Episode 27: Connecting to Nature: Ecotherapy with Fi Garrard

Why is our connection to nature so important? How can coaching and therapy in nature be more powerful than sitting inside a room? And if we know nature is so beneficial for us, how can we begin to deal with the grief of losing it?

Fi Garrard is an outdoor counsellor, youth worker, gardener and dreamer based in Cornwall, UK. Her work is primarily outside and all about helping people connect to and be healed through the natural world. “Whether this is expressing grief about the climate crisis in a group or learning about growing vegetables”, Fi says, “every encounter brings us closer to our true nature and healing in our inner world creating, I believe real change in the outer world”.

As one of my topics closest to my heart, Nature Connection will provide the backbone to the next few episodes. In this episode, Fi and I discuss her work as an outdoor therapist and the transformational power that being in nature can have on her clients, before we delve into the wider issues of dealing with climate grief, trusting in Gaia, and how we might explain our exploitative relationship with the earth.

Listen now: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/Connecting-to-Nature-Ecotherapy-with-Fi-Garrard-eqeab5

Resources:

What is Ecotherapy? – Article

We Are All Connected to Nature – TED Talk by Nixiwaka Yawanawa

The Positive Effects of Nature on your Mental Wellbeing – article

The Work That Reconnects – website

Project Wild Thing – connecting children to nature – website

Episode 26: Dealing with Grief – Jenn M Choi

What is grief, how does it manifest in our lives, and how can we best process it? How does one deal with the loss of both their parents in their early adult years? What are the costs of ignoring grief and trying to power through?

Jenn M Choi is a real human who is passionate about creating impact at scale. As a Writer, Speaker, and Content Creator she tells inspirational personal stories and shares practical life + work lessons to empower people. As an Empowerment Coach, she empowers real humans to make BIG ASS changes and design the life + work they dream of. She’s also the Founder of a marketing communications consultancy. 

Her big dream is to finish writing a memoir on her journey of self-love through the grief of losing both parents. Originally from San Francisco, she’s now cozily settled in Berlin.

In this raw and insightful episode, we discuss everything from Jenn’s personal relationship with her parents, what it was like to lose them in her late twenties/early thirties, all the way up to reflections on what might happen after death and the importance of having a strong support network. 

Listen now: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/Dealing-with-Grief—with-Jenn-M-Choi-emsf68

Resources:

Jenn’s website: jennmchoi.com

Social media @jennmchoi

What’s your Grief? Blog (mentioned in the episode)

Modern Loss – Candid Conversation about Grief (mentioned in the episode)

Option B – Sheryl Sandberg (book mentioned in the episode)

Episode 25: How Psychedelics Can Help us Connect to Self, Others and Nature – Rosie Peacock

What are psychedelics (or ‘plant medicine’)? How can psychedelics help us to reconnect to who we really are, access deeper levels of creativity, connect to other people and tune in to our connection with the earth? And why are more and more folks over in Silicon Valley microdosing?

Rosie Peacock is a Business and Mindset Coach who has also been hugely inspired in her mission by psychedelics. As well as offering psychedelic integration coaching, Rosie is part of an amazing team (including myself) putting together a legal psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands for conscious, creative entrepreneurs – on a private island (date TBC, of course). In this episode, Rosie shares with us her personal journey with psychedelics, the neuroscience behind why psychedelics can have such profound impacts on our mindset, creativity and connection, as well as some of the risks involved.

You can catch the unedited, video version of the interview here!

Listen at: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/Connecting-to-Self–Others-and-Nature-with-Psychedelics—Rosie-Peacock-elcgrt

Resources:

Rosie Peacock’s website: https://www.rosiepeacock.com/ / Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamrosiepeacock

Conscious Enterprise, Rosie’s company: https://www.consciousenterprise.co.uk/

MIND foundation (psychedelic research and education): https://mind-foundation.org/

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS): https://maps.org/

Book: Conscious Capitalism – Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia

Book: How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan

Book: Therapy with Substance: Psycholytic Psychotherapy in the Twenty-First Century by Friederike Meckel Fischer (check out her videos, too, such as LSD: We Can Alter the View We Had on Things)

TED Talk: The science of Psilocybin and its use to relieve suffering (Roland Griffiths)

TED Talk: Psychedelics: Lifting the Veil (Robin Carhart-Harris)

Episode 19: How can we connect to ourselves, to others, and to Nature? with Christina Echevarria

Do you feel that you are truly connected to yourself, to others, and to Nature? What does it mean to suffer from ‘nature deficit disorder’? How can we use ancient rituals such as tea ceremonies and sharing circles to bring about a more connected, conscious world?

