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David Abram

David Abram’s first book, The Spell of the Sensuous, (1996) has influenced pretty much everyone in the world of ecopsychology and environmental philosophy. Its themes are summed up in the subtitle: Perception and Language in a More-than-human world. By way … Continue reading

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The Wilderness Effect

Ecopsychologist Rob Greenway used to guide people on wilderness treks and after years of research concluded that “civilization is only four days deep” (Greenway, 1995). When people go on long treks in the wilderness they start out enthusiastic: They’re feeling … Continue reading

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Getting there or being here?

It was a perfect day to be on Dartmoor: blue sky, warm sun, a gentle breeze to cool the skin and wild expanse all around. I was cycling along the Two Moors Way, determined to get to Piles Copse before … Continue reading

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Beyond relationship? The power of therapy outdoors

The relationship between client and therapist is considered by many to be the single most important factor in successful therapy (Loewenthal, 2014). But what happens to that relationship when the therapy takes place outdoors? If you haven’t experienced therapy outdoors, … Continue reading

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Where is wilderness?

I’m currently featured as a ‘wilderness thinker’ for a project on ‘Thinking Wilderness’. I took a sideways look at the question of what ‘wilderness’ means and came up with more questions than answers. I explore the question ‘Where is wilderness?’ … Continue reading

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The psychotherapy of place

Blog posts to Bodymind Place have been scarce this year, and for good reason; I’m working on an MSc dissertation about the therapeutic relationship in outdoor therapy. But this morning my research reached out and touched the themes of this … Continue reading

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Get the venue right …

I’ve been away at two events over the last few weeks, both of which exemplified the power of place. The UK Ecopsychology Gathering took place at Green and Away, an outdoor conference centre. Both the weather and our interactions were … Continue reading

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Running Late

I was running late, so instead of going to my usual sit spot I headed for a small park near work. I sat on a park bench and opened my sensory awareness to the place. Despite the closeness of a … Continue reading

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Liminal space

I found myself at my sit spot at dusk yesterday evening. The sun had already pretty much set; the sky was a deep, almost purple, blue and the Park was slowly sliding into shadow. A few birds were still singing … Continue reading

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Architecture and the bodymind

I’ve discussed the healing power of nature elsewhere in the this blog (Nature and health), but of course architecture can work in a similar way. Esther Sternberg, MD, a neuroimmunologist and medical researcher, describes how simply changing the ceiling tiles in an intensive care unit … Continue reading

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