eeai is a not-for-profit association of people with a love of nature, a shared passion for eco-sustainability and its relationship with psychological well-being.
The eeai community consists of our members –professionally accredited practitioners (eg. Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychologists) and subscribers -Nature lovers, eeai supporters, those interested in sustainability (eg. gardeners, service users, climate change awareness advocates, walkers and hikers, farmers, mental health advocates, architects, environmentalists, planners) and a rich and varied collection of other subscribers.
A team of active members and subscribers make up our volunteers who serve on the eeai committee or generously offer their presence, time and expertise in other ways to coordinate and further the eeai. Find out more about volunteering.
We are quite unique amongst professional membership organisations as we ensure not alone a listening ear, but representation at the association’s decision-making table for its valued community.
...the needs of the planet are the needs of the person, the rights of the person are the rights of the planet.’ Theodore Roszak
The eeai was inaugurated in 2014 by its co-founders David Staunton and Gerard Byrne.
David, co-founder of the eeai and founder of ‘Walk Inniú – Counselling Psychotherapy Outdoors’ has been working through an ecopsychological and ecotherapeutic lens with clients following his training in the UK with the eeai’s posthumous mentor, the late Dr Martin Jordan.
Although he enjoys city life, David was born and raised in the West of Ireland and strongly identifies with a greener, quieter and more natural setting. A keen supporter of real and authentic sustainability, a lover of walking and hiking and all things outdoors, David is concerned with the slow response to date from many people in Ireland in relation to climate change and hopes that the eeai continues to be a safe and encouraging forum in which to explore our hopes and fears around this universally crucial matter. David is convinced that genuine care and compassion for the planet is the pinnacle of personal self-care.
In the past, David has worked as a clinical co-ordinator in an addiction rehabilitation service and as a case manager for a homeless agency based in inner city Dublin.
Gerard is an artist, designer and electronic music producer from Dublin.
Ger has worked with a number of not-for-profit NGOs advocating for dynamic reform politics, social justice issues and sustainability. As a graphic designer, artist and musician he seeks to convey complex issues simply to change opinions and replace broken systems with better ones through effective and creative communication. Ger very kindly designed and developed this website.
He practices Vipassana meditation as thought by S.N Goenka and as a member of a weekly group. A vegan, he loves cooking from recipes inspired by his travels in India and South East Asia. Ger can be oftentimes found hiking in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains at the weekends, snowboarding in France or watching far too many TED talks and speeches by Alan Watts and Alain de Botton.
The eeai acknowledges the inspirational Dr Martin Jordan (1967-2017), a respected international contributor to the development of ecotherapy and ecopsychology. Martin, a fond friend of Ireland who had ancestral connections in the west was a source of heartfelt encouragement and sound academic mentorship to the eeai’s co – founders. Martin’s research and publications continue to motivate and reassure practitioners worldwide in their efforts to offer best practice support to their clients. We miss him and thank him for his wise words and gentle presence.