Professional Ecotherapy Certificate Immersion Program


Translate your love of nature into your life and work!

Professional Ecotherapy Certificate Immersion Program



Translate your love of nature into your life and work!

East Coast

July 28 – August 2, 2019 

Immerse yourself
in the ancient beauty
of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Sevenoaks Retreat Center, Virginia


September 27-October 2, 2019

Introduction to Ecotherapy: Day-Long September 28th: SIGN UP HERE

Let the wild ocean
and lush flora
of the island coast
awaken and enliven you

Windward Retreat Center, Ka’a’awa, Oahu

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

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

This training is designed to help you:

– Apply a wide of range outdoor nature-based interventions to your current professional practice with individuals and groups.
– Demonstrate an outdoor individual ecotherapy session that integrates the major components of ecotherapy with your own professional modality.
– Describe how to create a safe, supportive group nature connection experience and the steps to design your own nature-inspired workshops.
– Apply tools to support people in transforming pain for the world into positive action, by using “The Work that Reconnects”

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

Personal benefits of the training:

– 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


This program is designed for:

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

25 CE’s available for an 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.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include the activities of circle singing, extended nature connection time, meals, etc.

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:

“Our week together in Virginia was the highlight of the year for me. Not only did the week help me connect with nature and teach me so much about ecotherapy, but, more importantly and meaningful, was the surprising joy of connecting with an incredible group of women. You all, my earth sisters, feel like soul sisters and I’m so blessed for having you in my life… I feel a connection to you in my heart that seems to span time and distance and I believe has forever changed me in a profound and beautiful way.”
                 ~ Michelle Engle, Pastoral Psychotherapist

“It was a wonderful experience to be in the presence of such passionate and knowledgeable women. Seven Oaks offered a safe and nourishing environment for the learning, expanding, and connecting we were doing. Ariana’s gentle style of guiding and teaching offered ease and acceptance to all that arose and was present. The movement in combination with natural environment was an organic unfolding of pure support and magical connection! Grateful to have moved with and been moved by the leadership & community formed!”
       ~ Wakelyn Malitz MA, LPC-I, R-DMT

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

Our training perspective:

Our Ecotherapy program is unique because we blend deep nature connection with the modalities of Somatic Therapy, 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.”

Our training approach:
Experiential practices, clinical discussion, lecture, demonstration, applied practices, integrative journaling, consultation and peer feedback, as well as personal time for nature connection, networking, rest and rejuvenation.

Both trainings include a richly nourishing blend of experiences:
Authentic Movement in nature, sacred ceremony in wild nature creating altars, rituals, and mandalas, circle singing, a fire drum circle, dancing with the four elements and a night walk under the stars.

Additional Blue Ridge features:
A sacred sweat lodge ceremony, expert introduction to the flora and fauna of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a special class about Ecotherapy with children and teens.

NEW Special Bonus Booklet:
10 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.

Please note this program has space for only 14 participants.

East Coast Immersive

Hawaii Immersive 

Numerous studies demonstrate that what many of us know from experience: contact with nature is profoundly restorative and healing. Ecotherapy helps people draw on this innate therapeutic bond for emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing. Ecotherapy teaches clinical practices and protocol that draw on the calming, healing power of nature to treat a multitude of clinical issues, while teaching people to relate to the natural world in respectful, reciprocal ways.

A rapidly growing body of research studies shows that Ecotherapy can: lift depression, relieve stress and anxiety, counter isolation, reduce ADHD symptoms, lessen post-traumatic stress and eating disorder symptoms and much more. (Buzzell & Chalquist, 2009)

The American Psychological Association’s 2017 report on “Mental Health and our Changing Climate” states that the impacts of climate change negatively affect our mental health. “They induce stress, depression, and anxiety; strain social and community relationships; and have been linked to increases in aggression, violence, and crime.” Ecotherapy practices offer effective interventions for processing climate-related issues and their psychological symptoms, and inspiring constructive responses to these challenges.

What participants say:

“Ariana’s trainings have been monumental to my evolution as an ecotherapy educator, facilitator, and practitioner. They helped me go beyond my comfort zone to explore powerful new ways of connecting with and learning from the natural world. I have since incorporated these new understandings into my existing course “The Science & Experience of Ecotherapy” at William & Mary, and it has taken the course to another level. I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from such an inspirational and accomplished leader in the field!”

~ Dorothy C. Ibes, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Environmental Science & Policy and Center for Geospatial Analysis

“This program has true holistic integrity. The teachings, the teachers, the venue and even the food were all in alignment with healthy eco-consciousness. There was a fabulous balance of practical and sacred approaches to ecotherapy both from a personal and clinical perspective. The curriculum was applicable to those who are newly acquainted to the natural world and also to those who have an abiding devotion to ecotherapy. I highly recommend this program for individual and collective evolution as a practitioner and as a human on this planet, at this time.”

~ Sarita Jessica Benn-Towle, AMFT


Hold your place with a deposit of $197

Training cost: $997
Early Bird: $897 if deposit paid by May 30th
Payment plans available

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

Hawaii Retreat cost: $500
This includes housing, meals, and all facility use
Commuter price: $250
This includes meals and facility use


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.

What participants say:

“This experience surrounded me in love and power…It boosted my confidence and expanded my knowledge to effectively use ecotherapy in my work.”
                                       ~ Cecelia Futch, LPCC 

“A transformative gift of inspiration, courage, vulnerability, authenticity, and vital connection….”
                                       ~ Paula Pappajohn, MA, RCC

“Ariana’s Immersion course was one of the most precious experiences of my life. It awakened my deep love …and joyful inner relationship with Nature. It strengthened my commitment to advocate for the Earth and healed much of my pain, guilt and shame for the harm being done. It inspired me to keep feeling and make choices to protect and heal the Earth.”  
                                       ~ D. C., LMFT

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.

East Coast 

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.


Lizabeth Kashinsky, BA, MA has worked in the field of conservation in Hawaiʻi since 1994 and is passionate about protecting rare and endangered Hawaiian plants, animals, and ecosystems. Her experiences living fully immersed in nature while conducting research on endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands was life changing. Inspired by her transformative experiences connecting deeply to nature there, she completed a masterʻs degree in Ecopsychology from Naropa University in 2012. She also holds a Level 1 Ecotherapy Certification with the Earthbody Institute, a Certificate in Ecopsychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and was trained by Joanna Macy to facilitate The Work That Reconnects.

Lizabeth is the founder of Nature Connects to connect individuals to self, each other, and the non-human world. She offers ecopsychology based retreats, workshops, and classes, and offers support to individuals going through transitions or grief, including grief over the loss of the natural world.

Lizabeth has also been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 2001 and teaching yoga since 2009. She often incorporates nature awareness and mindfulness practices in her classes. She has recently merged her love for horses and healing practices of yoga to lead healing horse meditation circles and yoga on horseback to create the space for deeper connection between humans and these magnificent animals.

Lizabeth serves on the board of Radical Joy For Hard Times, a non-profit organization that offers opportunities for people to deeply connect with wounded places. She also serves on the board of Kure Atoll Conservancy, a 501c3 non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting habitat restoration and wildlife management programs at Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Archipelago, one of her favorite places on Earth. Lizabeth currently resides in Honolulu with her dog and 2 elderly cats.




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