Courses

Nature Therapy:
Online Programme (solo option—start anytime)

Research proves that spending time in nature makes us happier. Practise nature therapy by signing up to this experiential online programme. This option features personal email support each week with experienced ecotherapist Stephen McCabe.

Sign up here for £99 (around 140 USD), or scroll down the page for full course 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 and empathic email support.
£99

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
  • Weekly email support from a professional eco-therapist
  • 12 experiential outdoor tasks 
  • 12 Videos
  • 2 meditation downloads

Reconnect with nature

You will learn how to make a deeper connection with nature for your 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. Nature is everywhere. This course shows you how to connect with nature—no matter where you are! You will receive ongoing supportive emails from a professional eco-therapist through every step.

To sign up to the Nature Therapy online programme (solo option), which includes weekly email support with a professional ecotherapist, hit the sign up button!

£99
(around $140 USD)

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

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

Programme

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 counselling experience. 

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.

Start anytime, from anywhere.

This is quite possibly the most flexible nature therapy programme out there.
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
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 loved the engaging videos which were filmed in some beautiful places, so it really made me want to get out straight away. I loved the simple but really effective tasks such as cloud watching. Next time i'll be on a walk i'll think of the tasks such as tuning into colours. It's been so beneficial during lockdown to really get in touch with nature"
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 programme structured?

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. The videos come with accompanying PDF documents with bullet-point notes for each exercise. You then have one week to complete your three exercises before getting online access to the following week's exercises. 

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 best done in warmer seasons?

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 support that you are offering? Are there any time zone issues?

Here's how it works: at the end of each unit/week, I ask you to send me an update by email about how you have been getting on. I ask for a paragraph or two of information on your personal process. I reply to you within 24 hours giving you personal empathic guidance, advice and reflection on your work.

The programme 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 email me about your experiences at any time of the day/week that suits you. 

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 course?

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.

How long after signing up does the programme start?

Straight away! Don't worry if you aren't quite ready to start though: just because you get access to the units every 7 days by email, it doesn't mean that you have to do them within that particular week. Start when it feels right for you.

What is the difference between this 'solo option' and the Nature Therapy 'groups' which start on particular dates?

The 'Nature Therapy' programme content is the same, and both programmes offer roughly the same level of online support. However, the group programme expects you to share your experiences in a closed online forum with the other members (rather than emailing me privately). Also, you can start this solo programme on any date that you like (it starts the moment you pay for it), rather than on a set date. Finally, the group version has an online group video-meeting event at the end of the programme, whereas the solo programme doesn't. Online email support tends to be more in-depth on this solo version though, hence the price being the same. 

The 'Myths and Stories' courses are entirely different programmes, focussing on nature's myths and tales as inspiration for nature connection. 

What can I expect to get out of this programme?

This programme 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 course 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 programme 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 course is over. The aim is to create a deep connection to nature that lasts long after the course has finished, and the feedback I receive is often powerful!

To sign up to the solo-working option of the Nature Therapy online programme, which includes weekly email support with a professional ecotherapist, hit the sign up button!

Only £99

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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