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Ecopsychology Conference 2017:

Re-visioning Psychological Landscapes: Nurturing Resilience and Response-ability

At Earthrise Retreat Center, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA

The 2017 Holos Institute 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.  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 Joanna Macy, Linda Buzzell, Molly Young Brown, Rob Fisher and Sophia Reindeers, and many more!

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.

Joanna Macy is our keynote speaker

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.  At this moment we have a surplus of work/trade arrangements but we might be able to offer a partial discount in exchange for some very basic and simple help.

We are also offering a number of post-conference workshops that are listed below with links to each individual event.  These are optional for conference participants but please know that if you register for a post-conference workshop at the time of your conference registration, you will receive an additional 10% discount from the full price.

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, for clinical psychologists and registered nurses through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.

Please scroll down to bottom for full info on CEUs

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: (subject to change)

8:30 am   Registration open.  Coffee, tea and breakfast snacks available.

9:00 am    Announcements, advisements for the day, and Opening Ceremony, with Holos staff/board

9:15  am General address by  Jan Edl Stein, MFT, director of Holos Institute.
Response-Ability in a Changing Environment.    Jan will open our day’s discussion with a number of questions to be explored: What places do you hold in your bones that speak to your soul?  How can you listen to this? How have decades of nature-based therapies informed our core beliefs?  How do we evolve a psychological response to meet a rapidly changing world?  What are the ethical considerations to be embraced by the “healing” professions?

9:40 am   General address by Linda Buzzell, MFT, author and professor of ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Ecopsychology, Ecotherapy and Ecoresilience.  It’s pretty clear what isn’t working, but not so easy to envision the practicalities of a sustainable world that could really work. Craig Chalquist and I have been wrestling with this, and have developed 20 ecoresilience principles for personal and cultural adaptation to a changed planet. We’ve gathered wisdom from many sources, including the nature-based permaculture principles, ecopsychology, ecotherapy, ecospirituality, community building endeavors, indigenous wisdom, the arts and depth psychology. We hope to provide at least the beginnings of an integral and hopefully inspirational view of how we and “all our relatives” might survive and even thrive on our Earth homeplace as environmental, political, economic and cultural conditions become ever more challenging.

10:00 am  Keynote presentation by Joanna Macy, PhD, author, activist, philosopher and inspirer of hope.
So Very Scared, While Invited Home to our True Nature
10:45 am   BREAK
11:00 am  Joanna Macy, experiential exercise with community discussion
Feeling our Despair, Feeling Our Hope


These 50 minute workshops will be offered concurrently post lunch.  Please choose your first choice and indicate upon registration.
Also make note of your second choice.  You will be able to change later. These have varying degrees of physicality.  We will advise you.
(Please note:  Outdoor workshops are subject to change depending on weather)

