Training, The Wild Atlantic Way

Joanne Hanrahan

This Course has now been run 4 times and have had great feedback.  I take participant feedback very seriously and continually look to improve the content and delivery.  My last 2 sessions have both earned 5 Star average reviews.

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Online Outdoor Psychotherapy Core Training


Next Course Dates now confirmed

September Course (Open For Booking)

Date: Sun12th, 19th, 26th September 2021: 8.30am -2.30pm BST

May Course (Booked Out)

Date: Sat 15th, 22nd, 29th May 2021: 8.30am -2.30pm BST

April Course (Booked Out)

Dates: Thurs 15th, 22nd and 29th April 2021: 9.30am -3.30pm BST

Price: €300 (15Hrs CPD)

Delivered & Hosted by Joanne Hanrahan

Max number of participants 10

Are you a Qualified or Trainee Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Art Therapist or Psychologist interested in integrating nature into your therapy practice or taking therapy sessions outside?  If so this highly interactive and practical online course will give you a solid foundation on how to begin or develop your outdoor psychotherapy practice. 

There is much to be reflected on when embarking on therapy outside of the traditional frame of the room.  Consideration must be given to a number of practical issues, client and process suitability as well as important theoretical underpinnings.  Fundamental to Psychotherapy and Counselling is the therapists’ own growth and awareness through personal therapy.  Similarly, in working outdoors with clients, the therapists’ own relationship with nature, their comfort and sense of regulation in natural environments is of paramount importance. 

Join me in exploring how you can bring nature more into your practice through the development of your unique professional and personal experiences.

Course Structure:

  • This unique course is developed to allow participants to engage in a very interesting blended learning experience. 

  • It is designed as a highly interactive small group training which will include periods of outdoor time. 

  • Participants will engage with natural environments local to them during the course – this may be a garden, local park, country road etc. 

  • Further outdoor experiences will be encouraged between workshops.

Learning outcomes include:

  • An increased awareness of your own process related to Nature.

  • A clear sense of how and why you may develop your Outdoor/Nature practice.

  • An understanding of the practical implications of taking your clients outdoors.

  • An understanding of the background, research and literature relevant to integrating Nature to your practice.

  • An increased awareness of the wider ‘Green Care’ and ‘Ecotherapy’ context.

  • Knowledge of outdoor clinical practice vignettes.

  • Integration of this approach with your own model and theoretical lens.

  • Developing your professional network and matrix of support.


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Sample Participant Feedback

"Really enjoyed experience and loved the balance of academic and nature experiential work. Upon reflection the growth was amazing"

"Very practical, focused & interactive outdoor therapy training experience with an outstanding tutor and empathic group of colleagues. Would highly recommend for all therapists, thank you for a fabulous three days Joanne."

"I feel I was brought into a whole new world of possibilities for working with clients that makes so much sense. The pace of the delivery was perfect and allowed time for processing our own experience in nature and considering how we will incorporate it in client work. A fantastic training so well put together and delivered. Thank you Joanne!"
"I feel I've gained the confidence on how to bring my psychotherapy practice outdoors and how to bring nature indoors too"

"I have really started to look at my own interaction and connection with nature. I am focused now on bringing the inside out and the outside in, but for me first, and then moving onto client work."

"Although I know that nature is good for my own process, I've become aware how to use it at a deeper level."

"The outdoor activities were very enjoyable and stirred up more emotions than I thought they would or that I was prepared for."
"I have a much better idea now about the type of work I wou
ld like to do with clients and the way I would like to work with them especially incorporating nature into the work."

"A lovely mix of content and process and great to connect with such a varied group. The practical tips were very useful and I really enjoyed the outdoor exercises."

"Joanne i really enjoyed workshop, I really like your very relaxed way of delivering it, helped me be at ease.  I look forward to doing some work and also spending a day in Clare when that becomes possible, thank you 

"loved your course Joanne, great structure, informative and a good balance between outside exercises and coming together on screen, really well held, thank you!"

"I really enjoyed the course and you put it together beautifully. I feel my roots are growing. I also think the amount of time (18 hours) and the cost is
manageable. Thank you very much!"

"A lovely mix of content and process and great to connect with such a varied group. The practical tips were very useful and I really enjoyed the outdoor exercises."

"Great mixture of experiential and theory , group  and small number process .Well held "
"Really good balance, inspiring and empowering, thanks Joanne"

"My exiting word on this course was "bountiful ". I connected even further with nature and its endless resources. Joanne is a great facilitator."

"I found the training excellent. It was very relaxed and I loved the experiential element to it. I would highly recommend the training"

"Really enjoyed this course so much. Inspired me and encouraged me into seriously thinking about outdoor therapy. Thank you, a great experience."
"it was very well facilitated and informative. I feel I got the experience I was expecting when I booked."


"Well done, lovely pace, great people, sensitively done. Thanks!!!!"


"Lovely mix of practice and theory, really enjoyed course felt I learned a lot"


"Joanne I found the course beautifully paced and the experiential part was nourishing and regulating …. It was lovely to be with you again and I learnt a lot thank you"