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Nature and Soul

A Daylong Retreat for the Winter Solstice

A day of retreat where nature mirrors our inner landscape

9:30 am to 4:45 pm with Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center, Muir Beach, CA



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.  An organic, vegetarian lunch (included in registration fee)  is offered to the group in the dining hall.  Retreat fees include lunch and refreshments.

The WINTER SOLSTICE retreat resides in the themes of the shadow, letting go of what is no longer useful, passing through a dark moment in our lives, and preparing for the return of light.
It is a most auspicious moment to consider one’s own (and collective)  dark shadow and release into an emerging field of hope with a sincerity and clarity of vision.

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)

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


*  All fees include lunch (vegetarian soup and salad) at the center.
*  Early registration discount for any registration received 14 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 still closed due to COVID-19 in December, this event will be cancelled and all registrants will receive a full refund.

FEES:                 early registration         late reg (2 weeks or less before event)
Regular                    $145                           $165
Student/Senior      $125                          $138

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

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

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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.

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