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Ecopsychology Conference 20182018-10-19T12:27:41+00:00

Holos 2018 Ecopsychology Conference

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Earthrise Retreat Center (IONs)

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
special evening program 7:15 – 9:00

Earthrise Retreat Center, Petaluma

Conference Theme: “Biodiversity: Embracing our Interdependence

with Bill Plotkin, PhD as keynote speaker
and special guests, Joanna Macy, PhD
and Chief Caleen Sisk



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The 2018 Holos Institute Ecopsychology Conference brings together a community of clinicians, healing arts professionals, and others who share concern for the environment to forge a way forward in these challenging times. Together we will create community, explore collaboration, refine ideas, and engender hope and resilience. We will be looking at the role of an evolving psychology to meet the challenges of a changing environmental and socio-political climate and exploring the importance of biodiversity for a sustainable life on earth. This year we are drawing upon the field of depth psychology to inform the intricate relationship of psyche and nature.

Come join us in this wonderful a chance to connect and build community!

We will be offering an array of inspiring speakers, experiential workshops and presentations on applications of ecopsychology.
We have a line-up of wonderful speakers, including Bill Plotkin, Joanna Macy, Caleen Sisk, Geneen Marie Haugen, Barbara Holifield, Rob Fisher, and many others.  This year we have added an optional evening program where there will be a documentary film introduced by Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. We will be meeting on the gorgeous campus of the Earthrise Retreat Center which is part of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, 30 minutes north of San Francisco, just south of Petaluma. Situated on 195 acres of oak studded rolling hills, the campus includes an old oak grove, a labyrinth, lovely gardens and hiking trails – all of which we will access during the post-lunch breakout workshops. This year we have extending the conference time along with the duration of the post-lunch breakout sessions. There will be an opportunity to browse books and publications by presenters and attendees and generally network amongst like-minded, eco-conscious folk.

Lunch is included in the registration and is a wonderful time to mingle with like-minded souls and enjoy the signature fine organic food for which Earthrise is well known.  We will have a few tables reserved for specific topical conversations.

~ We are committed to assisting, as best as possible, in forming carpools and ride-shares.
~ We are so thankful for the many people who came forward as work/trade assistants for a discounted fee!  At this moment we are completely full for discounted arrangements and thank you for your kind intentions.  Please email us directly if you have an extended circumstance that requires a fee discount.

We have reserved a limited number of lodging rooms at the center for both Friday and Saturday evening for those who are traveling.  Please register early to secure a room.

On Saturday evening we will offer an optional evening program with a discussion and screening of the film, “Dancing Salmon Home”, a 60-minute documentary covering the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s historic journey to reunite with their Chinook salmon relatives and call them home. Chief Caleen Sisk will introduce the film and offer her insights.

A post-conference workshop will be lead by Geneen Marie Haugen and Bill Plotkin:
Exploring the Wild Landscapes of the Human Psyche: An Experiential Immersion for Human Development Facilitators
Sunday, March 25 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Earthrise Retreat Center, Petaluma, CA
~ contact us to be placed on a waitlist ~

The wild human psyche holds treasures and troubles, portals and obstacles, gifts and shadows that we might not know exist until we discover how to access them, cultivate their powers and potentials, and eventually integrate them into our everyday lives. We’ll experientially explore the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness and identify the four kinds of self-protective subpersonalities that supported us in childhood but are now barriers to our full and authentic humanity. Cultivating our multifaceted wild minds and uncovering the gifts of our subpersonalities also constitute the best preparation for the descent to soul — the initiatory journey that reveals the larger, mythic story we’re called to live and enables us to serve the greater Earth community as visionary artisans of cultural evolution. We’ll explore the landscapes of the wild mind through a variety of soulcraft practices such as creative expression, solo exercises while wandering on the land, voice dialogue, journaling, and deep imagination. This experiential offering supports personal development but also introduces new tools for ecotherapists, psychotherapists, graduate students, and others. This workshop is designed and intended for people who self-identify as professional human development guides in one form or another — i.e., people who work in fields such as psychotherapy, psychiatry, clinical psychology, professional counseling, ministry, life coaching, ecotherapy, rites of passage, education, mentoring, and wilderness therapy; or students or trainees in a human development graduate school or training program.



