Faye Bradbury 
        Laughing Heart Enterprises

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Eco-Shamanic Practitioner

Eco-shamanism and Ecotherapy?

Connection with the earth and its systems are at the core of eco-shamanism and ecotherapy.  Many shamans, medicine people and practitioners who practice eco-shamanism and ecotherapy believe that the earth has a self-righting capacity which operates through complex systems of integrated balance, and that if people can harmonize with these systems, they may experience improved mental health.  Personal well-being and planetary well-being, as proposed in many tenets of eco-shamanism and ecotherapy, are not separate from each other.  People‚Äôs lives are therefore seen as part of a greater system of interaction.

Nature and Mental Health.  
Eco-Shamanism and Ecotherapy are based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature.  There is a growing body of institutes that are now employing Ecotherapy and Ecopsycology as part of their interactions with clients suffering with PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders with extremely positive results.  This connection to nature is something that shamans, medicine people and mystics, indigenous peoples, Celts and all people connected to the land have known for hundreds of years.  It is something that I was born into, this knowing and experiential, fully immersive way of living totally at one with the land, and all that dwells in and on it, I lived with and in and on.