  • A Taste of the Work That Reconnects  with Molly Young Brown, MA MDiv     (Outdoor/experiential session)
    We will experience one of the practices of the Work That Reconnects to help us identify more closely with the natural world, in which we are inextricably interwoven. The Work That Reconnects, pioneered by Joanna Macy, helps us to experience our innate connections with each other and the healing powers of the web of life.  This experiential, interactive work draws from systems thinking, deep ecology, and many spiritual traditions.
  • Using Mindfulness and Compassion Practices in Nature with Rob Fisher, MFT and Hu Ting Ting, MA   (Outdoor/experiential Session)
    Mindfulness, compassion practices and a natural setting, when combined together, bring a power and impact that goes to the heart of any exploration. In this 45 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 into our personal journeys into our hearts and our psyches. We will explain, demonstrate and you can experience three specific practices that you can easily use on your own: group compassion mandala and mindfulness induction in nature.
  • Resonant Affinities: Ancient Harmonics of Body and Earth with Sophia Reindeers, PhD, MFT, REAT     (Outdoor/experiential Session)
    Participants will be guided in creative experiential practices to deepen their healing awareness of the intimate reciprocity of the human with the living earth. This dynamic reciprocity is woven into the very fabric of our sensing and moving, perceiving, thinking, feeling and imaging body, itself arising out of the living matrix of the sentient earth. The practices in this workshop will foster a sensory-imaginative engagement with nature. They will invite the experience of wonder and gratitude, and a joyous sense of kinship with the earth. They will encourage attitudes and practices of attuned earth-stewardship, born of love.
  • Move with the Earth, for the Earth: Somatic Ecotherapy in Action with Ariana Candell, MFT     (Outdoor/experiential Session)
    Discover new ways to connect to Nature through movement-oriented, Earth-based explorations. Receive support from the land through a somatic dialogue with a nature ally. Explore what is blocking your energy to respond to the natural world’s crises, and learn to open these channels through visualization and movement. Find courage and direction through connecting with nature’s wisdom inside yourself, and sharing this in a responsive community. Feel the powerful integration of experiencing your mind, body and spirit in connection with the land and community.
  • An Expressive Arts Approach to Cultivating Resilience with Mira Michelle Kennedy, MA  (Outdoor/experiential/low impact)
    The workshop will define the term resilience in three key areas: personal, community and ecological. The workshop will then offer a hands-on experiential activity about how to cultivate resilience. Participants will explore expressive arts, using materials from nature in order to identify personal strengths and challenges. The workshop will incorporate resource mapping, finding metaphors from the natural world, and permaculture principles. We will explore applied ecopsychology, earth based expressive arts and how we can build resilience.
  • Speaking to the Wild Self: Bringing Nature into the Therapy Room with Emily Swanson, MFT  (Outdoor-seated/presentation/discussion)
    Many clients do not explicitly seek out an eco-therapist or nature-based therapy yet it is precisely these individuals that can benefit deeply from reconnecting to their inner, wilder nature and to the outer world around them. This presentation will explore how to help clients begin to uncover their natural selves without leaving the therapy room and without clients knowing that you are using “ecotherapy.”
  •  Holy Ground: A Standing Rock Experience: with Mary Good, MFT and Marni Ashira Rothman, MFT intern
    We will explore experiential connection with earth through exercises and stories inspired by the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. We will examine and discuss how this contemporary event illustrates the strength and history of humanity’s involvement with land and place as a sacred relationship, and how this type of relationship can promote the well-being of people and the environment with which we live. Holos intern, Marni Rothman, and also a Jewish ritualist, recently participated in a call for clergy people to come pray with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.  Mary Good, MFT, deep story teller, naturalist and speaker of truth, joins Marni to describe the experience of Standing Rock and to also explore symbolic meaning of the NODAPL movement in our psychological lives.

2:00 pm regather
Topic Talks in Applied Ecopsychology

2:10 pm   ECO-Equine—Equine Assisted Growth and Learning: Horses in Nature, Alane Freund, MFT, EAGALA Certified
Understanding equine assisted work by Heart and Mind Equine, the leading provider of ecotherapy with horses in beautiful, bucolic Marin County. Learn the ins and outs of how horses galvanize the therapeutic process through their perfect integration of sensitivity and mindfulness. Sensitive prey animals, horses are masters of nonverbal communication and help us become our most authentic and successful selves.

2:30 pm  The Psychology of Village Building: Nature-based Models for CulturalHealing, Anna Swisher,MA.

Nature-based systems such as Permaculture, Eco psychology, and the 8 Shields model taught by Jon Young, offer inspiring models for understanding the harmonious ways of nature, and applying that understanding to our own community psyche to restore patterns of health, cooperation, and interdependence. This presentation will explore ways that we might apply these insights to our own lives, personally and professionally, to effectively design human systems that support the healing of the individual,the community, and the Earth

2:50 pm    Teen’s Search for Meaning:  How Eco-psychology can foster Compassion and Resiliency in America’s Youth, Caroline Lewis, MA.
In a culture shaped by technology and materialism, connection to Earth is necessary for mental health in teenagers.  Currently in the U.S, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds, and depression and anxiety rates are increasing. I have witnessed how experiences in nature can connect a teen to his or her true sense of self that is often not only masked but perhaps not even known. Eco-psychology is not only a therapeutic modality but also a teaching of ancient Earth wisdom that is crucial to for us as therapists to gift to our young people in order to foster compassion and resiliency.