 (subject to change)

8:30      Registration and Welcome  (tea, coffee and breakfast snacks will be served)
Special nature images and live music with “The Elements” while we gather
There will also be a book room where presenters will be offering books and crafts for sale
9:00     Opening Song – with The Elements

9:05      Welcome, information, introductions – staff

9:10         Invocation with Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemum Wintu Tribe

9:25       General address by Jan Edl Stein, MFT

9:45      Keynote Presentation by Bill Plotkin, PhD,
Cultivating Our Original Human Wholeness: An Eco-Depth Approach to Human Development and Cultural Regeneration
The key to individual and cultural health is not primarily or merely to recover from addictions or trauma, manage stress, or fight “mental illness,” but rather to rewild ourselves — to reclaim the original wholeness of our multifaceted human psyches, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we’re capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community. This approach to human development is both ancient and very new and is rooted in the hidden depths of the human psyche and in our inherent kinship with all other creatures of our self-organizing world. The cultivation of our innate wholeness (including our capacity for self-healing) and our passion to serve the world with our unique genius might be the most essential elements of human development and cultural regeneration, and perhaps ought to be the priority not only in ecotherapy (and psychotherapy, more generally), but also in medicine, education, religion, and activism

 10:35   BREAK

10:50   Special guest speaker , Joanna Macy, PhD

11:15     Psyche within the Matrix of the Natural World: Weaving the Inner and Outer, by Barbara Holifield, MSW, Jungian analyst
Indigenous peoples perceive the land to reveal a sacred order.  With the collective awareness of that sacred order, rituals emerge in response to that perception. In Western cultures, without that collective perception, rituals arise, sometimes spontaneously, as psyche seeks to respond to that sacred order.
In gesture, dance, poetry and silent communion, these acts en-soul the land and reciprocally guide the soul of the person and culture. These acts transform an instrumental perspective of the earth as the “environment” into that which is living and sacred. In our time, there is a critical necessity to find and express this kind of sustained reciprocity with the natural world.
Picking up the various strands of inner experience ranging from embodiment, trauma and dissociation, the conscious and unconscious drive toward differentiation, to our longing for beauty and interrelatedness Barbara will weave the contributions that depth psychology might offer our cultural weaving of our inner and outer world.

11:50    Everything Speaks: Myth, Metaphor & the Language of the Living Earth by Sylvia V. Linsteadt
Author and storyteller, Sylvia will explore how fairytales & myths can help to reweave us back into our “place in space,” as Gary Snyder writes; how these stories offer us glimpses of the language of the Earth and the wild knowing that is native to our animal hearts. She will offer a  reading  of my Gray Fox Epistles—fairytales from her ancestral heritage retold in the bioregions of the Bay Area. We will discuss how mythic stories teach us about the animate nature of all life; how everything speaks, and is our kin. In order for true interdependence to be possible, the narratives we tell ourselves about the world need to reflect this.

12:20    LUNCH BREAK

1:30      Break-Out Workshops – experiential, on-the-land, small group programs.  Choose one upon registering (to secure your place) or simply choose one at the start of the day

2:50   RE-GATHER 

3:00   Gathering Song – The Elements

3:05   Caleen Sisk address

3:25   Biodiversity in the Imaginal World: Tending the Anima Mundi by  Geneen Marie Haugen, PhD,
In the nightworld, we encounter strange creatures and unfamiliar landscapes; in the dayworld, dream-like images or impressions sometimes arise unbidden, as if we inhabit a curious, imaginal world, parallel to our everyday lives.  Unexpected impressions might be especially activated when we wander in wild nature, as if – as has been said – the world speaks to us through image.  We can cultivate receptivity to the biodiverse presences of the imaginal world, and in this way, we enliven our own psyches as well as  tend the anima mundi.

