Heart Wood is a registered charity based in Northumberland.


We offer person-centred theraputic group counselling in woodland, in order to help people improve their mental health. We currently have a particular focus on working with men. We offer something different, for people who cannot engage with indoor services. Heart Wood is unique in offering group counselling in this way. 

The charity is building on the success of the 2018 pilot project 'Ecotherapy Group for Men who identified with suffering with depression'. There is qualitative evidence of positive outcomes for a majority of the participants, who had been psychologically and socially isolated.

Our core programme includes a men’s ecotherapy group, meeting weekly for six-months in local private woodland; projects that specifically work with fathers and sons; and we are researching and developing a programme which will engage with younger men.


We also offer CPD training for psychotherapists in contact-oriented person-centred ecotherapy.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are offering weekly 'holding connection' exercises with participants who had signed up for the 2020 groups.

To find out more any of our activities, please contact Emma on 07813 814644 or email info@heartwoodcharity.org


Heart Wood is a new and developing charity. We are looking for Trustees to support us in fulfilling the vision of our pioneering approach.  As a Trustee, you will play a vital role in this important period of development and delivery.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience of business development, financial management, monitoring and evaluation and fundraising. If you have something different to offer that isn't listed here, we'd still love to hear from you. 


Please download our Trustee Information Pack for more details and how to apply.

Charity Reg in England and Wales: 1182889