Centre for Ecotherapy

The Centre for Ecotherapy provides support for vulnerable people in the local community, aiming to improve and maintain well-being through the use of nature-based and horticultural therapies, mindfulness and practical activities. They offer free-to-user services that deliver restful, informal, structured activities in nature in order to provide respite from daily struggles and time to recalibrate.

In addition, the Centre for Ecotherapy is a community space, available to anyone who would benefit from being in a healing natural environment. They offer regular therapeutic activities for groups, individuals and volunteers, as well as a peaceful environment for third party organisations to bring groups for activities, team-building experiences or respite for staff.

Type of activities:

Food growing / Conservation / Ecotherapy activities

Specialist client experience:

Adult mental health needs, long term unemployment, long term illness, substance abuse; physical and learning disabilities; young people

“I’ve found taking part in this programme much, much, better than any of the counselling I have received… I think coming here is beneficial for me at the moment for the way I feel. I feel happy here, I feel relaxed here, it’s a lovely atmosphere… people listen and its nice being with people in the same situation as yourself and you don’t feel so alone.”


– Centre for Ecotherapy participant –


Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park, BN1 9SE
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Project info

Transport provided:
None except by special arrangement

Public transport and parking:
– Bus Nos 23 and 25 (Universities) to Lower Lodges followed by 20 min walk
– Falmer railway station followed by 25 min walk.


Time-limited course:


Wheelchair accessible (coming soon)
Lunch provided (Friday group only)

Member projects

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Therapeutic gardening groups in Brighton, including activities for older people and those living with dementia.

Centre for Ecotherapy

Therapeutic gardening project in Stanmer Park, Brighton.


Grow offers people the chance to enjoy the beautiful, local countryside in a friendly and supportive group with locations across Sussex.

Plot 22

Plot 22 is a community allotment, a food growing project and therapeutic garden in Hove.

Rock Farm

Rock Farm is a working market garden, community space and horticultural therapy project on a 6-acre site near Steyning.

Sacred Earth 

A community-owned land project near Horam, East Sussex that is dedicated to life, learning and working in harmony with nature.

smiling walkers by seaside view

Ipse Wilderness

Ipse lead multi-day therapeutic journeys across different wilderness spaces in the UK, weekend workshops and day walks across Sussex.

fire circle and chairs

Wild Mind

A seven-week programme in Stanmer Park, Brighton - which takes participants on a journey into a deeper sense of awareness and connection with the natural world.

woman mushroom spotting on the downs

Wild Wellbeing

An ecotherapy organisation that runs walks, nature-connection workshops and one-to-one mentoring in Brighton & East Sussex.

people lying down in the forest

Circle of Life Rediscovery

This project outside Lewes, East Sussex aims to transform education, health and families through nature.

people lying down in the forest

The Plot (Stanmer Park)

A community-led sanctuary space for sharing and nurturing creativity, community spirit and connection.

people lying down in the forest

The Wild Mind Project

Providing emotional and mental wellbeing support to young people through nature activities combined with creative activities.

people lying down in the forest

Living Vital

Living Vital are an organic food growing community garden located at the back of Stanmer Park in Brighton.