St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Ecotherapy

Meet the Ecotherapy Team: Discover Nature tutor Phil Taylor

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run the Discover Nature ecotherapy group at St Nicks. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been interested in wildlife (or Star Trek). Since university I have pursued a career in ecology as apparently Starship […]

Posted 25 February 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Natural Habitats | Tags: ecotherapy, Inspiration, natural habitats

Meet the Ecotherapy team: Words from the Wild tutor William Davidson

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run Words From the Wild with Emma. We used to run Book Club and Creative Writing separately, but now they’re combined, which is great! While I was studying at the Centre for Writing at York St […]

Posted 3 February 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: ecotherapy, nature

 Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sunshine and natural daylight   

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how important it is to get outside for natural daylight – even when that’s not always the most appealing at this time of year! In summer it’s easy […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: daylight, get outdoors, melatonin, mental health, seratonin

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Peer support

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or nature can help us connect to others. Gardening is often thought of as a solitary activity which can be very rewarding in […]

Posted 23 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece | Tags: community, cuttings, gardening, mental health, peer support, social, volunteering

Meet the team – Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I project manage the Ecotherapy Programme at St Nicks and have done so since the project started in 2015. Prior to joining St Nicks, I was a Service Development Senior Manager at York Mind and had been […]

Posted 18 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: career, day in the life, diary, ecotherapy, help, Inspiration, mental health, pathway, staff, vocation, work

Make your own nature journal – seasonal Ecotherapy

Why nature journal? The New Year is an especially good time to start a nature journal, it sets an intention of regularly connecting with nature throughout the year. A nature journal can provide some refuge on the darker days in winter time. Opening up the pages can remind us how we were feeling when we […]

Posted 16 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: creative writing, ecotherapy, Words from the Wild

Make a festive wreath – seasonal ecotherapy

Early December is the perfect time to connect with nature through some reflective and sensory time foraging for willow, ivy, pinecones and other natural goodies that can be added to a festive wreath. Shop bought wreaths often have fake foliage and almost always include wire, whereas our Bearing Fruit group make their wreaths with 100% […]

Posted 26 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: Bearing Fruit, ecotherapy

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Relaxation

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature can help us to relax. There are many daily stressors in life but one of the best ways to […]

Posted 23 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: bacteria, breathing, connection, deep breath, earth, ecotherapy, grounding, mental health, mental wellbeing, nature, relaxation, seratonin

Coping with eco anxiety

This blog by Ecotherapy Assistant Hannah Kenter is part of a series exploring some of the latest research and debates in the field of Ecotherapy along with nature inspired tips for how you can put the research into practice If you’ve been feeling unsettled about environmental issues of late there are some practical tips that […]

Posted 11 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: ecotherapy

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sense of responsibility

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we are going to be taking a look at how caring for a plant or garden, and having a sense of responsibility to care for it, can help us to feel better […]

Posted 23 October 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: ecotherapy, greenspaces, grow your own, homegrown, litterpick, mental health, plants, responsibility, seeds, self care