ecotherapy is a diverse field and within Tariki we have practitioners from different backgrounds who bring different perspectives to our work. Our model of teaching is grounded in a Buddhist approach, and we incorporate mindfulness into our work, but many of those involved here come from other backgrounds including shamanic, body-based and environmentalist perspectives to name a few. Ten Directions is broad enough to provide a map for all these approaches and more.

This newsletter is an invitation. We welcome participation and I will be more than happy to hear from you about your work and find ways to create forums for the development of dialogue between us. Whether or not you are currently enrolled as a Ten Directions student, if you want to engage with others, we can find ways for you to do that. Please stay in touch and let me know if you have information or suggestions you want included in the next newsletter. As you will see, this newsletter includes some details about projects being undertaken by current and past Tariki students.


We are currently taking applications for the 2017/18 intake on this programme. Dates for the year are as follows:

September 23/24 Ten Directions One (September 11 Unit One online starts & runs 4 weeks)

November 25/26 Ten Directions Two  (November 13 Unit Two online starts)

January 27/28 Ten Directions Three (January 15 Unit Three online starts)

March 17/18 Ten Directions Four (March 5 Unit Four online starts)

April 28/19 Ten Directions Five (April 16 10D online starts)

June 16/20 Ten Directions Intensive

So far there has been quite a bit of interest so please get your application in in good time. If you are overseas or find it difficult to attend, it is possible to do the online units without attending the weekends. If you do this, you won’t get a certificate but we will be happy to give you a letter confirming what you have done.


There will be an Ecotherapy taster day on July 1st. This will offer an opportunity to experience working outdoors and learn something about our model. If you are thinking of enrolling for the programme next year, it provides a chance to come along and meet us and find out more about what we do.


If you are planning to join one of our programmes then do make sure that we are aware of your interest. As soon as you are ready to, do fill out an application form. We will take up references and may interview you informally. All being well, we will then make you an offer of place to start in September. Students normally start with Unit One and finish with the Intensive, though on occasions we have allowed students to start with the intensive and finish with Unit Five where we were happy that they had enough prior experience to do so.


This August, my new book Ecotherapy in Practice: A Buddhist Model will be published by Routledge. This book will be a text book for the course. We will have copies for sale ourselves once they become available, but you can order copies via the Routledge web site at 20% discount in advance of publication. We hope to be able to offer discounted copies ourselves through our house bookshop.


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Ecotherapy in Practice: A Buddhist Model

Caroline Brazier


Ecotherapy in Practice reflects the growing interest and research in this field. Drawing on a diversity of experience from the counselling and psychotherapy professions, but also from practitioners in community work, mental health and education, this book explores the exciting and innovative possibilities involved in practising outdoors. Caroline Brazier brings to bear her experience and knowledge as a psychotherapist, group worker and trainer over several decades to think about therapeutic work out of doors in all its forms.


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This book gives a systematic presentation of the Ten Directions model with theoretical explanation and examples from practice as well as practical exercises.

My earlier book, Acorns Among the Grass, is also still available. This is written in a more descriptive style, giving plenty of examples of working outdoors as well as various frameworks for thinking about it. It includes reflections on the elements meditations.


Tariki runs a long established training programme in counselling and psychotherapy. Although this is separate from our ecotherapy training, we do receive enquiries from many people wishing to combine the two programmes. Some of our psychotherapy students take occasional units from the Ten Directions sequence, and we have also offered a combined Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Ecotherapy which includes some weekends of counselling training alongside Ten Directions Year One. Several of our graduates from the Diplomas in Counselling and Psychotherapy have returned to take the Ten Directions Certificate. If you are interested in taking both trainings, please talk with us about your interests and we will see what is possible.


Owen Okie, one of our psychotherapy students who is also involved in working outdoors is looking for someone who might be interested in joining his project in Scotland. He has asked us to circulate the following advertisement: Campsite attendant needed for our campsite, bothy and cottage at Badrallach, on the West coast of Scotland. Eventually we will be creating an Integral Health Centre for individuals with mental and physical health conditions to come for long-term healing and transformation. Our vision is for a residential health centre where people receive treatments (herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, etc), and do inner work with therapy and wilderness therapy. This will also provide the opportunity for them and their family/partners to learn the skills they need to heal when back home and maintaining resilience (stress-management, emotional and interpersonal skills, nutrition and cooking, etc). We want to support carers as much as those who are ill. In particular we would like to support individuals with cancer, ME/CFS, M.S., addiction, etc.  Eventually we will be needing practitioners of all sorts so are looking for people interested in collaborating. I've already started planning some wilderness therapy retreats. In the meantime we are also running a successful, 25 year running campsite.  We need someone to chat with campers, collect payment, keep the bothy clean, and turnover the cottage on Saturdays. It's about 1-2 hours of work per day plus 2-4 more on Saturday. Less in the winter. We pay 10/hour and would provide lodging in a small caravan. There may be additional hours with maintenance and gardening work available. Very flexible job with great benefits such as eagles, seals, hiking, kayaking, sailing, wildflowers, and stunning beauty including a soul-expanding star-strewn sky and the great An Teallach looming across the Loch. Schedule is very flexible, and the campsite works well enough on the honesty system for a few days at a time. This could be a perfect opportunity to focus on studies, art, meditation, writing, or any other vision that might require the ingredients of time, space, and inspiration in order to thrive. There is a great little community of interesting people in the area, and possibility of assisting me in running retreats and workshops (a good cook would be great!).  I'll be running wilderness therapy, herbal medicine, health and wellness, and stress-management retreats, both for the general public and for specific client groups (such as those with ME/Fibro/Chronic Fatigue). Our website is and there are some more images you can look at. If interested, please contact me at Starting date is as soon as possible.


Another of our students who has completed Ten Directions Year One is currently developing a project on land that he owns in Portugal. If you are interested in volunteering with work of the land and buildings, then please let me know and I will put you in touch.


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