We are all part of the natural world. When we know we belong and are unified with all of life, we feel whole. Ecotherapy joins ecology and personal growth to assist us in remembering we are part of the life process and that we are embedded in nature. Ecological, social, spiritual and emotional crises mirror one another. What is destructive to the earth is also destructive to humans. What benefits and respects the earth brings well-being and compassion into human life. It is our birthright and responsibility to restore our understanding of community, to deeply value the preciousness of human existence, and to cherish our interdependence with all living beings of the world.
Ecotherapy: Earth-based Healing Practices
When people come to our programs, they are often longing for a more soulful, connected and meaningful experience of being human. Through aligning with direct experience in nature, we encourage deeply embodied awareness. We help activate the practice of presence, sensing and aliveness, as well as explore the barriers to this inherent vibrancy.
In ecotherapy, personal stories are respected and held within a larger collective context, which helps heal the isolation felt by so many. There is an understanding that one's pain, suffering, beauty and gifts are in direct relationship with the world, and that the gifts that emerge through one's healing and transformation are needed for the well-being of our communities.
Significant experiences in nature with land, plants, and creatures have often been considered merely symbolic in modern-day therapy, if considered at all. The guidance, healing and wholeness that can accompany these experiences are then lost and not available for the psyche's full maturation. Opening to an environment in which this consciousness of relatedness can flourish is an important aspect of ecotherapy.
All programs offered through EarthWays LLC fall under the domain of ecotherapy. Ecotherapy is NOT psychotherapy. However, we also have on staff several psychotherapists who integrate the two. If this is something you are interested in exploring, below is a list of our practitioners.