3:10 pm     The Role of Shame in Healing our World, Renee Soule, PhD
Shame literacy is essential for ecopsychologists. On most days, we gaze upon our world and fall in love. Other days, acknowledging our complicity in ecological destruction, we suffer self-deprecating guilt, anger, numbness, or a whirlwind of stress. Ecopsychologists contend with this rough and varied emotional terrain. How might the dark specter of shame contribute to this emotional rollercoaster and a lackluster response to eco-crises? Or, might shame support the initiatory development of the Ecological Self?

3:30  pm BREAK

3:45  pm Community Discussion with panel of ecotherapists: Linda Buzzell, MFT,  Mary Good, MFT, Laura Parker, MFT, and Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Please bring your questions/concerns and commentary as our panel of presenters meet your inquiry in a lively discussion that invites YOUR participation.

4:35 pm  Closing comments
4:55 pm Closing meditation.
5:00 pm  CLOSE  (Be sure to complete your paperwork for CEUs)

CONFERENCE FEES: (fee includes a delicious lunch at the center)
early registration discount extended to March 4!

Early registration (before March 4, 2017)     $155
Late registration (On or after March 4)         $175



CEU certificate  $15  (for conference only – post conference workshops have separate CEU certificate)


Refunds minus a $50 handling fee is possible for any cancellation received via email (events@holosinstitute.net) no later than March 10, 2017

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


Johanna 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.
Many 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 now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.


Linda Buzzell, MFT
has been a psychotherapist for more than 40 years and has specialized in ecopsychology and ecotherapy since 2000. She and Craig Chalquist edited the Sierra Club Books anthology Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, a core text in clinical ecopsychology. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Ecopsychology, the peer-reviewed journal of the field, and she and Craig Chalquist edited the journal’s December 2015 special issue on “Ecopsychology and The Long Emergency.” Linda has been Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and taught an ecotherapy certification course there in 2015. She was a keynote speaker for the 2014 Ecotherapy Symposium at the University of Brighton in the UK, organized by the late Martin Jordan. In 2002 she founded the International Association for Ecotherapy and is co-founder of the Ecopsychology Network of Southern California. She has written over 75 blog posts on ecopsychology and ecotherapy at The Huffington Post. She is a member of the Ecopsychology Network for Clinicians, where she led a workshop on “The HOW of Ecotherapy.” In 2006 she received her Permaculture Design Certificate and with her husband Larry Saltzman has created a food forest around her home that serves as her ecotherapy office. For further information, www.ecotherapyheals.com and www.huffingtonpost.com/author/lindabuzzell-745

Jan 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 www.janedl.com.

Molly Young Brown, MA, MDiv
lives in Mt Shasta, CA with her husband Jim.  In her work as a writer, workshop facilitator, and life coach, she draws on the Work That Reconnects, ecopsychology, and psychosynthesis. As a life coach, she specializes in working with activists and helping professionals. She co-authored with Joanna Macy both editions of Coming Back to Life (1998, 2014).  Her other publications include: Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning; Held in Love: Life Stories To Inspire Us Through Times of Change (co-editor Carolyn Treadway); and Lighting A Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.  Website: MollyYoungBrown.com.

Sophia Reindeers, PhD, MFT, REAT
is the founding director of the WisdomBody Institute for Creative Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts, and a faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a body-oriented Jungian psychotherapist, ecotherapist and registered expressive arts therapist (REAT).  Sophia also serves on the board of directors at Holos Institute.

