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Taster Event: Nature-based Personal Development
Using the natural environment for personal growth and healing
at
Chorlton's Big Green Festival
31 March 2012, 3pm-5pm

 

Event Logistics:

When: 31 March 2012, 3pm to 5pm
Duration:
2 Hours
Taster Location: Chorlton Ees (Exact meeting location will be given when you book)
Fee: Free

Spaces are limited and you will need to reserve a place in advance. You may book by phone, email, online or meet me in person before 1pm in the wellbeing area at the Big Green Festival on the 31st March.

For further information or to make a booking: call Nigel on 0161 881 4333 or to book your place now.

Ecotherapy Taster Workshop Overview:

Over the last few years you may have noticed some of the many positive stories appearing in the news showing how nature can have a very benefical effect on our mental well-being.

Research has shown that many very common conditions such as anxiety, confidence, depression, stress and addictions have improved just by simply spending time connecting with nature. Anyone who has ever enjoyed spending time in the natural environment will already instinctively know this. Nature-based personal development deliberately encourages this deep connection with nature, and then utilises that relationship for personal development purposes.

The aim of this taster session is to give you an introductory experience of nature-based therapy and coaching in action. Nigel will be taking a small group on a relaxing walk through Chorlton Ees, where he will present a brief overview of Ecotherapies, as well as guiding you through some reflective exercises, games and meditations.

All the activities will involve interacting with, or relating to nature in some way. Activities may include sensory and awareness exercises, guided meditation, solo reflection time, and group discussion. These will be used as tools for raising your level of self awareness by drawing your attention to how you relate to yourself, others and the natural environment.

If you would like to attend the taster session, please bear in mind that we
will be going off the main paths on the meadows, so sensible footwear and outdoor clothing are recommended.

 

 


"Many people feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know that there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature."

says Dr. Eeva Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla

 

Just some of the benefits others have gained by attending nature-based personal development...

  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Lifted mood and reduced depression
  • Gained a new perspective on problems, so that it became easy to find solutions
  • Enhanced motivation
  • Connected to a sense of wonder
  • Built a deeper sense of trust both in themselves and others
  • Dealt with anger
  • Promoted working as a team, building relationship skills
  • Promoted respect for oneself, others and nature
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved psychological and spiritual health and well-being
  • Learned to be more in the here and now
  • Developed greater responsibility for their own actions
  • Put their life in perspective
  • Developed independence and creativity
  • Improved problem solving and life skills
  • Learned that you can achieve things you never thought possible

What benefits could you imagine yourself gaining?

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Further Information About Nature-based Personal Development:

What is nature-based personal development?

This is a relatively new field, but one which has many ancient roots, and as such, it draws its ideas from both modern and ancients practices. The nature-based healing practices of many native cultures are now being researched and integrated with modern therapeutic and coaching practices under the umbrella term of 'ecotherapy.' It is a selection of these practices that will be used during this workshop.

Western society has become more and more industrialised and urbanised and as a result we spend more than 90% of our lives indoors. As humans we seem to have an innate need to be close to nature and living things. We seem drawn, almost unconsciously, to activities which involve the natural environment. Most people are already aware of the beneficial psychological effects of simply being on a beach, paddling in a stream, or walking in a forest or the mountains. I'm sure it is no accident that we are drawn to areas of natural beauty when taking our holidays. Research suggests human identity, emotional well-being, and personal fulfilment depend on our relationship with nature. The human need for nature is not just linked to use of its resources but it also has an influence on our emotional state, thought processes and even spiritual well-being.  


Time to reconnect, relax and reflect

Many researchers now believe that conflicts can arise between our modern society's disconnection from the natural world and our in-built need to relate to it, creating a series of internal mental conflicts, which can give rise to emotional, behavioural and addictive problems.

Research has shown that just spending time outdoors in green space can have significant benefits on your mental well-being. This workshop take this idea much further by actively making use of the connection with the natural environment to aid in your self exploration and psychological and spiritual health and well-being.

