Deep Nature Connection
Deepen your connection to the natural world. Forget time and melt your little self into the bigger world of green life.
Become aware with an open heart and experiencing life in this present moment. Fully relax and let go.
Sensing the natural world with many senses: touch, sight, smell, taste, hearing, balance. Not a reflecting observer but a full participant in life.
Ecotherapist & Photographer
I have been very fortunate to have had a lifetime’s fascination with the natural world. I express this creatively through my photography and ecotherapy.
My professional background is in counselling, psychology, facilitation and wildlife education. Outside of paid work I am involved in habitat conservation and various social issues. I enjoy tai chi, meditation, and walking.
Currently my ecotherapy work involves running weekly sessions in Dagenham East London for people who have experienced mental illness and emotional distress. I also run training and open workshops. I have just completed writing a book on how to do ecotherapy.
I have a distinctive way of doing ecotherapy. I combine creative and deep connections to nature with mindfulness and sensory awareness.
The title grabbed my attention immediately. Was the book suggesting that the buddha and the early buddhists specifically went out into nature to meditate, that they saw something special about being in wilderness? The answer, from my understanding of the author, is a tentative yes.read more
My photography and ecotherapy are both aspects of my lifelong fascination with nature and my philosophical take on life. I’ve been taking photographs since I was a teenager. The majority of my photographs are of the natural world. I particularly like close up and macro work. I also have an eye for abstract looking images in nature, for example the yew bark images. I wrote and took all the pictures for the first photographic guide to British dragonflies. It is entitled – A Complete Guide to British Dragonflies, 1986, Jonathan Cape, London. In the 1990s I spent four years on a project photographing ancient yew trees, mostly in Britain. I have sold images and exhibited internationally.
I have various small projects on the go. In the past few years I have been working with the ideas of Japanese aesthetics. A key concept is wabi-sabi. I take wabi-sabi to mean seeing impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness in things. A breaking bud or dying bloom has wabi-sabi, reminding us of the transience of life. See the Sycamore Old & New gallery as an example. Maybe I will write more about is in a blog sometime.
I will get round to setting up the means to commercially sell images and buy prints. For the moment if there is anything you are particularly interested in get in touch with me.