Online Ecotherapy Certificate Program – Level 1

Translate your love of nature into your therapy profession!

Online Ecotherapy Certificate Program – Level 1

Translate your love of nature into your therapy profession!

Do you love the healing qualities of being in nature,
and wish you could share them with your clients?

Are you experimenting with meeting clients outdoors,
and ready for professional guidelines and training to practice confidently?

Are you feeling isolated in your nature-based work
and wanting community support to inspire your next steps?

If you answered YES to any of these, this program is for you!

Trainings are offered as:

February  Enroll Here

March  Enroll Here

April Enroll Here


Autumn – TBD


This program is for those who want a dynamic, interactive forum to learn and practice Ecotherapy skills in an in-depth and integrative format.

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

Many of us in the healing professions have a profound connection with nature and want to weave this into our work. However, if our colleagues don’t understand or share this longing, we may feel isolated or misunderstood.

The good news is that there is a growing community of people all over the world learning Ecotherapy skills and translating their deep relationship with nature to their clients. Being part of a community of nature-loving professionals can give us the inspiration and support we need to bring nature into our work.

Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist

Experience personal transformation:

– Gain peace, clarity and inspiration through new nature practices
– Feel renewed dedication to bringing your passion for nature into your life and healing work
– Experience foundational support from a dynamic, Earth-honoring community

Acquire skills for practicing Ecotherapy:

– Expand your professional practice with a wide range of nature-based interventions
– Find out how to transition clients to outdoors settings with confidence and ease
– Learn how to create well-developed nature-inspired workshops
– Receive tools to support clients affected by the political climate through activism-inspired Ecotherapy

This program is designed for:

Licensed clinicians and interns, counseling professionals, wellness practitioners, coaches, ministers, teachers, allied health professionals, healers, doulas and more.

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

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

What participants say:

“I’d been dreaming for years about doing therapy in nature, but I felt nervous about the issues involved in taking clients outdoors safely. Ariana’s class was very holistic – she covered the legal, ethical, and clinical issues thoroughly, and she contextualized it all with political, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives. The weekly discussion forums and video conferences made me feel part of a learning community that was spread around the globe. I even got outdoors for my first ecotherapy session with a client! This course truly helped me expand my practice, and I did some personal and spiritual growth along the way.”

~ Kip Williams, MFT and Doctoral Student in Psychology, California

Historically, my work in the Natural World and my clinical work were separate, compartmentalized.  On one hand, there were my outdoor workshops and on the other, my indoor psychotherapy practice. This course furnished me with the training I needed to seamlessly integrate my work in the natural world into my private practice.  I was provided scholarly and well grounded ecotherapy training that transformed my way of working with clients. It is relevant, sustaining and life giving. My practice is forever changed.”

~ Sherylyn Pitt, MSW LCSW LCAS

Ecotherapy Certificate and Training Program

In Level 1 you will:

– practice with knowledge and confidence by learning fundamentals of Ecotherapy and a wide range of techniques
– easily integrate nature-based interventions directly into your work with practical training and step-by-step tips
– explore new practices and clinical questions in a safe learning container and enjoy consultation and peer support

Webinar Training Topics:

  • Ecotherapy’s Gifts to Clinical Work
  • How to do Indoor Ecotherapy
  • Clinical Guidelines to Assess and Prepare Clients to go Outside
  • How to Practice Urban Ecotherapy
  • 12 Steps to Create a Successful Outdoor Ecotherapy Workshop
  • Ecotherapy for Children and Teens
  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Integrating Joanna Macy’s “The Work that Reconnects” into Clinical Ecotherapy
  • Bringing Expressive Arts into Ecotherapy
  • Plus Four Visionary Ecotherapist Interviews


This course meets the qualifications for 19 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LCPCs, LPCs, and LMHCs through Commonwealth Educational Seminars. If you need CEU’s for a different profession, please check with The Earthbody Institute.

Group is limited to 14 people, so sign up today!


  • Two-month online training
  • 14 Ecotherapy training webinars
  • Six online 90-minute classes
  • Two individual 30-minute consultations
  • Current Ecotherapy articles and practical handouts
  • Feedback and support on homework assignments


Hold your place: $97
This is a non-refundable deposit

Early Bird PRICE: $897
(if you sign up 30 days before program starts)

Regular price: $997

Partial scholarship
available on first-come, first-served basis

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


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

What participants say:

“This course was beneficial and welcoming of anybody who has any level of interest in the field of Ecotherapy. The forum is open, yet gently ushers the learner to growing through academic, theoretical, practical, shared learning and thus creates a holistic learning experience. The course also offers an approach that is conducive to both clinical and less clinical participants – enabling learning to happen without superficial boundaries.”

~ Memona Hossain, Service Resolution Coordinator – working with children and youth, Ontario, Canada

“…Ariana’s course is totally inspiring and has excited my passion for nature connection even more..Ariana is skillful at tailoring the course to a wide variety of individuals and backgrounds…It is a vital course to assist not only our health as humans but also the health of the planet.” 

Helen G, Nurse and Complementary Therapist,  Scotland, UK.  

“This course not only gave me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone to do something that I have been contemplating for some time, it gave me the theoretical foundation and guided me along the journey with the readings, webinars and homework assignments. . This was my first time doing a class online (other than watching a pre-recorded webinar), and it was a very positive experience.Ariana’s wisdom and experience showed throughout the course.”

~ Shannon Waliser, LISCW, MPA

“The vast wealth of knowledge provided by Ariana and Adriel was truly remarkable. Not only the face to face interaction during the weekly webinars, but also their engagement with the weekly comments posted online. The resources provided seemed endless and I will continue to reference back to notes for years to come as I embark on a career as a counselor.” 

~ Tyler Scott, LPC counseling intern

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.

Adriel McCluer, MFT, ESMHL, Ecotherapist  is a licensed psychotherapist who brings her lifelong love and deep spiritual connection with the natural world to her work. With a background in business, art and design, she made a professional change 10 years ago to the field of holistic psychotherapy after volunteering with a therapeutic horsemanship program. She currently has a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA, offering holistic psychotherapy to adults and teens. Adriel works with clients in coastal redwood forests, meadows, bluffs and shorelines, with equine partners in the Santa Cruz mountains, and in an office space indoors. Adriel graduated from The Earthbody Institute’s 100 hour Professional Ecotherapy Training in 2015.

Adriel integrates somatic, transpersonal, and trauma-informed practices from her Master’s degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, and as a certified yoga instructor (RYT200). Adriel is a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) through PATH International, and holds great value in the human-animal bond.

A student of Ariana Candell’s since 2011, Adriel also assists Ariana at The Earthbody Institute, finding great meaning in helping others learn how to integrate their love of nature into their work. Adriel spends time outdoors everyday, in the garden, with her loved ones (human and other-than human), and exploring all the natural beauty this Earth has to offer.

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

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 19.0 hours of continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 19.0 clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 19.0 hours of continuing education credit.