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ADVANCED ECOTHERAPY TRAINING COURSE

2024 delivery now underway

 

More people than ever are waking up the fact that they need a deeper connection with nature. Ecotherapy answers that call. Let Dr Geoff Berry and his team provide you with a robust and clear set of definitions, practices, skills and answers, so that you can offer this service to clients who are looking for a more authentic expression of their inner nature and improved relationships with their kin on this beautiful planet.

 

Dr Geoff Berry

Australian Representative
International Ecopsychology Society

Submit the form below to register your interest for the next Advanced Ecotherapy Training Course. An enrolment pack will be sent out offering payment options and details. Confirmation of your place is ensured with deposit. 

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Advanced Ecotherapy Training Course - Next Course (dates tbc)

An immersive, interactive training that enables you to incorporate Ecotherapy into your daily life and practice. Certified by the International Ecopsychology Society and delivered by PACFA Registered Academic Dr Geoff Berry and a team of ecotherapists.

Suitable for:

  • Practitioners or therapists who want to incorporate Ecotherapy into their practice;
  • People who seek to deepen their connection to nature in a real and ongoing way;
  • Those who want to explore the healing and empowering potential of truly belonging to the earth; and
  • People who know they are missing deeper relationships with our animal, plant and elemental kin on earth and beyond.

Delivery: Practitioners will learn how to apply Ecotherapy with their clients, online over six months and face-to-face at an immersive retreat on Country, with like-minded practitioners.

Interactive: Participants will be supported to explore their intimate relationship with nature in their own unique and personal way, as they immerse themselves more deeply in the world of Ecotherapy.

Accessible: Online classes discuss core themes, foundational and current ideas in the field of Ecotherapy, as well as the ancestral traditions that inform us today.

Transformational: Guided meditations shift participants into highly receptive states and additional exercises are offered, so that participants can practice by themselves or with others in the natural environment that is available to them.

Cost:

Become a Certified Ecotherapist this year for $5950

Cost includes 5-day ecoretreat! Venue: Arcoora Arts & Ecology Training Ground, NNSW.

You can choose to pay the fees in full up-front, or an instalment plan over 4 months. Select the appropriate option when you receive your enrolment package.

Advanced Ecotherapy Training for Practitioners 2024

Module 1 

Welcome Back to Nature, Welcome Back to Self

  • We all evolved in close contact with nature – getting that sense of belonging back
  • Recognising Self as part of a flow, an immersive experience in tune with nature
    • Practical Exercise 1: Sit Spot reflections
    • Therapeutic Application: reclaiming our birthright to feel at home on earth

Module 2 

Deepening Connections with Ancestral Wisdom

  • What did our ancestors do differently, that we can get back in everyday life?
  • How do we practice and keep deepened nature connection in real ways, every day?
    • Practical Exercise 2: Accessing Peripheral Perceptions
    • Therapeutic Application: reclaiming ancestral practices that heal, empower and return us to flow

Module 3 

Safety, Trauma, Neuroscience and Plasticity

  • How do we ensure we and our clients feel safe in nature?
  • How this rewires brain and engages the body
    • Practical Exercise 3: When do we feel safe or unsafe?
    • Therapeutic Application: reducing anxiety to re-establish confidence

Module 4 

Depth Psychology and Awakening

  • Treating our personal stories and collective myths as part of a changing bigger picture
  • Composing improved vehicles for receiving wisdom and awakening practices
    • Practical Exercise 4: Amplifying Awareness in Nature
    • Therapeutic Application: Tapping into the intelligence of nature for growth

Module 5 

The Sacred in Nature

  • Revitalising our relationship with the sacred in the material realm
  • Religious systems and nature spirituality; animism and the living world
    • Practical Exercise 5: Nature Altar
    • Therapeutic Application: Embodying Reverence in the Here and Now

Module 6 

Initiation, Ritual, Ceremony

  • Making sacred space to mark moments, turning transitions into transformations
  • The totemic and teaching qualities of other animals, plants, elements and places
    • Practical Exercise 6: creating your own initiation ritual
    • Therapeutic Application: cementing states into stages; moving on

Module 7  

Group Work – and the Immersive Retreat!

  • Eco-anxiety, grief, the Community of Souls
  • Communing with each other in nature in deeply meaningful and satisfying ways
    • Practical Exercise 7: Dealing with ecological grief for the state of the planet
    • Therapeutic Application: rebuilding faith in the village

Module 8 

Integration and Professional Business Supervision

  • Landing it – how we integrate the learning into everyday life and our practice
  • Professional Business Supervision session – gaining clientele ethically, networking
    • Practical Exercise 8: how do you integrate ecotherapy into your practice?
    • Therapeutic application: reaching out to prospective clients to offer ecotherapy

Bonus Resources for Participants

  • Access to private ecotherapy training videos
  • Clinical Supervision – first small group session free and ongoing arrangements provided
  • Join the Ecotherapy Alliance and have your growing business promoted to the right clientele

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FAQ for the Advanced Ecotherapy Training Course

What is the time commitment for the course?

Geoff suggests you allow for 2-3 hours per week on top of the module sessions (which run for 2-hours, twice per month).

    • Rationale: while the course is self-guided between the module sessions, you are provided with readings, videos, exercises and peer support sessions. A couple of hours per week will allow you to keep up and get what you need out of the course. (However, of course with more time, you can drop in deeper and explore the territory even more.) 
    • Included in the time commitment will be some prompts towards journaling explorations. These are not assessed, but good ways to ask yourself the questions pertinent to an exploration of the field; the general theme for these is, what deep work are we doing in preparation for guiding others along a similar path?
What is the time commitment for the online course?

