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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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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