Martin Jordan – Messages of Condolence

Martin Jordan, Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist and international expert in the field of ecotherapy, died unexpectedly on Thursday 5 January 2017 aged 49. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

His funeral took place at the University of Sussex Meeting House on Friday 20 January 2017. A very large gathering joined his family, friends and colleagues in celebrating his life and work.


23 thoughts on “Martin Jordan – Messages of Condolence

  1. Karin

    I was very shocked to hear of Martin’s death. He was an inspiration during my training, and very valuable to my career development. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be remembered dearly.

  2. Marianne

    My heart goes out to Martin’s wife, daughters, friends and wider family. Martin was able to help and support me in my own time of need and I am greatly saddened by this news.

  3. Sandra keating

    I think I have been on this site every day since hearing the news. My warmest wishes go to his family and all that were so close to him. He helped so many people and will be deeply missed. Professionally, he changed my life and I am committed to continue with Ecotherapy learning in his name. An inspiration beyond words.

  4. Kate Zhang

    Dear Martin, I will miss you. Your gentle presence, sharp intellect, your vision for change.

    The world needed you.

    So sad, more than anything for Cara and your girls who I noticed you dedicated both your books to.

    Farewell and deep gratitude.

  5. Rebekah Golds-Jones

    Martin was a true inspiration within my decision to train as a psychotherapist and the decision to use my Mindfulness qualification in a far broader way than I had previously considered possible.
    I am so very saddened by this news as I believe deeply that Martin was one of a kind; someone who really understood what lies behind being human.
    His wife and daughters, and all who loved him are in my thoughts.
    Martin, what I do know is that with each blossoming flower, each rolling hillside, each babbling stream you are ever with us and will always be remembered.x

  6. Isabel

    Martin, you will be deeply missed. Thank you for all the treasures you left for us, your books, your teaching and inspiration.

  7. Greta Mikaelsen

    Dearest Martin,
    Thank you for being you. Thank you for being in my life. Training with you and Hayley in Powdermill has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. I am eternally grateful. Thank you, you lovely man.
    Sending love and thoughts to his lovely wife and girls of whom he often spoke.
    Precious memories for life. Thank you. Greta x

  8. Neil Turner

    Martin, you were my therapist during my EcoPsychology training at Re-Vision 5 years ago. Once or twice a month I would make the long pilgrimage from London to Brighton. I’d then catch another train and walk for at least half an hour through a park and meet you on the edge of the park outside. We’d work for a couple of hours before I’d make the journey back again. Sometimes we’d sit around a fire or walk through the woods. That long journey and the landscape I stomped across became an important part of my life – connecting with you was at the heart. I remember clearly your warm heartedness, your intelligence as well as your care and attention.

    Thankyou Martin for your work and your Nature, for lighting the fire and for accompanying me part of the way.

    My deep respect to you, Neil

  9. Anna María

    My heart goes out to Martin’s wife, daughters, friends and wider family <3 Martin will be missed as a great person and a pioner within his field of work and research. He was a great inspiration and good scholar. RIP dear friend!

  10. Lorraine Campbell

    So shocked and sorry to hear this sad news, my thoughts and prayers are with those you left behind. Thank you for challenging me and for making me think outside of the box.. for giving me the hardest interview of my life, for your honesty about therapy and your views on life. You will be sadly missed but not forgotten.

  11. Morag

    Dear Martin
    I wish that I had taken the opportunity to learn more from you. I was very moved by your pioneering spirit and kindness. I felt deeply saddened by your passing.
    I wish that you had known how much a difference you made to the lives of many people.
    I wish that you are at peace now.
    I wish that your wife and daughters and all those that love you feel comfort at this painful, difficult time from knowing how much you loved them.

    Thank you for your goodness.

  12. Susan

    I was a student of Martin’s. I very much valued his teaching, I appreciated his insight , sense of humour and openness.
    I am so sorry to hear that he has died and I know what a painful time this must be for all those close to him. My heart goes out to his family.
    With deepest sympathy,

  13. Drew Davison

    We chatted long and hard for nights on end on your build up and preparation for your first Vision Quest. We knew and believed that so many of lifes questions and answers would come from your experience alone in the wilderness. I recall your concerns of survival on water and just your shadow for company.
    Your faith and trust in nature has sustained you since and so it seems many others around you. You are one of lifes good guys. A man who cared deeply for people and the world about you. Your stories, banter and warmth live on.


