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Holos Ecopsychology Certificate Program 2023

RECOVER your wild heart and mind,
RESTORE your connection to Nature,
BECOME a guide for others in
RECONNECT and discovering RESILIENCE !

“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being.” – Joanna Macy

 The crises of our unprecedented times need leading edge solutions. Psychology can play a part in helping to change attitude, perception and behavior. The most appropriate form of psychology is one that reconnects the human animal with the rest of life on earth. Holos has been a touchstone resource for applied ecopsychology and has developed a comprehensive, 100 hour training program that draws on the wisdom of many pioneers in the field of ecotherapy, ecopsychology,  eco-resilience, eco-racism and more. As this program evolves, we are seeing the need to support practitioners who can not only offer ecotherapy and eco-based transformative experiences, but also help others in climate change grief and anxiety.
Come learn with leaders in the field as you develop community, delve into a range of ecotherapy practices and prepare yourself to lead others and offer solutions to the fundamental needs of our time.  This program is deeply experiential, transformative and informative!

100 CEUS are available for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs

We will now be offering this program on alternate years starting in 2023

Residential retreat schedule for 2023:
March 26 – 31, 2023
May 18 – 22, 2023
June 25 – 30, 2023

 ~ residential retreats will take place at the Bell Valley Retreat Center in Boonville, CA (USA)
~ application process opens July 1, 2022.
~  online info sessions will be offered starting again in late fall – BUT click on the link below for a recorded info session



The 2023 program is composed of 3 thematic modules, each with a 4-5  night residential components with an additional 2 hour online webinars. It also includes one-on-one mentoring sessions and a capstone project.

The training will prepare participants to deeply understand and translate the framework of ecopsychology in a range of applications, including traditional clinical psychology settings as well as in community leadership,  eco-therapy practices and creative endeavors. At the completion of the program, participants will be certified by Holos Institute, a leader in ecopsychological practices, to confidently offer ecotherapy and eco-based healing practices in the greater community.

While the program is geared toward clinicians it is also open to other healing arts professional or people interested in translating a nature-based connection into positive action and/or healing.  We particularly hope to prepare people to mitigate climate crisis anxiety, serving as community translators of dispair into active hope.  The program covers, in-depth, the concepts and principles of ecopsychology, the origins of the field, and many of the intricacies of its clinical application both within a traditional, in-office setting as well as in outdoor therapy. We take a deep look at eco-racism, social injustices and try to open up closed cultural assumptions about relating to the natural world. We look at the psychology of individuals from archetypal patterns to developmental, somatic and attachment theory lens.  We also address the ever growing need to meet the anxiety and grief of climate change and environmental degradation.

This certificate program is unique in that it is not representing one viewpoint but rather engaging many diverse voices whom all speak passionately about caring for our planet.

We hope that this program will also inspire participants to become community/environmental leaders in a creative and heartfelt way meeting the concerns that are arising in the current planetary situation.  The program is a blend of didactic learning processes along with very deeply experiential components that help to integrate the learning more deeply and ground the material in a profound personal experience.

The immersive residentials build on previous ones as this very special cohort of trainees bond and have an exceptionally deep time and intimate experience with the land. The intensives are held in a vast valley in Mendocino County where the wildness of the land invites the wildness of the psyche.

We have enlisted an incredible community of elders and spokespeople who are leaders in ecopsychology and environmental stewardship.  The program will be lead by seasoned clinicians who offer their personal insights into ecotherapy, ecopsychological approaches and earth-based practices applicable to both individuals and groups. It also offers the wisdom of many other great teachers, inviting their wisdom in-depth.
These teachers and topics have previously included the list below we will be formalizing the 2023 schedule later in the year:

  • Original leaders in ecopsychology thought, such as Craig Chalquist, PhD and Linda Buzzel,MFT
  • Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects with Mutima Imani , MA and Constance Washburn, MA
  • Environmental racism and cultural considerations with Mutima Imani, MA
  • Climate Crisis as an Initiatory Experience with Reene Soule, PhD
  • Story of Landscape with Sharon Blackee
  • Making Sanctuary in a Time of Demise: Bayo Akomolafe, PhD
  • Somatic Expression in Nature  with Jamie McHugh, RSMT
  • Narrative Cartography with Shmee, MA
  • Naturalist’ approach for Ecotherapists, Grieving processes, De-colonizing Ecotherapy practices, etc., with Mary Good, MFT
  • Ecotherapy practices, Working with Trauma and Ecotherapy, Liminal Spaces and Nature Work, etc., with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
    ….and numerous other pioneers leaders in the field of ecopsychology.
    The program has been created and curated by Mary Good, MFT and Jan Edl Stein, MFT. They are the primary organizers/instructors and general guides through the experience.