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September 4 – 8, 2020  (Please note that the date has been pushed back due to COVID19)

The practice of making art involves careful observations of both outer (natural) and inner (experienced) phenomena and translating those observations into forms of expression. In this retreat, we will use the meditative practice of visual art as a complement to our spiritual explorations, as a way to hone our awareness of the natural world and our experienced relationship to it. Jan will offer gentle guided meditations, land-based contemplative practices, and inner landscape journeys. Ilana will support participants’ creative expression of their experiences through watercolor and drawing practice.

We invite you to sink deeply into your true Self in connection with Nature. There will be plenty of free time to relax, hike, swim in the pond and soak in the hot tub. We will enjoy delicious, organic meals. This retreat is designed for restoration, renewal, and fun! ABSOLUTELY no experience with art is needed – all levels are welcome!

You will leave feeling restored and refreshed and will bring home some images that reflect your experience. All art materials will be provided, AND you will get to take home a lovely watercolor kit and high-quality paper notebook so that you might continue to practice the process of sight and insight after our time together.

The retreat takes place in the spectacular rolling hills of Mendocino at the Bell Valley Retreat Center outside of Boonville, CA. The center encompasses 650 acres of oak woodland, madrone, and pine forest, with a turquoise pond for swimming, a seasonal creek, and a wide variety of accommodations.

The retreat will be facilitated by a mother and daughter teaming up for the first time!

Jan Edl Stein, MFT

 Jan Edl Stein, MFT, is a depth-oriented psychotherapist and ecotherapist in private practice who has lead many retreats and workshops over the last 25 years.  Jan is the director of Holos Institute and co-teacher of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program. Jan has a sincere connection to the spiritual aspects of the natural world and long-time meditation and nature-based contemplative practice.



Ilana Stein is a tropical field biologist by profession (Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley), but also an artist by passion. Her art and her interest in biology both stem from a deep love of nature and a lifelong search for truth through connection with the natural world. Ilana studied drawing, oil painting and various other mediums as an undergraduate, but more recently has discovered a great fondness for the fluidity of watercolor.


Bell Valley Retreat Center will host the retreat in their 650 acres of wild, wooded, and majestic landscape in the greater Anderson Valley area of Mendocino County, CA.  Accommodations range from vintage farmhouse rooms, modern remodeled barn spaces, to well-appointed glamping tents.  Please visit the lodging options before registering so you may select your preferred lodging.

The retreat begins with a gathering at 3:30 pm on Friday, September 4 and will end just after our morning closing session shortly before noon on Tuesday, September 8.

We will send you detailed directions and tips for preparing at least a month beforehand.

FEES: The Fees for this retreat include all meals (from Friday dinner to Tuesday breakfast), lodging, tuition, and materials fees and are as follows:

early/paid in full (before June 20, 2020) – $775

regular /paid in full (on or after June 20, 2020 but before August 15, 2020) = $880

late (on or after August 15, 2020) – $920

couples (shared bed or shared glamping tent with 2 twin beds):
early/paid in full (before June 20, 2020) = $1490

couples regular = $1665

late (on or after 8/15/20 – as space permits) = $1700

Hold/Reserve deposits of $200 will confirm/reserve your space and preferred lodging.  This deposit is non-refundable.  Your fee will be based on the regular registrant basis.  The fee balance is due no later than August 15, 2020.

We have a very limited number of scholarships and work/trade discounts.
Please contact us with your request for an additional discount. We will do our best to work with you to make this affordable!


CEU certificate (10 hours for BBSE licensees) – ADD $20
Single Supplement lodging – reserve your private accommodation at any room type + $180


IF this event must be cancelled due to COVID-19 safety restrictions all registrations will be fully refunded.

Any cancellation received in writing or by email on or before July 15, 2020 will be refunded 50% of any fees paid.

Any cancellation received in writing or by email after July  30, 2020 but before August 15, 2020 will be refunded 30% of any fees paid.

Any cancellation received in writing or by email on or after August 15, 2020 is NOT refundable

Any hold/Reserve deposit is non-refundable.

If extended Shelter-In -Place due to COVID-19 necessitates postponing or cancelling the event, all fees are 100% refundable.


Continuing Education Credits This course meets the qualifications for 10 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. Holos Institute is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider #90905.

Participants taking this retreat for CEUs may be required to attend dedicated mealtime discussion sessions on ecotherapeutic applications.

At the end of this retreat, clinical (BBSE licensee) participants will :

  1. be able to describe the philosophical position of ecopsychology
  2. be able to list at least 3 ecotherapy interventions
  3. be able to describe at least 3 outcomes of an ecotherapy approach
  4. be able to design a nature-based clinical approach
  5. be able to describe a perceptual experience as it relates to a therapeutic outcome



Any grievances may be submitted via email to “events@holosinstitute.net”.  We will work with you to come to a reasonable resolution of your issue.








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