Holos Ecopsychology Certificate Program 2018

ECO, PSYCHE, LOGOS: Knowing that the Earth is home to our soul.  -John seed

Climate Change. Biodiversity loss. Deforestation. Ocean Acidification. Overpopulation.
BECAUSE we live in unprecedented times, we need leading edge solutions. Psychology can play a part in helping to change attitude, perception and behavior. Given our current crises, 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, Soulcrafting, Permaculture and more.

Come learn with leaders in the field as you develop community, go deeply into a range of eco-therapy practices and prepare yourself to lead others and offer solutions to the fundamental needs of our time.
RECOVER your wild heart and mind,
RESTORE your connection to Nature, and
BECOME a guide for others in RECONNECTING and discovering RESILIENCE !

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

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.

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 eco-therapy, 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 the field of permaculture with Penny Livingston and James Stark, mapping the psyche and soulcrafting with Bill Plotkin, Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects with Constance Washburn, Hakomi/eco-somatic processes with Rob Fisher and numerous 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 will be the primary organizers.

The program is composed of 4 thematic modules, each with a 3 or 4 night residential component with alternate week 2 hour webinars.
The program launches on Saturday, March 17, 2018 with an introductory seminar, followed by the first residential program on March 23.  Please see the schedule for more details.

This certificate program will be a comprehensive, 100 hour training (including CEUS for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and RNs).

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 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 program is structured in 4 modules, each with it’s own residential intensive with alternate week 2 hour webinars.  Each module will include a 4 or 5 day residential, experiential and didactic process where we may all deepen into the work.  Webinars will be held on alternate Saturday mornings (10:00 am – noon PST) . There are 10 webinars total.
Participants will also have 2 – 3 one-on-one meetings with an ecotherapist practitioner to help refine their individual relationship to the work.
There will be both required and recommended reading.

Module1: Ecopsychology Fundamentals

The basic orientation of ecopsychology.
We will offer an overview of the history and theoretical underpinnings.
The intensive (4 day/3 night) will include a sampling of interpretations (via the Ecopsych Conference), a depth psychology application daylong workshop with Bill Plotkin, PhD and a daylong permaculture principles introduced by James Stark at the Regenerative Design Institute.
3 2-hour webinars will fill in and “connect the dots” of this rich information.

Module 2: Applied Ecopsychology and EcoTherapy

Clinical applications both in and outside of the office, clinical considerations and techniques and practical guidance of eco-therapy practices including naturalist knowing for guides.
The intensive (4 day/3 night) will offer an in-depth workshop on applications of eco-psychology in the therapy room, practices of eco-therapy, considerations of moving the clinical container outdoors, practical “nuts and bolts”, somatic processes in nature based therapy and deepening into relationship with the natural world for the practitioner.

MODULE 3: Ecoresilience

A voyage into practices that support hope and resilience, sustainable and inspiring practices that connect and build psychological, spiritual and sensate practice integration.
In this module we will look at a number of approaches that offer support and processes for climate change anxiety and grief.  We will consider practices and attitudes of many cultures and discuss diversity and social justice.
The intensive (4 day/3 night) will primarily focus on Joanna Macy’s “The Work that Reconnects” and diversity considerations as taught by Constance Washburn.
The 4 webinars will bring in voices/leaders of diversity.
More instructors pending.

MODULE 4: Practice Integration

Grounding applications into practice including creative/art for ecotherapy, somatic considerations and work with the creative unconscious.
This will also be a period of reflection and integration of all that has been learned.
The residential module (5 day/4 night) will also include solo time on the land with a mindful council for sharing.

The first residential will be hosted at the Earthrise Retreat Center of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and will include participation in the Holos Ecopsychology Conference where program participants will have a taste of many leading voices in ecopsychology, followed by a daylong workshop with Bill Plotkin and another daylong workshop at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas on the psychological implications of permaculture, all of which will be grounded in an exclusive container of the certificate program trainees.  For bay area locals, on-site residence is recommended but not required.

