Tag Archives: senses

Make it real

Right now in a park or garden near you there are real spiders weaving real webs. If you watch this video, you’ll probably have forgotten it by this time tomorrow. If you ever watch a spider weaving a web in … Continue reading

Posted in Ecopsychology | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas presence: the perfect gift

Love it or loath it, Christmas is a stressful time for many people. Money worries, anxiety about ‘getting it right’ and spending extra time with the family can all crank up the pressure. Perhaps part of the solution is to … Continue reading

Posted in Mindfulness | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Sex, sensuality and the natural connection

I can’t help thinking that Valentine’s Day is too early in the year: Sex in the great outdoors is often as good as it gets, but not in mid-February! The Pagan celebration of sex and fertility, Beltane, falls on May … Continue reading

Posted in Ecopsychology | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Performance and the spirit of place

I was delighted to be invited as a respondent for a performance by Fabrizio Manco, an artist who works with sound, place and embodiment. My response focused on the power of the genius loci – the spirit of place – which seems … Continue reading

Posted in Embodiment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A new sense of place

I’m just home from facilitating a series of Nature Connection workshops for staff and students from the University of the Arts London. The weather was pretty good –  cold but bright. Each workshop was only an hour long, yet by the end participants … Continue reading

Posted in Ecopsychology | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Going wild in Scotland

I’m just back from a ‘nature immersion’ camp in Scotland run by the Art of Mentoring crew. From our base camp at a farm near Findhorn we set off to explore the local woods and beaches. We looked for animal … Continue reading

Posted in Ecopsychology | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nature connection workshops

I had a lovely day last Sunday: I was facilitating the first of this year’s Nature Connection workshops with my colleague, Karen of Green Space Coaching . We were at Hawkwood, a workers’ cooperative growing food on the edge of Epping Forest. Although … Continue reading

Posted in Ecopsychology | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Framing perception

As a friend and I stood gazing at a Renoir, I felt its beauty gently suffuse my body. My friend turned to me and I smiled, expecting to share the moment. “Wow!” He said. “How much do you reckon that’s worth?’ … Continue reading

Posted in Ecopsychology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The sit spot

The principle of the sit spot could hardly be simpler: Find a place outdoors and sit there everyday for at least 15 minutes.  Though it’s generally traced to Native American teachers, this ancient practise is cross-cultural. What modern Pagans call ‘sitting out’ has a more … Continue reading

Posted in Ecopsychology | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments