Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Ecotherapy

by Ecotherapy East in Halesworth, Suffolk, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th July 2022 we successfully raised £2,833 with 48 supporters in 69 days

We offer nature-based events and opportunities to care for our meadow. We are fundraising for a water supply and a shed for our equipment.

by Ecotherapy East in Halesworth, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Interview with East Anglian Daily Times. Press release

Hi all, 

Another week of the crowdfunding adventure has passed! We are learning, adjusting and networking. Please share our campaign with anyone who may be able to help. Each pledge makes difference!

Rob and Nick, our two directors, have a photoshoot and interview tomorrow with East Anglian Daily Times, based in Ipswich, that wants to do a feature on Ecotherapy East and upcoming events. This is very thrilling and will help us to promote our crowdfunder too.

Nick has managed to get us a release press which should be out soon. I pasted it under this message so read on if you like and share the good news with others. 

Our scything workshop at the Summer Solstice weekend - 18.6. is filling up. I attached the photo of our flyer. There are a few spaces left. Why not learn a new skill?

This weekend we are heading to the meadow again for a community and land tending weekend and camping. We will tend the trees, cut some wood that fell after the storms and also have some contemplative time in and with the labyrinth. Our partner Satya Staziker, local interfaith minister, yoga teacher and labyrinth facilitator will be guiding us to explore the element of fire and our sense of power on Sunday 22nd. Go to our site if you would like to join.


Wishing you a week full of spring nourishment, 

Sebastiana on behalf of Ecotherapy East team

Where the Wild Things Are – Ecotherapy East helping more people reconnect with nature

Did you ever wonder where all the wild places, animals and birds had gone to?  They’re right there, in a meadow, marsh or wood on your doorstep and Ecotherapy East is fundraising so more people can experience the wellbeing benefits from reconnecting with nature.

Ecotherapy East was founded by Robert and Sebastiana Black. Since the autumn of 2020 they have been rewilding a 12-acre meadow in Bramfield, Suffolk. So far, with the help of friends and volunteers, they’ve already planted over 300 trees and created patches of wildflowers and a labyrinth. Rob and other helpers built a compost toilet from reclaimed wood, and they’ve purchased a yurt where they will host events. They are training a group of local volunteers to scythe the land to keep machinery to the minimum.

Rob and Sebastiana have been running Mindfulness and Nature events in East Anglia since 2016. They told us: “We feel a sense of urgency about offering this work more widely. As our connection to this beautiful piece of land and its ecosystems grows, we want to begin offering workshops and events at the meadow to help people to access the mental health benefits of Ecotherapy.”

Amrita, an artist who came to one of their ecotherapy workshops said:  "I've been to two of these day events now and really enjoyed them. Rob and Sebastiana led the various activities with warmth and kindness, guiding us into a deeper awareness of ourselves through being present and alive to the natural world. A nourishing oasis in a busy life!"

Ecotherapy East have set up a Community Interest Company to help develop their work. They are fundraising to raise money for a safe water supply and a shed to support the care of the land in Suffolk, so it can be used for training, nature walks, ecotherapy and other courses and workshops.   

The next events coming up include a weekend tending the land on the 21st and 22nd of May and a day learning to use a traditional scythe on the 18th June.  For more information contact Rob on: 07775 809976

To donate to their crowdfunding project which runs until 12th June 2022, please go to:

To the editor:

Release date: For immediate release

Contact:  Nick Jackson, 07516 370377, 39 St Albans Rd, Norwich, NR1 2QX or Rob Black, 07775 809976

Information about the directors:

Ecotherapy East CIC was formed in October 2021

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Ethical Financial Review

An ethical financial review of personal savings, investments and pensions from a chartered financial planner in Norwich or online. Usual cost is £200.

£20 or more

Tour of the land in Bramfield and a cuppa

Come and visit the Church Farm meadow that we steward in Bramfield, Suffolk and we will show you around the 12 acres of the land. You can walk the labyrinth, enjoy the wildflowers, picnic by the pond in the shade of poplar and willow trees and have a cuppa with us.

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Art lesson

Have you always wanted to learn to draw or paint or just want to explore your creativity? Are you looking to develop your existing artistic skills? You can book a session with an experienced art teacher in Norwich at lower cost and support our campaign.

