Ecotherapy Hedge School
The Walk Inniú ‘Ecotherapy Hedge School’
(Group Counselling Psychotherapy Outdoors in Nature)
What better place to reconnect with nature than… in a hedge. It is estimated that Ireland has approximately 300,000 km of hedgerow and although planted by landowners to enclose fields, they are filled with an amazing natural biodiversity, providing homes for birds, plants, trees, shrubs, insects and small mammals – all of which add immense character to our environment.
Historically, the term ‘Hedge-School’ is linked to a period in Ireland (post 1600’s up to late 1800’s) where educated men offered basic education to their local communities. Political and religious intolerance and oppression led to the children (and sometimes adults) who were of mainly Roman Catholic denomination being educated in these makeshift schools, which were usually hidden in outhouses, hedges or ditches. The great poverty experienced by many people in Ireland also ensured the existence of hedge schools right up to the 20th Century. Therefore, it is with great humility and admiration Walk Inniú uses the term ‘Hedge-School’ out of respect to the hardships experienced by the countless numbers who worked in and received their education in this most resilient, resourceful and effective tradition.
Aims of the Walk Inniú Ecotherapy Hedge-School include providing individuals and groups with a basic introduction to Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology. By engaging in creative and evocative grounding exercises – which draw on the rich symbolism and metaphor provided by being in such close communion with Nature, we explore the therapeutic framework and ‘holding ability’ of our natural surround in one of Dublin’s amazing larger parks.
Of course for those of you who can’t make it to the outdoor Walk Inniú Ecotherapy Hedge-School, we can provide an indoor version in the city centre or in your own organisation.
Seasonal WALK AND TALK (2 HRS)
€15.00 per session
Wellness Discussion and Introduction to Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology
Join us for our 2018 series of ‘Walk and Talks’ where along with enjoying the company of other Nature lovers like yourself – you will receive a beneficial and uplifting introduction to the concepts of ecotherapy and ecopsychology – all facilitated in a friendly and welcoming manner.
Learn how nature can help you to grow, heal and learn. Find out more (if you like) about Wilson’s Biophilia Hypothesis, Louv’s humorous take on ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ and the work of Theodore Roszak – all undertaken whilst we explore, notice and allow the beauty of the season to mindfully call us back to the ‘here and now’, calling us back from the often busy and tiring ‘doing mode’.
And yes for sure we treat ourselves to a hot ‘cup-of-something’ together before we set off on our ramble…
These positive, relaxed and light-hearted walks take place in various large Dublin City Parks, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.
Please contact David for information on the next scheduled Walk and Talk – (who will reply to you with all your meet-up details and send you a free Eco – route guide to Dublin City).
Looking forward to meeting you.
The Walk Inniú Ecotherapy Hedge School is open to all adults over the age of 18. However, given that the Hedge School is deliberately sited to be part of the natural environment, it is accessed over rough pathways and/or uneven ground. Our apologies to those of you who may have mobility issues and therefore would find access unsuitable, however please contact us as we do have various approved routes which may be more suitable to your needs.
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Hedge School Dates
Walk Inniú provides Group Counselling Psychotherapy Outdoors at our much loved Ecotherapy Hedge School.
Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology helps us to improve our connection with both ourselves and others, lower stress levels and increase our wellness levels.
Prior booking is essential to ensure your place in the group and receive your ‘Welcome Pack’.
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Body & Soul Festival
The Walk Inniú Ecotherapy Hedge School will be at the popular arts & music festival, Body and Soul.
19th – 21st of June 2015
Join David at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath for a very special Ecotherapy Hedge School Workshop from the Body & Soul Festival.