 

Our work together

Nature-based personal development is focused primarily on experiential learning. Why? In our western society our thinking style has become unbalanced and biased towards a more cognitive thinking style, but a more somatic intelligence exists within each of us. Anyone who has ever had a creative moment, or 'gut feeling' or just knew something was right because they felt it 'in their heart' will be aware of it. This conflict between cognitive and somatic thinking creates and maintains many of our day to day problematic thinking patterns. During the workshop you will be expanding your awareness and learning to think with both your heart and your head. You will learn through immersing yourself in the nurturing natural environment and activities, as well as by personal reflection and sharing your insights and experiences during the activities.

 

All activities are completely 'by choice' so you will not be made to take part in, do, or talk about anything you don't feel comfortable with.

It aims to help you to...
  • challenge your perceived limitations and unhelpful thought patterns, and develop greater awareness of your own strengths, through the use of the natural environment and challenging nature-based activities.
  • develop a deeper understanding of how you relate to others, yourself, and your life by reflecting on any symbolic or metaphorical relationships between the nature based activities and your own life
  • process your new understandings and learnings by sharing thoughts and reflections in a relaxed, safe, constructive, supportive, non-judgemental and respectful environment
  • integrate your new learnings and positive resources so they become available in your everyday life
 

What can nature-based personal development help me change?

Almost anything you might consider seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist for would be suitable. Issues may include, but are not limited to:

  • feeling stuck in life and can't see a way forward
  • a need to put your life into perspective
  • anxiety and stress
  • feeling burned out
  • low confidence and self-esteem
  • low mood, mild depression
  • minor addictive behaviours
  • long term chronic issues
  • feeling unmotivated
  • trust issues
  • anger
  • relationship problems
  • spiritual and emotional health
  • creative block
  • and more...

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"Sometimes a tree can tell you more than can be read in a book."
C.G. Jung

 

Would nature-based personal development be suitable for me?

If you ...

  • enjoy camping / walking / biking / climbing / other outdoor activities
  • are interested in bushcraft, survival skills or wild camping
  • have an interest in nature / plants / wildlife
  • Love the outdoors
  • want to learn to feel more relaxed, balanced and centred
  • have perhaps heard of the benefits of ecotherapy & wilderness therapy
  • feel your life is stuck or lacks direction
  • want to develop a connection with the spirit of nature (in a non religious sense)
  • already feel a deep connection with the spirit of nature
  • have a nature-based spirituality and/or interest in shamanism
  • are someone who wouldn't normally feel comfortable sitting in a counsellors room
  • are someone who prefers to learn by doing and being
  • want to try something different
  • would like to develop your natural intuition / listen to your heart / gut instinct
  • perhaps wish to develop more awareness of your thoughts and behaviours
  • need to develop trust and belief in yourself or others
  • would like to learn to change how you relate to nature, yourself and others
  • are looking for a natural retreat with a difference

In what ways can ecotherapy be delivered?

I currently offer the following alternatives:

  • One-to-one sessions
  • Regular small group sessions
  • 1 day and 2 day Workshops and retreats

How do I book a place or find out more?

  1. Call Nigel on 0161 881 4333 or .
 


Rekindled creativity

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Participant and their sight-guide playing Meet a Tree
 

Just a few of the games and exercises that could take place ...

  • Meet a Tree
  • Team Challenge
  • Drum Stalk
  • Fire Stalk
  • Sit-Spot
  • Find a Tree Like Me
  • Trancework
  • Walking Meditation
  • Bow Drill Fire Making
  • Peripheral Vision/Tunnel Vision
  • Grounding Exercises
  • Fox Walk
  • Herb Meditation
  • Rope Walk
  • Ask a Tree
  • Solo Reflection Time
  • Journalling
  • Group Discussion & Feedback
  • Be a Tree
  • Shamanic Journeying
  • Tracking Intentions
  • Musical Challenge

Nature-based therapies draw ideas from various fields including:
Natural-Awareness/Nature-Awareness Games, Ecotherapy, Wilderness Therapy, Bushcraft and Tracking Skills, Counselling Skills, Coaching Skills, Shamanism, Self-Relations Psychotherapy, Contemporary Psychotherapy, NLP, Gestalt, CBT, and Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy.

