Courses

Nature Therapy:
Online Group (June '21)

Research proves that spending time in nature makes us happier. Practise nature therapy by signing up to this experiential four-week online group, starting on 31st May 2021.  Share your experiences with a supportive closed group in a private online forum—plus a special video-call event at the end of the programme.

Sign up here for £99 (roughly $135 USD), or scroll down the page for more information. 
Nature Therapy - Online Course

Learn how to live a more beautiful life with this therapeutic online programme.

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Four experiential weeks. 
12 nature tasks.
Professional support.
Private group forum.
Two-hour online video session.

We will help you to connect more deeply with nature for your happiness and wellbeing.

HOW NATURE THERAPY CHANGED MY LIFE

Course author and ecotherapist Stephen McCabe introduces his beautiful online ecotherapy course in this short video.
WATCH: ONLINE NATURE THERAPY COURSE

What's included?

  • Four Units over Four Weeks
  • Online support from a professional eco-therapist
  • 12 experiential exercises
  • 12 Videos
  • Two-hour online group event (via video-call)
  • Private online forum

Reconnect with nature

You will learn how to make a deeper connection with nature for your own happiness and wellbeing. Ecotherapy/nature therapy eases stress and anxiety through a variety of mindfulness-based exercises, as well as with creative, imaginative tasks. 

Rediscover Life's Beauty

It doesn't matter if you live in a busy city or in the countryside. This programme shows you how to connect with nature—no matter where you are! You will receive ongoing support from a professional eco-therapist through every step, as well as being part of a supportive nature-loving group.

To sign up to the Nature Therapy online group in June 2021, which includes a two-hour video online group session, professional support from an ecotherapist and a private online group forum, join now!

An experiential four-week online programme helping you to improve your wellbeing through nature connection.

Our Earth is magical. Let's find the magic. 

On 31st May 2021, you get your first week's exercises in your inbox. You can do your exercises on any days of the following week that suit you.

No knowledge of nature needed

Nature therapy is about connecting with life, not analysing it. 

Created and supported by a professional therapist.

Stephen is a qualified eco-therapist and counsellor with over 15 years experience of counselling. 

Positive and Uplifting

All therapies can bring their emotional challenges, and ecotherapy is no different. Most people, however, report finding ecotherapy exercises positive and inspiring.

Join a small friendly group

If more than 15 people book on the course, I will split the group into two teams so that you can get to know each other better—and have a more personal experience.
Meet your nature therapist

Stephen McCabe

Stephen is a qualified person-centred counsellor who has been directly supporting people emotionally for over 15 years. He has trained over many years in ecotherapy skills, and he trains others to become ecotherapy practitioners themselves on the Ten Directions programme; an intensive nature therapy course informed by Buddhist psychology. He is the man behind Nature Therapy Online and he runs several nature therapy projects locally in the Lothians/Scotland.  He is also a storyteller and a trained meditation guide and he incorporates these skills into his ecotherapy work. 
Stephen McCabe - Course Author

To sign up to the Nature Therapy online group in June 2021 which includes professional support from an ecotherapist, a private nature community forum and an online group event, click below.

Studies have shown that nature therapy/ecotherapy reduces stress and helps many people to deal with anxiety and depression. 

Nature is medicine for our minds.
"I'd like to thank you Stephen for being a fantastic guide through the last five weeks. This has massively helped me cope with living alone during lockdown, and also re-assessing and exploring my relationship with nature. Thank you so much. I will definitely take some of these practices forward in my life.”
nature therapy course participant
"I was encouraged by how much I learned about my favorite topic, nature, as I approached her in a childlike wonder and appreciation. I am much more aware of and feel connected to the senses and how each affects our outdoor experiences. It was a growth experience adding as well to what I am learning about gratitude, mindfulness and meditation. All this is now a part of who I am and who I am becoming. 
nature therapy course participant

Frequently asked questions
(answered by the course author)

 Is this course only for people who have access to wild outdoor spaces?

No! Nature is everywhere. You can do these ecotherapy exercises in small city park areas, or even walking through streets looking for nature. Of course, people from rural locations engage really well with online nature therapy too. In short: it doesn't matter where you live!

How is the course structured and when does it start?

On 31st May 2021, you get your first week's exercises in your inbox. You can do your exercises on any days of the following week that suit you.

Each week introduces a new theme. The themes are: connecting to nature, paying deep attention to nature, using imagination and creativity, and perspective. In each unit, you will have access to three exercises which are introduced to you by video (except for one sound/mp3 exercise). The videos come with accompanying PDF documents with bullet-point notes for each exercise. You then have a full week to complete your three exercises, and share your experiences with the group before the following week's exercises arrive in your inbox.

