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Training Focuses on Connection Between Humans and Nature and Its Impact on Mental Health
Date:11/5/2013

(PRWEB) November 05, 2013

How does the natural world heal psychological wounds? In what ways are depression, fear and anxiety connected to our relationship to nature? Weaving together elements of mindfulness and spirit-based practices, an experiential retreat for counselors and therapists aims to explore these questions by looking into the depths of humans’ relationship to the natural world. Dubbed “Psyche and Nature: Exploring Inner and Outer Landscapes”, the 3-day retreat from November 15 to 17, will be led by Jan Edl Stein, director of the Holos Institute, a nonprofit mental health clinic with offices in San Francisco, Oakland and Marin County. http://www.holosinstitute.net

The retreat is based on the ideas of Ecopsychology, which addresses a renewed urgency to grapple with the psychological impacts of environmental destruction and climate change. New research has helped the human–environment relationship become a recognized concern of psychology and health care, as evidenced by the success of books such as “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder.”

“As psychotherapists, we hold a responsibility to be aware of how people are effected by their environment and how they in turn treat their immediate environment,” said Stein. “There is a growing awareness of how people are affected by environment along with how they are psychologically impacted by climate change. It is imperative that psychotherapy take notice of this impact and offer guidance in resilience toward change."

The workshop will be an immersion experience blending didactic teaching and personal exploration. Stein will introduce techniques and concepts from earth-based wisdom traditions, including the traditional shamanic vi
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