Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Hands covered in soil

*** Please note: All of our Ecotherapy groups currently are full and have waiting lists. Please keep checking this website for vacancy updates. For further information, please contact Kathy Sturgess via email: ecotherapy@stnicks.org.uk ***

Ecotherapy promotes good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in a natural environment. At St Nicks Ecotherapy is offered through a wonderful variety of group activities which are underpinned by one-to one mentoring support. Year round groups are Bearing Fruit, Discover Nature, Nordic Walking, Art-based Creative Writing, Words from the Wild and Plot to Plate. Over the spring and summer months we also offer Get Gardening. New for June 2021, Willow Weaving and Bushcraft! Stay up to date with Ecotherapy by signing up for our seasonal newsletter. If you would like to find out more or arrange an informal chat before enrolling on any of the groups, contact Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess at ecotherapy@stnicks.org.uk. Download an enrolment form on the right hand-side of this web page.

Read on to find out about the benefits of Ecotherapy, how it works at St Nicks, and how to get involved.

Alternatively, you can download our latest Impact Report for May 2020 – April 2021 (a printable version of the report is here) and our external evaluators’ report from the Converge Evaluation and Research Team (CERT).


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Benefits of Ecotherapy

Since 2015, 93% of our Ecotherapy participants experience significant improvements in their overall mental and physical wellbeing. They also report:

How it works at St Nicks

Interested? Want to know more?

The project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, with additional funding from Purey Cust Trust CIO and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Your Consortium.

This page was last updated 5 Oct 2021