ECOPSYCHOLOGY & ECO-ARTS THERAPY
what is it all about?
When we combine the principles of both eco-art and ecopsychology and using the natural environment as an area to work, talk, listen and learn we can achieve results that speak for themselves. Using the natural systems thinking process and exploring our 54 senses until we discover what becomes self-evident.
Ecopsychology studies the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles. The field seeks to develop and understand ways of expanding the emotional connection between individuals and the natural world, thereby assisting individuals with developing sustainable lifestyles and remedying alienation from nature. Evidence suggests that many environmentally damaging behaviours are addictive at some level, and thus are more effectively addressed through positive emotional fulfillment rather than by inflicting shame. Other names used to refer to ecopsychology include, Gaia psychology, ecotherapy, environmental psychology, green psychology, global therapy, green therapy, Earth-centered therapy, nature-based psychotherapy.
Pictures have been used as communication since man first picked up clay and made markings on walls of caves. Indigenous people used symbols to share stories, record events and celebrate occasions. The barrier of the spoken word or language was never an issue.
When we use art to communicate, we eliminate all the barriers of traditional communication, the words we struggle to say, the thoughts we are struggling to make sense of.
With natures teaching, we can reconnect with our inner child and communicate with the same ease as we did when we were children and first picked up crayons to draw.
A combination of traditional science-based psychology and ecopsychology, eco-art therapy offers a solution to crossing barriers and negatives.