  14. Cheryl

    So sad to hear this news. Cara we are thinking of you and are here for you if ever you need is. Much love to you all Cheryl, Al and TM xx

  15. Ivan Kent

    I hadn’t heard about Martin until today. I am a trainee psychotherapist and I just googled ‘ecotherapy’ to get an introduction to this field. His lecture has re-kindled an enthusiasm about the healing power of the natural world that I had almost forgotten. I thank him for that.

  16. Natasha

    Martin, I have not seen you for years, but spoke of you often with mutual acquaintances. You were a big inspiration and influence to me in my early studies. Not just our conversations or debates about Psychoanalysis, but our London connection too. You helped me develop my practise with suporting adults with learning disabilities – you held the space for me to develop and grow and in turn, I learned how to do that for others. I will never forget that.
    I’m deeply saddened by the news, but I thank you for your inspiration, your teachings, your time and your smile.
    My sincere condolences to your wife, children, family and friends. Natasha Naylor x

  17. Jill Guppy

    I am extremely sad to hear this news, my thoughts are with Martin’s family and friends, Martin provided me and my colleague Ana Lopez with much needed guidance and support in developing Walk and Talk Therapy for young people at Winchester Youth Counselling. May you rest in peace Martin, your work will continue to inspire others and your light will shine on

  18. Laurel Durrett

    I never met you, Martin. I live in the US and was connected to you through your writings, which are a touchstone and an inspiration as I embark on my journey as a therapist. Immeasurable thanks to you.
    Blessings to you and your family and friends. You are all in my thoughts.

  19. Rosie Pannett

    I have only just found out about Martin’s death and am deeply shocked and saddened. He helped me through some very difficult experiences with enormous patience and kindness. Thoughts obviously go to those closest to him. Such sad news.

  20. John Hegarty

    To Martin’s family
    I was so sorry to hear that Martin had died. I regarded him as a true pioneer in the field of counselling outdoors and I was proud to be one of his PhD external examiners. His work was truly original and ground-breaking and his excellent PhD thesis, and his books, will be available online for many students of counselling psychology to view. Martin was very much a father of the idea, in the UK, that one should go outside a room and into “nature”, to listen to people and support them. His psycho-dynamic orientation and training seemed to make him rather wary of the idea of moving outside the therapeutic boundaries of the “consulting room” but he was persuaded by his PhD research that this was not necessarily a problem for everyone who worked therapeutically outdoors.
    He was very supportive of the work of myself and Janet Heath, in offering intensive training workshops in “Nature as Co-therapist”, and we will continue to laud his contribution at our workshops. His thesis and book, with those published in collaboration with Dr Hind, are significant contributions to counselling psychology theory and will be recommended reading at Keele University counselling courses, as well as in our professional CPD workshops.
    With our good wishes and condolences, Dr John Hegarty and Janet Heath, MSc (“Nature as Cotherapist” CPD courses, and Keele University)

  21. Nicola Talbot

    I am deeply shocked to hear of Martin’s death. Martin was my tutor at Brighton and guided my studies there both during my diploma and masters. He was a clever, witty, gentle and kind man. I have often thought of him since I left, usually whilst gardening and mulling over ideas of reinventing my therapy career bringing therapy into the garden. Now it’s too late. My heartfelt condolences go to his family. What a sad loss.

  22. Namrita

    I was a student of Martin’s and remember his first day teaching on the PG Dip course at the University of Brighton. He seemed to be a kind, gentle soul and a refreshing addition to the programme. He was supportive and encouraging, and did his utmost for us students on what was sometimes an anxious learning journey.

    I met him again a few years later at a Gillian Welch concert and we talked about our love of her music. She has always been my special go to singer, and hope that she brings comfort to all who have lost Martin and his special presence.

  23. Lucy Isherwood

    I only knew Martin for a few days on the Taking Therapy Outdoors Course but I was so very sad and shocked to hear of his death. Together with Hayley, he touched my life and has informed my practice as a therapist, inspiring me to follow my heart and develop an Ecotherapy practice. My thoughts and Blessings to his family and friends.

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