Ecotherapy Group

A therapeutic treatment that involves doing outdoor activities in nature.

Adults 18yrs+ 

Ecotherapy Group

 

Ecotherapy is a formal type of therapeutic treatment that involves doing outdoor activities in nature. There isn't one single definition of Ecotherapy, but it's often used to describe a regular, structured activity that:

  • Is led by trained professionals (sometimes therapists), who are there to support you

  • Focuses on doing an activity, rather than on your health directly

  • Takes place in a green environment

  • Is related to exploring and appreciating the natural world

  • Involves spending time with other people, although you can always choose to interact at your own pace

Different terms for Ecotherapy


People sometimes use different words to describe Ecotherapy, depending on whether the activity has an emphasis on exercise, horticulture (gardening), or therapy. Phrases you might hear include:

  • Green exercise

  • Green care

  • Green therapy

  • Horticultural therapy 

 

You can choose from a variety of tasks​:

  • Can be adapted to suit a wide range of abilities and mobility levels

  • Takes place outside in community gardens 

  • Run by qualified and experienced workers

  • Could lead to new hobbies, careers or friendships

 

Doing Ecotherapy has allowed me somewhere that is my safe place, a place of my own, where I can be quiet and peaceful. The act of growing and caring for something else helps me to stop thinking about what is going on in my head.

Ecotherapy Improves mental health

 

Ecotherapy can make a significant difference in how you feel, for example by helping you feel more grounded, providing an alternative perspective on life, and helping your mind and body to relax. 

It can:

  • Reduce depression

  • Reduce anger

  • Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress

  • Improve your mood and self-esteem

  • Increase your emotional resilience.

 

How does Ecotherapy reduce depression? 

 

Research into Ecotherapy has shown it can be a successful treatment for mild to moderate depression. This is thought to be due to a combination of:

  • Doing more physical activity, which is known to have many physical and mental health benefits

  • Getting more regular social contact with people, which can reduce loneliness and boost self-esteem

  • Being surrounded by nature, which can boost your overall mood and sense of wellbeing.

Improves physical health

 

Ecotherapy can improve your physical health through:

  • Regular opportunities for physical exercise.

  • Spending time in the fresh air, which can increase your energy levels.

  • Using up excess stress hormones in your body.

  • Relaxing your nervous system by being in a calm, natural environment.

  • Increasing your stamina and fitness.

  • Develops your social life.

By participating in an Ecotherapy project, you could:

 

  • Meet new people.

  • Lessen any isolation and loneliness, and increase your sense of belonging.

  • Build your peer support network.

  • Create more of a structure to your week.

  • Make connections with people, which may develop into long-term friendships.

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