ChristinaChristina Echevarria, MSc is a Transformational Mentor, Breathworker and Ceremonialist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is devoted to serving her community (virtually and locally) in ways that empower embodied awakening, heart-centered transformation, holistic healing, and authentic connections to ourselves, to others and to the Earth. I met her during our MSc course, where we were two of the only people who seemed to recognise the importance of spending time in nature for our overall wellbeing.

In this episode, we delve into everything from heart-opening cacao ceremonies to how we can help society to face the existential crisis presented by the latest climate science. We discuss the importance of rituals and rites to bring us in line with others and ourselves, and emphasise how vital it is that we are able to recognise that we are part of nature.

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/How-can-we-connect-to-ourselves–to-others–and-to-Nature–with-Christina-Echevarria-ea30vs

Resources:

Christina’s website Stellar Shift – https://www.thestellarshift.com/

My MSc thesis – 30 Minutes in Nature a Day Can Increase Mood, Well-Being, Meaning in Life and Mindfulness: Effects of a Pilot Programme

Article – Children spend half the time playing outside than their parents did
Article – 3/4 of UK children spend less time outdoors than prison inmates
Article – People spend most of their waking hours staring at screens

Book – Richard Louv – Last Child in the Woods

Article: 10,000 – 100,000 species going extinct every year

Article – It’s official, spending time in nature is good for you

I also recommend Project Wild Thing, a documentary I was a *tiny* bit involved with back in 2015 (I helped them get a couple of screenings in Welsh cinemas) – https://www.thewildnetwork.com/inspiration/project-wild-thing

Episode 13: Healing collective trauma – with Patrick Dougherty

What is collective trauma? Are the wounds that we bear best addressed behind the closed doors of a therapist’s office, or as a collective? How is collective, intergeneration trauma affecting us all?

patrickdoughertyPatrick Dougherty, M.A., L.P. is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of clinical work and social activism. He is part of an international group working with and developing models dealing with collective trauma (www.pocketproject.org). He is a former US Marine who served in Vietnam and is leading a group specifically working with the collective trauma of armed violence and war (http://movingthroughit.org).

In this episode, Patrick discusses what it was like to return to the US after serving in Vietnam to find that nobody wanted to know what had happened there, about the pain and shame he held inside and tried to work on through therapy, until one day is Jerusalem the words of three women changed his life and his perspective forever.

Patrick argues that looking at trauma as an individual problem will never effectively heal collective pain – we need to work together in groups and communities to address the way different trauma lives in our bodies – and not only in those who identify themselves as victims. According to Patrick, our avoidance of discomfort and our fear of losing our own safety and privilege further drives feeling of trauma and separation.

Listen here: https://anchor.fm/the-way-we-connect/episodes/Healing-Collective-Trauma—with-Patrick-Dougherty-ea30vt

Resources:

The Pocket Project: https://pocketproject.org/

Moving through it: https://movingthroughit.org/introduction/

Healing Collective Trauma: http://www.healingcollectivetrauma.com/

Other articles and resources with Patrick:

Article by Patrick: Helping your Brain and Body Survive the Collective Trauma of 2017

Podcast interview with Patrick on Last Born in the Wilderness

Article by Patrick: Our Bodies Were Not Designed To Process Collective Trauma Alone

Interview with Patrick at the Trauma and Mental Health in Conflict and Migration online conference (do you recognise who’s interviewing him?)

Other resources:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van del Kolk (https://besselvanderkolk.net/the-body-keeps-the-score.html) – a fascinating book about trauma