Our innovative one year Diploma training programme is designed to support your connection with nature and develop your confidence working with clients in natural settings.

The course:

The diploma is fully immersive, all of our learning will take place outdoors in ancient woodland and grassland on the edge of the North Downs, within the south London region.

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 6, 3 day residentials. The training day runs from 10am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We encourage students to camp overnight to enhance their experience of connection.


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 allied 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 Emotional Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Therapeutic Container
  • Theoretical framework
  • Attachment
  • Frame
  • Boundaries
  • Woodland living skills
  • Nature-based interventions
  • Anthropological perspectives
  • Psychology of Survival and living
  • Ritual, Symbolism and Metaphor
  • Cycles
  • Beginnings and Endings

Entry requirements:

  • qualified psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists trained in psychotherapy/counselling to post graduate diploma 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


Certificate level

Students are expected to commit to all training dates, attendance of 90% is required.

Assessment is through formative assessment of readiness to practice, applied practice and theoretical knowledge.

Diploma level

Students are expected to commit to all training dates, attendance of 90% is required

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.


23-25 April 2021

28-30 May 2021

25-27 June 2021

23-25 July 2021

24-26 September 2021

29-31 October 2021

Course registration opens: September 2020

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


Certificate level

£2200, payable in full or four instalments of £550.50. Places booked by 31st January will receive a 10% early bird booking discount, paying £1980.

Diploma level

£2750, payable in full or in 6 instalments of £458.33. Places booked by 31st January will receive a 10% early bird booking discount, paying £2475.

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

Open days: 5th September 10am 2pm. The open day will be held in Croydon, CR0 9AA. Open days are an opportunity to meet the course leader, visit the venue and hear more about the course.

Booking is essential for open days, please email Barbra at hello@naturetherapyschool.com to confirm attendance and receive further details.


Course Brochure. Diploma in Nature Allied Psychotherapy.2021-22

Application Form. Diploma in Nature Allied Psychotherapy.2021-22