On this page you can find details of upcoming events which I'm running or co-facilitating. 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). In the recent past I have facilitated or co-facilitated events and retreats at Ecodharma (in Catalunya, Spain), Gaia House, Taraloka, Tariki Trust, and Tiratanaloka in the UK. You can also browse events in previous years.
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.
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!
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.
24th November 2018 (day workshop)
Exploring otherhood, otherness and othering at The Aashna Centre, North Finchley, London
The other: That which is distinct from, different from, or opposite to something or oneself. Othering: View or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself. There are many ways we can find ourselves as ‘the other’ - perhaps we embody an intersection of ‘othernesses’. Being childless or childfree – for whatever reason - is one of the ways we can find ourselves being less visible compared to those who are parents. Not only that, many of us who are childless and childfree can still be subjected to worn out stereotypes and responses; we’re selfish, cold and uncaring if we’re not a parent (particularly a Mum?) by choice and we illicit pity if we’re not a parent by choice, circumstance, happenstance or loss, whilst often being left to our own devices in an intense grieving process.
Other than mother: choosing childlessness with life in mind was published by Earth Books in 2012. In this book Emma (then known as Kamalamani) explores otherness. She challenges the stereotypes, explores the decision to remain childfree, encourages the childfree to create new networks, rites of passages and practices, as well as looking at the effect upon other-than-human and more-than-human life of our runaway consuming habits, including that of procreation (so-called ‘nature’ is truly ‘other’ in 21st century consensus reality).
This one-day event will be a chance to explore otherhood, otherness and othering. Whilst it will have a particular focus on otherness in terms of the non-parenthood/parenthood decision-making process, other othernesses (abledness, colour, class, culture, faith, gender, neurodiversity, other-than-human, religion, sexuality, amongst others…) will be warmly welcomed! It’ll be a chance to explore, in good company, how the childless/childfree are seen as ‘other’ from the outside in, as well as exploring how we’ve imbibed less helpful stories of our otherness, our alien-ness, giving us a chance to sift through the gold and reclaim ‘other’ as something which is potent rather than invisibilised and disempowered. We’ll be guided by what group participants bring, most likely working in a combination of pairs, small group, whole circle, finding creative ways of bringing otherness to life.
Cost £65 / £60 (For Aashna Residents & Students). All Aashna events include a vegan/vegetarian lunch. Book here.