The Centre for Natural Reflection Outdoor Therapy Training with Hayley Marshall

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Courses for Human Relations Practitioners

Developing an ecological sensibility in organisations, education, & the wider psychological professions


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Becoming an Ecological Practitioner

On this page you will find innovative new programmes, building on broad ecological philosophy and incorporating contemporary ecological thinking and approaches to practice.
This is work that is urgently needed if our human relationship with the earth is to radically change. The courses here are designed to support the development of an ecological mind (Marshall 2020), whereby human relations practices affect an ontological stretch into an ecocentric frame.





Introducing Eco-TA

Introduction to Eco-TA


This is an innovative introductory programme into ecotherapy and holistic education practice and theory for TA practitioners. Led by Hayley Marshall, PTSTA (P) and Giles Barrow TSTA (E), participants will be given opportunities to explore how nature, landscape and environment can provide powerful agency into clinical, organisational, and educational practices.

Whilst ecotherapy and holistic education have been around for some years, they have, so far, remained outside of mainstream TA theory and practice. We see this programme being at the growing edge in terms of integrating these timely, earth-spirit based themes into the work of the TA practitioner. Whether it’s with a view to healing trauma with clients, building connection to natural agency, or promoting holistic development through learning, this programme will engage the practitioner with the outdoors, as classroom or therapy space, or perhaps something quite new entirely.


We actively welcome participants from our global educational, organisational and therapeutic communities, regardless of field of application, qualification or experience. Only a basic level of TA knowledge required!


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Topics will include working therapeutically with protocol, symbolic movement and experience, script, liminality, and clarifying vocational purpose, all in relation to an ecological perspective. Practical aspects of working outdoors with clients will also be covered.



New dates for 2025 TBC
at Mill House Farm Earl Soham Suffolk

Fee £300


(NB: We will be adjusting the fee for those attending from TAlent countries as identified by the ITAA)

Places are limited to 20


Please click here to email for more details and to book a place







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Becoming Ecological

Making Space for Red Bead Speech




A Seasonal Workshop Cycle

2024 - 25


Shining Cliff Woods Derbyshire & Mill House Farm Suffolk

Facilitated by Hayley Marshall and Giles Barrow


A year long programme of four 3-day workshops tracking the seasons aimed at human relations practitioners seeking to develop their work with clients across all fields of application and theoretical modalities. The purpose of the programme is to deepen personal and collective ecological conversations, thereby building confidence for working within the ecological domain. The workshops will follow the general direction of our previous Shining Mill Group and will alternate between Mill House, Suffolk, and Shining Cliff Wood, Derbyshire. We aim to work exclusively outdoors in these places incorporating the wisdom of our more-than-human kin.


The format of the programme will incorporate some of our existing signature themes including exploration of nonverbal implicit process through movement, storytelling, rite of passage, and outdoor immersion; linked with fireside teachings, and discussion. In addition, this new programme will feature the theory, methodology and practice of leading thinkers in the ecological field. Details of selected theorists/writers will be released nearer the time. The emphasis is on widening the horizon from which the programme draws material to foster rooted new practices.


Ecological Practice. Fire

Workshop 1 Monday 30th Sept - Weds 2nd October 2024
Based Mill House, Earl Soham, Suffolk IP13 7RP
Workshop 2 Weds 11th - Friday 13th Dec 2024
Based at Shining Cliff Woods, Ambergate, Derbyshire
Workshop 3 Weds 5th - Friday 7th March 2025
Based Mill House, Earl Soham, Suffolk IP13 7RP
Workshop 4 Weds 18th - Friday 20th June 2025
Based at Shining Cliff Woods, Ambergate, Derbyshire

Cost - £1,125
£200 deposit - balance payable in installments



We are now taking names for this 2024-25 cycle



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