Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts - Rachel Carson
I work with you - individually and in small groups - as a Nature Mentor, Educator, Creative Arts Therapist & Forest Therapy Guide FTG. I support engagement with the community & the outdoors, self expression, creativity, having fun and living an active & healthy lifestyle which has you at its centre. I am passionate and bring over 20 years experience of working with people with diverse experience of disability and lived experience of mental health in the arts, education, disability and community sectors.
I work with you, to reach your NDIS goals, as a:
For self-managed and plan-managed NDIS clients.
We take it in turns to lead & follow. We became curious about the warm peppery aromas & the shifting cool breezes rising up from the creek below. I notice that you brush your fingers across the tips of the dry grasses & blooms as you walk, enjoyjng the sensation. We find butterflies, parrots, robins & a blue tongue lizard. We chat & we listen. We are quiet. We are beyond the city & in nature’s care. There is a sense of safety & freedom. As a companion, I guide you to slow down & to notice what you are experiencing as we share a walk and talk.
- 12th February 2021
We meet at an exhibition. You are working towards your first exhibition & we are taking time to reflect on your creative process, see other artist’s work and have conversations about what you enjoy making.
Sometimes we sketch in the gardens & other times we work on your artist statement, resume & portfolio. We work on what feels right at the time, allowing space for conversations about life.
- 25 February 2021
“What are you noticing?” We begin with what we can see. We laugh when this turns into a playful game. Then I suggest that we listen to sounds which are close and sounds which are far away. We begin to touch the different surfaces and textures. We notice the coolness of sea water and the warmth of the rough rocks. As we walk, we notice the sea breeze lapping against our exposed skin. Then we pause to notice the scents & aromas which we can smell. We notice how this comes & goes. We wonder what this moment tastes like, as we cast our shadows across the dry wetlands with the sea breeze rustling our hair.
- 7 April 2021
Flow foREST Therapy acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation & the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn & work.