Working with Nature to bring about therapeutic change in adolescents; a practical guide.   Roger Duncan, Deputy Principal ...
<ul><li>Working  in the woods </li></ul><ul><li>~learning to engage with the body.  </li></ul><ul><li>Wilderness experienc...
Working in the woods
Building a sense of community from the bottom up
Chop wood carry water
By working with animals Leave no waste
The Kettles on
Bringing Soul to nature
Working at a human scale .
Ensuring  everyone is included.
The coppice 2007 Theatre
Poetry and Story telling
And time to go...
The reintegration of the body senses in adolescence can form the basis of a therapeutic process and this underpins the rat...
 
Wilderness experience
<ul><li>The wilderness effect  </li></ul><ul><li>Greenway (1995) describing the ‘ wilderness effect’  comments that it onl...
Walking is older than talking..
Learning spatial and social orientation
Learning to separate the essential from the non essential
working with a wide range of learning difficulty in post 16 specialist education  Integration of peak experiences
Touching the edge of the psychological landscape
Vision quest as a wilderness rite of passage.
Meredith Little and Steven Foster  The School of Lost Borders
Vision Quest~ a doorway to the imaginal world, ritual fasting alone in nature as an initiatory threshold
Preparing for a symbolic death
Severance~ letting go of the known
Threshold~ a liminal space
The return
Incorporation ~honouring of personal stories in your community
“ If the young are not initiated into the village they will burn it down just to feel the warm”. African proverb
There is evidence to suggest that there is strong case for a need for a contemporary rites of passage within modern youth ...
The way of love is not a subtle argument, The door there is devastation, How do birds learn  to fly? They fall,  and in fa...
Thank  you
The four shields of human initiation  Foster and Little(1998)
<ul><li>References. </li></ul><ul><li>Bateson, G.  (1979)  Mind and Nature, a necessary unity . Wildwood House Ltd, London...
<ul><li>Mind Week Report (2007)  Ecotherapy, the green agenda for mental health.  Mind 15-19 Broadway London  </li></ul><u...
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    1. 1. Working with Nature to bring about therapeutic change in adolescents; a practical guide. Roger Duncan, Deputy Principal and Head of Education and Therapy. Ruskin Mill College, Glos.
    2. 2. <ul><li>Working in the woods </li></ul><ul><li>~learning to engage with the body. </li></ul><ul><li>Wilderness experience~ </li></ul><ul><li>~Learning to separate the essential from the </li></ul><ul><li>non- essential </li></ul><ul><li>Vision quest as wilderness rite of passage </li></ul><ul><li>~A mythic journey real Time. </li></ul>What I will talk about ~
    3. 3. Working in the woods
    4. 4. Building a sense of community from the bottom up
    5. 5. Chop wood carry water
    6. 6. By working with animals Leave no waste
    7. 7. The Kettles on
    8. 8. Bringing Soul to nature
    9. 9. Working at a human scale .
    10. 10. Ensuring everyone is included.
    11. 11. The coppice 2007 Theatre
    12. 12. Poetry and Story telling
    13. 13. And time to go...
    14. 14. The reintegration of the body senses in adolescence can form the basis of a therapeutic process and this underpins the rationale of the Ruskin Mill Education Trust practical skills therapeutic curriculum Craft work
    15. 16. Wilderness experience
    16. 17. <ul><li>The wilderness effect </li></ul><ul><li>Greenway (1995) describing the ‘ wilderness effect’ comments that it only takes three or four days for modern humans in wilderness experiences to forget their daily work life and begin thinking and dreaming archetypal images and suggested that modern culture is only ‘ four days deep’. </li></ul>
    17. 18. Walking is older than talking..
    18. 19. Learning spatial and social orientation
    19. 20. Learning to separate the essential from the non essential
    20. 21. working with a wide range of learning difficulty in post 16 specialist education Integration of peak experiences
    21. 22. Touching the edge of the psychological landscape
    22. 23. Vision quest as a wilderness rite of passage.
    23. 24. Meredith Little and Steven Foster The School of Lost Borders
    24. 25. Vision Quest~ a doorway to the imaginal world, ritual fasting alone in nature as an initiatory threshold
    25. 26. Preparing for a symbolic death
    26. 27. Severance~ letting go of the known
    27. 28. Threshold~ a liminal space
    28. 29. The return
    29. 30. Incorporation ~honouring of personal stories in your community
    30. 31. “ If the young are not initiated into the village they will burn it down just to feel the warm”. African proverb
    31. 32. There is evidence to suggest that there is strong case for a need for a contemporary rites of passage within modern youth culture. (Mahdi et al,1996,1998)
    32. 33. The way of love is not a subtle argument, The door there is devastation, How do birds learn to fly? They fall, and in falling, they are given wings Rumi
    33. 34. Thank you
    34. 35. The four shields of human initiation Foster and Little(1998)
    35. 36. <ul><li>References. </li></ul><ul><li>Bateson, G. (1979) Mind and Nature, a necessary unity . Wildwood House Ltd, London. </li></ul><ul><li>Bateson, G. and Bateson, M. (2005) Angels Fear, towards and epistemology of the sacred. Hampton Press </li></ul><ul><li>Bird, W. (2007) Natural thinking . Report of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds ‘investigating the links between natural environment, biodiversity and mental health. </li></ul><ul><li>Brendtro, L. Brokenleg, M. Van Brockern, S. (1990) Reclaiming Youth at Risk, our hope for the future National Educational Service, Indiana </li></ul><ul><li>Foster, S. with Little, M. (1998.) The Four shields; the initiatory seasons of human nature, Lost Borders Press, </li></ul><ul><li>Glendenning, C. (1994). My name is Chellis and I’m in recovery from western civilisation. Boston Shambala </li></ul><ul><li>Mahdi, Christopher and Meade (Ed ) (1996) Crossroads The quest for contemporary rites of passage , Open Court </li></ul><ul><li>Mahdi, L., Foster, S., Little, M., (Ed) (1998). Betwixt and Between: patterns of masculine and feminine initiation, Open Court, publishing company. </li></ul>
    36. 37. <ul><li>Mind Week Report (2007) Ecotherapy, the green agenda for mental health. Mind 15-19 Broadway London </li></ul><ul><li>Plotkin, B. (2003) Soul craft, Cross into the mysteries of nature and the psyche , New World Library </li></ul><ul><li>Plotkin, B. (2008) Nature and the Human soul, cultivating Wholeness and community in a fragmented world. New World Library </li></ul><ul><li>Pinnock, D. (1997) Gangs, rituals and rites of passage. African Sun Press. The Institute of Criminology, University of Cape Town </li></ul><ul><li>Roszak, T. (1992) The voice of the earth. An exploration of Ecopsychology. Phanes Press </li></ul><ul><li>Roszak, Gomes and Kanner (1999) Ecopsychology , restoring the earth healing the mind. Sierra Club Books </li></ul><ul><li>Senge, P (1990) The Fifth Discipline, The Art and practise of the learning organisation , Random House UK </li></ul>
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