Rob 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, 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.

Ariana Candell, MFT
is a psychotherapist, dance/movement therapist, professor, and pioneer in Somatic Ecotherapy. She is the founder of “The Earthbody Institute”, offering Ecotherapy Certification trainings locally and internationally.  http://arianacandell.com/TheEarthbodyInstitute/

Mira Michelle Kennedy
Mira Michelle Kennedy has worked in the field of education and sustainability for over fifteen years. She facilitated expressive arts programs internationally in India and Nepal. She has presented at multiple conferences including the International Expressive Art Therapy Conference. She currently works with author Fritjof Capra, facilitating a course on the systems view of life. 

Emily Swanson, MFT  Emily Swanson is an MFT and former Holos intern. Her work focuses on helping people reconnect with a sense of belonging to the world and themselves through individual psychotherapy, groupwork, and nature-based approaches. She lives with her youngest daughter and husband and two cats in Marin.

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. 

Marni Ashirah Rothman, M.A., is a current intern at Holos Institute. Since graduating from CIIS in 2010, she worked in private practice in Ireland. It was there that she reconnected with the earth, through engagement with Irish folklore and spirituality; and pilgrimage to the sacred wells, stones, and trees of the land. Marni is also an artist, and a Kohenet Hebrew Priestess of feminist, embodied, earth-based Jewish practice.

Alane Freund, LMFT, EAGALA Certified

of Heart and Mind Equine, a life-long horsewoman and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over two decades, added EAGALA-Model equine assisted psychotherapy to her toolbox 14 years ago, joining her passion (horses) with her profession.

Caroline Lewis, MA, MFT intern
integrates knowledge gained in psychodynamic and somatic psychotherapies, eco-psychology, and energy medicine. Prior to obtaining a Masters in Integral Psychology from CIIS, Caroline worked as a wilderness counselor for teenagers with a wide array of mental health disorders. Caroline has joined Holos as an intern.


Anna Swisher M.A., guides Somatic Ecotherapy and Wilderness Quest work with individuals and groups. She is a nature-based mentor and rite-of-passage guide for youth, and weaves Ecopsychology, Permaculture, indigenous wisdom, and cultural mentoring into regenerative community building.

Renee 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.

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.

Continuing Education Credits

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 www.spiritualcompetency.com or contactDavid Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com

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

  • Explain the fundamental position of ecopsychology
  • List a few of the 20 ecoresilience principles
  • Summarize a model of hope and give examples of how it may be engendered
  • Discuss the ways in which Permaculture principles may be applied to understanding the psyche
  • Explain a crucial application of ecopsychology in working with youth
  • Describe how shame can promote creative responses to ecological crises
  • And, according to the breakout session chosen, will be able to:
    ~Apply a technique that increases trust and immediacy of contact with natural world
    ~Lead 3 specific mindfulness practices in nature
    ~Lead a sensory-imaginative engagement with nature
    ~Develop a somatic dialogue with a nature ally for personal support
    ~Assess client’s nature literacy and comfort
    ~Describe the aspects of a social movement that is shifting our awareness


There will also be an array of (optional) post-conference day long workshops on March 19 to enhance the conference experience.  These carefully selected workshops are intended to enhance your experience of the conference and give a deeper experiential context.
Each post-conference workshop experience is a self-contained experience, offered by each practitioner under sponsorship by Holos Institute for an additional fee. Each program may be taken for continuing education units for MFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs for an additional fee.
Please Note: these are OPTIONAL workshops for which you may register in addition to the conference for a discount (10%).

