Ecotherapy Kernow

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Ecotherapy Kernow is run by ecopsychologist and outdoor leader David Key and psychotherapist Robbie Breadon. Between them they have over 40 years of combined experience working therapeutical with a diversity of clients.


David Key
BA (hons), MSc (dist), FCHE.
UKTM Summer and Winter Mountain Leader, NZOIA Alpine and Rock Instructor

Dave has 20 years international experience working with groups and individuals outdoors. He has worked as a senior instructor at the National Outdoor Training centres of both New Zealand and Scotland.

He is a teaching fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology, an Honorary Fellow of the the University of Exeter and teaches Ecopsychology at Schumacher College in Devon. He co-led the postgraduate course in Ecopsychology at the University of Strathclyde / Centre for Human Ecology for seven years.

Dave has published numerous articles and papers on working therapeutically outdoors and has given keynote and plenary sessions to international audiences since 1997. In addition to teaching and professional practice as a therapist, Dave is also a Director of Natural Change Limited, a social enterprise which develops leadership for sustainability through outdoor experiences.


Robbie Breadon
PhD, Psychotherapist – AHPP(Accred), UKCP(registered)

Robbie has a deeply engaged relationship with both the outdoors and nature since childhood. He grew up on a farm in N. Ireland and spent most of his time by the river, in the woods and fields. Family holidays on the west coast of Ireland seeded a lifelong passion for the ocean.

Robbie’s interest in biology and going out into nature sustained him through the difficult teenage years. At Queens University Belfast he studied microbiology and went on to do a PhD in molecular microbiology.  His curiosity and confidence in the outdoors has been expressed through hillwalking, scuba diving and snorkelling to explore many places in these islands.

Robbie has been in private practice since 1988 when he left science to study Chinese Medicine in which he learnt the complexity of the integration of body, psyche and environment in every sense.  His bodywork included emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship and this led him to take a training in humanistic psychotherapy.

Robbie has been working as a psychotherapist since 1996, taking his practice into private, corporate and NHS settings.  This additional modality has deepened his understanding that human beings exist in multiple contexts simultaneously – family, community, culture, body-mind-spirit.

Ecotherapy is a natural progression of Robbie’s personal and professional life journey.