 4:05   Tales of the City: How to Practice Urban Ecotherapy with Arianna Candell, MFT
Would you like to bring your clients (and yourself), outside to the company of generous trees, crisp air, and melodious birdsong? Learn essential tips from a seasoned Ecotherapist of how to transition your clients from indoor work to potent sessions in urban parks. Understand the sequence of clinical steps and legal and ethical guidelines for taking clients outside. Hear poignant case stories and evidence-based research about the power of outdoor Ecotherapy. Be inspired to take your next step towards facilitating therapy sessions outside!

4:20   BREAK

4:35   Applied Ecopsychology Panel:  A group of actively practicing ecotherapists, each with a unique perspective, will offer their particular lens on their work and then field questions and comments from the community of participants. Please bring your questions/concerns and commentary as our panel of presenters meet your inquiry in a lively discussion that invites YOUR participation.

5:20   Closing comments 

5:30   Close – be sure to complete your CEU paperwork

6:00- 7:00  pm Dinner Break  (optional)

7:15   Film and discussion  with Chief Caleen Sisk (optional program)
Dancing Salmon Home
 a 60-minute documentary covering the Winnemem tribe’s historic journey to reunite with their Chinook salmon relatives, and call them home. The California Winnemem Wintu tribe have never given up speaking for salmon, for their sacred places, and for the health of the Earth and the Water. Now they have forged a lasting bond with the Ngai Tahu Maori people of New Zealand’s South Island. The Maoris threw themselves into hosting the Winnemem: arranging food and travel, introducing them to Maori sacred places and their sacred eel, and giving permission to hold a ceremony on the Rakaia River. Through four days of singing, dancing and fasting, the Winnemem people held in their hearts their salmon relatives, who they met for the first time in generations, as they held the small salmon fry in their hands before releasing them into the stream to begin their journey to the sea.
We will be screening the film and hosting a discussion, with, possibly a representative of the Winnemem tribe.

9:00 pm GOODNIGHT!

Joanna Macy, PhD is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology and a respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learning from five decades of activism. She has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. Her books include, Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects (with Molly Brown, 2014); Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy (with Chris Johnstone, 2011); Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World (with Norbert Gahbler, 2010); World as Lover, World as Self (2007); Widening Circles: A Memoir (2000); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (1991); Thinking Like a Mountain: Toward a Council of All Beings (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess, 1988). In addition Joanna has brought forth three volumes devoted to the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. Thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings known as the Work That Reconnects. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that threaten the continuity of life on Earth.

Bill Plotkin, PhDBill Plotkin, PhD, is an eco-depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural renaissance. As founder of southwest Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute, he has, since 1980, guided thousands of women and men on the journey of soul initiation. He and his many colleagues offer two professional training programs: one for human development professionals, including ecotherapists (the Wild Mind Training Program) and one for soul-initiation guides (the Soulcraft Apprenticeship and Initiation Process). Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook), Nature and the Human Soul (a nature-based stage model of human development), and Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche (an ecocentric map of the psyche). His doctorate in psychology is from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Learn more about Bill and Animas at

Geneen-Haugen, PhDGeneen Marie Haugen, PhD., grew up a little wild, with a run-amok imagination.  As a guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche (, she delights in multidimensional listening, and in offering perceptive questions, ceremonies, escapades and reflections that help expand a sense of our own possibilities as individuals (and as a species), and deepen our experience of participation with an intelligent, animate Earth/cosmos.  Her writing has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth; Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Earth; Written River; Parabola Journal; Kosmos; Langscape; Ecopsychology; and High Country News. A former tipi-dweller and whitewater river guide, she now lives amidst the creatures and features of southern Utah’s sandstone labyrinth. She is committed to the world-transforming potential of the human imagination in collaboration with the Earth community.
Chief Caleen SiskCaleen Sisk is the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture and ceremonies in their territory along the McCloud River watershed in Northern California. Since assuming leadership responsibilities in 2000, Caleen has focused on maintaining the cultural and religious traditions of the Tribe. . She advocates for California salmon restoration; healthy, undammed watersheds, and the human right to water. She has received international honors as a tireless sacred site protector. She is also currently leading her Tribe’s efforts to work with Maori and federal fish biologists to return wild Chinook salmon from New Zealand to the McCloud River.  In doing so, she advocates for the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge in federal, state and local environmental research and planning. Caleen is an internationally known speaker on traditional tribal and spiritual issues, having spoken on diverse topics such as spiritual medicine ways, the spirit of water, global warming, sacred sites protection and the responsibility of tribal people to honor their tribal lifeway.. She is a regular speaker at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
For more than 30 years, Caleen was mentored and taught in traditional healing and Winnemem culture by her late great aunt, Florence Jones, who was the tribe’s spiritual leader for 68 years. Caleen’s traditional teachings and training comes from an unbroken line of leadership of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

