Professional Ecotherapy Training
and Certification Program


Transform your life and work with the healing power of nature!

Professional Ecotherapy Training
and Certification Program

Transform your life and work with the healing power of nature!

March – May 2018

Three  Weekend Trainings
in Northern California

March 1 – 4
Salamander Camp Retreat Center, Santa Cruz

April 12 – 15
River’s Bend Retreat Center, Mendocino

May 17 – 20
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Big Basin

Now is the time to include nature-honoring principles in our healing work!

Belonging to a community that truly understands and supports us is a fundamental human need. It’s especially powerful to have the witnessing of a Earth-honoring community when we are learning nature-based skills for healing ourselves and others and following our soul path. I love how working with a group of people and the natural world creates such a strong container for learning, transformation and mutual support. I’m inspired by the powerful results that Ecotherapy training offers in participants’ personal and professional lives.
Sharing Earth-based healing practices is a very nourishing way to deepen our capacity to support personal as well as planetary healing.

Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist

Experience the power of being in Earth-honoring community to share visions, hopes and support.

Experience personal transformation:
– Experience peace, inspiration and wisdom from developing/integrating daily nature connection practices
– Translate your passion for nature into your life and healing work
– Be part of a dynamic, Earth-honoring community that empowers you to grow personally and professionally
– Enhance your personal integrity by promoting sustainable relationships between humans and the natural world

Develop skills for practicing Ecotherapy:
– Enliven and expand your professional work with a wide range of nature-based interventions
– Learn how to create your own nature-inspired, somatic and expressive arts workshops
– Find out how to transition clients to outdoor settings with confidence and ease
– Learn tools to support clients affected by the political climate through activism-inspired Ecotherapy

This Program is designed for:

Licensed clinicians, interns and counseling students, wellness practitioners, coaches, ministers, teachers, healers, and more.

We welcome all humans of any gender identity, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation and economic circumstance.

What participants say:

“If you have an urge to descend into deeper connection with nature, yourself and an earth-centered community, this is … a beautiful path to do it.
Ariana’s Ecotherapy program is a sacred container for exploring your authentic path and power. You will walk away with new tools, rich resources, deeper connection to nature, refreshed soul and a nature-based community. Ariana is awesome. She holds and braids together artfully and gracefully a community and a powerful learning experience. It is a blessing.”

~ Ryan Van Lenning, Earth Poet and Co-founder, Wild Nature Heart

“Ariana holds space by offering such a perfect balance of acceptance and guidance. She does a beautiful job of reflecting the strengths of the participants back to them so that they come to know their own abilities.
This training was a full and satisfying experience for both the heart and the head. Ariana has an impeccable sense of timing when it comes to program planning, and helping trainees plan their own workshop agendas. She is adaptable and strong in all the best ways and was extremely helpful in holding a vision of excellence for me that encouraged me to take action to build my own Ecotherapy practice. She showed me some key ways to make little changes to my own programs that have made a big difference.”

~ Katie Baptist, LCSW

Immerse yourself in profound somatic, spiritual
and expressive arts experiences

Professional Ecotherapy resources include:

– Effective indoor Ecotherapy concepts and interventions
– Guidelines to assess and prepare clients for outdoor sessions
–  Practical tips for facilitating individual sessions in natural settings
– Essential steps for developing successful outdoor workshops
– Guidance for creating transformational rituals for clients and groups
– Legal and ethical considerations for practicing Ecotherapy
– Access to the most current Ecotherapy articles and evidence-based research

Our training approach:

Our Ecotherapy program is unique because we blend the modalities of
Somatic Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Therapy, Expressive Arts and Social Activism.

These include the influences of:
Hakomi Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapy, Authentic Movement in nature, Joanna Macy’s activist-inspired “Work that Reconnects” and Council and Mirroring trainings from The School of Lost Borders.

Our training style:
Academic learning through webinars, articles and handouts, experiential exercises, clinical and therapeutic discussion, hands-on practice, consultation and peer support, as well as supporting the development of personal nature connection, networking and rejuvenation.

NEW Special Bonus Booklet:
20 Favorite Ecotherapy Interventions so it’s easy to take home what you’ve learned and put it directly into practice for you and your clients.

You’ll develop the three important foundations of Ecotherapy:

An engaged, reciprocal personal relationship with nature

This gives you power and effectiveness as an Ecotherapist as your interventions come from a direct relationship with the natural world, as well as attunement to the client’s process.

Commitment to a sacred, Earth-centered community

This increases personal transformation and cultivates conviction to practice healing and living from a place of courageous interconnection with the Earth.