£40 or more

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Meditation teaching session

An introductory teaching and coaching meditation session with an experienced meditator and teacher for both beginners and those with more experience. In Norwich or online. Usual cost is £60.

£40 or more

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Voice session

One hour voice session for those who wish to develop their singing or speaking voice, expand their vocal range and malleability and learn about vocal care and support. Sessions with an experienced Voice Movement Therapist, singer, musician and songwriter Sebastiana Black.

£45 or more

25% off our events

We can offer you 25% off one of our future events if you donate £45 or more. We run ecotherapy, mindfulness and expressive arts workshops and retreats (1-5 days) on our land and in other locations in East Anglia. We are also planning to offer an Active Hope 6-week course and various nature themed talks and walks.

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One-to-one Ecotherapy and Mindfulness session

Come to our meadow and receive a one-to-one 1 hour 15min session with Rob or Sebastiana who are both trained ecotherapists and mindfulness teachers. Ecotherapy invites us into a deeper connection with the natural world and ourselves. From this more connected place we often gain insight, greater clarity and well-being, including feeling resourced, grounded and nourished. Session can take place either on the land in Suffolk or in other locations.

£60 or more

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Plant a tree to help rewild the land

For every pledge we'll plant a native tree at the land we're rewilding in Suffolk. The trees we plant live for between 80 and 500+ years, so your gift will keep on giving and giving for generations to come.

£75 or more

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Handmade Green Man Wood Carving

Beautiful handmade green man wood carving. Artist wrote:"Green men feature in medieval church carvings as a reminder of the wild pagan spirit lurking beneath the surface of us all. It's a gentle nudge to keep me aware that I may have a veneer of civilisation but am never completely tame. Each carved face is unique and represents 30-50 hours of work,currently made with locally sourced lime and recycled mahogany wood."Please ask for a photo.

£140 or more

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Vegetarian or vegan meal in the yurt for two

A three course vegetarian or vegan meal in our beautiful yurt with a glass of wine or another drink, followed by a coffee or tea for 2 people. We can sit outside or inside depending on the weather.

£500 or more

Free access to all our events for 12 months

Come to all of our events for 12 months. We have 2 retreats planned this year in Norfolk, 1 scything workshop in Suffolk and more to come in the beginning of the next year.

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Yoga session or Energy Alignment Therapy session

Individual Yoga Therapy with Sue Staziker. We will assess what you would like to achieve from the session. We will then find postures that will support your particular needs and goals. Usual cost of the session is £55. Session is 1 hour and 15 minutes and takes place in Sue's studio in Bungay.

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Zero Balancing session

A Zero Balancing session with an experienced body therapist Joe Church in Norwich. In a Zero Balancing session the recipient lies down, clothed, in a relaxed position. Using finger pressure and held stretches into key ares of the body, the practitioner allows deep-held tension in the bones and joints to be released, often with transformative effects. Usual cost is £55.

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Rosen Method bodywork session

A Rosen Method bodywork session with an experienced physiotherapist and Rosen practitioner Luisa Turner in Norwich. Rosen Method is a hands-on touch therapy that uses sensitive attuned touch and timely words to help contact deeply held muscle tension. Bringing awareness to feeling how these tesions are held in our bodies we can allow an unwinding and softening. Emotional release often happens simultaneously. Usual cost is £65.

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Handmade Crochet Blanket

One of our supporters made a beautiful red and orange blanket which they offered to our project. It is made of acrylic wool and is therefore machine washable. It is approximately 145x155 cm. It will keep you nice and warm. It has taken 3-4month to crochet it. Please contact us and we will send a photo.

£60 or more

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Shiatsu session

A shiatsu session in Norwich with an experienced practitioner. Using deep pressure, energy awareness, joint mobilations and stretches, the practitioner uses relaxed body weight to stimulate the meridians to help balance energy in the body. It is relaxing to receive and is commonly used a preventative healthcare measure to support, and address imbalances within the immune, digestive, nervous and other body systems and develop mind body connection.

£245 or more

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Space on 4-day Grief Tending retreat in Norfolk

One space to participate in Tending the Heart: Grief, Gratitude and Beauty retreat. Grief tending in community with cultural pioneer and healing practitioner Sophy Banks and support team. Retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of North Farm, in Burgh, near Aylsham, surrounded by nature. There are various accommodation options. Please go to our website for full details: The actual cost is £285.

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