Earthbound Teaching Nature Connected Arts Therapy

  • Bettina Evans Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand
Keywords: Nature connected arts therapy, Communitas with nature, Self-car, Naturalistic intelligence, Environmentally sensitive arts materials

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Creative Arts Educ Ther (2018) 4(2):164–173 DOI: 10.15212/CAET/2018/4/26

Earthbound Teaching Nature Connected Arts Therapy


Nature connected arts therapy (NCAT) is still a relatively new field in education. This article is a first exploration of teaching nature connected arts therapy in a post graduate diploma course in New Zealand. Included are examples of the outdoor teaching sessions at Whitecliffe. This is paired with student voices and art work describing the student’s experiences of interacting with nature and natural art materials during the sessions. The overarching theme of teaching NCAT in this setting is the widening of the concept of communitas to include nature. Furthermore NCAT provides the students with means of self-care which they can access during and outside of the programmeme.


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Evans, B. (2018). Earthbound Teaching Nature Connected Arts Therapy. Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET), Pages 164 - 173. Retrieved from