Professional Ecotherapy Training
and Certification Program

Transform your life and work with the healing power of nature!

Professional Ecotherapy Training
and Certification Program

Transform your life and work with the healing power of nature!

March – May 2018

Three  Weekend Trainings
in Northern California

March 1 – 4
Salamander Camp Retreat Center, Santa Cruz

April 12 – 15
River’s Bend Retreat Center, Mendocino

May 17 – 20
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Big Basin

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

Belonging to a community that truly understands and supports us is a fundamental human need. It’s especially powerful to have the support of a community when we are following our soul path and learning new skills for healing ourselves and others. I love how working with a group of people over time and on the land creates such a strong container for learning, transformation and mutual support, and the powerful results this creates in participants’ personal and professional lives. Sharing Earth-based healing practices with a community of like-minded nature lovers in a natural setting is a very nourishing way to deepen our capacity to support personal and planetary healing.

Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist

Experience personal transformation:

– Experience peace, inspiration and wisdom from developing/integrating daily nature connection practices
– Translate your passion for nature into your life and healing work
– Be part of a dynamic, Earth-honoring community that empowers you to grow personally and professionally
– Enhance your personal integrity by promoting sustainable relationships between humans and the natural world

Acquire skills for practicing Ecotherapy:

– Enliven and expand your professional work with a wide range of nature-based interventions
– Learn how to create your own nature-inspired, somatic and expressive arts workshops
– Find out how to transition clients to outdoor 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 and interns, counseling professionals, 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:

“If you have an urge to descend into deeper connection with nature, yourself and an earth-centered community, this is … a beautiful path to do it.
Ariana’s Ecotherapy program is a sacred container for exploring your authentic path and power. You will walk away with new tools, rich resources, deeper connection to nature, refreshed soul and a nature-based community. Ariana is awesome. She holds and braids together artfully and gracefully a community and a powerful learning experience. It is a blessing.”

~ Ryan Van Lenning, Earth Poet and Co-founder, Wild Nature Heart

“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

Immerse yourself in profound somatic, spiritual
and expressive arts experiences

Professional Ecotherapy resources include:

– Effective indoor Ecotherapy concepts and interventions
– Guidelines to assess and prepare clients for outdoor sessions
– Practical tips for facilitating individual sessions in natural settings
– Essential steps for developing successful outdoor workshops
– Guidance for creating transformational rituals for clients and groups
– Legal and ethical considerations for practicing Ecotherapy
– Access to the most current Ecotherapy articles and research

Our training approach:

Our Ecotherapy program is one of a kind because we blend somatic, expressive arts and social activism perspectives.

– It includes the influences of Hakomi Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Therapy and Joanna Macy’s activist-inspired “Work that Reconnects”
– You’ll also receive training in: council skills, dream work and mirroring from the Four Shields

You’ll develop the three important foundations of Ecotherapy:

An engaged, reciprocal personal relationship with nature

This gives you power and effectiveness as an Ecotherapist as your interventions come from a direct relationship with the natural world, as well as attunement to the client’s process.

Commitment to a sacred, Earth-centered community

This increases personal transformation and cultivates conviction to practice healing and living from a place of courageous interconnection with the Earth.

Development of clinically effective Ecotherapy skills

You will integrate powerful healing modalities from evidence-based approaches, indigenous tradition and psychotherapy with practice, feedback and consultation.


  • Three 3-day weekend trainings in Northern California
  • Four 30-minute individual consultations with Ariana
  • Four online 90-minute group consultations
  • 14 training webinars
  • Ecotherapy reader

Ecotherapy Certificate

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

100 CEU’s Available

This course meets the qualifications for 100 hours of continuing education credit for MFT’s, LPCC’s, LEP’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (provider #5417)

Licensure hours

MFTI’s and other interns may count hours towards licensure.

What participants say:

“I have been so moved by this course. I love the experiential style of teaching, which has allowed me to fully understand how incredibly powerful this work can be. I now feel instilled with a sense of confidence, useful Ecotherapy skills and the ability to heal others with nature’s assistance. I also feel more connected to my own nature practice, which has been dormant for quite some time.”

~ Miranda Emanuel, MFTI Registered Intern

“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


Hold your place: $197
This is a non-refundable deposit

Training cost: 
Interns/low income $2,397
Licensed professionals: $2,697

Payment plans available

Lodging fees: $350 in total


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


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

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

The program instructor

Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist,
is a seasoned psychotherapist and a pioneer in the emerging field of Somatic Ecotherapy. Her passion is to transform the field of psychotherapy to include connecting to the natural world as an essential part of healing.

Ariana is the founder and leader of a groundbreaking Northern California Ecotherapy Training and Certification Program, now entering its third year. She facilitates workshops locally and internationally, including Online Ecotherapy Certificate Programs, Ecotherapy Consultation Groups and seasonal outdoor retreats. She is also an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University.

A licensed therapist since 1995, Ariana adores taking individuals and groups into the East Bay hills for Ecotherapy, as well as bringing the power of nature indoors to her private practice in Berkeley. Her main therapeutic influences include Hakomi, Somatic Ecotherapy and Dance Movement Therapy. She has trained with The School of Lost Borders and is devoted to a daily spiritual practice with nature.