Emotional Regulation and the Psychobiology of Nature as Healer
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About the Event
This is either an experiential in-person workshop (2hr, half or full day), or an online presentation (1-2hr). Previously this has been requested for organizations, at conferences or retreats.
Navigating the journey of our lives includes a running sideline of emotional self-talk, whole reaction (body as well as mind and heart), and personal perception of our ability to manage what we're encountering.
Emotional intelligence and emotional regulation have been discussed in the psychotherapy world at depth. However in the sensory world that is alive, and a noted cornerstone of the field of outdoor therapy, it’s endless relevance for this field can go unrecognised, and it’s success in outcomes, unresearched.
Time spent in nature is an incredibly healing approach to working with trauma, and bush adventure therapy calls us to explore the field of emotional regulation at our feet and fingertips.
We explore the existing research for bush adventure therapy in working specifically with emotional regulation and trauma, including a rich overview of the psychobiology of nature as healer. As practitioners we have a privilege when working with people in nature that those in the office miss. This includes real-time experience, a micro-culture, and an array of participatory exercises and mirrors of reflection.
Nature is a profound healer across the whole spectrum of mental health. This topic comes from experience applying this in a wilderness context with families, veterans and soldiers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, participants direct from custody or psychiatric hospitalisation, young people, women, and indigenous groups.
This explores the journey between how we feel and who we are, and the encounter of internalising another level of freedom ~ our ability to simply and powerfully trust our own bodies and experiences.