ecopsychology online course

Translate your love of nature into your therapy profession!

Do you love the healing qualities of being in nature, and wish you could share them with your clients?

Are you experimenting with meeting clients outdoors, and ready for professional guidelines and training to practice confidently?

Are you feeling isolated in your nature-based work and wanting community support to inspire your next steps?

If you answered YES to any of these, this program is for you!

Trainings offered:


This program is for those who want an interactive, intimate forum to learn and practice Ecotherapy skills in an in-depth and integrative format.

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

Many of us in the healing professions have a profound connection with nature and want to weave this into our work. However, if our colleagues don’t understand or share this longing, we may feel isolated or misunderstood.

The good news is that there is a growing community of people all over the world learning Ecotherapy skills and translating their deep relationship with nature to their clients. Being part of a community of nature-loving professionals can give us the inspiration and support we need to bring nature into our work.

Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist

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

Acquire practical skills for practicing Ecotherapy:

– Expand your professional practice with a wide range of nature-based interventions.
– Broaden your indoor tools with three indoor ecotherapy practices appropriate for individual clients.
– Apply how to transition clients to outdoors settings with confidence and ease.
– Demonstrate how to create a well-developed nature-inspired workshop for your clients.
– Utilize interventions to work with eco-anxiety, eco-grief and climate change issues.

To see all the learning outcomes of the training:

Click here for BIPOC training. 

Click here for regular training. 

Personal benefits of the training:

– Gain inspiration, clarity and peace through new personal nature practices.
– Feel a renewed dedication to bringing 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 and interns, counseling professionals, wellness practitioners, coaches, ministers, teachers, allied health professionals, healers, doulas and more.

20 CE’s available $50 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.

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:

“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, California

“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

Ecotherapy Certificate and Training Program

In Level 1 you will:

– Practice with knowledge and confidence by learning fundamentals of Ecotherapy and a wide range of techniques
– Easily integrate nature-based interventions directly into your work with practical training and step-by-step tips
– Explore new practices and clinical questions in a safe learning container and enjoy consultation and peer support

Webinar Training Topics:

  • Ecotherapy’s Gifts to Clinical Work
  • Cultivating Respectful, Reciprocal Relationships With the Natural World
  • How to do Indoor Ecotherapy
  • Level 1 & Level 2 Ecotherapy
  • Clinical Guidelines to Assess and Prepare Clients to go Outside
  • How to Practice Urban Ecotherapy
  • 12 Steps to Create a Successful Outdoor Ecotherapy Workshop
  • Ecotherapy for Children and Teens
  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Integrating Joanna Macy’s “The Work that Reconnects” into Clinical Ecotherapy
  • Bringing Expressive Arts into Ecotherapy
  • Plus Four Visionary Ecotherapist Interviews

Sign up today!



  • Two-month online training
  • 14 Ecotherapy training webinars
  • Six online two-hour classes
  • Two individual 30-minute consultations
  • Current Ecotherapy articles and practical handouts
  • Feedback and support on homework assignments
  • Plan for 5-6 hours time commitment weekly
  • You will receive a Level 1 Ecotherapy Certificate after completing this course. To receive full Certification, you must complete Level 2 & 3


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

Investment: $997
Payment plans available.

Partial scholarship
available on first-come, first-served basis

Equity Scholarship
for those who identify as people of color, LGBTQ and historically marginalized populations


Adrián Villaseñor Galarza – March #1 CLASS: 10AM-12PM PT/5:00PM-7:00PM GMT, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 13, 20

Lili Nakita Kroutilina – MARCH #2 CLASS:  5-7PM PT, March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 12

Niralli D’Costa and Musenge Luchembe Hayslett  – MARCH CLASS (BIPOC):  1-3PM PT, March 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 12, 26


Participants may withdraw from the training program within seven days after receiving the class access information and receive a 50% refund of the tuition. After this, no refund will be given.

What participants say:

“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’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.  

“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 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 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.Read more3

Musenge Luchembe Hayslett, LMFT, Ecotherapist, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She has training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy, Reiki, Acupressure, and Authentic Movement and earned her Ecotherapy Certificate from The Earthbody Institute in 2018. Some populations Musenge has worked with include immigrants and refugees with environmental and war trauma as well as social activists and  people of color in the LBGTQ+ community.