The following 3 residential modules will be hosted at a private retreat center in the inland, rolling hills of Mendocino County where on 650 areas of land we will have deeply stimulating didactic processes interspersed with nature-based experiences on the land to digest and integrate the material.  These residential experiences will allow us to go deep and allow space for personal reflection. The retreat center is a rustic/elegant space that is very well appointed and incredibly comfortable and inviting.  We will share meals in an elegant turn-of-the-century farmhouse and enjoy meeting in a spacious hill top yurt with many hiking trails, a swimmable pond, and many more delightful surprises.

The 10 interspersed webinars will offer a format for digesting the rich material from the residential modules as well as introducing some new teachers and exploring new ideas in the field.

The Schedule is as follows (all on Pacific time 2018)

Saturday, March 17, 2018  10 – noon PST introductory  Webinar

Friday, March 23, 2018   2 pm through Monday, March 26,  4 pm  Module 1  Residential  (bay area locals may elect to commute rather than stay in residence for a discount)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 Webinar

Saturday, April 21, 2018 Webinar

Friday, May 4  2:00 pm through Monday, May 7, 1 pm  Module 2 residential in Mendocino CO

Saturday, May 19, 2018 Webinar

Saturday, June 2, 2018 Webinar

Friday, June 15, 2:00 pm through Sunday, June 18, 1 pm        Module 3 residential in Mendocino Co

Saturday, June 30, 10:00 – noon Webinar

Saturday, July 14, 10 am – noon Webinar

Saturday, July 28, 10Am – noon,  Webinar

Saturday, August 11, 10 am – noon,  Webinar

Saturday, August 25, 10 am – noon,  Webinar

Thursday, Sept 13, 2 pm through Monday, Sept 15 2:00pm Module 4 residential in Mendocino Co

Individual meetings with and ecotherapist mentor may be scheduled privately.

Our March intensive will be hosted at the Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma, CA which is part of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Residence at the center is optional for locals who wish to save as a commuter for this weekend.
We will have rooms reserved at the center for Friday through Sunday night in the retreat center lodging which is standard hotel style rooms with 2 twin beds.
There is an option to reserve a single room is desired (for a single supplement fee).  You may get a sense of the lodging at Earthrise by following this link http://noetic.org/earthrise/accommodations/lodging

Our May, June and September intensives will be hosted at a private retreat center outside of Boonville, CA, which includes over 600 acres of rolling grasslands, expansive views and extensive trails amidst a rich and bio-diverse ecosystem in the rolling inland hills in the lovely Anderson Valley of  Mendocino County.  In this setting our 3 intensives will invite our senses to expand and for the group to drop into a very deep experience of themselves in relationship to the landscape while being supported by a truly exquisite variety of accommodations
There are a variety of accommodations. These range from an elegant farm house to more rustic rooms.  Some are close to the main house/dining room and some are more remote.  All are very comfortable and beautifully furnished.

There is a supplement for any weekend to upgrade to a private room.  We will do our best to provide preferred accommodation type and will encourage everyone to try out different rooms during the 3 residentials.  Lodging varies between:

Permanent “glamping” tents on gorgeous rolling hills with bathroom access a short walk from the tents.

Upstairs in a classic country barn with shared half bath and short walk to shower house.

Bunk beds in spacious octagonal building with own kitchen and full bath.

Graciously restored four bedroom farmhouse. Some rooms with en-suite.

Our meeting space will be a lovely knoll top yurt, outdoor theater and many comfortable places to sit outdoors.  The center has an extensive system of hiking trails and a swimmable pond.  Delicious, organic and locally sourced meals (with many options for food preferences) will be shared in the main farmhouse dining room.

All webinars will be managed from the Zoom platform.  participants need only a computer or tablet to connect into the conversation.  We will walk everyone through the process of setting this up but it will be very easy.

The intensives will require trainees to be present in person and, at least for the last 3 intensives, to stay overnight.
We will do our best to arrange carpools, and in the case of people coming in from outside the bay area, we will help coordinate your transportation.

