Sight and Insight: A Deep Nature Retreat | July 9-14, 2023
Join Holos Director and Eco-therapist, Jan Edl Stein, MFT, for a deep nature-based retreat in northeastern New Mexico.
“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate.But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.” ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer
Our sacred bond with the natural world will be the guiding theme for this retreat. This will be an exceptional time to unwind, connect deeply with the natural world, expand the senses and discover our own bodies as that of the earth. Daily meditative, contemplative practices and imaginal journeys will open the senses to the natural world. The retreat is an invitation to deeply explore the place where inner and outer landscapes reflect each other.
We will explore “seeing” with all senses as a means of forming an intimate relationship with nature. There will be some art and simple writing practices to support our seeing and connection that is inspired by ancient Chinese landscape poetry. Part of the retreat will involve solo time on the land and a practice of mindful silence. In a morning dreamwork practice we will track the ways in which the natural world speaks to our psyche.
The intention of the retreat is to bring a restoration of spirit, a sense of awe and love of the natural world, and a hopefulness.
For those of you who are interested in applications and philosophies of some of these practices in clinical or other healing modalities, Jan will offer optional didactic sessions. CA BBSE licenses are eligible to attain 8 CEU units.
The retreat is hosted at the Ocamora Retreat Center, a private center on 265 acres of pristine land at 7500 ft. elevation in the foothills of the San de Cristo Mountains. The center is remote, elegantly rustic, remarkably gorgeous and hosts a variety of astonishing wildlife. The land is simply magical. Accomodations range from an authentic adobe compound to yurts and wooden cabins in an old apple orchard. There is a meditation hall, art studio space, hot tub and pond on the property, with a creek running through the land and many miles of hiking. It is about a 2.75 hour drive from Albuquerque, 1.45 hours due east of Taos, 2 hours NE of Santa Fe.
ACCOMMODATIONS: range from a charming adobe compound called “The Cloisters”, to cabins, rooms and yurts situated in an old apple orchard.
The Cloisters is a charming U-shaped adobe compound that feels very private and contained. In addition to the lodging rooms there is a spacious library, a small kitchen (including stove, refrigerator, coffeemaker, dishes, etc), a shared bathroom (with private shower stall), and a covered outdoor seating area that includes a striking kiva fireplace. The patio area is centered around a beautiful old apple tree and perennial flower beds.
Orchard accommodations (rooms, cabins, and yurts) are all placed in relation to a 100 year old apple orchard. The view to the east is spectacular and includes the nearby mountain and fields. The feeling is vast and open. All spaces in the orchard are served by a spacious and clean solar bath house and a number of conveniently located outhouses.
Orchard rooms are under one roof. They are 4 single rooms and share a spacious covered terrace with a stunning view of the apple orchard and nearby mountain. All rooms include a single built-in bed/reading lamp, closet, writing desk /table lamp, etc. The patio is furnished with comfortable wicker furniture and a large coffee table.
Orchard cabin is a free-standing small cabin. It has a small front porch/bench and is furnished with a full sized bed, night stand / lamp, closet, and writing desk /lamp. It can be used as a single or for a couple.
Yurts – There are three yurts: a 12′ (single or couple occupancy), a 14 ‘ yurt and 20’ (double or triple occupancy) tucked back in the woods along the upper orchard path. Yurts are furnished with conventional wood frame beds and mattresses. The larger yurts can easily accommodate 2-3 people and the smaller yurt is ideal for a single retreatant. The yurts do not have electric lights and are served by lanterns with rechargeable batteries.
Camping with one’s own tent or RV is also an option.
Linens and towels are provided with all accommodations.
Delicious, hearty and healthy lunches and dinners will be served from dinner upon arrival on Suday evening to lunch on Friday. Breakfasts will be serve self from a variet of choices such as granola, oatmeal, eggs, fruit, yogurt, etc.
Participants are free to bring their own food items to supplement as there is a guest kitchen for storing and preparing items.
We will gather on Sunday, July 9 between 3 – 4:30 pm and the retreat will end on Friday, July 14 with a closing session that ends at around 11:00 am followed by a lunch (option to prepare a bagged lunch) at noon.
On most days we will have a 3 hour session each morning and afternoon with one day dedicated to solo time on the land.
Some evenings will have a group gathering but most will be open for casual conversations, skygazing, hot tub soaking, etc.
FEE: $1725 Single room in Cloisters or Orchard cabin – FULL NO LONGER AVAILABLE
$1625 single room in Orchard
$1550 single room in small yurt
$ 1285 per person, for couples in small (14 ft) yurt
$1450 for shared room in Cloisters – FULL NO LONGER AVAILABLE
$1350 per person for couples (shared double bed – in Cloisters) – FULL NO LONGER AVAILABLE
$1300 per person for shared room in large yurt (2 – 3 people) – FULL NO LONGER AVAILABLE
$1250 per person for couples (shared double bed – in Cloisters) – FULL NO LONGER AVAILABLE
$1100 camping on own (discuss details with Jan)
Fees are inclusive of lodging, meals (dinner Sunday through lunch on Friday), and tuition.
Transportation to and from the retreat center is at participant’s own cost and arrangement,However, we will support you in planning and arranging ride sharing and splitting the cost of rental cars.More details upon request or registration.
CEU certificate (8 hours for BBSE licensees) – ADD $40
Any cancellation received in writing or by email on or before May 1, 2020 will be refunded 90% of any fees paid.
Any cancellation received in writing or by email after May 1, 2020 but before June 1, 2020 will be refunded 75% of any fees paid.
Any cancellation received in writing or by email on or after June 1, 2020 is NOT refundable UNLESS your reserved space can be filled in which case we will refund 75% of fees paid.
REGISTER: To register please fill out this form.
You will receive an email with payment instructions and other details within 3 days.
Please reach out to Jan directly if you don’t receive a response within those 3 days.
Have more questions? email Jan.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
Continuing Education Credits This course meets the qualifications for 8 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.
Participants taking this retreat for CEUs may be required to attend dedicated mealtime discussion sessions on ecotherapy applications.
At the end of this retreat, clinical (BBSE licensee) participants will :
be able to describe the philosophical position of ecopsychology
be able to list at least 3 ecotherapy interventions
be able to describe at least 3 outcomes of an ecotherapy approach
be able to design a nature-based clinical approach
be able to describe a perceptual experience as it relates to a therapeutic outcome
Be able to describe a mirroring practice that deepens and integrates a nature-based experience.
Any grievances may be submitted via email to “email@example.com”. We will work with you to come to a reasonable resolution of your issue.
Jan Edl Stein, MFT, is a depth-oriented psychotherapist and ecotherapist in private practice who has lead many retreats and workshops over the last 30 years. Jan is the director of Holos Institute and co-teacher of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program. Jan has a sincere connection to the spiritual aspects of the natural world and long-time meditation and nature-based contemplative practice.