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Wilderness therapy is perfect antidote to the stress of modern life

Advertising feature: Using nature and the natural environment to reflect on life and its problems can help people regain a positive direction and sense of self says Frank Grant, Cumbria's only Wilderness Therapeutic Practitioner.

IT’S easy to lose your inner calm and sense of self in our modern world.

Every day, we are bombarded by electronic noise, information, deadlines, and what can seem like endless responsibility and pressure both in the family and at work.

Little wonder so many of us lose sight of our dreams and spend little time thinking about the direction we really want our life to take.
So how can you give yourself the mental space to rediscover your true inner self and to reconnect back to your spirit and your soul?

One solution could well be the programmes being offered by Frank Grant, a Wilderness Therapeutic Practitioner resident here in Cumbria.

The basic premise of what Frank does through the Triverse Centre is simple: his therapeutic ceremonies and rituals allow people to escape the modern day frenzy of modern day life which blurs the sense of self and works towards giving them the stillness of a true wilderness experience.

Only then will they have the time and mental space to discover their true inner-self. Frank, a qualified outdoor instructor whose background has included service in the RAF, youth work, social work, counseling and teaching says of his work:- “I give people an opportunity to experience wilderness and nature in a way that allows them to think about and address internal issues that may be preventing them from moving forward positively with their lives. We involve people in a series of therapeutic activities using nature and the natural environment”.

Frank believes the material world can swamp human life to such a degree that it creates a kind of psychological blur, like sediment in agitated water, endlessly in turmoil and in constant motion.

In a totally natural environment, away from endless stimulation, the muddy waters of the individual’s inner life, can settle and clear, allowing the individual to discover their true inner spirit and hopefully a vision of who they are with a clear direction that their lives should be going in.

Thus the work done by Frank and his professionally colleagues - a Hungarian psychologist and a former Army survival instructor - is carried out in a natural wilderness environment.

Participants are asked to leave behind mobile phones, watches, MP3s, - in essence anything electronic that would disturb the natural environment and distract them from the ancient ceremonies and rituals that make up the foundation of his programmes. It is fitting that the logo for Frank’s therapeutic business is the Triverse, an ancient Celtic Symbol representing the natural balance between earth, fire and water.

The Triverse also represents the ability to make a reconnection with Nature of which we are all an integral part of but have lost this as a concept and belief system.

On all our Therapeutic Wilderness programmes we take a radical approach, getting people to do their own ‘therapeutic work’ in what is called ‘Silent Group Work’ approach. Often people are trying to resolve issues or make a major life changing decision but are unable to move forward because of internal barriers imposed externally. Wilderness can help people reconnect with their true self and
inner life.

Clients range from adolescents to people in their 60s including the retired and come from all walks of life. Most will be facing a wide range of personal or professional issues and behaviours that need resolving before they can move forwards. The programme for 2011/12 includes self-discovery journeys here in the well as in Turkey (Lycian Way), Tanzania (Kilimanjaro), Hungary (Pillis Forest), Israel (Negev Desert), Canada (Alaska) and Nepal (Langtang). In addition to self-discovery journeys, Frank runs Practitioner Training programmes here in the UK and across main land Europe. They provide accommodation, flights, food, all camping equipment, insurance, transport whilst on the programme and comprehensive handouts.

If interested in either self-discovery journeys or the practitioner training, log on to where you will find free downloads, a book shop, and further explanation of what he does and where he does it.

If attending the Outdoor show in January in London, call at his stand and have a chat and look at his latest book “The Flightless Albatross-The Panglossian Journey of a Wilderness Therapeutic Practitioner”.



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