An introduction to outdoor therapy - in person workshop

07394 275 922 07394 275 922
10th May 2024, 10.00am - 2.00pm
Counsellors and trainees
Beecraigs, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 6PL

This will take place outdoors, so participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the conditions! This will be a half-day workshop taking place in the fantastic surroundings of Beecraigs Country Park, Linlithgow.

The workshop will cover:

  • ethical considerations
  • safety
  • privacy
  • risk assessment
  • route planning
  • how to conduct an outdoor therapy session
  • opening and closing of an outdoor therapy session
  • how to hold space outdoors
  • working outdoors vs. working in controlled environments.

We will also look at appropriate techniques and tools, and how to help the client utilise the environment to facilitate impactful, meaningful and lasting change.

The course will be a combination of individual and group work, with time for quiet contemplation, journalling prompts, exploring the use of metaphors and to see how we - as practitioners - relate to the landscape, ways we can offer this to our clients and how this can translate to effective, competent therapeutic work.

Who is this workshop for?

Suitable for anyone with an interest in working therapeutically outdoors or anyone with a general interest in the outdoors and who would like to explore this further and/or counsellors, holistic therapists, mental health practitioners, psychotherapists and anyone working with clients in a helping role who might want to introduce an outdoor element.

Since 2020, I have delivered my introduction to outdoor therapy workshop online and in person 15 times. 72 people have participated and the majority of them are now working outdoors in their own practice, which is really heartening.

I believe my knowledge, passion and genuine desire to empower practitioners set me and indeed my workshops apart.


"Guided by his wealth of experience, Sean facilitated an illuminating workshop and helped alleviate any fears I had about getting started. We went on some walks while talking and found shelter when the rain got too heavy, mirroring the unpredictability of an outdoor therapy session. A wide array of resources were provided during and after the workshop. However, there was also ample space to discuss ideas with each other and consider what our own practice might look like. Sean's workshop was incredibly motivating and confidence-building, and I left feeling excited about the possibilities."

"I have been wanting to take my client work outdoors for a long time... but I just didn't know where to start or how to approach doing this. After a four-hour workshop with Sean I felt encouraged and empowered. His passion, enthusiasm and calm nature really helped me feel capable and ready! I was armed with new knowledge, confidence and tools and within a few weeks I had my first outdoor clients." 

Contact me for more information and to book your place. 

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Hosted by Sean Tierney

I have been working outdoors with clients as a therapist since 2019 and have vast experience, having completed over 1000 hours! I am passionate about sharing this experience I've gained and supporting other therapists to take the steps to make their practice more in alignment with their own aspirations and values.