Holos Ecopsychology Certificate Program 2019

RECOVER your wild heart and mind,
RESTORE your connection to Nature,
BECOME a guide for others in
RECONNECT and discovering RESILIENCE !

“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being.” – Joanna Macy

 The crises of our unprecedented times need leading edge solutions. Psychology can play a part in helping to change attitude, perception and behavior. The most appropriate form of psychology is one that reconnects the human animal with the rest of life on earth. Holos has been a touchstone resource for applied ecopsychology and has now developed a comprehensive, 100 hour training program that draws on the wisdom of many pioneers in the field of ecotherapy, ecopsychology, The Work that Reconnects, Permaculture and more. Come learn with leaders in the field as you develop community, delve into a range of ecotherapy practices and prepare yourself to lead others and offer solutions to the fundamental needs of our time.  This program is deeply experiential, transformative and informative!

100 CEUS will be available for MFTs, LCSWs, as well as psychologists and RNs (approval pending).

We are currently planning the 2020 program
The dates are:
Sunday, April 19 – Friday, April 24, 2020
Thursday, May 21 – Monday, May 25, 2020
Friday, September 4 – Tuesday, September 8, 2020
residential retreats will take place at the Bell Valley Retreat Center in Boonville, CA (USA)
with 10 2-hour webinars
The application process starts September 15, 2019


The 2019 program is composed of 3 thematic modules, each with a 4-6  night residential components with an additional ten 2 hour online webinars. It also includes one-on-one mentoring sessions and a capstone project.

The program launches on THURSDAY APRIL 4, at the EARTHRISE RETREAT CENTER in Petaluma, CA with an introductory seminar, overview and history, followed by the weekend long conference that offers a myriad of perspectives and ending with a daylong permaculture workshop.  Two long immersives follow over the next 5 months with 10 webinars in between along with individual mentoring sessions and a summer capstone project.  Please see the schedule and curriculum for more details.

The training will prepare participants to deeply understand and translate the framework of ecopsychology in a range of applications, including traditional clinical psychology settings as well as in community leadership,  eco-therapy practices and creative endeavors. At the completion of the program, participants will be certified by Holos Institute, a leader in ecopsychological practices, to confidently offer ecotherapy and eco-based healing practices in the greater community.  This program is geared toward clinicians but is also open to other healing arts professional or people interested in translating a nature-based connection into positive action and/or healing.

The program will cover, in-depth, the concepts and principles of ecopsychology, the origins of the field, and many of the intricacies of its clinical application both within a traditional, in-office setting as well as in outdoor therapy.  We will be looking at the psychology of individuals from archetypal patterns to developmental, somatic and attachment theory lens.  We will also be addressing the ever growing need to meet the anxiety and grief of climate change and environmental degradation.

We hope that this program will also inspire participants to become community/environmental leaders in a creative and heartfelt way meeting the concerns that are arising in the current planetary situation.  The program is a blend of didactic learning processes along with deeply experiential components that help to integrate the learning more deeply and ground the material in a profound personal experience.

The immersive part weeklong residentials will build on previous ones as this very special cohort of trainees bond and have exceptionally deep time with the land.  The first residential intensive is wrapped around the annual conference with workshops exclusive to the certificate program on either end of the conference weekend. The last 2 intensives will be held in a vast valley in Mendocino County where the wildness of the land invites the wildness of the psyche. This certificate program is unique in that it is not representing one viewpoint but rather engaging many diverse voices whom all speak passionately about caring for our planet.

We have enlisted an incredible community of elders and spokespeople who are leaders in ecopsychology and environmental stewardship.  The program will be lead by seasoned clinicians who offer their personal insights into ecotherapy, ecopsychological approaches and earth-based practices applicable to both individuals and groups, but it also offers the wisdom of many other great teachers, inviting their wisdom in-depth.
These will include:

  • Permaculture with James Stark
  • Original leaders in ecopsychology thought, Craig Chalquist
  • Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects with Mutima Imani and Constance Washburn
  • Environmental racism and cultural considerations with Mutima Imani and Reene Soule
  • Hakomi/eco-somatic processes with Rob Fisher and Hu Ting Ting
  • Somatic and movement in nature with Jamie McHugh
  • Narrative Cartography with Shmee
    ….and numerous other pioneers leaders in the field of ecopsychology.
    The program has been created and curated by Mary Good, MFT and Jan Edl Stein, MFT and they are the primary organizers/instructors and general guides through the experience.