Musenge’s advocacy and appreciation for nature began in the tropical forests that surrounded her childhood home in her native country of Zambia. Musenge moved frequently as child but always made friends with the trees and animals around her until she moved to the United States as teenager. After a difficult transition to California, Musenge was able to reconnect with nature, feel safe in her new home and deepen her spiritual connection to nature through participating in several years of ecotherapy sessions.  

Musenge supports her clients in experiencing a similar sense of freedom, creativity and healing at Edwin Warner Park, in Nashville, TN. In addition to Urban Ecotherapy, Musenge also practices Indoor Ecotherapy and Animal Assisted Therapy with her Chihuahua/Terrier, Doobie, as well as provides workshops for other healers.

Musenge enjoys walking the trails with her partner and young son, tending to her indoor and outdoor plants, listening to live music on the grass at Centennial Park, canoeing the Harpeth River and trying out new ethnic dishes.
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Niralli D’Costa, LMFT, MA, Somatic Ecotherapist, is a licensed psychotherapist, teacher and practitioner of integrative energy healing modality Syntara System. She believes that everything that we need in order to heal and awaken is available to us in the natural world. Niralli draws upon her long-term study of yoga, meditation, and tantra to support people on their spiritual path and healing journey. She is passionate about serving people who have been marginalized, and she sees social justice as central to our collective liberation, healing, and evolution.

Niralli received her MA from the Somatic Psychology department at John F. Kennedy University and completed her Ecotherapy Certification with The Earthbody Institute in 2013. She has taught at the intersections of social justice, embodied spiritual practice, and nature-based elemental healing at a range of institutions. She has served as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley, John F. Kennedy University, Syntara System School of Energy Awareness, the Mind Body Therapy Certificate Program at Embodied Philosophy, and currently serves as affiliate faculty in the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization at Antioch University.

In 2013, Niralli founded the Oakland Holistic Psychotherapy Center and practiced beyond her Oakland office, outdoors amidst the redwoods, pine, and oaks of the California Bay Area. In 2018, she relocated to the chaparral and beaches of Southern California where she grew up. She currently practices online and looks forward to the day when she can integrate ecological restoration into her therapeutic group work. Niralli has a passion for creating ritual, transformative, and immersive eco-therapeutic experiences for and with her clients. She is thrilled to come full circle, joining The EarthBody Institute as a teacher. more3

Ryan Van Lenning, MA, is an inner and outer wilderness guide, ecotherapist, and teacher. Ryan is certified as an ecotherapist through The Earthbody Institute, trained as a Wilderness Ceremony/Rite-of-Passage Guide through the School of Lost Borders, and is a Certified Wilderness First Responder through Foster Calm. Prior to moving to California 13 years ago, he taught Philosophy, Comparative Religion, and Environmental Justice at Sinclair College in Ohio.

Ryan is passionate about supporting people to re-connect with the wisdom of both inner and outer wild nature, to live their soul callings into the world, and to assist in the work of repairing broken belonging in this time of the Great Turning/Great Composting. Trusting in co-liberation, he is grasped by a wondering: Can we, with wild nature hearts and humble courage, face this Collective Initiation of intersecting social and ecological crises intentionally?

Through Wild Nature Heart, Ryan offers 1-on-1 earth-rooted mentoring, custom wilderness ceremonies/rites-of-passage, ecospiritual courses and workshops, and community Circles of the Great Turning.

Ryan is also a poet and author of Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul and High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest. His poem ‘And All the Walls Between Them,’ responding to current immigration policies and social injustices, was recipient of the 2019 Jodi Stutz Poetry Award by Toyon Literary Magazine. His new collections Riverever and One Bright and Real Caress will be released in 2021. He live and works among the forest and rivers in northern California, ancestral Wiyot, Yurok, and Sinkyone lands. Read more3

Adrián Villasenor-Galarza, PhD, is passionate about human transformation in service of the living Earth, in order to uncover the regenerative expression of our deep potentials. Nature has served as sustenance and inspiration for Adrián since his early childhood. In his PhD research he advanced an Integral Ecopsychology, fruit of the confluence of Eastern liberation teachings and the study of the human-nature connection, resulting in an elemental framework for self-discovery, healing, and sustainable action.

