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

Final weeks: rewards, film-screening of the Biggest Little Farm, Wise Nature retreat

Dear supporters,

Wow, it has been a little while since our last update. We had a little break after the busy May. We have been touched by the generous donations and we know that more people are now aware of Ecotherapy East thanks to our crowdfunding campaign. We still have a few weeks left of our campaign and we hope we can raise more funds to support our valuable work and give us the resources we need.

We also needed to focus on preparing our first Scything Workshop which happened this Saturday 18 June. Richard Brown from Wild Scythe and Scythe Association of Britain & Ireland came to our meadow in Bramfield to share his extensive knowledge and skill of meadow management and scything. Richard has a lovely approach; he describes scything as a multi-sensory activity. When we scythe we can not help to pay attention to what is right in front of us with all our senses. We notice more and get into a rhythm with the movement of the scythe. It is a wonderful thing to see so I included a few pictures of our scythers. We also have videos on our social media.

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Scything encourages a healthy ecosystem and spread of wildflowers. Our intention is to scythe the whole 12-acre meadow if we get enough enthusiastic volunteers. Please get in touch if you would like to help : [email protected] A group of volunteers will be meeting in June and July which is the best time to scythe.

Ecotherapy East is therefore coming full circle. The meadow is beig scythed again after 200 years. The watercolour picture of the meadow shows us how it used to be done. 

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Our crowdfunder is running until the end of this month. There are still a few rewards to redeem. We have a beautiful hand-made wood carving from recycled materials of a green man by Nick Jackson, one of our directors.

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You can also pay a bargain for a hand-made woolen knitted blanket by one of our supporters.

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You can find out more about both of these under the rewards section. Mindfulness and ecotherapy one to one sessions are still available at discounted price with myself, Rob and Rijuciddha and voice sessions with myself. I can help singers, speakers, actors and others to expand, explore and look after their voices. We have a vegetarian meal in our yurt for 2. 1 ethical financial review with an experienced professional is still up for grabs . You can also come for a tour of the meadow and cuppa for just £20. All these are listed in rewards. 

In the final week of the crowdfunder we are organising a community gathering and film screening of a very inspirational documentary The Little Big Farm about the regenerative power of nature in a lovely venue and yoga studio on Nelson street in Norwich. There will be a short talk about Ecotherapy East before the film, tea and cake and an opportunity to discuss the film. Book your tickets, places are limited: www.thegates.uk/event-details/film-showing-the-biggest-little-farm

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Finally, we are getting very much ready for and excited about our upcoming Wise Nature: Ecotherapy and Mindfulness Retreat in North Norfolk in July. It's taking place on a beautiful meadow surrounded by a woodland near Aylsham and it is an opportunity to connect with our inner nature and outer nature using ecotherapy and mindfulness practices and relax. A participant last year wrote this about his experience: 

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There is no previous experience necessary. If you would like to join us or know someone who might be interested, please share the flyer above, visit our website: www.robertblackcounselling.co.uk/ecotherapy or email directly: [email protected] 

With wild blessings and hope we meet somewhere soon,

Sebastiana on behalf of Ecotherapy East


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£180 or more

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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.

£35 or more

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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.

£45 or more

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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.

£40 or more

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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.

£45 or more

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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.

£50 or more

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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.

£50 or more

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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: https://www.norfolkgrieftending.com/. The actual cost is £285.

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