Barbara Holifield, MSW  is a training analyst member of the San Francisco Jung Institute. Early in her career she practiced as a wilderness therapist. Immersion into wilderness continues to be an intrinsic element in her life and the profundity of these experiences deeply influences her analytic practice and thinking. She weaves somatic, and relational perspectives into her analytic practice and works extensively with the psychophysiology of trauma. She is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and also teaches Authentic Movement internationally. Her writings explore the relationship of body, earth and self and have been published in The Jung Journal, Psychological Perspectives and The Body in Psychotherapy.

Rob Fischer, MFTRob Fisher, MFT
 is a psychotherapist, consultant and CAMFT certified supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley, CA. He is an adjunct professor at JFK University and the co-developer of the Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion for Psychotherapists at CIIS in San Francisco. A Certified Hakomi Trainer, Rob teaches Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology internationally. He is also the author of Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples, A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, published by Zeig/Tucker, in addition to numerous articles and book chapters published in the US and abroad. Rob has been a Master and Peer Presenter at annual CAMFT Conferences, the USABP Conference, the Couples Conference and Psychotherapy Networker Conference.

Hu Ting-Ting, MAHu Ting Ting, MA is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher from Beijing, China who teaches Mindfulness and the Heart of Nature workshops with Rob Fisher. She is a co-founder of Teach for China, the largest non-profit educational agency in China. She consults to corporations in mindfulness programming, maintains a mindfulness coaching practice and teaches mindfulness in the psychology department of Beijing University. Ting Ting and Rob recently co-taught Mindfulness and the Heart of Nature workshops in the rainy, verdant jungles of southern China and near the Great Wall outside of Beijing as well as in Mill Valley, California.

Sylvia Linsteadt

Sylvia V. Linsteadt is a writer & certified animal tracker. Her books include the novel Tatterdemalion (Unbound, Spring 2017), & The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014) and The Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area (Heyday, Spring 2017), both works of nonfiction. For three years (from 2013 to 2016) Sylvia ran a stories-in-the-mail business called Wild Talewort, in which she sent out rewilded tellings of fairytales and myths to the physical-post boxes of hundreds of subscribers around the world. Sylvia’s story “The Midwife of Temescal” won the James D. Phelan Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation in 2014. She has an Honors B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University

Jamie McHugh, RSMT is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, somatic coach, and visual artist living on the Mendocino coast. The creator of Somatic Expression® – Body Wisdom for Modern Minds, Jamie has guided somatic-expressive encounters with the natural world for the past 25 years in the United States and Europe.

Laura Parker, MFT

Laura Parker, MFT is an ecotherapist with a private practice in Oakland.  She provides individual and group supervision and teaches clinical seminars for Holos.  Her work integrates relational, psychodynamic perspectives with mindfulness, emotional intelligence, practical skill-building, somatic resourcing, deep imagination, and earth-based spirituality.

Eleanor Ruckman, MFT is a registered art therapist. She uses creative process to help people transform and heal, while teaching skills and collaborating on strategies to feel and function better. Her strength-based approach blends art making with relaxation and awareness practices, communication skills, harm reduction, play and humor. Ruckman’s experience includes clinical training, consultation, and supervision for individuals and groups; program direction and direct service in community-based settings including schools, adolescent intensive day treatment, universities, shelters, transitional housing and public housing sites.

