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Roger Duncan,
Deputy Principal and Head of Education and Therapy.
Ruskin Mill College, Glos.

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  • 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.
    • Working in the woods
    • ~learning to engage with the body.
    • Wilderness experience~
    • ~Learning to separate the essential from the
    • non- essential
    • Vision quest as wilderness rite of passage
    • ~A mythic journey real Time.
    What I will talk about ~
  • 3. Working in the woods
  • 4. Building a sense of community from the bottom up
  • 5. Chop wood carry water
  • 6. By working with animals Leave no waste
  • 7. The Kettles on
  • 8. Bringing Soul to nature
  • 9. Working at a human scale .
  • 10. Ensuring everyone is included.
  • 11. The coppice 2007 Theatre
  • 12. Poetry and Story telling
  • 13. And time to go...
  • 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
  • 17.
    • The wilderness effect
    • 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’.
  • 18. Walking is older than talking..
  • 19. Learning spatial and social orientation
  • 20. Learning to separate the essential from the non essential
  • 21. working with a wide range of learning difficulty in post 16 specialist education Integration of peak experiences
  • 22. Touching the edge of the psychological landscape
  • 23. Vision quest as a wilderness rite of passage.
  • 24. Meredith Little and Steven Foster The School of Lost Borders
  • 25. Vision Quest~ a doorway to the imaginal world, ritual fasting alone in nature as an initiatory threshold
  • 26. Preparing for a symbolic death
  • 27. Severance~ letting go of the known
  • 28. Threshold~ a liminal space
  • 29. The return
  • 30. Incorporation ~honouring of personal stories in your community
  • 31. “ If the young are not initiated into the village they will burn it down just to feel the warm”. African proverb
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 34. Thank you
  • 35. The four shields of human initiation Foster and Little(1998)
  • 36.
    • References.
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    • Bateson, G. and Bateson, M. (2005) Angels Fear, towards and epistemology of the sacred. Hampton Press
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    • Foster, S. with Little, M. (1998.) The Four shields; the initiatory seasons of human nature, Lost Borders Press,
    • Glendenning, C. (1994). My name is Chellis and I’m in recovery from western civilisation. Boston Shambala
    • Mahdi, Christopher and Meade (Ed ) (1996) Crossroads The quest for contemporary rites of passage , Open Court
    • Mahdi, L., Foster, S., Little, M., (Ed) (1998). Betwixt and Between: patterns of masculine and feminine initiation, Open Court, publishing company.
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    • Mind Week Report (2007) Ecotherapy, the green agenda for mental health. Mind 15-19 Broadway London
    • Plotkin, B. (2003) Soul craft, Cross into the mysteries of nature and the psyche , New World Library
    • Plotkin, B. (2008) Nature and the Human soul, cultivating Wholeness and community in a fragmented world. New World Library
    • Pinnock, D. (1997) Gangs, rituals and rites of passage. African Sun Press. The Institute of Criminology, University of Cape Town
    • Roszak, T. (1992) The voice of the earth. An exploration of Ecopsychology. Phanes Press
    • Roszak, Gomes and Kanner (1999) Ecopsychology , restoring the earth healing the mind. Sierra Club Books
    • Senge, P (1990) The Fifth Discipline, The Art and practise of the learning organisation , Random House UK