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Ecotherapy and Nature Supported Psychotherapy, from the office to the trail.

PINAWA, MANITOBA. July 24th to July 29th 2023.



For who?

This training is intended for mental health and helping relationship professionals who wish to discover ecotherapy and intervention supported by nature in order to integrate it with confidence into their professional practice.

Training objectives

At the end of this training, participants will:

  • Understand the difference between ecotherapy, nature-supported psychotherapy, and nature time prescription and know the theoretical underpinnings behind these approaches.

  • Know how to carry out the preliminary evaluation in order to determine when, why and how to use nature to support a treatment plan/plan of intervention/therapeutic process.

  • Know the process supported by nature and use different intervention techniques supported by nature in order to integrate it into one's own practice.

  • Develop a relationship with nature that allows you to understand, know and anticipate a natural environment in order to acquire a sufficient level of comfort to accompany clients there and work in partnership with this environment.

Procedure and pedagogical framework

This training starts with a 6 day intensive for a total of 42 hours of CE.

A training manual is given to each participant.

The theory is transmitted by theoretical presentations, but above all by practical experimentation.

Participants will be able to experience the intervention supported by nature both in the role of professional and in the role of client.

Support is given in the first 3 months after the training intensive to support learning and the integration of a nature based practice according to the modalities that follow your respective framework of practice.

During those 3 months, assignments will be given such as readings and exploring the natural environment where the professional intends to practice in order to deepen their knowledge of the territory and relationship to nature.

Three individual supervision meetings with the trainer (3x1h) and three group co-development meeting (3x1h) are scheduled after the intensive. These meetings will be held through videoconferencing.

In context

Since 2022, Canadian licensed health professionals can prescribe time in nature for their clients. This training is offered to equip professionals who are interested in making such prescriptions and accompanying their clients on the trail.

General and specific training topics

Intervention supported by nature in a professional context:

* Legal framework

* Professional Ethics

* Professional attitude

* Confidentiality

* Physical and psychological security

* Insurance


Ecotherapy and intervention supported by nature.

* Definitions

* Benefits for physical and mental health

* An ecocentric perspective (versus egocentric) to generate personal and social change


The relationship of the professional with nature

* Know your natural work environment (recognize the risks, maintain the intervention framework)

* Develop an intimate relationship of trust with nature as a lever for intervention


Intervention theories and approaches that support nature-supported intervention

* Biophilia

* Mindfulness

* The existential-humanist approach

* Focusing

* Symbolism - Jung

* Empowerment


Intervention techniques

* Integrate nature into the office

* Conduct of a meeting, intervention framework

* Experience, in the role of the client, the intervention supported by nature

* Practice, in the role of the professional, the intervention supported by nature

Your trainers

Roxanne Côté is a social worker since 2009 and a psychotherapist since 2013. It was in 2017 that she began to integrate intervention supported by nature into her professional practice, following a 6-month training on the subject. She first integrated the intervention supported by nature and ecotherapy into her practice as a social worker and psychotherapist at the Cégep de Sherbrooke, where she accompanied students both in the forest and in the office. Gradually, she turned to private practice where she now occupies most of her professional life. For the past 3 years, she has also been offering training in Ontario with the Global Institute for Forest Therapy.

Patti Phillips has been supporting people in their personal growth and healing journeys for over 30 years. She weaves together life coaching, nature therapy, grief recovery, therapeutic recreation, experiential education, and circle facilitation to offer what she calls “heart tending”.

Since 2009, her calling has been to guide women in middle life to re-connect with their authentic natures. She offers individual sessions, women’s circles, and retreats.

Nature has been one of Patti’s greatest supports in both her life and in her work. Healing, teaching, reflecting, accepting, inviting, sharing, and loving. Her body, mind, heart and spirit feel most at home at her Nurtured by Nature Retreat and Playhouse in Pinawa, Manitoba.

Cost and cancellation policy

Cost: 2000$


Cancellation policy:

If the training does not take place, you will be fully refunded. ​

If you cancel more than one month before the training, only the deposit will be invoiced to you (300$).

If you have to cancel and someone else takes your place, you won't have to pay any fees. ​

If we are unable to fill your place, and you cancelled less than a month to the training, you will be refunded 1000$.


To register, or for more information, please contact me by email using the ''Contact'' space below or at the following address:

A deposit of $300 is required to reserve your place.

The total cost must be paid at least one month before the start date of the training or, if registration is made less than a month from the start, upon registration.

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