Professional Online Ecotherapy Certificate Program – Level 1

Translate your love of nature into your therapy profession!

Professional 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:

Summer – FULL

September FULL



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

Learn clinical, earth-based practices to enrich your professional work
with individuals and groups

Acquire practical skills for practicing Ecotherapy:

– Expand your professional practice with a wide range of nature-based interventions.
– Broaden your indoor tools with three indoor ecotherapy practices appropriate for individual clients.
– Apply how to transition clients to outdoors settings with confidence and ease.
– Demonstrate how to create a well-developed nature-inspired workshop for your clients.
– Utilize interventions to work with eco-anxiety, eco-grief and climate change issues.

To see all the learning outcomes of the training click here.

Personal benefits of the training:

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

This program is designed for:

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

20 CE’s available $30 extra cost.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public.

Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

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
  • Cultivating Respectful, Reciprocal Relationships With the Natural World
  • How to do Indoor Ecotherapy
  • Level 1 & Level 2 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

Group is limited to 12 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


Ariana Candell – SEPTEMBER CLASS: September 12 & 19, October 3,10, 17, & 24

Musenge Luchembe – OCTOBER CLASS: 4:30-6pm PST, October 3, 10, 17, 24, & November 7 & 14


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.

Musenge Luchembe Hayslett, LMFT, Ecotherapist, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She has training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy, Reiki, Acupressure, and Authentic Movement and earned her Ecotherapy Certificate from The Earthbody Institute in 2018. Some populations Musenge has worked with include immigrants and refugees with environmental and war trauma as well as social activists and  people of color in the LBGTQ+ community.

Musenge’s advocacy and appreciation for nature began in the tropical forests that surrounded her childhood home in her native country of Zambia. Musenge moved frequently as child but always made friends with the trees and animals around her until she moved to the United States as teenager. After a difficult transition to California, Musenge was able to reconnect with nature, feel safe in her new home and deepen her spiritual connection to nature through participating in several years of ecotherapy sessions.  

Musenge supports her clients in experiencing a similar sense of freedom, creativity and healing at Edwin Warner Park, in Nashville, TN. In addition to Urban Ecotherapy, Musenge also practices Indoor Ecotherapy and Animal Assisted Therapy with her two senior Chihuahua/Terriers, Doobie and Socrates, as well as provides workshops for other healers.

Musenge enjoys walking the trails with her partner and young son, tending to her indoor and outdoor plants, listening to live music on the grass at Centennial Park, canoeing the Harpeth River and trying out new ethnic dishes.


Lili Nakita Kroutilina, MFT, MA, Somatic Ecotherapist, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Somatic Ecotherapist, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, artist, and human rights/environmental activist from Sofia, Bulgaria and is currently residing in Berkeley, California. She is passionate about connection with the earth, ourselves, and our community. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 8 years with people of all ages & issues, including the last two years doing crisis stabilization at an Outpatient Hospitalization Program in Oakland, CA. She has a deep love for the outdoors and is outside as much as she can be, if that is backpacking over the weekends or gardening during the week. Lili is excited to be starting her own private practice in 2019.

Lili graduated from The Earthbody Institute’s 100 hour Professional Ecotherapy training program in 2015 and has worked with Ariana Candell on retreats, workshops, online classes, and curriculums. She has also studied mindfulness meditation, expressive arts, transpersonal psychology, and other modalities that inform her work. She is highly passionate about working with women’s rights & empowerment work, artists and musicians, integration therapy, spirituality, as well as PTSD/trauma/grief work. Lili also has experience creating and facilitating workshops on a wide range of therapeutic topics.


Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

-CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content
-The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
-LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological
-SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact The Earthbody Institute For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at