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Nature Rx@UMD: Nature, Race and Relational Trauma: Presentation by Beth Collier

Join Nature Rx@UMD for a special talk on Nature, Race and Relational Trauma by Beth Collier,
When Apr 16, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online
Contact Name Naure Rx@UMD
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Join Nature Rx@UMD for a special talk on Nature, Race and Relational Trauma by Beth Collier, a "nature allied" psychotherapist and ethnographer who teaches woodland living skills and natural history.  Her work explores relationships with people and with nature.
“Nature offers us the core conditions of an ideal primary care giver, and is a significant other in our lives. There is a trauma in being disconnected from her as a source of positive attachment and as a secure base.”

This talk explores the relational trauma in being disconnected from nature through the lens of Nature Allied Psychotherapy, a modality of ongoing client practice taking place in natural settings - working in allegiance with nature to explore our emotional world. Beth's book, Nature Allied Psychotherapy; Exploring Relationships with Self, Others and Nature is forthcoming with Routledge.

Nature provides the conditions for our optimum health, yet we have formed a dysfunctional relationship with the city, tolerating environmental stressors which harm human health, whilst many no longer see see time in nature as a meaningful part of everyday life.

People of colour and those on low incomes are more likely to live in urban areas with a deficiency of access to nature and a higher exposure to city stressors. Many people of colour have been disenfranchised from nature through human interference, experiences of racism have created barriers for some, to feeling safe in nature, cutting us off from habitats which are physiologically, emotionally, and spiritually supportive.

Beth will discuss the UK context, in which people of colour spend less time in natural settings than white communities. Whereas in countries of heritage we tend to be deeply connected to nature, a disconnect seems to occur in the west. Beth will share findings from her ethnographic research exploring people of colours' relationship with nature in the UK, and work being done by her organisation Wild in the City to address issues of racism trauma, loss and healing in accessing green spaces and the countryside.

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