Nature Connection: a handbook of practices for therapy and self-exploration (Paperback)
Exercises fall into five categories: Ecological Self, Embodiment, Personal Journey, Mindfulness, and Inviting Mystery. Some exercises concentrate on empathising with natural elements or a living being and feeling into their innate intrinsic value. These are categorised as focusing on the Ecological Self. The notion of the Ecological Self comes from the writings of the Norwegian ecophilosopher Arne Naess and suggests an experience of deeper interconnectedness and being part of nature, where all parts of the whole have an inalienable right to their own existence. Embodiment focuses on bringing awareness to the body and exploring movement in an ecological context and as part of the Ecological Self. Exercises that invite readers to reflect on their Personal Journey are useful when looking at personal development issues or in coaching processes with clients. Mindfulness exercises emphasise exploring the senses, observing the mind, and experiencing the present moment. Inviting Mystery describes exercises that invoke playfulness and creativity, expanding beyond the rational everyday world. These experiences may go beyond easy description and invite a taste of mystery into life.
Dr. Margaret Kerr lives and works in Scotland. She worked as a medical doctor and researcher for 10 years before retraining in psychology, psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based approaches to health. She has practised as a therapist for 20 years, and also works as a mountain leader. She runs outdoor mindfulness and nature connection retreats in Scotland. As well as her therapy work, she is a practising artist and works in post graduate study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. The focus of all her work is on helping to deepen our connections with the rest of nature. Dr. Jana Lemke lives and works in Berlin. She trained in psychology and consciousness studies and worked for several years in research, particularly on mindfulness and the human experience of the rest of nature. She wrote her dissertation on Solo time in nature and trained as an outdoor process-facilitator and systemic therapist. She works as a therapist and co-developed art- and nature-based courses and materials on the significant process of becoming a mother. Jana’s passions are working with women and exploring the transformational power of connecting with the more-than-human world.