In our time, the great question is how we will live in light of the ecological fact that we are bound together in the community of life, one and indivisible.
David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy
Jess Tyrrell is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, with an interdisciplinary masters degree in Environmental Humanities and over 24 years of experience in nature connection in Southern Africa and internationally. She works as an ecotherapist, is a qualified off-trail mountain leader, white water rafting guide, and a trails guide in Namibia.
Jess also works with and consults for various organisations facilitating wilderness mentoring and education, rites of passage and nature-based curriculum design.
Between running programmes and therapy sessions she teaches group workshops on traditional herbalism and foraging for medicines in a variety of venues around South Africa.
Nature Allied Journeys is a collections of offerings - ways of experiencing the interconnectedness of life. Programmes, workshops and individual sessions are each facilitated by Jess. Her work is dedicated to promoting and supporting people's formation of an ecological identity, the sense of belonging to and being an extension of a larger body - the earth herself.
"By reconnecting people with the wider web of life, they consciously or unconsciously come to remember connection with themselves and with others. Reconnection in this sense, to me, means remembering the connections that are always there - that we exist only as a set of relationships. When you come to know yourself as an extension of life itself, everything changes." - Jess Tyrrell
how collecting wild water reminds us how to be human