Jan Edl Stein, MFTJan Edl Stein, MFT 
is the director of Holos Institute as well as a licensed MFT in private practice in San Francisco and Marin. Jan is also Adjunct Faculty in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Jan leads workshops and retreats that interweave meditation, active imagining, shamanic journeying and earth based contemplations. She has taught/presented at Sonoma State University, Grof Transpersonal Training Program, The Bioneers Conference, Esalen Institute, IONs, and numerous private venues. All of her work draws upon a lifelong study of spiritual traditions and healing practices of earth-based cultures and a deep love of the natural world. More information may be found at

Dave TalamoDavid Talamo, MFT is a pioneer in the field of ecotherapy. A Certified Hakomi Therapist and long-time wilderness guide, Dave practices ecotherapy in Marin County. He has served as a guest lecturer and trainer for MFTs and MFT interns at schools and counseling centers around the SF Bay Area. He is founder of Wilderness Reflections and has helped ecotherapists from around the world launch their ecotherapy careers. He is particularly indebted to his teachers of the Hakomi Method, SE, 5Rhythms & the wilderness areas of ME and CA. He loves sitting with people at the threshold where humans and Nature meet, unfold, renew & engage one another.

Ariana Candell, MFTAriana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist, is a seasoned psychotherapist, dance/movement therapist, professor, and pioneer in Somatic Ecotherapy. She founded “The Earthbody Institute” offering affordable, comprehensive and practical Ecotherapy training, locally and internationally. She created their 100-hour Professional Ecotherapy Training and Certification Program, in its fourth year. Ariana trains therapists worldwide to practice Urban Ecotherapy. She believes that a consistent nature practice with somatic awareness and openness to the sacred fosters a balanced way of life. Ariana offers year round Ecotherapy sessions in the East Bay hills. 

Meg BeelerMeg Beeler, MA, Author, Shamanic Guide, Mentor—weaves ancient wisdom into potent pathways for connecting with the heart of nature and the cosmos. A lifelong explorer of shamanic, animist, and meditative consciousness, Meg is the creator of Energy AlchemyTM and the founder of Earth Caretakers. Her immersion in the Andean cosmovision for 25 years led to her latest book, Weave the Heart of the Universe Into Your Life: Aligning with Cosmic Energy. She teaches, lives, and sees clients on Sonoma Mountain in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA from Antioch. 

The Elements:  Shay Nichols and Green Huse are two members of The Elements vocal improvisation quintet, a group whose singing emerges from deep listening and connection with the earth. 

Shay Nichols is a sound healer, singer, and composer. She gives voice to elements, plants, nature, spirit and soul. A graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies Voice/Sound Healing program and Open Ear Center, Shay developed her own voice work based on principles of sound healing, vocal improvisation, and creative musical exploration. She blends this voice work with the body-centered therapeutic modalities of Hakomi and RCS into a holistic coaching method, helping people find transformation through voice and deep listening. Shay is creating The Natural Music Institute, to foster collaboration between ecologists and musicians to produce recordings inspired by natural environments and to engage the public in efforts to combat global climate change., 

Green HuseGreen Huse is a singer, improviser and singer songwriter. She has been writing and producing her own records since 1998, which include her solo release ‘Multiheaded Heart’ and her album ‘Down That Road’ with the duo Green and Root, which includes songs about the loss of a parent, gay marriage, youth lost to gang violence, and true love. Her recent Album ‘Rise’ is was released in 2017. She has studied with famed Improvisors Rhiannon and Joey Blake, and Jazz guitarist virtuoso Mimi Fox. Her songs and her improvisations combine her love for a good melody with her search for authenticity, truth and poetry. She and the Elements members have developed their own modes of super satisfying expressive modes, as well as sound healing with voice that cuts through all the static and restores one to wholeness and profound joy.


CONFERENCE FEES: (fee includes a delicious lunch at the center for both conference and workshop as registered)
early registration discount extended to March 1 as space is available

Early registration (before March 1, 2018)                   $160
Late registration (On or after March 1, 2018)            $175
Registration at the door (as space available)              $185  we will post availability the day before the event

Post-conference workshop (before Mar 1)                  $155
Post-conference workshop (on or after Mar 1)           $165

Conference evening program including dinner Saturday evening         $44
Conference evening program  without dinner             $14



For registrations BEFORE March 1:  $155
For registrations AFTER  March 1:     $175
Seniors (over 65),  Interns and full-time Students, use PROMO code STU_INTERN or SENIOR for a 20% discount on any fee.
Registrations at the door, as available, for $185.