If you are using air travel to come to the bay area for the intensives, please speak with either Jan or Mary BEFORE booking your flights.  We will help you sort out best times to arrive and transportation to/from either the Oakland or San Francisco airport.

You will be sent information well in advance of each intensive on how to prepare and what to bring, etc.


The cost of this 100 hour program, including all lodging, meals, tuition and fees is $4,400 per person.
This does not cover travel expenses to each of the 4 residential modules.
An application fee of $50 is non-refundable but will be applied to the fee if accepted.
A non-refundable $500 deposit will secure your place in the program within a week of acceptance.
One half of the balance is due by Feb 1, 2018.  The final balance is due March 15, 2018.

There are some discounts and add-ons as options:
Single lodging supplement – add $260 per each of the 4 residentials.
Commuter at first, March residential at Earthrise (no lodging or breakfasts) – subtract $300

There are a very limited number of partial scholarships for work-trade arrangements (please inquire for details)

A limited number of payment plans that may extend payments up to May 1, 2018 are available (please inquire for details)

Payments may be made via check, PayPal or credit card.


Anyone withdrawing from the program in writing  before February 1, 2018 will be refunded 75% of any fees currently paid.
Anyone withdrawing from the program in writing  before March 1, 2018 will be refunded 50% of any fees currently paid.
Anyone withdrawing from the program in writing on or after March 1, 2018 but before April 1, 2018 will be refunded  25% of any fees currently paid.

Continuing Education Credits

This course meets the qualifications for 100 hours of continuing education credit  for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavior Sciences. Holos Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs .   Holos maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
Holos Institute is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider #90905

100 CEs for psychologists and RNs will be provided (pending) by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California.  The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  For questions about CE visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contactDavid Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com.

Out of state licensees should consult their local boards to determine reciprocity.

At the completion of this program, trainees will be able to:

Describe the theoretical base of ecopsychology
List at least 3 ways that it may be directly applied
Describe an archetypal pattern of human response to the natural world
Describe ways in which Permaculture may be applied to human psychology
List the 5 most important considerations when doing outdoor psychotherapy
Describe a working model of nature-based therapy with individuals
Design and implement a nature-based exercise for group work
Assess for clinical appropriateness for ecotherapy
Describe an eco-somatic framework
Discuss and design a program to help alleviate climate change anxiety
Discuss ways in which to nurture resilience
Explain considerations of diversity in environmental movement
Design a ritual process that develops hope and deepens connection to landscape
Describe at least 3 fundamental features in their landscape of origin and how that impacts consciousness

Holos director, Jan Edl Stein, MFT and ecotherapist, Mary Good, MFT are the primary instructors, guides and developers of this program.  Jan and Mary will lead and/or support all of the sessions while coordinating with an extraordinary cast of guest instructors.
Below is a list of all of the currently confirmed instructors who will be providing in-person training.  We have many more who are still in exploration who will either join us to be in person at one of the residentials or will participate in a webinar.

Accepted trainees in the program will also have a list of skilled and seasoned practicing eco-therapists from which to chose a mentorship relationship that will support them through the program.


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.

Mary Good, MFT   is a holistic counselor, ecotherapist and certified California Naturalist. In her private psychotherapy practice, 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 15 chickens. She lives in Sebastopol, CA with her husband and daughter. http://marygood.squarespace.com/

Bill Plotkin, PhD, is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution. As founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide.
In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a call to adventure, leading him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook), Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (a nature-based stage model of human development through the entire lifespan), and Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche (an ecocentric map of the psyche — for healing, growing whole, and cultural transformation). He has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

