Environmental arts therapy and the Tree of life guides us through the Celtic calendar to explore the relationship between the feeling experience of the human heart and the turning year. Practical, poetic, innovative and magical, it invites us to make environmental art and ritual a vital and healing part of our lives once again and teaches us how to take the personal issues that bind and oppress us out into Nature where they can be met, confronted and transformed.
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By marianne bonneta
Feb 3, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars A traveling companion for life 18 July 2011 By Spirits Rest books "This book for me has been the single most important book of my life. The writings in this book have changed my life for the better" David Hanson, Director, LYNAY Social Arts Centre of Sacramento "I am LOVING it, I have recommended this book to every one I know as an absolute must have" Eleanor Scott Wilson, Dramatherapist "Ian Siddons Heginworth is the male Clarissa Pinkola Estes" Kayte Summers, International Drama teacher "This book has enlightened, thrilled and floored me. You have produced a gem worthy of a best seller." Catherine Wilcox, Singer, Dancer, Teacher "It is an invaluable companion to my life and does not leave my bed side table, I love it." Adam Griffin, Environmental Community Consultant and Co founder of Moor Trees. "A gifted practitioner, sharing eloquently and inspiringly of his wonderful work. Bring it on!" Jeremy Thres,... More > Co founder, Regenco "I carry Ians book wherever I go" Christina Bustamante, Writer "It is a book for our time" Richard Dealler, Chairman, The Michael Mary Pilgrims Way "This book is a travelling companion for life" Cate Calder, Cued English Tutor "I have recommended it to others who share my excitement at having discovered this remarkable writer. A life changing experience in every month of reading." Maggie Clarke, Writer "His Environmental Arts Therapy is a unique synthesis that creatively bridges many arts and therapeutic disciplines and ive repeatedly seen how this can benefit people struggling with major life difficulties" Dr Glenn Roberts FRCPPsych, Lead on Recovery for the Royal College of Psychiatrists "I recommend this book to anyone who wants to enter the flames of personal therapy, emerge phoenix like, and allow the cycle of their lives to move on with greater awareness of and unhindered by their past" Chris Holland, Bushcraft teacher and author "A fascinating and enlightening read even for the well informed" Joe Salmon, Director, Tai Chi Nation "I and my four sisters have had a recent bereavement. I bought my sisters your book and we are all finding it poignant, revealing and comforting." Sharon Hayden, Dramatherapist "I came across this book at a conference at the Eden Project and have been enchanted by it." Sarah Deco, Art Therapist and Group Analyst< Less
"Environmental arts therapy and the Tree of life" "This book is proving to be such a friend! It invites me to play and whisks me into some wild corner of mother nature where we wiggle our toes in the delicious mud of what it is to be human. It pokes and prods and lays bear hidden hurts with breathtaking directness, it flips over heavy rocks and chases out secrets with ease. This friend tells great stories and paints powerful images that can leave me in no doubt that I am undone, utterly seen for what I am and I can offer no surprises. What a relief! This book is a travelling companion for life, my own inner self is the landscape we are exploring. It doesn’t let me get away with only visiting the pretty bits but while I’m travelling with such an eager and wise guide I find I don’t mind the grubby bits so much. It comes laden with gifts, insights that leave you nodding and smiling in recognition, practical tools that make it seem possible to finally integrate the dark... More > and light within and inspiring news of fellow travellers. This book insists on wholeness, shadow and light are all divine in this friend’s eyes and if on the way I get all self-pitying this friend will quite rightly push me over in the leaves and flick mud in my hair." Kate Calder, cued english tutor for children with hearing impairments "As I read each months’ writings I am reminded of ongoing cycles in the natural world and the bigger mythical stage in which the drama of my own process is set. I then feel connected to the landscape and Ian inspires me to go out there, to stalk the wild within and look it straight in the eyes. With the tools and guidance the book provides I am enabled to enter the moment and give voice to what needs to be heard, or enact what needs to be noticed. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to enter the flames of personal therapy, emerge, phoenix like, and allow the cycle of their lives to move on, with greater awareness of, and unhindered by, their past." Chris Holland, bushcraft teacher and author of "I love my world" "Congratulations, and a million thanks for birthing your book 'eat me'. Aptly named as i devour its contents each month. It has enticed me into the green vein of nature, to understand more extensively the language of her rhythms and cycles, drawing on tradition, archetypes, metaphors and earths energy's, it is a skillful and poetic guide to transform, heal, and connect us to the relationship between human heart and pulsating planet. My partner has been reading it to me, month by month, how your words wash away the dust on my emotions is nothing short of genius! I beg him to read on, but of course it would be senseless, as it commands the graceful and gentle pace of nature itself. This book has enlightened, thrilled and floored me. As he reads sometimes all i can do is shout STOP! As i also need the time for it to take root. Now i have a copy of my own, i will use it as my yearly guide book, i feel you have gifted me with such delicious wisdom, this book now sits in my bag with the rest of my essential items.. i can only imagine the labour of love this has been in bringing it into fruition and i can only say on behalf of the feminine the masculine and gaia herself the biggest of thank yous. you have produced a gem worthy of a best seller." Catherine Wilcox, singer, dancer, teacher "I and my four sisters have had a recent bereavement – we lost our brother, and I bought my sisters your book, we are all finding it piognant, revealing and comforting –especially the the parts about grief. Sharon Hayden, dramatherapist< Less
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