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 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:

“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

“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 Somatics, Expressive Arts and Social Activism modalities. Our roots are in Hakomi Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Therapy and Joanna Macy’s activist-inspired “Work that Reconnects.”

Among other things you will experience:

Earth dream exploration, Authentic Movement in nature, Somatic Ecotherapy, an indigenous-based sweat lodge, a fire drum circle, Mirroring from the four shields, eco-activism from Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects,” mindfulness in nature and developing a sense of place.

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.

Ecotherapy Certificate

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

35 CEU’s Available

This course meets the qualifications for 35 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs and /or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider #PCE5417   

Please note this program has space for only 14 participants.

What participants say:

“This was a life-changing week for me. I leave here feeling renewed and validated.”

~Donna G. Steffey, LCSW

“As a person coming to this training not practicing in the field and unsure of how I would use it, I found every aspect of the workshop helpful either on a personal and/or professional level. I am so grateful and inspired…  

~Kathryn Werner, BSW, Environmental Educator


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

Training cost: $997
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 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.

Amy Sugeno, LCSW, Clinical Ecotherapist,
will be assisting in the training. She worked as a wildlife biologist for over 16 years before beginning a second career as a Social Worker and therapist. For the past 12 years, Amy has worked as a trauma therapist with adults and teens who have experienced interpersonal violence and attachment trauma. She has also worked with clients in wilderness settings in the Texas Hill Country for the last four years.

Working with nature as a co-therapist, Amy enjoys helping clients explore metaphors and mirroring in nature as well as understanding their attachments and sense of belonging to lands, ecological areas and natural spaces. Amy is expanding her Ecotherapy practice to include workshops and retreats, especially on mindfulness in nature and courting the wild muse for writers, songwriters and artists.

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.