What the participants say. . .

Well grounded ecotherapy training that transformed my way of working with clients…

“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

The course gave me the theoretical foundation and guided me along the journey…

“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 surprising joy of connecting with an incredible group of women…

“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

Ariana’s Immersion course awakened my deep love … and joyful inner relationship with Nature…

“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

A transformative gift…

“A transformative gift of inspiration, courage, vulnerability, authenticity, and vital connection….”

~ Paula Pappajohn, MA, RCC

This experience surrounded me in love and power…

“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

The knowledge, education, friendships, and love that you will feel during this experience, is incredible…

“Ariana and Kai are two incredible women who have passion and drive for what they do. From calming your soul with connection to the natural world, moving without judgement, or simply reflecting and pondering on experiences, this training is an incredible opportunity to personally experience how to be successful in Ecotherapy…It gave me a better understanding and tools to help support not only my own nature practices, but also those I work with. The knowledge, education, friendships, and love that you will feel during this experience, is incredible AND it is a judgement free space…This training is an A+! I can not wait for more opportunities to work with these outstanding woman.”

~ Jamie Carrier, Certified Health Coach

The forum is open, yet gently ushers the learner to growing…

“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 covered the legal, ethical, and clinical issues thoroughly, and she contextualized it all with political, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives…

“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

A fabulous balance of practical and sacred approaches to ecotherapy…

“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

The depth and breadth of the resources and materials she provides is extraordinary…

“Ariana is one of, if not the, most generous instructor that I’ve ever had. She offers her students not only her range of skills, but also the depth and wisdom of her heart. Her responsiveness and level of engagement with students create a container that sparks learning and creativity. The depth and breadth of the resources and materials she provides is extraordinary. I recommend any of Ariana’s offerings to anyone who is wanting to dive deep into the practice of Eco-therapy; she is a gift to and a leader in the field.”

~ Marianne Rowe, LMFT 

Ryan’s background in teaching and poetry, along with his ability to effectively “mirror” our stories about our journeys make him an excellent facilitator…

“Ryan is a very thoughtful and sensitive instructor. His background in teaching and poetry, along with his ability to effectively “mirror” our stories about our journeys make him an excellent facilitator. Ryan helped us to organize our thoughts and feelings in this politically and environmentally challenging time, gave us hope, and guided us towards developing a personal plan for coping with the future of our planet.”  

~ Nan Siringer, California, Deep Belonging in the Great Turning Course

The rhythm and flow of this work allows for deep and profound inner healing…

“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

The vast wealth of knowledge provided by Ariana and Adriel was truly remarkable…

“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 course is totally inspiring and has excited my passion for nature connection…

“…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.  

Ariana’s trainings have been monumental to my evolution as an ecotherapy educator, facilitator, and practitioner…

“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

A safe and nourishing environment for the learning, expanding, and connecting…

“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

Ryan naturally holds sacred space and creates a sense of safety for exploring oneself deeply, freely, and without judgment…

“Ryan naturally holds sacred space and creates a sense of safety for exploring oneself deeply, freely, and without judgment. My wilderness ritual was more fruitful for the guidance he provided, the deepening questions he asked, and the reverence he embodies for the process.”

Kelly Noble, LMFT, Wilderness Ceremony

This training was connecting, grounding, heart expanding and truly life changing…

“This immersion week was not just a professional development training, although I gained so much more knowledge, skills and tools than I expected. This training was also an experience in deep personal growth. It was connecting, grounding, heart expanding and truly life changing. I felt honored for who I am and encouraged to grow into my gifts. I would do it all over again tomorrow.”

Jillynn Garcia LMFT, LCAT

Ariana reflects the strengths of the participants back to them so that they come to know their own abilities…

“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