CEU certificate: (for conference only)

$15 for BBSE licensees

$30 for Board of Psychology and RN licensees

Want to stay the night at Earthrise?  We have reserved a limited block of rooms for both Friday evening before the conference and for Saturday evening between the conference and Bill and Geneen’s workshop on Sunday. Rooms at the Earthrise Retreat Center are basic accommodations of either shared (2 twin beds per room) or private (one double bed) with minimally shared bathrooms.  There is a wonderful hot tub/spa (bring a bathing suit) and delightful gathering places on campus for those who chose to stay the evening. Meals (breakfast and dinner) are not included with the day programs and so will need to be booked additionally.

Lodging for a shared room with 2 twin beds is $90 per person per night,

Lodging for a private room with one double bed is $155 per night.

Breakfasts at the center are $15 and dinners are $30.
Earthrise offers an exceptional dining experience that can accommodate vegan, gluten free and other dietary needs.

Downtown Petaluma is about an 18 minute drive (sorry, no public transportation) from the center where there are many excellent dining choices.

If the fee presents hardship for you, please contact us as we have a limited number of work/exchange positions and possible scholarships, available and
we will work with you to make this affordable.

Refunds minus a $50 handling fee is possible for any cancellation received via email ( no later than March 10, 2017

If you can… Please, Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund which we will use to support scholarships to people who would love to attend but may not be able to afford the full fee.

CEU certificate for CA BBSE licensees  $15  (for conference only – post conference workshop has separate CEU certificate)
CEU certificate for CA psychologists and RNs licensees  $30  (for conference only – post conference workshop has separate CEU certificate)

Refunds minus a $50 handling fee is possible for any cancellation received via email ( no later than March 15, 2018.
No refunds for cancellations received after March 15, 2018.

We will also do our best to help coordinate ridesharing as much as possible!


The conference meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Holos Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists  (CEPA #90905) to sponsor continuing education for the licenses listed above.  Holos Institute maintains responsibility for its programs and content.

7 CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.    For questions about CE for PhD and RN’s visit or contactDavid Lukoff, PhD at

At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental position of ecopsychology
  • List 2 ways that the imagination may be cultivated to heal the psyche
  • Summarize at least 3 human developmental phases that reflect participation in the greater earth community

… more learning objective to come!

The Power of Ecotherapy, Mindfulness and Compassion Practices with Rob Fisher, MFT and Hu Ting Ting, MA.
Mindfulness and compassion practices in a natural setting bring an enhanced impact that goes to the heart of any exploration and connects participants to the power and depth of nature. In this 90 minute session we will present some approaches that can be used in solo journeys, group events and with individual clients that will allow you to go deeply and gently on a personal journey into the natural environment, your heart and your psyche. We will explain, demonstrate and you can experience several specific practices that you can easily use on your own.

Singing the Land, with Shay Nichols and Green Huse of The Elements
Creating music in nature is a powerful way to connect with the earth and each other.
Explore the process of rewilding your voice, allowing natural music to emerge.
We will collaborate with nature and allow her mystery and beauty to infuse our musical creations.

Moving The Clinical Container Outdoors with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
This very practical and brief tutorial will review the clinical nuances in the therapeutic container as deep psychological work is moved to an outdoor/eco-therapy container.  A model of a 3 part process for outdoor psychotherapy will be presented as a guide for nature based psychotherapy. We will examine how the clinical transference might shift, how the clinician can best prepare them self and client, considerations in setting up a “wilderness edge” session, and other very pragmatic considerations.

