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Holos’s 2018 ecopsychology conference is confirmed for Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Earthrise Retreat Center (IONS)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Earthrise Retreat Center, Petaluma
The theme is “Biodiversity: Embracing our Interdependence


Bill Plotkin, PhD , depth psychologist, wilderness and soul guide, will be our keynote presenter AND will offer a daylong workshop on Sunday, March 25 (separate registration) along with

Geneen Marie Haugen, PhD,  An eco-writier who guides experiential immersions with roots in ecopsychology – including contemporary vision quest – for the Animas Valley Institute.

Barbara Holifield, MFT, Jungian analyst offering depth psychology approaches to encountering the ecological self

More speakers and workshops soon to be announced.  This year, there will be longer (1.5 hour) breakout workshops and a longer panel/audience conversation per feedback from last year’s conference.

Request for Proposals


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.
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.
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.
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.

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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.