Taking Art Therapy Outdoors: A Circle of Trees

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This chapter describes the practice of environmental arts therapy working in parks and woodland in North London. An emphasis is placed on the geographical spaces used and the process of working indoors and moving outside. A description is given of the Circle of Trees group and the environmental arts therapy training course and considers the continuities and differences experienced when moving one’s creative art therapy practice outdoors. Particular attention is paid to the seasonal changes, the indigenous Celtic cultural knowledge of the tree calendar, and how nature provides visual and sensory experiences that stimulate metaphor, imagination and art responses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Arts Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationThe wild frontiers of the heart
Place of PublicationOxen: New York
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2020
EventAttachment and the Arts Conference - British Association of Art Therapists, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Nov 202014 Nov 2020


ConferenceAttachment and the Arts Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • art therapy out-doors; circle of trees ; metaphoric language; Celtic Ogham tree calendar; seasonal cycles; indigenous knowledge; indigenous cultures; mythic narratives; metaphor


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