James Stark, M.A., F.E.S., is the co-director of the Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal (RDI). He considers the programs and the garden at RDI to be a nursery for growing visions of the new era, and providing skills and tools to bring those visions to life. He co-founded and currently co-directs the Ecology of Leadership and co-founded and continues as guest instructor in the Ecology of Awakening programs which prepare community leaders for the “Great Turning” of our era.
James has committed his life to exploring how we — ourselves, our communities, and our species — might move into harmony with who we are and re-ignite a deep connection with the natural world. A large part of that work is focused on cultivating vitality in all areas of our lives -physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. For decades, James dedicated himself to community visioning and organizing in Marin County.
James’ years working with visioning and community development service led him to an interest in exploring how a healthy inner ecology can impact one’s work in the world. As part of that inquiry, he earned a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Like the natural systems and patterns that guide permaculture, his work now is focused on helping others to lead from the inside out and source their lives from deep nature connection. He believes that creating a loving, peaceful inner world provides the soil for the seeds of our visions to grow in the world and lead a fully expressed life of vitality.

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and a Diploma in Permaculture Design. Penny has been studying the Hermetic Tradition of alchemy and herbal medicine making in Europe and the United States for 4 years.
Penny sits on the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) and holds 2 Diplomas in Permaculture  Education and Permaculture Design. She has studied, taught with, hosted and learned directly Bill Mollison, and David Holmgren the co-founders of Permaculture and the developers of the PDC curriculum.
Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses, and diverse yield perennial farms.
With her husband James Stark, and in collaboration with Commonweal — a cancer health research and retreat center — Penny co-manages Commonweal Garden, a 17-acre organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California.
Penny co-created the Ecological Design Program and its curriculum at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, co-created the Permaculture Program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center with Brock Dolman and she co-founded the West Marin Grower’s Group, the West Marin Farmer’s Market, and the Community Land Trust Association of Marin. Penny has also worked with the Marin County Community Development Agency and Planning Department to develop recommendations on sustainability for updating the Community Plan. She is currently serving on the Marin County Building Appeals Board after being unanimously approved by the Marin County Supervisors.
Penny is a founding member of the Natural Building Colloquium, a national consortium of professional natural builders, creating innovations in straw bale, cob, timberframe, light clay, natural non-toxic interior finishes and other methods using natural and bio-regionally appropriate materials for construction.
She has been featured in the following films: Symphony of the Soil by Lily Films and Deborah Koons Garcia, 2012: A Time for Change by Joao Amorim and Daniel Pinchbeck and Permaculture: The Growing Edge by Belili Films and Starhawk.
She has been apprenticing in Germany and Italy at the Arven School for Medicinal Plants, Aromatherapy and Wilderness Wisdome with her teacher, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi in Germany since 2011. Susanne is an herbal master alchemist and holder of the lineage of the ancient line of women European herbalists and author of 13 books: The books translated into English include: The Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, Medicines of the Earth, The Complete Incense Handbook, The Complete Earth Medicine Handbook. Penny is holding this lineage here in the United States and is embarking on sharing what she has learned over the years.

Constance Washburn, Is a a workshop leader and educator with over 35 years of experience designing programs which inspire and build deep connections to ourselves, each other, and the natural world. With 40 years of Buddhist meditation practice and 25 years of yoga practice, Constance uses mindfulness and movement techniques to increase awareness and connection to our inner knowing.

As a facilitator of the “Work That Reconnects”, she uses my theater background and deep nature connection to create powerful experiences for participants. Having studied with Joanna Macy for over 20 years she am steeped in the Work and able to design and deliver workshops which address a wide range of issues; climate change, racial wounds, relationship to money, elderhood and aging.

For 18 years as Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and then at Marin Organic, Constance built connections to the food and farms of West Marin as well as expanding awareness, memberships, and funding. She was part of founding the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance in 1998 which created Marin’s first Agricultural Institute for Teachers and launched the Farm Field Studies program, providing hands-on and magical experiences on farms for thousands of K-12 students. MAEA also created a blue print for collaboration across sectors to build a local healthy food system which has been very successful in Marin County.

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.

Kindly fill out the following application form and paying the $50 application fee (non-refundable/ but credited toward fee) via PayPal.
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By applying you acknowledge that you understand the program curriculum and are comfortable with the level of clinical material that will be presented.

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Thank you!  We are excited to offer this incredible program and so welcome your interest!