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Holos 2018 Ecopsychology Conference

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

9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Earthrise Retreat Center, Petaluma

Conference Theme: “Biodiversity: Embracing our Interdependence

with Bill PLotkin, PhD as keynote speaker

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, Geneen Marie Haugen, Barbara Holifield, Rob Fisher, Renee Soule and many others. 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 also committed to making this as affordable as possible – if you have a financial need, reach out to us via email with your situation /need. We have a limited number of work/trade positions available where we might be able to offer a partial discount in exchange for some very basic and simple help. These positions are offered on a first come, first received basis so let us know soon if you need support.

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

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.

Group size will be limited. Priority admission and discount to this workshop is given to conference participants registering concurrently with the conference. Singular registration in this workshop will be made available as a separate sign-up on Feb 15, 2018 as space is available.  Conference participants may register for the workshop when registering for the conference starting now.

To Register Please Click Here



 (in progress and subject to change)

8:30      Registration and Welcome  (tea, coffee and breakfast snacks will be served)
9:00      Opening ceremony and comments for the day – Holos staff
Introductions to break-out workshops and leaders
9:20       General address by Jan Edl Stein, MFT
9:50       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.

10:45     BREAK

11:00     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.

11:30  Barbara Holifield, MFT, Jungian analyst offering depth psychology approaches to encountering the ecological self
12:00     TBA
12:30     LUNCH
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
3:00      Re-gather: comments/community discussion
3:20     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.

4:00      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.
5:15     Closing comments and ceremony
5:30   FAREWELLS    Be sure to complete your ceu paperwork!

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.
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.

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

Hu Ting-Ting, MAHu Ting Ting, MA is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher candidate 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.
Laura Parker, MFTLaura 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.
Mary Good, MFT  In her private practice as a holistic counselor and ecotherapist, Mary helps her clients to reconnect with their inherent wholeness through mindfulness, somatic exercises, here-and-now awareness and compassionate insight. She loves to work with clients in outdoor sessions, with nature as her co-therapist. Mary seeks to inspire others to connect with Place, by getting to know their bioregion through natural and indigenous history, folklore and direct contact with the land and its inhabitants. When not in session, she enjoys writing, gardening, wildcrafting and tending her flock of 8 chickens. She lives in Sebastopol, CA with her husband and daughter
Renee Soule, MFTRenee Soule, PhD has been developing and teaching ecopsychology for nearly 30 years. A primary focus of her work involves engaging environmental crises as a positive, and strident, impetus for human and cultural development. What do these crises invite us to become? Her work as a teacher, counselor, and life-long student engages environmental crises as an initiation presaging and promoting a new level of maturity commensurate with the challenges we face. Teaching in San Quentin for 10 years promotes her faith in the healing journey of accountability and the bright potential for ecological justice.
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


CONFERENCE FEES: (fee includes a delicious lunch at the center for both days)
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


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!

Please note, that we are currently accepting proposals for these workshops and so the final offering is not complete.  What follows is a listing of currently accepted proposals.

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.

Being Gaia with Laura Parker, MFT
We will gather outside for a (very brief) introductory talk, guided meditation, eyes-closed exploration, and group sharing. The meditation (which will be recorded and made available) will guide you into a Gaian way of being that is somatic, holistic, immediate, infinitely open, non-conceptual, multi-dimensional, and vibrating with alert, responsive participation. From that place, you will be invited to engage in your own self-directed exploration. Finally, we will share our experience with the other humans in our group without using words.


We seek to offer embodied and spirited presentations that illustrate, illuminate and facilitate a deep connection to the natural world.  We welcome scholarly presentations that delineate the edge of personal/world that eco-psychology strives to define if there is a heartfelt presence in the material.  We look for creative and clearly instructive applications of ecopsychology. Please be mindful and avoid adopting techniques or teachings from cultures other than your own.

Our 2018 program is mostly filled but several potential presenters are still yet unconfirmed.  We have room for additional speakers, experiential workshops and leaders of a topical conversation table at lunchtime.  If you’d like to engage a conversation but don’t feel ready to take on a full presentation, consider hosting a lunch table conversation.
Accepted presenters (not including lunch table topic leaders) may attend the conference for free.  Any co-leaders of a workshop presentation may attend for half price fee.
Holos will provide logistical support to all presenters.  Most presentations will be video recorded and presenters must agree to allow Holos to record and publish these presentations as well as possibly take photos of your presentations to use later on on our website and promotions.  You will have access to any image or video recording of your program.
All presenters may bring literature and/or books for sale.

Conference Proposals

Ecopsychology Conference 2018 presentation proposals
  • Please indicate your proposed type of presentation. We have space for possibly one more primary presentation which should be a thoroughly developed theme that is presented in 35 - 40 minutes, a 90 minute breakout experiential workshop, an 18-20 minute concise talk on a focused topic, or be a conversation host at lunchtime where your hosted table discussed a particularly relevant topic.
  • Please tell us the title of your presentation or topic
  • Please provide a concise description of your proposed program. This is what will be published (700 characters max)
  • Please let us know what you might need vis-a-vis support from us for your presentation. All talks will be amplified and video recorded. Most all workshops will be assigned to an outdoor space at Earthrise. Let us know if you need, a white board, an extra table for supplies, help in carrying gear, or anything else. This will not in any way effect your acceptance but it does help us plan in advance.
  • Provide a bio for yourself (this will be published) If accepted, you will also be asked to submit a headshot and simple resume.
  • Provide one actionable learning objective for your presentation (this is required for CEUs) Consider completing this sentence, "At the end of this presentation participants will............." If you are offering to lead a lunch table discussion just enter "LUNCH"
  • Is there any additional information that we should know about you? Why is your proposal compelling? What qualifies you to present on this topic? (This response is optional but may help us in choosing if you are new to Holos)
  • what is your name and license type?
  • What is your professional license or degree?
  • What is your email address and phone number?

Public Programs and Continuing Education

Holos offers an ongoing series of educational programs open to both the general public and to psychotherapists. All of these offerings resonate with the Holos vision of an integral approach to healing that considers the body, mind and spirit as well as the greater community in which we live. Our presenters are each a specialist in their field and bring a breadth of vision from cosmological perspectives to the mindful explorations of depth psychology. We strive to offer innovative and creative approaches to current topics in clinical psychology.

Most programs offer continued education credit for MFTs and LCSWs.

Please click on events for more details.

Registration for most events available through PayPal or via mail see each event for detail.

Holos Institute is committed to inclusivity, diversity and social justice. We are committed to creating a courageous, authentic space that welcomes a diverse group of participants in our public educational programs, across lines of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Our educational programs model ethical and clinically sound practices and follow the code of ethics described by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

If you have financial challenges that prevent you from participating in any program, there are a limited number of work exchange scholarships available and/or discounts. If you would like to discuss any of this further, please email us.