Tooting.Streatham Woods

Our innovative one year Diploma training programme is the first of its kind.  Designed to support your connection with nature and develop your confidence working with clients in natural settings.

The course: is fully immersive, all of our learning will take place outdoors in woodland and grassland within south London.

The course journeys throughout the year embracing the seasons and cycles. Nature and all that she brings will become part of our experience.

The course is delivered through experiential learning and taught seminars over 8 weekends. The training day runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. We encourage students to camp overnight during training weekends (April to October) to enhance their experience of connection.

Ethos: Our relationship with nature is central to nature allied psychotherapy.  The course focuses on developing our own connection and attachment to nature, this relationship becomes part of the frame of nature-based psychotherapy.  This training acknowledges nature as a therapeutic container, co-counsellor and primary source of attachment.

We work with embodied and sensory understandings of nature and connection.

Subjects covered include:

  • Nature and Well-being
  • Self and Nature
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Attachment
  • Framework
  • Boundaries
  • Nature-based skills/bushcraft
  • Nature-based interventions
  • Anthropological perspectives
  • Survival and living
  • Ritual, Symbolism and Metaphor
  • Cycles
  • Beginnings and Endings

Entry requirements:

  • previous training in psychotherapy and counselling at post graduate level or similar (we may accept applicants who have considerable counselling experience but may not have a post graduate diploma or who are in their final year of post graduate training)
  • commitment to personal development, ability to self reflect and willingness to explore

Assessment: is summative and formative through personal process reflection, student presentation, client work, an essay and recorded tape.

The training is suitable for: qualified psychotherapists and counsellors and trainees in their final year.

Dates: March 2021

Course registration opens: September 2020

Places: are limited to encourage group intimacy, the maximum group size is 12 students.

Fees: £2200, payable in full or four instalments of £550

Entry: is by application. Applications will be open in September 2020.

Open days: TBA. Open days are an opportunity to meet the tutor, visit the venue and hear more about the course.

Booking is essential for open days, please email Kike at to confirm attendance and receive further details.


Course Brochure: Diploma in Nature based Psychotherapy.2017-18