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7th June 2014: Introduction to taking Art Therapy outdoors

7th June 2014

The aim of the workshop is to give participants an introduction to working with natural materials and taking therapy outdoors. We will do this through experiential workshops in the morning and afternoon as well as provide a brief presentation into the concepts and theory of eco-therapy/nature based therapy.

Participants will receive a CPD certificate

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED – we are operating a waiting list, please get in touch with Sarah

Date: Saturday 7 June 2014, 10-5pm
Cost: £45
Venue- Unit E3, 3 Bradbury Street, Gillett Square, London, N16 8JN
Enquiries and bookings please call 0207 503 1330 or email sarah.cook@studioupstairs.org.uk

The morning session will include introductions, time for individual experiential art making with natural materials together with discussion and reflection on what participants have produced. Followed by a brief presentation on taking therapy outdoors by the facilitators.

In the afternoon the group will head out to a local green space to work with seasonal themes around nature and to experience the therapeutic space outdoors. We will use mindfulness techniques as a means of grounding participants in the outdoor space and work individually and as a group to create art in nature. We will close the day with time to reflect and discuss the work that has been created and offer time for questions about our practice.


10 am Arrival at Studio
10-1pm Morning Session
1pm-2pm Lunch
2pm-3pm Afternoon Session

About Workshops at Studio Upstairs

The workshop will be run at Studio Upstairs, an arts studio and therapeutic community for artists with history of mental health.  The workshop will be led by Tanya and Simon of COATS (Community Outdoor Art Therapy Service).

Simon Woodward is an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and one of the Studio Managers at the Studio Upstairs. His therapeutic practice has been shaped by his profound connection with the natural world combined with his love of creating art. This connection is informed by his interest in the myths and traditions associated with the natural world. As well as offering artistic and therapeutic support to people within the Studio Upstairs space he has created and facilitated a series of seasonal outdoor art making workshops for the Studio Members. He has co-facilitated art therapy groups and outdoor art therapy taster groups through the NHS. He has engaged with outdoor training through CAPO (Counsellors and Psychotherapist Outdoors), a professional members organization supporting therapy practice outdoors. He is currently working towards a Certificate in Environmental Arts Therapy through the London Art Therapy Centre.

Tanya Andrew is an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist who is passionate about the environment and looking after our planet sustainably. She is influenced by the ideas of the deep ecology movement and the notion of an ecological self, the cultivation of identification with our natural surroundings as a further stage in our maturation process.  As an artist she often works with eco pigment paints and creates sculptures that seek to question our ecological crisis and humanity’s response to it. She enjoys spending time connecting to nature and feels that this is a vital aspect of ourselves. She has worked as an Art Therapist at Studio Upstairs and is currently employed as an Art Therapist working with young people in Hackney. She has also managed and facilitated a 2 year project running outdoor therapy on two garden sites in Hackney offering twice weekly groups. To further her knowledge and understanding of eco-therapy she has attended training in Therapeutic skills in outdoor/nature based therapy.


7th June 2014


Studio Upstairs North London
Unit E3, 3 Bradbury Street
London, N16 8JN United Kingdom
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020 7503 1330