Restoring Nature, Restoring Ourselves

Coming this fall….

Restoring Nature, Restoring Ourselves Series

In Part one, get your hands dirty as you actively participate in the restoration of nature.

  Part two digs deeper into the restoration of ourselves.

Join both and save $50.00

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A story of the birthing of this offering:

I had no idea what I was in for when I signed up for a community stream restoration day on the lands of Ignatius Jesuit Centre.  I showed up a little apprehensive, yet, curious of how the day would unfold.  My apprehension quickly settled as I was greeted by an enthusiastic team, led by Martin.   It was easy to see Martin’s passion as he shared the restoration journey the Old Growth Forest has been on over the years.  The team quickly got us suited up in waist high coveralls and ready to enter the stream!  What a sensation it was stepping into the stream, sinking deep into the mud and attempting to walk!  Laughter erupted in many of us as we slowly made our way upstream, untangling our feet from the mud with each step.

The intention of the day was to restore the banks of the river to allow more flow of water to 20190611_103329return.  Quickly, our team sorted out roles and an assembly line was made – some were hammering pegs along the banks, some were bringing in old trees that were to become the new banks, and some were tying the trees together.  I couldn’t help notice the full delight my body experienced being fully engaged in the work, plus working as a team with people I didn’t even know  — all to support the restoration of this stream!

And then the realization hit me!  This is exactly what I do as a therapist supporting individuals recovering from trauma.  I support the repairing of boundaries so emotions and life energy can flow again.  And once again, I was struck by the marvel of how our bodies are nature, and how vital it is to restore the reciprocal relationship between body and nature, as both need each other for true restoration. 

I had many outdoor adventures over the summer, but that experience remained a highlight, and I now continue to feel a deeper kinship to the land.  And so, this group offering was birthed from that experience.

 A human being is part of a whole, called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separate from the rest, a kind of al delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us. Restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ‘Albert Einstein (Calaprice 2000, p. 316)’

A journey through inner and outer landscapes for true restoration

What will the journey look like?

We will start our journey by meeting in a circle, creating a space to slow down and safely connect to our bodies and each other.  We will then move into a mindfulness walk, igniting our senses to the natural world, and finding Martin along the trail to lead us into a restoration project.  These projects will include creating animal habitats, restoring meadows and forests, helping establish a native flowers teaching garden.  This outer work will be the catalyst to exploring the inner world of our own beings in the last part of the session. Angela will guide you to explore what comes up for you, in individual and group exercises, as you experience a deepening of the reciprocal relationship.

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Nature Restoration addresses the alienation between us and the natural world by inviting its citizenry back into the forest to heal the landscape, to commune with nature, and awaken our senses to the wilderness from which our ancestors emerged as the most dominant environmental force. It activates our primal intelligence in which our instinctive wisdom resides and which our industrial world represses. Like an alchemist of old who struggles to transmute lead into gold, the restorationists are themselves transmuted.

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This Group is Ideal For:

  • Anyone that feels the impact of this planet’s state and feels a loss of what to do
  • Individuals looking to deepen their relationship to nature and self
  • Individuals recovering from trauma and wanting a safe space to explore connecting to self, others and nature beyond the 4 walls of the therapy room
  • Anyone needing safe space for restoration

Experience aliveness by returning to a restorative reciprocal relationship

The Details

6 weeks running through Oct 1-Nov 5

Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:45am

Location:  Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project

Your investment:  $249.00 plus tax (part of payment goes directly to support the Old-Growth Forest Project)

BONUS! Sign up for part 2 and save!

Deepen Restoration as we dig deeper into RESTORING OURSELVES.  Keep scrolling for more details

The Facilitators

Martin Tamlyn  ~  Manager of the Old Growth Forest Project

Martin facilitates community groups of all ages in restoration projects within the Old Growth Forest.  His love and respect for nature is the cornerstone to his teachings as he ignites passion and curiousity for his participants.

“The Old Growth Forest Project’s goal, with the help of local students, community partners and volunteers to restore and protect these diverse ecological communities and to assist the regeneration of retired farmland, from old-field meadow to old-growth forest.”  More details at  https://ignatiusguelph.ca/old-growth-forest/project/

Angela Herzog  ~  Registered Psychotherapist

Angela’s playful and gentle spirit informs her work as a group facilitator. Angela offers a safe and compassionate experience that facilitates the body-mind -nature connection.  This approach invites you to be present and engaged with your body and nature in a non-threatening way.

Angela integrates her comprehensive training in Somatic Experiencing with her exploration of eco-therapy and eco-spirituality.     Angela holds the belief that human beings have the innate capacity to return to their natural rhythms and heal trauma, in turn, restoring their connection to the earth.

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Please take your time and sit with all the information you have just read.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns as you consider your participation.

BONUS OFFERING!  See below for Part 2 of Restoring Nature, Restoring Ourselves

Bonus Offering!  Sign up for both and save $50!

Deepen restoration

A key part of restoration of land is to identify and remove invasive species so there is more space for native species to thrive.  Our internal landscape also becomes overgrown with invasive beliefs and thoughts that do not belong to our inherent sense of self.  These invasive beliefs develop out of living through unsafe conditions within relationships and environments. Through outdoor and indoor activities, this group will support you to identify and tend to invasive beliefs and thoughts, resulting in space for your natural self to grow and thrive.

Another part of restoration of land is to create the ideal conditions for plants to thrive.  Safe conditions and connections are also vital for us to move into our innate selves.  Part one of our group allows us to connect with the land and each other in a playful way as we engage in restoration projects.  These connections will carry us into part two as we sit in circle and come together in understanding the common beliefs and thoughts that seem to invade us as humans.  In these safe conditions, magic unfolds as a sense of belonging and connection takes over the invasive thoughts and beliefs. Together, as a group, we will support one another to move more fully into our true selves.

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5 weeks running from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10

Tuesday mornings 9:30 – 11:30 am

Your investment:  $249.00 plus tax

Join both sessions and pay $448.00 plus tax— A $50.00 saving!

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