Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.:
Beginning February 4, 2021
It’s cold. And dark. We’re tired. And so many things remain wildly uncertain and unpredictable. A few sure things . . . the sun rises and sets, the first day of spring is less than 2 months away, and humans can learn so much from the natural world about how to get through dark and cold times. Join us for reflection, practice, and conversation around how to deepen your relationship with nature in a way that supports you and the planet through the last weeks of winter hibernation. We will meet together weekly, leading up to the Spring Equinox.
- Give yourself an intentional pause for nourishment and reflection. This is not selfish! In fact, it allows you to better care for the people and places you love.
- Enjoy the camaraderie of a group of folks curious about well-being and nature.
- Practice specific exercises based in nature and neuroscience that increase resiliency, compassion, calm, connectivity, and appreciation.
- Embrace seasonality in a new way–explore what it could mean to be still and ‘hibernating’ in this time, and what you may want to intentionally nurture and grow as we move towards the spring thaw.
- Learn new ways to acknowledge the darkness and struggle of this particular time without going under.
- Discover deeper connections with the natural world.
- Expect opportunities for experiential practice, individual reflection, and sharing within the group (or smaller groups, depending on whole group size).
- We will meet weekly and our conversations will build on each other to some degree, but each week will be structured so that no prior attendance is necessary. Please feel free to join us as frequently as works for your schedule.
About Corie Washow
Corie Washow, LCPC-C, MSEd, has many years of experience and training in both social services and environmental education. In the past few years, she figured out how to combine the two by providing clinical mental health counseling with an ecotherapy foundation at Elemental Counseling in Freeport. Her office is on a tidal river and near several publicly accessible trails, all of which are deeply appreciated locations for working with clients. Corie lives in Durham with her partner, dogs, gardens, and countless wild creatures.
Both science and experience tell us that when humans are in relationship with the rest of nature, there are positive impacts. Stress and anxiety go down. Connectedness, awe, creativity, and wonder go up. The planet benefits from gentler and more respectful human action. Interaction with nature is always possible, even now, when so many things that once seemed certain are out of reach. Ecotherapy (reciprocal healing in relationship with the natural world) can help you and the earth move towards balance. Ecotherapy has a strong hold in parts of Europe and the West Coast of the US, but is in its infancy in our area. No experience or special skills necessary, just a sense of curiosity.