Space is limited, so reserve your place now. Book online using the form at the top of the page or call 0161 881 4333 or to reserve your place.

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Restrictions and notices

  • Inner Changes operates a strict no alcohol or drugs policy during events.
  • This event is for over 18's only. Please do not bring children. There is a need for you to be reflective and focused, and some children may cause disruption for yourself and other attendees, especially during some of the more meditative activities.
  • This taster event is for general personal development purposes only. It is not suitable for those diagnosed with moderate to severe mental-illness.
  • Back to basics, back to nature. You will be outdoors in nature, therefore for obvious reasons, facilities are very limited. The terrain is uneven and has many natural obstacles and hazards which may make it unsuitable for those who have mobility or fitness issues.
  • Some activities that we may do during the taster event involve the use of a blindfold. If you feel uncomfortable with this then you may want to skip them. During the blindfolded activities you will have a personal sight-guide close by for your safety. You can also remove the blindfold at anytime and end the activity but will lose out on any benefits you might have gained through participation.
  • Confidentiality and ethical behaviour are extremely important if group members are to open up and share experiences. You should not repeat outside of the group anything specific of a personal nature, regarding anything another participant may have said or done without that participants permission.
  • Do not bring dogs or any other pets as they can be disruptive especially during some of the more meditative activities.
 

About Nigel Magowan:
Since 2002, Nigel has run his own busy therapy and coaching practices in Manchester and Harley Street in London. He is a professional Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist, Stress Management Consultant, Life Coach, a Licensed NLP Master Practitioner and an Advanced Hypnotherapist. Nigel is also a fully trained and accredited supervisor and offers supervision to complementary therapists. He has trained with some of the best trainers, and combines all his skills and experience to produce both highly practical and informative events. He has a special interest in helping people with anxiety, depression, stress, confidence related issues and addictions.

Nigel holds a recent enhanced CRB certificate.

He is also available for bespoke workshops for your group, organisation or business.

 

Credits

All photographs by Rachael Magowan Professional photographer.
Specialist fields: live music, events, landscape, portfolio shots, fine art prints.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nigel Magowan
Integrative Psychotherapist,
NLP Master Practitioner, Coach, Advanced Hypnotherapist, Ecotherapist and Accredited Supervisor

Call 0161 881 4333



 
 

"Country walks can help reduce depression and raise self-esteem according to research published today, leading to calls for "ecotherapy" to become a recognised treatment for people with mental health problems. Ecotherapy: the green agenda for mental health is the first study looking at how "green" exercise specifically affects those suffering from depression.
According to Mind, England and Wales's leading mental health charity, it produced "startling" results proving the need for ecotherapy to be considered a proper treatment option."
Country walks 'can help reduce depression'
The Independant, Nicola Boden, Published: Monday, 14 May 2007

 

"Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim. There is growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being. In the latest analysis, UK researchers looked at evidence from 1,250 people in 10 studies and found fast improvements in mood and self-esteem."
'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health'
BBC News Website, Published: Saturday, 1 May 2010 00:01 UK

   
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Ecotherapist, Integrative Psychotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, Coach, Stress Management Consultant, Advanced Hypnotherapist and Accredited Supervisor

Inner Changes, 22 Newport Road, Chorlton, Manchester, England, UK, M21 9NN
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Telephone: 0161 881 4333 Fax: 0871 996 9779

Nigel Magowan is also a consultant at the prestigious On Harley Street Clinic, 1 Harley Street, London, England, United Kingdom W1G 9QD
Telephone: 0207 183 4548

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