As the planet is poised at the tipping point of irreversible climate change, we
struggle to conceptualise this potential catastrophe and its consequences.
Too awful, perhaps, to deeply contemplate the consequences of inaction,
we bury this awareness in order to maintain the emotional comfort zone
of denial. Believing, perhaps, that we are individually helpless to impact on
this terrifying escalation, this helplessness is often felt as despair and moral
How profoundly does this drama play out in the psyche and in our emotional
health? Do psychotherapists have the listening and vocabulary in place yet to
really relate to fears about environmental degradation? How can we develop
this skill? Could a deepened sensibility to our place in nature enable us to shift
from passive anguish to psychologically-robust problem solving and greater
emotional health? What is the relationship between therapy and nature?
Between deep ecology and well-being?
This conference will examine how we can creatively harness our awareness
of our relationship with nature – rather than suppress it – and will question
whether we develop our mental health and cultural depth by relating to
nature as a subject to be nurtured rather than an object to be exploited.
For more information see http://www.confer.uk.com