On Friday 25th June there will be a two-hour online event (at the end of the programme), for us to share our experiences together.

How much time will I need to dedicate to this programme?

That's up to you, but I would recommend putting aside around 2 hours per week for the tasks. Sometimes it may require a bit more time, sometimes a bit less. If you want to spend longer, the exercises are very flexible so feel free! But if you only have a few hours spare each week, that will be sufficient to engage properly with the programme.

Is this programme generally best done in warmer seasons/climates?

Not necessarily. Ecotherapy can teach us how to appreciate being outdoors and finding the beauty in nature in colder seasons or even rainy weather. Unless you live somewhere where it may be dangerously cold/hot at certain times of the year, ecotherapy is generally suitable for all seasons.

What about the online group support and time zone issues?

At the end of each unit/week, I ask you to post a paragraph or so about your experiences in the private group forum. I reply to you within 24 hours giving you personal guidance, advice and reflection on your work. I encourage group attendees to support each other in the forum too. This course also includes a two-hour video group meeting via Zoom at the end of the course. During this session we explore your highlights from the course, share group experiences, and I will offer you tips and advice on how you can take ecotherapy forward in your life.

The course is designed in such a way that it is accessible regardless of what time zone you live in. You can watch the pre-recorded course videos and post in the forum at any time of the day/week that suits you. You can then catch up with other people’s comments at your leisure. The only set time/date you are asked to attend is the aforementioned group meeting at the end of the course. However, although I set the date for this meeting in advance (25th June), I do not set the time until everybody has booked onto the course.  That way, I can look at everyone’s time zones and make sure that the event will happen at the fairest time to suit everyone.

I do my absolute best to ensure that this meeting doesn't happen in the middle of the night in anyone's timezone (although it may often be early morning or approaching midnight, depending where you live and who books on the course!). However, very occasionally I have people from such diverse timezones on the course (eg someone in California alongside someone in New Zealand) that it's impossible to accommodate everyone at a decent time. If this is the case, I will approach the group with creative ways around this, such as having two smaller events at different times on the same day instead of one longer event, or other solutions. If you book, please consider keeping that full day free for now (if possible), until you know what time the event will be.

You use the terms 'ecotherapy' and 'nature therapy' on this website. Are they the same?

Yes, they both mean exactly the same thing! They refer to any activities that aim to improve people's wellbeing by connecting with nature. I use both terms because some people search online for one term, and some people search for another.

Who is nature therapy for?

Everyone! Some people are drawn to nature therapy when they are experiencing emotional troubles and are looking for a positive therapy. Some people join simply because they love nature but are struggling to connect with it, and want to learn new tools to engage with it more deeply.

Do I need any materials to do this programme?

I ask you to keep personal notes for each exercise. You might like to buy yourself a special new journal beforehand, but it's not essential—some people prefer to keep electronic notes. Some exercises might be enhanced by taking photographs, but this isn't necessary and even if you choose to, any standard smartphone camera will suffice.

What is the difference between this group and the other courses on your website?

This 'Nature Therapy' group programme has the same content as the solo 'Nature Therapy' programme and roughly the same level of online support. This option, however, is for a group that starts on a specific date, and ends at a specific time, whereas the other course can be joined at any time. This course also includes a group forum where we share experiences together as a group, whereas the solo option is for people who prefer to work individually (I offer support directly by email). This course also includes a group video-call event at the end. The 'Myths and Tales' courses are entirely different courses with different exercises.

What can I expect to get out of this course?

This course is not a training course for ecotherapists; it is a personal wellbeing programme and the focus is on you—not working with others. However, if you are interested in ecotherapy training, then I recommend the Ten Directions course, which I am a tutor for.

I think it is always wise when promoting a therapeutic programme not to promise that it can change every difficult issue in your life for the better. However, nature therapy, for many people, is a transformative practice. This course is designed to make your life more peaceful and joyful. The exercises learned in these four weeks are designed so that you can easily incorporate them into your life once the programme is over. The aim is to create a deep connection to nature that lasts long after the programme has finished, and the feedback I receive is often powerful!

To sign up to the Nature Therapy online group in June 2021, which includes a two-hour video online group session, professional support from an ecotherapist and a private online group forum, join now!

£99
(around $135 USD)

Money-Back Guarantee

If you reach the end of the first week and you feel that the course is not for you, simply ask for a refund and you will get it—no questions asked.

Why? Because this course is designed to improve your wellbeing. If you don't connect with it, then we would rather you spend your money on another course that is a better fit for you. 
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