Development of clinically effective Ecotherapy skills

You will integrate powerful healing modalities from evidence-based approaches, indigenous tradition and psychotherapy with practice, feedback and consultation.


  • Three 3-day weekend immersion trainings in Northern California
  • 14 training webinars with experts in the field including: Linda Buzzell, Craig Chalquist,
    and Martin Jordan
  • Course materials in a professional online training format with articles, handouts and
    assignments that encourage dynamic class interaction
  • Four live online 90-minute group gatherings for learning and integration
  • Four 30-minute individual consultations, or two 60-minute experiential Ecotherapy
    sessions with Ariana
  • The opportunity to practice individual Ecotherapy sessions with your cohort and
    present an hour-long workshop in a co-created public workshop day
  • Training, guidance and group mastermind time to grow your Ecotherapy business
    with clients and groups


Ecotherapy Certification

You will receive an Ecotherapy Certification for completion of this training program.

100 CE’s Available

This course meets the qualifications for 100 hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, LPCPs, and LMHCs through Commonwealth Educational Seminars. **If you need CE’s for a different profession, please check with The Earthbody Institute.

Licensure hours

MFTI’s and other interns may count hours towards licensure.

What participants say:

“I have been so moved by this course. I love the experiential style of teaching, which has allowed me to fully understand how incredibly powerful this work can be. I now feel instilled with a sense of confidence, useful Ecotherapy skills and the ability to heal others with nature’s assistance. I also feel more connected to my own nature practice, which has been dormant for quite some time.”

~ Miranda Emanuel, MFTI Registered Intern

“The opportunity to be immersed in nature, guided by a skillful leader and inspired by the many gifts of nature is priceless. The rhythm and flow of this work allows for deep and profound inner healing, collective healing and subsequently the healing of our planet which is so very critical at this point in time. Thank you Ariana for being willing to offer this incredible program which is available to nature lovers and healers.”

~ C. Blake


Hold your place: $197
This is a non-refundable deposit

Training cost: 
Interns/low income $2,497
Licensed professionals: $2,797
$200 Discount if deposit paid by December 20th

Payment plans available

Lodging fees: $350 in total


Equity Scholarship
for those who identify as people of color, LGBTQ, and historically marginalized populations

Work-study positions
for those who need a financial discount for the training


Participants may withdraw from the training program within seven days after the first online gathering and receive 70% refund of the tuition.

Join us for a transformational journey to connect with the wisdom of the land.

The program instructors

 Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist, is a licensed psychotherapist with 20-plus years experience and a pioneer in the emerging field of Somatic Ecotherapy. For the last decade, she has been an active leader in transforming the field of psychotherapy to include connecting to the natural world as an essential part of healing.

Ariana is founder of The Earthbody Institute, a professional, educational, and transformational forum dedicated to the cultivation of dynamic mutual relationships with the natural world. She is creator of the groundbreaking Professional Ecotherapy Training and Certification Program, now entering its fourth year. She facilitates workshops locally and internationally, including Online Ecotherapy Certificate Programs, Ecotherapy Immersion Programs and consultation groups. She also teaches Ecotherapy seminars as an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University.

Ariana believes that developing a consistent nature connection practice with elements of somatic awareness and openness to the sacred can foster a more holistic and balanced way of life. She is devoted to her own daily spiritual practice in nature, and encourages her private clients and students to develop their own practice. In all of her programs, she facilitates creation of a strong Earth-honored community, fulfilling an ancient human need of experiencing a profound connection to the sacredness of all beings.

Ariana is thrilled to be practicing Ecotherapy outdoors in the East Bay hills with more than half of her individual clients, and also brings the power of nature indoors to her private practice in Berkeley. Her main therapeutic influences include Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy, Somatic Ecotherapy, Dance Movement Therapy and Earth-based trainings from The School of Lost Borders.

Miranda Emanuel, MA, MFTi (IMF90905) obtained her Master’s degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2015. Miranda is certified as an Ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute and is also a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT200). In her therapy practice, she utilizes a mindfulness-based, holistic approach to therapy, which engages the mind, body, spirit and connection to the natural world.

Miranda’s primary clinical work is with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through Monarch Services in Santa Cruz, California. She is passionate about female empowerment and helping women regain their strength after trauma. For her self-care practices, she enjoys partaking in aerial arts, surfing, hiking, backpacking and spending quality time with her partner and friends. Contact Miranda at:

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 34.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LCPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 34.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI,ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT,
VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 19.0 CE hours of credit.