Holos Ecopsychology Certificate Program

March 26-31, 2023
Bell Valley Retreat Center, Boonville, CA (Mendocino County)

This 5 night/6 day intensive workshop is designed for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals and anyone sincerely working in the helping professions.

The program will cover principles of ecopsychology and the unique way that we may embrace the world from the ecological perspective. We will explore techniques and various processes of holding a clinical container outdoors, facilitating a deeper connection with and reciprocity to the natural world, and employing a nature-based approach in working with trauma and the nervous system. We will consider cultural, clinical and ethical considerations of ecotherapy. We will address the growing collective anxiety of climate change or “eco-anxiety” and ways to work with this. The program will also include ways of wilderness healing work, thresholds of initiatory processes and a deep solo time on the land.

Primary instructor is Jan Edl Stein, MFT, director of Holos Institute.
We will be joined by naturalist, writer and ecological consultant, Roy Blodgett.

It is hosted in the gorgeous, rolling hills of inland Mendocino County at the Bell Valley Retreat Center on over 600 acres of pristine, mindfully stewarded land.

This program has a limited group size to preserve an intimate learning environment and also provide mostly private lodging in consideration of COVID…so early registration is encouraged.

This program offers 28 CEUs for California BBSE licensees (reciprocity with other states may be possible)

There will be a 2 hour optional (no extra charge) online follow-up to the program 2 weeks after the conclusion of the program to support the integration of the learning into each student’s particular application.

Students who are interested in the full, 4-part ecopsychology certificate program, there will be an opportunity to add on more modules of learning. (see below)

The course imparts the skills and confidence to lead nature-based healing work both in individual and group work. The program is designed for psychotherapists and facilitators of deep learning who are seeking to learn more skills and experience as they move their clinical work outdoors, expand into an ecologically based framework, develop nature-based programs and consider ways of addressing an growing phenomena of eco- anxiety. The learning style is practical, highly experiential and immersive. This workshop will fill you with new ideas, skills, confidence and approaches for your work and will also be very personally transformative.

The program will mostly offer the CEU curriculum during the daytime hours but we will also have a few evening programs that tap into our more creative sides as we deepen our connection to the natural world. However, there will be “free” time for students to integrate material and deepen into the landscape.

Please note: this is one of 4 components of a larger, ecopsychology certificate program. One may take this course alone, or sign up for part 2 or 3 separately. Taking all 4 modules with the practicum component will ensure completion of the 100-hour Ecopsychology Certificate.


  • $1550 covers the March retreat including tuition, meals and lodging. We will have self serve breakfasts and hearty, organic prepared lunches and dinners.
    Work/Trade discounts of $275 are available on request.
    Please visit the Bell Valley Accomodations webpage to select your preferred lodging type. For a guaranteed single room or a Tollhouse room, there is an additional fee of $150.
    For a guaranteed single room in a tent cabin, there is an additional fee of $50.
    Rooms in the Bunkhouse (shared) or barn room save $50.

For an CEU certificate please add $40.
IF you need a further discount, please reach out to us “events@holosinstitute.net” and indicate on your registration form.


Please plan to arrive between 3:30 and 4:00 on Sunday afternoon. You can plan on leaving the center around 11:00 am on Friday.
We will help coordinate ridesharing and pickups from either the Marin or Sonoma Airporters (for SFO arrival/departures).
Complete details will be sent in early March.


Complete this registration form
We will confirm your registration and send you instructions on how to pay.
To hold your place we will need a deposit of $400
The balance is due no later than March 17, 2023.

All fees are non-refundable after March 6.
In the event that the event is cancelled you will receive a full refund.


Holos is an approved CEU provider through CAMFT.
This course offers 28 hours of continuing education credits.


At the conclusion of this program, participants may expect to be able to:

  1. Describe at least 4 fundamental principles of ecopsychology
  2. List at least 3 qualities that contribute to “eco-literacy”
  3. Describe and design an eco-based program for psychological healing
  4. List at least 6 interventions that will create a deeper connection with the natural world
  5. Describe the 3 phases of an ecotherapy session
  6. List at least 3 “red-flags” for ecotherapy work
  7. Describe how a practitioner should best orient to a landscape
  8. List at least 3 important practical considerations in setting up an ecotherapy session
  9. Explain how ecotherapy impacts limbic system processing
  10. Name at least 3 ways to foster reciprocity in eco-therapy
  11. Describe an ecotherapy process that addresses dysregulated/traumatized self-experiences
  12. Name at least 3 ways that working with liminal states can enhance psychotherapy outcomes.
  13. List the 3 phases of wilderness therapy
  14. Offer a basic description of a deep mirroring process
  15. List at least 3 ways to clinically address eco-anxiety
  16. Name the 4 part cycle of an eco-grieving process
  17. Explain at least 2 ways in which eco-anxiety may drive emotional dysregulation.
  18. List at least 3 considerations of race, culture and socio-economic situations that impact one’s relationship with the natural world
  19. Describe at least 3 ways that art and creativity may enhance ecotherapy


PART 2 will be offered starting in April 2023 and will be an entirely online program with 12 2-hour webinars offered monthly with a variety of teachers throughout the world. Each will lend their particular view of ecopsychology and offer unique viewpoints on how to address the changes we are witnessing. It will be an opportunity to have a deep discussion with leaders in the field.

PART 3 will be a 4 night/5 day residential intensive at Bell Valley in April or May of 2024.
This will cover earth grieving processes, another level into working with groups, and a collective approach to eco-resiliency.

PART 4 is designed to help students shape their own particular adaptation of ecotherapy and ecopsychology for their own work. The program will begin in fall of 2023 and includes group and individual mentoring for capstone projects to be presented in spring of 2024.