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Embrace Therapy Podcast: Woods for Wellbeing

Published on Dec 07, 2020 by Vicky Linnane

In this episode of the Embrace Therapy Podcast, Vicky Linnane interviews Kerry Walker.

Kerry is a passionate Forest Bathing Guide, Forest Therapy Practitioner, Forest School Leader and an Art Therapist. She has been guiding Forest Therapy walks for five years with a focus on integrating her art therapy experience within her walks. She is the founder of The Nature Hub, a platform to support children and adults to explore, connect and restore with nature.

In the podcast, Vicky and Kerry discuss the benefits of being out in nature and Kerry tells us about her experience of forest therapy, forest bathing and her forest school “The Nature Hub”. 

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Vicky Linnane

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Vicky Linnane is a registered Art Therapist. She completed her BA in Arts in 2009. Following this, she studied a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts in Healthcare Settings at NUI Maynooth. While working as a creative arts facilitator, she obtained her Masters in Art Therapy from CIT/ Crawford College of Art and Design.

With 2020 bringing a whirlwind alongside it, Vicky leaned on her media studies skills acquired from her undergrad to develop her very own podcast. Embrace Therapy Podcast offers the listener a chance to hear from qualified therapists and mental health care professionals themselves, as they share stories, insight and research on how embracing therapy is positive for one's mental health.

Vicky currently provides art therapy online and operates her private art therapy practice, Enrich Art Therapy, from The Acre Project, Celbridge and The Basin Street Centre, Naas.

Kerry Walker

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Kerry Walker is a passionate Forest Bathing Guide, Forest Therapy Practitioner, Forest School Leader and an Art Therapist.

She currently lives in the South-West of Ireland, where she experiences the daily language and connection of natures' landscape. She feels strongly that this connection with nature and each other is vital at this moment in time.

Her appreciation for nature and art has brought her on creative journeys around the world. She facilitated creative arts programmes focusing on using art and nature as a tool for integration, connection and awareness.

Kerry has been guiding Forest Therapy walks for four years with a focus on integrating her art therapy experience within her walks. She is the founder of The Nature Hub, a platform to support children and adults to explore, connect and restore with nature.

She is also a trainer and mentor with the Forest Therapy Institute. She has training in Eco-Psychology, Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors, Therapeutic Play skills, and is certified in Therapeutic skills for children in the outdoors.

www.thenaturehub.ie 

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