Our counselling service is a vital resource for people coping with the emotional impact of a life threatening condition. However, we recognise that some of the people in need of support might benefit from a different approach. With this in mind, we've been working with specialist practitioners to develop new services.
We're collaborating with Rhonda and Michéal of The Natural Academy to offer the first WHYoutdoors course in 2019, a nature-based group aimed at those living with and beyond cancer. Both Rhonda and Michéal are highly experienced practitioners in ecotherapy, an established form of therapy using outdoor activities in a natural setting to reduce stress and promote emotional and physical wellbeing. Michéal has worked as lead psychotherapist and director of services at Penny Brohn UK, so brings to his work with WHY a wealth of knowledge and experience of the specific impact of cancer on personal wellbeing.
The six-week course will bring a group of participants together, all of whom have cancer or are in remission, in a beautiful natural setting in Tickenham, North Somerset, where they will relax, reflect and take part in activities aimed at restoring their sense of self and emotional wellbeing. The first two sessions will focus on grounding and wellbeing, followed by two sessions promoting emotional healing and growth. The final two sessions have a theme of purpose and meaning. We look forward to sharing the stories of people who take part and hope that this will be the first of many groups.
The 2019 group has now started. If you'd be interested in taking part in a future WHYoutdoors group, please call 01373 455255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.