Events

On this page you can find details of upcoming events which I'm running, co-facilitating or helping to organise. I currently facilitate several different sorts of events: Wild therapy training (Wild therapy is a form of ecopsychology/'nature connection' work), I give ecopsychology talks and workshops, as well as lead events themed around the subjects of my books (meditation and Buddhism, elective childlessness, ecodharma, and social and political aspects of psychotherapy, particularly somatic/body psychotherapy).

 

I am very fortunate to have worked as a trainer, tutor, and facilitator since the early 1990s with a diverse range of fellow beings. From trainee therapists, activists, Buddhists, and MBA students to international post-graduate students, start-up social entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa, meditators and cancer survivors. I love learning, whether I'm holding a group, retreat, or course, or taking part in one as a participant.

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In the recent past I have been invited to design and facilitate workshops, talks, retreats and residentials for a variety of networks and organisations. These have included: Bristol Psychotherapy Association, Buddhafield, Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP), Ecodharma (in Catalunya, Spain), CONFER, Gaia House, Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Tariki Trust, Taunton Association for Psychotherapy, Taraloka retreat centre, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR), Stillpoint Spaces London, The Aashna Centre for counselling and psychotherapy, The Green Earth Awakening gathering, and The Edge of the Wild annual ecopsychology gathering.

You can read testimonials about my training work here

*A note about my name*. From 2005 to 2016 I was known as 'Kamalamani', a name I was given at my ordination as a Buddhist. During this time I published my first three books. From January 2018 I returned to using my former name, Emma Palmer. Sorry for any confusion!

2022

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Sunday 20th March Gateway Elderwomen Fireside Wisdom online webinar

#Childless #Childfree is it a binary that age softens?#

If you missed this you can watch this Fireside Wisdom event now, free of charge - click on the image above to see this event on vimeo (1 hr and 14 mins)

Public Zoom webinar, 7pm UTC

I'm delighted I'll be joining Jody Day, founder of Gateway Women, and several other invited panel guests for the latest in a series of 'Fireside Wisdom' sessions online. See details of previous sessions. Info from Jody's website: 

 

For the Equinox this Sun 20th March at 7pm GMT you are invited to join the #NomoCrones (crones without childfren) around the Zoomfire as we explore the issue of whether #Childless #Childfree is a binary that age softens? Register to attend live and/or receive the recording bit.ly/nomo-binary  Hosted by Jody Day, Founder of Gateway Women, as part of the emerging 'Gateway Elderwomen' project. With childfree elderwomen authors & activists: Marcia Drut-Davies Emma Palmer and some of our regular childless elderwomen authors & activist panelists: Karen Malone Wright, Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, Sue Fagalde Lick, Donna Ward, Kate Kaufmann and Jackie Shannon Hollis. Free, live & recorded at 6am AEDT; 8am NZDT; 12pm PDT; 1pm MDT; 2pm CDT, 3pm EDT; 7pm GMT; 8pm CET. Register to attend live and/or receive the recording here bit.ly/nomo-binary

Sunday 22nd May 'Coming to our senses' 

An experiential and reflective one day workshop for members of Hampshire Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - HACP - at Park Place Centre, Titchfield, Hampshire.

During Covid-19 many of us have at one time or another been overwhelmed, unsurprisingly, by the uncertainties of living through a global pandemic. It is a year and a half since we were first becoming accustomed – literally overnight – to phenomena such as: ‘lockdown’, ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’, ‘furlough’, ‘quarantine’, perhaps ‘shielding’ – all alien to us and our bodies until 2020. This day will be a chance to breathe out more fully, perhaps to digest, and most of all to have the space to simply be as you are, and to re-engage more fully with your senses, in good company. It might also be a chance to acknowledge, moment by moment, the many different things that have happened; bearing witness to what we have endured personally, to watching the unfolding of world events, perhaps remembering people we grieve, and honouring times in this strange limbo. We’ll have the chance to recollect what we’ve discovered about ourselves, and even what we’ve enjoyed and found fruitful about the enforced staying at home (read more and book here).

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David at the Rocky Moutain Ecodharma Centre he co-founded in Colorado in 2017

​Two events with David Loy in London, June 2022

As part of his European teaching tour, my friend and mentor David Loy will be in London on the 3rd and 4th of June for this talk and day workshop. The events below are a collaboration between the Eco Dharma Network, Centre for Applied Buddhism, Triratna Earth Sangha, XR Buddhists and the Network of Buddhist Organisations, of which I'm a member. We are grateful to SGI-UK for providing the Peace Centre venue free of charge in central London. 

