This 4 night/5 day intensive workshop is designed for licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals and anyone sincerely working in the helping professions.
The program will cover principles of ecopsychology and the unique way that we may embrace the world from the ecological perspective. We will explore techniques and various processes of holding a clinical container outdoors, facilitating a deeper connection with and reciprocity to the natural world, and employing a nature-based approach in working with trauma and the nervous system. We will consider cultural, clinical and ethical considerations of ecotherapy. We will address the growing collective anxiety of climate change or “eco-anxiety” and ways to work with this. The program will also include ways of wilderness healing work, thresholds of initiatory processes and a solo time on the land.
Primary instructor is Jan Edl Stein, MFT, director of Holos Institute.
We will (hopefully) be joined by naturalist, writer and ecological consultant, Roy Blodgett.
It is hosted in the gorgeous, rolling hills of inland Mendocino County at WhisperTree Retreat (formerly Bell Valley Retreat Center) on over 600 acres of pristine, mindfully stewarded land.
This program has a limited group size to preserve an intimate learning environment …so early registration is encouraged.
This program offers 20 CEUs for California BBSE licensees (reciprocity with other states may be possible)
There will be an optional 2 hour (no extra charge) online follow-up to the program 2 weeks after the conclusion of the program to support the integration of the learning into each student’s particular application.
The course imparts the skills and confidence to lead nature-based healing work both in individual and group work. The program is designed for psychotherapists and facilitators of deep learning who are seeking to learn more skills and experience as they move their clinical work outdoors, expand into an ecologically based framework, develop nature-based programs and consider ways of addressing an growing phenomena of eco- anxiety. The learning style is practical, highly experiential and immersive. This workshop will fill you with new ideas, skills, confidence and approaches for your work and will also be very personally transformative.
The program will mostly offer the CEU curriculum during the daytime hours but we will also have a few evening programs that tap into our more creative sides as we deepen our connection to the natural world. However, there will be “free” time for students to integrate material and deepen into the landscape.
Participants will receive a certificate in Ecotherapy at the completion of the program
- Fee ranges from $950 to 2100 according to lodging preference and includes tuition, meals and lodging.
- Register and pay in full BEFORE March 15 for a $50 discount
- A non-refundable deposit of $250 will hold your spot but lodging choice not guaranteed until paid in full.
- We will offer very basic, self-serve breakfasts that participants may wish to augment on their own.
- There will be hearty, organic prepared lunches and dinners from Sunday dinner through Wednesday evening dinner.
- Very limited Work/Trade positions with discounts of $250 are available on request.
- Please scroll down to see the various accommodations and select your preferred lodging on the registration form.
For an CEU certificate please add $40.
Please plan to arrive between 4:00 and 4:30 on Sunday afternoon. You can plan on leaving the center around 11:00 am on Friday.
We will help coordinate ride-sharing and pickups from either the Marin or Sonoma Airporter buses (for SFO arrival/departures).
Complete details will be sent in late April.