My practice is in reach of
Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester,
Stroud and Swindon
Following many years passionately pursuing the arts of horsemanship and hill-walking, I became fascinated by the relationship between human and other-than human life. I have now written, lectured and run courses and workshops on this theme. A description is given below.
The Forgotten Tongue: Trainings in the Ecological Self and its Significance for the Individual Life-Journey
"There is a growing recognition that the human connection with other-than-human life has become fractured and is in need of restoration. The implications for both individual well-being and the impending eco-crisis are major. These can be reflected in life history and current predicaments. This programme explores individual biography, current ways of being, and the effect on these of contact with nature. The concept of non-verbal “conversation” between human and other life will be central."
Available as a talk, half-day workshop, day or weekend
Trainings in the Forgotten Tongue through Interplay with Horses
As soon as a human enters a horse’s awareness a conversation begins, in which the horse offers the human insights into the latter’s nature. This has illuminated many fields, including autism, empathic leadership, individual psychology and relationship skills, and ecological awareness. In these workshops we engage in that conversation, taking steps towards a fluency which yields many rewards.
I have recently delivered one of the C.G.Jung lectures in Bristol, and contributed a chapter to Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis (editors Mary Jayne Rust and Nick Totton, Karnac Books). A number of other writings and presentations are in preparation.
Exert from: Remembering the Forgotten Tongue (Chapter in Vital Signs)
"In folktales throughout the world, humans and animals converse, exchange pledges of mutual assistance, even take on each other’s form. In an old Hungarian story, a peasant saves a snake from the flames, and in gratitude he is granted the power to understand everything that the creatures around him are saying. In contemporary Britain, many individuals have discovered a fluency in their communications with other creatures which enables smooth co-operation and safe inter-mingling. They testify that this offers humans access to some previously buried part of themselves. This phenomenon is part of a spectrum of intimate connection, which can include that with plant-life, landscape and the elements .Within the psychotherapy profession, a version of this has also been arising. A growing number of therapists have been incorporating the intervention of, say, dogs, horses or wild creatures into their work, and the richness and resolution this has uncovered for some clients has been striking. A profound but hidden need seems to be met in all this. Indeed, the frustration of that need is a major factor contributing to our cultural discontent, sense of impoverishment, and drive to consume. When the yearning for connection is met the hunger to consume is less. Identifying this need offers the possibility of a nourishment which may be much needed in turbulent times to come. It may also be one of the less widely recognised tasks of therapy."
I tutor the BCPC course on the Ecological Self, details of which will be posted soon.