Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Ecotherapy at St Nicks

Hands covered in soil

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and this period of social distancing we are now offering ‘Ecotherapy Online’, a new way to access Ecotherapy from home. We could all use some nature-based inspiration at this time. To join download our Ecotherapy enrolment form, indicate on the form which groups you are interested in and return to Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess at ecotherapy@stnicks.org.uk. 

Kathy also runs the Mentoring Programme for all existing Ecotherapy participants. If you would like to find out more or arrange an informal chat before enrolling on any of the groups, contact Kathy at ecotherapy@stnicks.org.uk. 

Discover Nature

Videos from our tutor Phil Taylor inviting us to explore nature and wildlife in our gardens.

Letters from the Allotment

Connect to nature through words with our Creative Writing blog by Emma McKenzie, featuring poems and creative exercises to help our mental health. This group is a partnership with Converge.

Nordic Walking

Receive mindfulness and green exercise tips each week straight to  your inbox from our Nordic Walking tutor Michelle Cairns.

Bearing Fruit and Eco Book Club

Receive a weekly email from each of the group tutors Freya Lovett (BF) and William Davidson (EBC) which  include nature-based activities, tips, and the option to share ideas and give feedback to others in the group.

Wellbeing Wednesday

Receive weekly nature-inspired wellbeing tips and other inspiration from Ecotherapy Assistant Hannah Kenter.

Please note all of our face to face Ecotherapy activities are postponed until further notice. 


Ecotherapy promotes good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in the 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, Creative Writing/ Nature Drawing, Eco Book Club and Plot to Plate. Over the spring and summer months we also offer Get Gardening and Woodworking, new for July 2020 we are offering Willow Weaving.

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

Ecotherapy poster

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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 13 Jul 2020