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Art Therapy Out-of-Doors: Working in and with nature - NEW COURSE

Post-lockdown, many therapists are considering using public and private green space but many lack necessary training and support to take this step safely. This course offers an in-depth online training course on moving your therapeutic practice out-of-doors.

Saturday 20th February 2021

9:30am - 16:00pm (Zoom waiting room open from 9:00am)


Delivered Online - Zoom invite and course information will be sent within the week prior to starting

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This course is open to qualified and trainee Art Therapists and other qualified Creative Therapists from around the world

The course will outline the basics of safe therapeutic practice out-of-doors, drawing on art therapy, environmental arts therapy, ecopsychology and the expressive arts therapy theory. It will give careful consideration to the needs of those who use art therapy services outdoors, considering risk and boundary issues as well as intention and therapeutic goals.


You will have the opportunity to discuss existing work and experience and how this might look should you choose to work outdoors with individuals and group. The course will introduce risk assessment, working with natural materials and look at existing therapeutic approaches within the literature of ecopsychology, ecotherapy and more.


The course will demonstrate the potential benefits of moving your practice outdoors and help you to re-vision your own (art therapy) practice in line with contemporary global and ecological issues within small and large group discussion and practical exercises.


This training also offers an opportunity to be nourished by emerging ideas, and principles from the field of ecopsychology through a combination of theoretical and informative presentations and experiential workshops including: breathwork, using natural materials to create a response piece artwork, reflective exercises and small group and large group discussion. We will provide time and space to reconsider how you as a practitioner might begin to look at taking your own work outdoors and give you opportunity to raise and discuss any questions and practicalities that may arise.


You will be guided by Gary Nash and Vanessa Jones who between them have 40 years experience in the profession, both have 10 years experience providing art therapy outdoors in NHS, private and education settings.

The training will take place via zoom and offer peer to peer discussion and inquiry. Bring an open mind, curiosity and doubt. Natural and art making materials will be needed.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

• Understand theories underlying working outdoors and in nature

• Identify risks and benefits of working out-of-doors therapeutically and how to assess

• Use existing art therapy skills to develop an appropriate approach and methodology towards working outdoors

• Have experience of working outdoors and with natural materials


Vanessa Jones is employed by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and has over 20 years’ experience as a registered art therapist working in Adult mental health and private practice. She was been working outdoors in and with nature as an art therapist for 10 years in private and NHS settings. Vanessa teaches at the University of Hertfordshire, MA art therapy & Foundation Certificate in arts therapies and wellbeing, and The London Art Therapy Centre, running environmental arts therapy courses with Gary Nash. She recently completed her masters in the use of art and nature in working with loss at the University of Derby and is published in “Ecotherapy, research and practice” Jordan, M., & Hinds, J., Palgrave, 2016 and in “Environmental arts therapy: Wild frontiers of the heart” Siddons Heginworth, I., & Nash, G., Routledge, 2020.


Gary Nash is an art psychotherapist with over twenty years’ experience in adult mental health, social care, education and private practice. Gary has been working with art and drama therapists in developing training and professional development in the art of environmental arts therapy over the past 8 years. He runs a fortnightly environmental arts therapy group in London and is co-editor of Environmental Arts Therapy: Wild frontiers of the heart, Routledge, 2020. Gary is co-founder of the London Art Therapy Centre where he is a practitioner-researcher providing art therapy and supervision. 

Additional Information:

Trainee BAAT Member: £90.00 

SOLD - x3 Reduced Rate Trainee & Unemployed Member Places: £65.00 (please contact the office to book this place - booked on a first come, first serve bases)

Please Note: We can not reserve Reduced Rate Places.


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £90.00


Full Underemployed Member: £100.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £110.00


Associate Member: £110.00


Employer Funded Members: £145.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £175.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.

Convenors: Vanessa Jones and Gary Nash

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