Ecotherapy Certificate Immersion Program

Translate your love of nature into your life and work!

Ecotherapy Certificate Immersion Program

Translate your love of nature into your life and work!

August 5 – August 10 2018

Immerse yourself
in the ancient beauty
of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Sevenoaks Retreat Center, Virginia

“Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah river
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze…”

~ John Denver

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

When we give ourselves time to immerse in nature—walking among trees, gazing at expansive vistas, listening to birdsong—we feed our hearts and spirits. We touch into ancient wisdom within us and around us from the land, creatures and elements. We restore our bodies and minds and receive a well of inspiration to share with our clients and those around us.

When we immerse in nature as part of an Earth-loving community with a shared intention, it’s especially bonding and transformational. Exploring nature connection practices together can lead to profound shifts in how we experience nature and give us powerful tools and motivation to carry this back into our personal and professional lives.

Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist

Receive personal and professional
Earth-based practices to uplift and strengthen you.

Experience personal transformation:

– Gain clarity, inspiration and peace through daily nature practices
– Translate 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 work with a wide range of nature-based interventions
– Learn to create your own nature-inspired, somatic and expressive arts workshops
– Find out how to transition clients to outdoors 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:

“This was a soul nourishing exploration and learning process in a beautiful land with a wonderful community of facilitators and participants. I experienced myself finding my way in the natural world. I learned to better connect with my own inner nature. I am grateful for the experience, for the wisdom shared, and the deep connections I experienced with the many sacred nature beings throughout the week. Thank you.”

~ Deborah Tallarico, RN, MA, LPC

“This has been an incredibly powerful, empowering, and clarifying workshop, with support and skills offered that are life changing for me… Ariana teaches in a deeply compassionate, creative, and clear way and creates a magical web of support and community that takes this work far beyond the five incredible days we spent together.”

~ Beverly Ingram, Founder and facilitator of “Go Into Nature Programs”

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

Our training approach:
Our Ecotherapy program is unique because we blend the modalities of Somatics, Expressive Arts and Social Activism. Our practical and theoretical roots are in Hakomi Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Therapy and Joanna Macy’s activist-inspired “Work that Reconnects.”

We offer a unique blend of experiences:
Authentic Movement in nature, Earth dream exploration, an indigenous-based sweat lodge, a facilitated drum circle (with Blue Drum Rhythm Co.), Circle Singing, Mirroring from the Four Shields, special classes about Ecotherapy with children and teens, and a morning of sacred ceremony in the Blue Ridge Mountain wilderness creating altars, ritual, and mandalas.

This training integrates:
Experiential activities, sharing, clinical discussion, hands-on practice, consultation and peer support, as well as personal nature connection, networking, rest and rejuvenation.

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

Ecotherapy Certificate

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

34 CE’s Available

This course meets the qualifications for 34 hours of continuing education credit for and 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.

Please note this program has space for only 14 participants.

What participants say:

“I would encourage other conservationists and landscape architects to look into Ecotherapy and this course. It will broaden your view on how to incorporate healing and nature connection into our important work of restoring our water and earth.”

~ Amber Ellis, PLA, Watershed Restoration Manager

“The class opened my eyes and heart, and gave me new tools and the confidence to bring nature into any setting, be it the forest, a park, or a Brooklyn neighborhood. Ariana has a true gift!”

~ Richelle R. Trivedi, Master Herbalist, Acupressurist, Reiki, Eco-Therapist


Hold your place with a deposit

Training cost: $996
FREE INTRODUCTION TO ECOTHERAPY COURSE  ($197 value)  if deposit paid by May 15 
Payment plans available

Retreat cost: $600
This includes housing, meals, and all facility use
(Save $100 if you camp)


Three partial scholarships
are available on first-come, first-served basis:

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


Online Introduction to Ecotherapy or

Online Ecotherapy Certificate Program

A discount of $100 will be applied to your program when you sign up for both Level 1 & Level 2.

Please note this program has space for only 14 participants.

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

Sevenoaks Retreat Center

At Sevenoaks, majestic 300-year-old oaks grow nestled within the forested slopes of the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains. Some 350 million years old, these grand mountains, which are often veiled in wisps of fog, are ethereal and mysterious, holding wisdom and depth. Within its sanctuary of dogwoods, azaleas, orchids and mountain bogs is a wonderfully rich and interconnected ecosystem that supports a great diversity of animals, from salamanders and wild trout to otters and black bears. (Two hours from Washington D.C. Dulles airport.)

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.

Beverly Ingram BA, MA level ESL, Ecotherapist is the founder of Go into Nature, LLC., bringing outdoor Ecotherapy programs to adults and children. She has trained in a variety of mind-body centered healing practices including: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Vagus nerve regulation, Coyote Mentoring, and a decade of 5Rhythms and conscious dance practices. She received her Ecotherapy Certification from The Earthbody Institute in 2017.

Beverly comes with a background in International Business and teaching ESL to refugees and immigrants. Her Ecotherapy offerings include: workshops for refugees, “Women in the Wild”, forest programs for children in public schools, and individual adult sessions.

Beverly has been deeply connected to the earth throughout her life. One of the most transformative and creative periods of her life came through living solo in the wilderness for several months, propelling her towards her desire to share this work with others.

She believes that the core of nature connection is committing time and intention to the earth to develop a deep and supportive relationship, and that the deepening of this personal connection will naturally influence our care of the earth, like ripples in a pond.

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.