Embodying Nature: Becoming Ourselves with Jamie McHugh, RSMT
In this somatic-expressive approach to re-wilding, we explore the body’s natural technologies of breath, vocalization, contact, movement and stillness to become more present to ourselves and to our environment. This 90 minute outdoor experiential session will highlight contact as the intermediary between the interoceptive (inner perception) and the exteroceptive (outer perception), generating another source of self-knowing and sensory feedback that can enliven the relationship between self and environment. You can read more about this approach here:

Soliphilia: Cultivating Connection to Place, Self and Other in Challenging Times with Mary Good, MFT and Sylvia Linsteadt
Weaving together myth, natural history, mindfulness and tracking, this workshop will invite participants to become “claimed” by the land and develop a sense of “Soliphilia”. A term coined by Australian professor Glenn Albrecht, Soliphilia is love and responsibility for a place, bioregion, planet and the unity of interrelated interests within it. It is the antidote to Solistalgia – emotional pain that stems from the recognition that the place where one resides and loves is under political and environmental assault. Participants will spend time on the land around IONS, exploring practices that they can bring back to their personal and professional lives to foster resiliency and hopefulness.

Nature and Art: Creating Connection for Healing with Eleanor Ruckman, MFT
Outdoor play and art create connection – to our deep selves, to other humans, and to the wild world. When we are more connected, we care more. When we care, then we take more actions demonstrating that care. Even small actions of care move us individually and collectively toward healing. Simple, fun, creative activities will offer ways to encourage direct experiencing and exploration of our environment. These practices are based on years of experience and current research, and can easily be used with a wide range of ages in a variety of settings, from wilderness to the urban landscape. We’ll discuss some common barriers to implementation, and strategies to increase access.

Fluid Like a River: Healing with Living Energy with Meg Beeler, MA
Engaging with the living energy of tree, mountain, or ocean is a compelling way to connect deeply with nature while healing your soul. We will explore simple, potent, and specific methods of making reciprocal connections; maintaining harmony, balance, and fluidity; and shifting our experience through energy exchange.
We’ll learn and explore a radical pattern for releasing “dense, heavy energy” (what we’d call despair, depression, anxiety, separation) and filling with the boundless energy that surrounds us in the cosmos. We’ll taste the transformation potential of Energy Alchemy— based on ancient animist wisdom—in deepening our connections and applying the principles in our practice.

The Nature of Trauma and What Ecotherapy Can Contribute to Healing with Dave Talamo, MFT
Come outside and play with us! We’ll start with a simple, clear definition of trauma (a la Somatic Experiencing®). Then, we’ll explore how Nature time can soothe symptoms of trauma and help resolve PTSD- and how a good ecotherapist can greatly enhance this naturally soothing effect of time in Nature. You’ll consciously experience the gentle activation and settling of your own central nervous you play the roles of both therapist and client. And, of course, you’ll practice how to use connection with Nature to support trauma resolution work. “Nature is the IDEAL place to do Trauma Resolution work” –Ariel Giarretto, Senior Trainer in Somatic Experiencing® .


Continuing Education Credits

The conference meets the qualifications for 7.5/9 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Holos Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists  (CEPA #90905) to sponsor continuing education for the licenses listed above.  Holos Institute maintains responsibility for its programs and content.

~7.5 CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
~SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about CE for PhD and RNs, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

BBSE Attendees that include the evening program may receive 9 CEU credits in total.

The cost of a CEU certificate is $15 for BBSE licensees and $30 for RNs and clinical psychologists

At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental position of ecopsychology
  • List the four kinds of self-protective subpersonalities
  • List and describe at least 3 “soulcraft” experiences that bring about an initiatory experience
  • List one way that ritual spontaneously arises to seek out order in the psyche
  • Name at least one way in which mythic stories provide a powerful ethical lesson
  • Apply sense and imaginal images to recover a sense of wholeness
  • Explain an application of urban ecotherapy
  • And, according to the breakout session chosen, will be able to:
    ~Apply a technique that increases trust and immediacy of contact with natural world
    ~Describe 3 specific mindfulness practices in nature
    ~Lead a sensory-imaginative engagement with nature
    ~Develop an outdoor psychotherapy session
    ~Describe an application of ecotherapy specif to addressing trauma
  • Participants in the evening program will also be able to describe a cogent example of how a culture’s relationship to a natural resource shapes awareness and intention