He’s the founder and director of the Bioalchemy Institute, mostly active in México and Latin America, a pioneering project dedicated to healing the relation between humans and the rest of nature through transformative education for body, mind, and spirit. In addition, Adrián is the seed originator of the Work That Reconnects Latin America, assisting Spanish speaking people from the Americas and beyond to reclaim their true, wild place in the Earthly web of life.

Adrián has offered workshops and talks internationally, both to the general public and academic audiences, for over 16 years and works one-on-one with clients through a contemplative, eco-systemic, and transpersonal lens. He’s also a ritualist whose focus revolves around an animist approach to healing and empowerment. He’s the author of a handful of books that explore a reverential, enchanted, and evolutionary perspective of humans and Earth, and translator into Spanish of Joanna Macy’s seminal book, Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide of the Work That Reconnects.

Adrián’s work is considered a Latin American referent when it comes to Deep Ecology, Ecopsychology, and Earth-based spirituality.
http://living-flames.comRead more3

Amanda Morrison, LMFT, MA, Somatic Ecotherapist, is a licensed psychotherapist who weaves earth wisdom and body awareness to help people recover a deeper sense of connection to themselves and the world around them. She has been passionate about the healing power of nature since she left her high tech career in 2002 to explore her own relationship to nature. This life changing pursuit led her down the path of becoming a therapist and focusing on ecopsychology as a vehicle for personal and collective healing.

For the past decade she has specialized in using ecotherapy to help people heal from early childhood trauma and to find long term recovery from addiction and other mental health issues. She is the creator of the Bayside Marin Ecotherapy Program, a premier residential dual-diagnosis treatment center in San Rafael, CA. The program Amanda created uses horticultural therapy and other ecotherapeutic approaches to help people access the wisdom and healing power of nature as part of their recovery from addiction. Previously Amanda worked in the Insight Garden program in San Quentin, where she facilitated ecotherapy groups for incarcerated men serving time in prison.

Amanda graduated from the Somatic Psychotherapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and has training in various somatic and ecotherapeutic modalities, including: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Authentic Movement, Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, The Work that Reconnects, and various rites of passage practices. In addition to her clinical work, Amanda spent 10 years as an adjunct professor at CIIS, where she taught an experiential ecopsychology course, as well as various other interdisciplinary courses to undergraduate students, with a strong focus on ecopsychology, somatics, and social justice. Her article “Embodying Sentience” was published in the book, Ecotherapy, Healing with Nature in Mind.  Currently, Amanda has a private practice in San Francisco and in the East Bay where she sees clients both in the office and on the trails of the East Bay Regional Parks. Amanda is an avid gardener and hiker. Her own daily nature practice keeps her grounded in her body and connected to the land as she navigates these unpredictable but exciting times we are living through. more3

Lili Nakita Kroutilina, LMFT, MA, Somatic Ecotherapist, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Somatic Ecotherapist, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, artist, and activist from Sofia, Bulgaria that is currently residing in Berkeley, California. Lili received her Master’s in Counseling from the Institute of Transpersonal Therapy specializing in Expressive Arts and Transpersonal Psychology. Lili graduated from The Earthbody Institute’s 100 hour Professional Ecotherapy training program in 2015 and has worked with Ariana Candell on retreats, workshops, online classes, and curriculums.

She is passionate about connection with the earth, ourselves, and our community. When she was a young girl in Bulgaria, she has fond memories of swimming in the black sea with her family. Immigrating to California as a young girl she found solace in nature whether that was the ocean, mountains, desert, or rivers. Lili cares deeply about protecting the earth as well as the humans inhabiting it. She has worked in community mental health the past 8 years with various populations including children, teens, adults, and elderly. She is highly passionate about working with women’s empowerment, alternative lifestyles, LBGTQ+ community, people of color, immigrants, artists and musicians, spiritual counseling and integration, activists, as well as PTSD/trauma/grief work. Lili also has experience creating and facilitating workshops on a wide range of therapeutic topics. more3

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy 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
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, 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
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course
  • SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196)

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact The Earthbody Institute [email protected]. For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at [email protected].

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