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Nature and Soul

A Daylong Retreat for the Summer Solstice

A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

9:30 am to 5:15 pm with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, Muir Beach, CA

After more than a 2 – year hiatus of offering these beloved daylong retreat, we are glad to be returning to Green Gulch once again!

This retreat is one of a long series of seasonal retreats.  These seasonally offered retreats are a day of renewal and rediscovery, as we open ourselves to the land around us in addition to the landscapes within us.  This is a deeply experiential daylong retreat for the restoration of health, psyche, and spirit, offering a renewal of the soul’s intention and a re-connection with the elements of nature that support us.  We will slow down and take in the beauty that surrounds us and let nature reflect the shapes and patterns that are held in the psyche. The day is a combination of indoor experiences that involves guided meditation and inner (drum-lead) journey process and outdoor, land-based contemplative practices. The experience as a whole is an embodied example of eco-therapy.  An optional lunchtime didactic process that explores the ecotherapy theory and process is included for those who attend for CEUs.
Each retreat day reflects themes of the season in the meditations, journeys and our approach to the elements we discover in nature.

           ~ No previous experience is necessary ~

The retreat takes place in the beautiful setting of Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, with its splendid coastal range flora, meandering gardens, Japanese architecture, and easy walk to the beach.  For COVID safety the center is not offering group lunches in the dining hall as was the case in past retreats.  We will be providing a generous offering of fruits, nuts, and other snacks.
You may pack your own bagged lunch…OR… , we can pick up a sandwich for you at The Good Earth in Fairfax.  Once you have registered, we will be in touch with you about a week before the retreat to arrange this and offer you some meal choices.
Please note that the cutoff for ordering a lunch will be June 21.

The SUMMER SOLSTICE retreat resides in the themes of fullness, delight in the natural world, an opening or blossoming and coming into a full expression of ones core soul being.  Given the strife and suffering that is in the world at this moment, we will lend our own core being to support the greater community of humans and non-humans of this planet.

Details on how to prepare for the day sent upon registration

Retreat leader, Jan Edl Stein MFT, is the director of Holos Institute and a licensed psychotherapist with many years of experience in guiding people into deep explorations in their own psyche as they open to deeper levels of perception in the natural world. View Jan’s bio

Continuing Education Units/Credits

This course/program meets the qualifications for 3 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 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)

Because this retreat is deeply experiential, only a portion of the program (3)  is eligible for CEUs.
If you are wanting CEU credits, you will be required to sit with Jan during lunchtime for a discussion of the theoretical framework behind the retreat.

Upon completion of the retreat, participants in the CEU program will be able to:
~ List at least 4  techniques that can help someone connect more deeply with the natural world.
~ Describe at least 3 ways in which a seasonal theme can highlight an individual’s psychological status

There is an additional fee of $15 for a CEU certificate.


*  All fees include tea, fruit, and snacks.
*  Lunch will be either bring your own or purchase for an aditional fee ($16)
*  Early registration discount for any registration received 21 days before the actual event.
*  Discounted rates for students/interns/seniors (students are enrolled full time, seniors are 65+, interns are MFT or LCSW interns or trainees)
*   Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations more than 7 days before the event may be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (per event)
Cancellations within one week of the event are non-refundable and will automatically fund our scholarships for the certification program

IF Green Gulch gatherings are closed due to COVID-19 in June, this event will be cancelled and all registrants will receive a full refund.

FEES:                     early registration         late reg (On or after June 3)
Regular                              $135                           $150
Student/Intern/65+        $115                           $130

CEU certificate, add           $15
Delivered lunch, add          $16

If you would love to attend but need a discount, please contact us at events@holosinstitute.net and we will do our best to work with you!


We will confirm your registration with an email that includes detailed directions to the center, how to prepare for the day, and (if you opted for our bought lunch) some options from which you can select. You can expect to receive this email about a week before the event.
If your registration amount is not correct we will be in touch as well.

If you are registering on or after June 21 we cannot accommodate your ordered lunch request and so you will need to bring your own. We will email you with this info.

If you have any problems with registration please contact Jan directly at  jan@holosinstitute.net

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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.

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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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