Current Post Conference Workshops:

~Reconnecting with the Living Earth through the Work That Reconnects
Sunday, March 19, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm  (Fort’s Barn, in Petaluma)
with Molly Young Brown and Constance Washburn, Sunday, March 19 
We reaffirm our love for the Earth by sharing our passions, dreams, and anguish for the world today.  Together we can stand up to the forces of divisiveness and greed, for a Great Turning toward a Life Sustaining Society. The Work That Reconnects, pioneered by Joanna Macy, helps us to experience our innate connections with each other and the healing powers of the web of life.  This experiential, interactive work draws from systems thinking, deep ecology, and many spiritual traditions, and moves through a Spiral of Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth.                   CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION

~Returning to Your Essential Self – A  Mindfulness Based Exploration in Nature
Sunday, March 19, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Mill Valley, CA

with Rob Fisher, MFT and Hu Ting Ting, MA,  In this outdoors workshop we will use mindfulness and compassion practices to open a gentle space in which we can use the deep resources of nature to come back to our hearts and to our essential selves.
You will have the opportunity to explore on your own in nature in mini quests, with partners and in group council. You’ll make natural mandalas and wild temples, use movement practices and talk with stones and trees to explore your deepest sense of yourself and what you are doing here.


~Ecopsychology through Equine Assisted Therapy, in Woodacre, CA
Sunday, March 19, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at Heart and Mind Equine Center in Woodacre, CA
with Alane Freund, MFT and Monica Zimmerman

Alane and Monica will guide a very small group (6 min/12 max) through an incredible hands-on experience of deep intuition, connection and learning with her herd of exceptionally sensitive therapy horses at Heart and Mind Equine Center in Woodacre, CA.  Both Alane and Monica are certified Equine Specialists and training in the EAGALA method. This will be an extraordinary opportunity to experience equine assisted therapy first hand and learn about the many applications of this therapeutic technique.  Alane will be speaking at the conference about this work.  More details on this workshop will soon be posted but you may register now concurrently with the conference.  More info about Alane’s center at http://www.heartandmindequine.com/

~Embodying Nature, Becoming Ourselves: A Somatic and Expressive Protocol
Sunday, March 19, noon – 6 pm on Mt Tamalpais, Mill Valley, CA
with Jamie McHugh, RSMT

In this somatic and expressive approach to becoming more fully human as elemental creatures, we combine the technologies of breath, vocalization, contact, movement and stillness to occupy our soma/psyche and open the portals of perception. We discover how tree, rock, sky, and water reflect aspects of our being by embodying and expressing them. Spontaneous dances, intuitive songs, creative writings and inner contemplations effortlessly emerge as we invite in the spirit of place through this sensory-motor encounter. This daylong workshop on Mount Tamalpais combines practice, theory and application to provide you with a set of somatic-expressive tools and a conceptual map for embodying nature as well as a template for guiding others. This approach has been of particular interest to dancers, environmentalists, movement educators, and eco-psychologists.

~Psyche and Nature:  Taking the Clinical Container Outdoors
Saturday, April 8 10:100 – 4:30 pm
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
In this daylong workshop for psychotherapists and other healing arts practitioners, Jan will offer a model for exploring the inner landscape of the client as well as a simple model for outdoor based psychotherapy. Jan will cover basic practical considerations as one shifts the clinical container outdoors that includes logistics, best practices for therapeutic transition, and clinical assessment for process refinement. She will explore the fundamental clinical application of ecopsychology principles. She will also present a nature based context for specific psychological issues. Through experiential exercises you may begin to explore your own inner landscape and learn, first-hand, the basics of an earth-based psychotherapy. There will also be a chance to discuss clinical case material in relation to an eco psychological framework. We will also have a discussion about cultivating eco-resilience as well as eco-grief processes.
While this IS NOT following the day after the Ecopsychology Conference, it is considered a post conference workshop and will offer additional discount for people who register concurrently for the Ecopsychology Conference.

You may register for each event for a (10%) discount upon registration for the conference OR individually for regular fees.
Please follow the links to each program for individual registration.  CEUs will ONLY be available for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs for these post-conference workshops.  There will be an additional (discounted) fee of $10 per certificate for each workshop if requested in advance.


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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.


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