She has additional and special trainings in body therapy, sexual being, trauma, anxiety, boarding school survivor trauma, equine assisted psychotherapy and coaching, including for change and leadership. She has done research for her MA on Ecotherapy and is UKCP accredited.
This is important because it means that participants are safely held. When we work with the principles of presence and spontaneity – seeking not to control or shape others – we need to know that we will be looked after.
When we include the body and our emotions as well as our thinking, when we allow the possibility of expression and vulnerability –– we need to know that we will be responded to and ‘met’, and that we will not be missed or shamed.
Ruth’s life experiences are an important part of her commitment to this work. She had a rural upbringing on a farm in a Welsh speaking community in Snowdonia from which she was severed at the age of eleven by being sent to boarding school. In order to survive, she learnt to value mainstream culture over her own experience; replacing family connection and emotional bonds with achievement. To this day she experiences ‘homesickness’ and now understands this as a longing to recover her sense of her ecological self and home as well as her literal childhood home.
She studied at Cambridge University, taught in various comprehensive schools in inner cities, and had careers in education and policy-making at a national and international level.
In her thirties, although outwardly successful, she realized she was troubled by a visceral sense of longing for something lost. She moved back to Wales, trained as a psychotherapist and became the farmer at Trealy Farm. She has recently begun research into the human relationship with climate change and climate justice.
For many years Ruth has spent much of her daily life ‘practising’ and reflecting on what it means to try to recover a more ‘ecological’ sense of her own self and of her relationship with the world.
This has taken her to many places, including Arizona for ground breaking Eponaquest Equine Facilitated Therapy training, and to the Dutch psychologist Poppeliers to experience a sexually grounded therapy which has relationship and earth connection at its core. But mostly it has kept her at home, learning from the land, the horses and other living beings. From this place she offers workshops, retreats and one to one experiences.
Other people have also inspired her. She sees herself to be part of a strong and emerging trend of writers, thinkers and practitioners who are working to illuminate this increasingly important and pressing area of human consciousness.