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Join us as we delve into the exciting and nourishing field of nature-based therapy.

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Introduction to Nature-based Therapy - REVISED ONLINE OFFERING*

*New dates announced: October 14th, 15th, and 22nd, 2021

In light of the Covid-19 Crisis, we have decided to change our in person offering to an online and experiential module. Please consider joining us to explore the theory and practices of Nature Based Therapy and gain the confidence to shift your indoor and now online counselling practice to include the outdoors.

Location: Zoom and near by nature in your area

April 15th, 16th, and 23rd, 2021 and

October 14th, 15th, and 22nd, 2021

TIME:  There will be 3 three and a half hour modules. One per day.

APRIL - Thursday April 15th (1:00pm-4:30), Friday April 16 (1:00pm-4:30) and Friday April 23rd (1:00pm-4:30). All times in Pacific Standard Time.

OCTOBER- Thursday October 14th (1:00-4:30), Friday October 15th, (1:00-4:30) and Friday October 22nd, (1:00-4:30)

COST: $300, plus gst and registration fee.

Low income bursaries available. Please email: info@humannaturecounselling.ca

Topics Covered:

  • Foundational theories that underlie nature-based therapy
  • Practitioners relationship with nature
  • Making the choice to take therapy outside
  • Doing an ecological assessment
  • Regulation, risk and play
  • Ethical and cultural considerations
  • Bonding and Belonging as a guiding principle (attachment theory)

Advancing skills in Nature-Based Therapy

Spring 2021. Victoria, BC

May 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2021

An opportunity to build on your knowledge, and explore your ability to put these skills into practice with a variety of populations and needs.

Location: Marys Lake Sanctuary

Thursday May 27th to Saturday May 29th (9:00-5pm each day).

Cost: $450 plus gst (472.5) --- Students/Bursary $400 plus gst ($420)

After registering, please e-transfer your full payment to info@humannaturecounselling.ca (password: Nature) to reserve your spot. Receipts will be issued upon payment.

Topics Covered

  • Nature as co-therapist – learning how to collaborate with nature
  • Specific applications: groups, family, children
  • Logistics and planning
  • Risk management
  • Attachment theory and nature-based therapy
  • Exploration of how NBT can address specific mental health concerns
  • Opportunities to practice interventions

** Prerequisite: completion of Introduction to Nature-Based Therapy Course, or prior training in ecotherapy/ecopsychology disciplines. (no continuing education credits available at this time)

Camping Information

The reality of Covid 19 is such that we are no longer able to offer an evening/overnight program. However, if you are traveling and need a place to camp, this option is available.  The camping area is in a meadow surrounded by Cedars, Douglas firs, and broad leaf Maples.  

Camping costs just $35 per night, and you will need to complete a separate form, and submit it to Mary's Lake to confirm camping.  Once you have registered for this training, please email us your payment and let us know about your camping needs.

** If you are from out of town and camping is not your preference, that's fine too, as there are certainly hotel and air BnB options close by in the city of Langford/Colwood, that would be only a 10-20 min drive away. 

Your Training team will be a combination of the following:

Dr. Nevin J. Harper, RCC is an Associate Professor at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. He is the founder of the Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium, a founding board member of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada, and his career has included stretches as a youth counselor, outdoor skills instructor, shepherd, and wilderness guide. Nevin has an active research agenda examining human-environmental interactions, primarily through the practices of adventure therapy, wilderness therapy, and nature-based approaches to healing and well-being. He lives on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Kathryn Rose MA, RCC has been discovering the joys of experiential and nature-based approaches to working with children, youth, and families for the promotion of healing and growth for over 10 years. Katy holds a deep trust in the healing power of connection with the non-human natural world and believes that individuals are born with an innate drive and capacity towards wholeness and health. Katy completed a Master's degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology, with a specialization in Wilderness Therapy, from Naropa University in Colorado and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She lives in Victoria, Canada.

David Segal MA, RCC, CSTP has been involved in providing therapeutic nature-based counselling for children, youth, and families for over 15 years. He is deeply passionate about the natural world and how human-nature relationships influence our collective and individual well-being. He offers presentations and workshops on cultivating health through contact with nature and has been contributing to the emerging field of eco-therapy through his work as a clinical counsellor serving youth and families in the Greater Victoria area. He completed a Master's degree in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. David has published articles in ecopsychology and counseling journals. He lives in Victoria, Canada.

Jordie Allen-Newman MA, RCC: Jordie has been practicing counselling with children, youth adults and families in health care and social services for 30 years. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member of Human Nature’s instructional team. For over 20 years he has worked with children who have witnessed violence using adventure therapy and has extensive experience as a sand tray therapist with children struggling with grief, loss, anxiety and depression. He combines his knowledge of experiential, narrative and mindfulness therapies and teams up with nature to support innovative and personalized ways of healing and growing. He also enjoys connection with nature and has been a wilderness guide for the past 25 years, a long distance adventure kayaker and a rock climber. He is looking forward to meeting you all soon.




How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information go to www.humannaturecounselling.ca or email info@humannaturecounselling.ca


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Human-Nature Counselling provides children, youth, adults, and families with a unique counselling service that is grounded in our belief in the healing power of connection with the natural world. We are fortunate to be based among the natural wonders of beautiful Victoria, BC, and serve communities throughout the Capital Regional District.

We acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity and are commited to supporing Indigenous Peoples to regenerate their lifeways and earthways

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