Person-centred therapy groups in a nature setting, for men suffering with enduring poor mental health

Are you suffering with poor mental health?

Would you benefit from talking and listening to other men?


We meet weekly from Spring into Summer, in a natural woodland setting, so there's time to sit by the fire, have a cup of tea, chat and learn some woodland skills.


2021 course dates

9 April - 30 July

Each Friday 10:30am - 2:30pm

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August 

Residential weekend

What might you gain?

This is a nature based therapy project. Although most counselling takes place indoors, there are times when there is a need for a more natural setting, which brings its own therapeutic benefits.

Group therapy is at least as effective as one-to-one therapy. It can improve your experience of relating with others and your sense of yourself. This can happen when we build a group in which it feels safe to be open and honest about your experience. Group experiences take time to develop but can be enormously beneficial. The intention of the woodland activities is to help you to explore your experiences at your own pace and to express yourself.



Rab Erskine and Chip Ponsford are experienced person-centred counsellors who share an enthusiasm for outdoor counselling work. We are excited about this opportunity to offer respectful, accurate listening and open and honest relating, in a woodland setting, with a view to helping you move towards your own healing.


Chip Ponsford is accredited with BACP.  Rab Erskine is a practitioner member of COSCA, which is accredited with the Professional Standards Authority.


Is this for you?

  • Are you suffering with poor mental health?

  • Are you able to commit to attending regular weekly sessions from aproximately 9.30am to 2.30pm between April and September? 

  • Would you be able to attend an initial overnight residential weekend?

  • Could you benefit from helping to build a trustworthy, confidential group - somewhere which is separate from the rest of your life?

  • Could you benefit from experimenting with how you relate with other men?

  • Could you benefit from learning woodland skills and doing creative woodland activities?

  • Do you like the idea of sitting around the fire? 

  • Are you ok about getting a bit wet or dirty?

  • Group therapy can support you in accessing your feelings. Do you have a trusted person you can talk to outside the group? 

There are a maximum of 10 men per group. The site is fully accessible. 




If you think this could be for you and you’d like to explore the idea further, please contact Chip on 07940 853123 or email