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Four Days of Nature Bliss: Letting the Natural World Seep into the Bones

a deep retreat offering your body and soul a moment to rest, restore, and renew

Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7, 2017
Mendocino, CA
with Jan Edl Stein, MFT

14 continuing education units  available for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, Clinical Psychologists and Registered Nurses
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In the rolling hills of the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, California, come taste stillness and re-member your embodied self.   This 3 night/4 day retreat is focused on the returning to our senses, discovering a world ensouled as we delve into our own inner landscapes and welcome the natural world as it seeps into us at a cellular level.. This is a retreat where an inquiry into the nature of the self is found in the mirror of nature.
This retreat is designed to support you in renewing your physical, emotional and spiritual resilience at a time of great demand and stress.

We will call upon contemplative practices, mindfulness meditation, prayer, traditional shamanic journeys, nature -based meditations (both stillness and movement) and some earth-based ritual.  There will be sharing in mindful council and holding a space for dreamtime inquiry while holding a respect for deep silence and introversion for renewal.  We will invite our selves to see the sacredness of the natural world and welcome that moment when we are apprehended by elements of the natural world and may dialog with a world ensouled.  The core of the practice will be contained in the journeys into our inner landscapes where we can form deep connection with allies who can inform our actions and perceptions in the outer landscapes of our lives.
There will be solo contemplative time on the land completed with council style sharing.

This retreat will be of value to those interested in personal regeneration, enhanced creativity and wellness, and heightened spiritual awareness. It is an excellent adjunct to therapy, as well as a powerful method of self-care for helping professionals.  Self-care is encouraged during the retreat.

This retreat is open to anyone who yearns for a deep retreat and renewal of energy.
For the psychotherapists who attend, it will be an embodied teaching of deep retreat with just enough didactic practice to have witness to the personal process without interrupting your inner process.

The retreat will be hosted at a private retreat center which includes over 600 acres of rolling grasslands, expansive views and extensive trails amidst a rich and bio-diverse ecosystem in the rolling inland hills of Mendocino County.

Arrival time on site is between 1:30 and 2:00 pm on Thursday.
Upon arrival, we will have refreshments and hearty snacks ready for you.  You will have time to settle into your room and explore the land. The program will “officially” begin at 3:00 pm with an introduction to the place, each other and an opening meditation. We will have our indoor work in a spacious, well-appointed yurt that is tucked away from the road.  We will have plenty of time, both structured and free, to wander the gorgeous rolling hills and forests of the valley. We will serve delicious, organic meals starting with Thursday evening dinner through Sunday lunch.  The lunch and dinners will be catered.  Breakfast will be self-serve with a wide variety of choices.  We will do our best to accommodate food allergies and preferences.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive  an email with detailed directions and suggestions of what to pack about 2 weeks in advance of the retreat.

Accommodations and Fees
There are a variety of accommodations to fit individual preferences. These range from an elegant farm house to more rustic rooms.  Some are close to the main house/dining room and some are more remote.  All are very comfortable and beautifully furnished .
Please explore the choices below with links to photos and detailed descriptions.
We will make every effort to place you in your top choice of accommodation but choices are based on date of reservation.  If you register late, you may need to consider second choices.

~The fees listed include lodging, all meals (from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch plus snacks) and tuition~

Choice of housing is on a first come/first served basis.


* Contact Jan directly at jan@holosinstitue.net if you need financial assistance.  There are no longer work/trade positions available but a small discount may be negotiated.

Platform Tents
Permanent “glamping” tents on gorgeous rolling hills with bathroom access a short walk from the tents.

Shared (2 people)   $775
Single                        $910

Barn Rooms
Upstairs in a classic country barn with shared half bath and short walk to shower house.

Shared (2 people)    $875
Single                          $940

Bunk House

Bunk beds in spacious octagonal building with own kitchen and full bath.
Accommodates up to 8 people

Shared                      $900

Farm House
Graciously restored four bedroom farmhouse. Some rooms with en-suite.

King and Queen beds available for couples or close friends.

Shared (2 people)   $950
Single                        $1200

CEU Certificate
$15  This an additional fee for anyone requesting a BBSE compliant CEU certificate

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations BEFORE April 15 will be refunded any fees paid minus a $75 processing charge.
Cancellations ON OR AFTER April 15 are non-refundable unless your spot can be filled, and again, are subject to the $75 processing fee.
Any grievances may be taken up with Jan Edl Stein directly.

If you have any concerns, questions or need special accommodations, kindly contact Jan directly at jan@holosinstitute.net or 415.751.1307.

Continuing Education Credits
Holos Institute is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider #90905

This course meets the qualifications for 14  hours of continuing education credit  for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavior Sciences. Holos Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs .
Holos maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. 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 theprogram and its content.California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  For questions about CE visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contactDavid Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com

In addition to the retreat components CEU participants will be offered 2 lunch time discussions and one evening didactic program in addition to the regular program. We will explore principles of ecopsychology and how they are being applied in this particular retreat.  Topics to be covered will be: the ecopsychology orientation, how eco-therapy works, ways that one may apply eco-therapy and how ecopsychology is addressing climate grief.

At the end of this retreat, CEU participants will be able to:
~  name 3 levels of applied ecopsychology
~  describe how a nature based approach to healing is expressed in a clinical setting
~ demonstrate ways in which the outer landscape reflects the inner landscape
~ identify at least 3 ways to guide a client into a “nature resourced” state
~ name ways in which grief for the environment and social climate may be transformed into hope
~ list at least 5 practices of resilience
~ facilitate a process of council
~ describe a technique for exploring an inner landscape
~ identify resources for managing climate change anxiety

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