Friday 3 June 19.00 – 20.30 BST What Does the Ecological Crisis Mean for Buddhism?

A public talk by David Loy in-person in central London and on Zoom

Traditional Buddhist teachings help us wake up individually, but today we need to wake up in another way, to what is likely the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. What does Buddhism offer that can help us understand and respond to the ecological crisis appropriately? And what does this new situation mean for how we understand and practice Buddhism (or any spiritual path) today? How can we address the interconnected spiritual, social and ecological crises, and how does contemporary Buddhism need to transform itself? The talk will include a Q&A session. All are welcome. You don’t need to consider yourself a Buddhist. In-person at a London venue and online - more info and ticket link coming soon. 

 

Suggested dana/contribution £0-10. We are making this event as accessible as possible, so please pay what you can and know we won’t be turning anyone away because of lack of funds. Book an online place via Eventbrite. Book an in person place via Eventbrite. 



Saturday 4 June 11.00 – 17.00 UTC The Bodhisattva/Ecosattva Path Today with David Loy

An in-person workshop in London

The ecological crisis is as much a spiritual challenge as a technological and political one. Thich Nhat Hanh has said that “we need a collective enlightenment,” but what might that mean? Does our situation today imply that we need to understand the bodhisattva/ecosattva path in a fresh way? Do we need new forms of Buddhist practices, and different types of sanghas in facing the ecological crisis and in addressing other, related forms of structural oppression? Together we will explore how to take action individually and collectively by asking three questions:  what do I have to offer, what actions can I take, what tugs at my heart? The event is open to all, but early booking is recommended as numbers are restricted. In-person at a central London venue - more info and ticket link coming soon. 

 

Suggested dana/contribution £0-50. We are making this event as accessible as possible, so please pay what you can and know we won’t be turning anyone away because of lack of funds. Book via Eventbrite

About David. David R. Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy, a prolific writer, and a teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Buddhism. His books include Money Sex War Karma, A New Buddhist Path, and most recently Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. In addition to offering workshops and meditation retreats, he is one of the founders of the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Centre, near Boulder, Colorado.  www.davidloy.org

2020

Due to the covid-19 pandemic in-person events, including celebrating the launch of our co-edited '#MeToo' book have been postponed for the foreseeable future. Please check back for 2021!

2019

6th January  Zazen (one day sitting day)

Zazen sitting day, Subud Hall, Clifton, Bristol

I'm organising for Paul Crummay to host this sitting day for anyone familiar with Zazen. A chance to gather together for some new year practice! Please bring veggie lunch to share. Donations welcome to cover costs. 9.30 - 4.30pm. Please contact me for more information.

4-6th October Introduction to Wild Therapy (a weekend residential of Hampshire Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy - HACP)

Therapy has wild aspects, and rather tame ones; both can be of value at different times and for different people. Mainstream psychotherapy and counselling is becoming increasingly identified with domestication and associated concepts such as objectivity and control, with proposals to standardise training and practice. As a counter-balance, this weekend workshop will be an exploration and celebration of therapy’s wildness, its capacity to transcend the limitations we place on our own creativity and connectedness.

 

  • Identifying the role of the other-than-human and more-than-human – animals, plants, trees, hills, rivers, winds, dreams, ghosts, spirits – in the therapeutic process

  • Recognising the interdependence of all beings through living and co-creating community

  • Exploring the dance between wildness and domestication both within and beyond us

  • Supporting the spontaneous and the unknown, trusting what is arising of its own accord

  • Celebrating embodiment as a central aspect of our existence in the simple exercises

  • Transforming fear-based defensive practice into contact-based, more adventurous practice

  • Being with our hopes and fears in the anthropocene

 

The weekend will be mainly experiential, with work taking place in pairs, alone, and with the whole group. We will spend a good deal of time working outdoors. Spending time ‘in nature’, as we call it, can help us to appreciate that we are never anywhere else, always inhabiting and encountering our own nature in all its wondrous variety. We then bring the outdoors back into the whole group, allowing it to reshape our relating to one another in unexpected ways, perhaps moving us to work in a less constrained and habit-bound way. Please see more information/booking on HACP's website