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The workshop explores the essential power of the Great Mother archetypal energy to establish connection to Other and connection to Place. We shall explore how this energy helps us to feel we belong and are safe and is the essential ground from which all life grows.
The Great Mother energy provides significant elemental experiences and we shall explore why taking sessions into the outdoors is so effective. I am a Play Therapist who has used Landplay outdoor sessions for several years. For younger humans, being outdoors enables them to more readily return to early years play and re-visit those brain developmental stages which focus on sensory input and processing. These are so essential to building positive memory and positive self-awareness. We are aware when we are in an outdoor space how much easier it is to take bigger breaths and stretch our limbs ,our bodies and mind respond to greater oxygen intake, the removal of walls and more sensation of ‘Being’.
We will consider how the Great Mother energy in these winter months contributes to our self- nurture and empathetic capacity, and also how nature play supports the growth of positive Ego attributes : the Hero Warrior.
You will need, paper and colouring pencils or pens … if possible a lump of clay…. About the size of an orange. You will be asked to collect 7 natural objects during a short break – if that is not practical for you please collect them before the zoom.
Time: 28th January 2.00-4.00
Place: online by Zoom
Cost: £15 (carries 2hrs credit for students registered on Ten Directions training in ecotherapy)
Booking: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate has over 30 years’ experience working with children, young people and adults as Expressive Arts teacher, Play Therapist and Counsellor. Kate taught the Post Graduate Diploma course in Play Therapy for the UK organization APAC in UK, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South East Asia for over 10 years. Creative Spark provides clinical supervision for child counsellors and play therapists, and CPD training programmes as well as parent support programmes. Her passion for outdoor play and Nature connection led to her becoming a Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery which is a training organisation for Forest School and Outdoor Learning. With CEO Marina Robb she has created and devised the Certificate in Therapeutic Skills for Outdoor Facilitators and Landplay; CPD Outdoor Play Therapy training.
Whether in role as Teacher or Therapist Kate’s work supports others to ignite their creative spark. Through dance, song, music, drumming, mark-making, modelling, story, poetry we come to understand Creativity as the gift we have been given to help us make sense of the world, to externalise our feelings and grow.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” (Albert Einstein).
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