The same, but there is no retreat included. Online participants attend all sessions, are given the same practical exercises, and are asked to upload their evidence of engagement with the processes. They get the same level of feedback to support their learning and the same opportunities to work with their peers in breakout groups, both during and between training sessions. 

    • NB: because online participants do not attend the retreat, they are given practical exercises to work on at home, which are similar to what we practice together on the retreat. As with the monthly engagement, some evidence of these sessions is requested in order for the participant to graduate from the course. 
What are the assessments for the course?
  • Journaling / artistic responses: participants are asked to upload something each month that reflects on the theme. These submissions are not assessed, per se (in the sense of pass/fail), but they are read/watched/listened to by an assessor, who will provide feedback to guide you towards further directions for your own exploration into the field of deep nature connection, healing, empowerment and flow. 
  • After Module 4, there will be a multiple choice quiz to check that participants can answer some general knowledge questions about ecotherapy. These will be the kinds of things that a practitioner should confidently understand in order to offer ecotherapy to clients. This will be a brief assessment and again is ‘competency based’ (not pass/fail, but prompts will be given for any incorrect answers). 
  • On the retreat, we’ll practice providing ecotherapy to clients with each other. We need to make sure everyone is building a skillset; this is where sharing experiences really helps, as participants bring different realisations to the game and we save each other time by learning from and acknowledging this variety.  

If there are any concerns that a participant is not getting everything they need from the course, they will be supported with extra guidance from the team. 

What PD hours can be claimed for the course?

For PACFA:

  • Full complement of PACFA CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours for two years, based on the fact that PACFA count CPD requirements across the financial year, 01/07 – 30/06. 
  • For the first half of the year, this equates to 20 hours CPD Category A – your full requirement (active participant in online or in-person learning). That is, 5 months x 4 hours per month (2 x 2 hour online sessions, February to June)
  • For the second half of the year, this also equates to 20 hours CPD Category A – your full requirement (active participant in online or in-person learning). That is, 5 x 2 hour sessions of online training = 10 hours CPD Category A; plus more than 10 hours CPD Category A in-person training at the retreat
  • ACA Ongoing Professional Development policy: 10 points for the online training sessions (duration of 6 hours or more); 10 points for the Retreat (workshop, duration of more than one day). Source here. 
Are payment plans available?
  • Yes. You can choose to pay the full fee upfront for the advertised price, or pay in four instalments after the deposit (which attracts an admin fee). 
  • Example: Full price including retreat 
    • Upfront $5950 in total, or $500 deposit to secure place plus $5450 invoiced with 30 days to pay
    • Payment plan: $500 deposit to secure place plus 4 payments of $1400 over 4 months (invoices sent monthly after deposit paid). Total cost $6100
  • Example: Online only
    • Upfront $3950 in total, or $500 deposit to secure place plus $3450 invoiced with 30 days to pay
    • Payment plan: $500 deposit to secure place plus 4 payments of $900 over 4 months (invoices sent monthly after deposit paid). Total cost $4100
  • Ikon Graduate with RPL:
    • Upfront $2950 in total, or $500 deposit to secure place plus $2450 invoiced with 30 days to pay
    • Payment plan: $500 deposit to secure place plus 4 payments of $650 over 4 months (invoices sent monthly after deposit paid). Total cost $3100
Can i practice as an ecotherapist with this qualification?

Yes! As long as you already have adequate counselling and/or coaching skills, which are a prerequisite for joining the course, and you complete all assessments, you can call yourself an ecotherapist at the end of this course.

In fact, the IES (International Ecopsychology Society) have now accepted Nature Calling as an official IES School, so you can become a member with them as well, and add their badge to your materials.
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George Monbiot

The Guardian UK and author of Heat; how to stop our planet burning

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:29:55+10:00

George Monbiot

The Guardian UK and author of Heat; how to stop our planet burning

Fascinating
Geoff's extensive knowledge and wisdom of nature connection and all the related topics is very impressive and he facilitated our experience with sensitivity, integrity, deep respect and an incredible open heart. He is humble and passionate, he walks his talk and he inspires curiosity and reverence in each moment of the exploration.

Chloe McKeand

Nature Calling
5
2022-10-13T11:37:57+11:00

Chloe McKeand

Geoff's extensive knowledge and wisdom of nature connection and all the related topics is very impressive and he facilitated our experience with sensitivity, integrity, deep respect and an incredible open heart. He is humble and passionate, he walks his talk and he inspires curiosity and reverence in each moment of the exploration.
Extremely interesting to think about

Philip Pullman

author of the His Dark Materials trilogy

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:30:15+10:00

Philip Pullman

author of the His Dark Materials trilogy

Extremely interesting to think about
Geoff is adaptable and open, warm, and encouraging; noble and logical attributes from someone who has sat deeply, attuning to nature as he has. Geoff really walks the walk. I was utterly inspired by Geoff the whole retreat, his whole spirit shining in this work. The practices were fun and profoundly engaging, and grounding.

Julie Stevens

Nature Calling
5
2022-10-13T11:41:16+11:00

Julie Stevens

Geoff is adaptable and open, warm, and encouraging; noble and logical attributes from someone who has sat deeply, attuning to nature as he has. Geoff really walks the walk. I was utterly inspired by Geoff the whole retreat, his whole spirit shining in this work. The practices were fun and profoundly engaging, and grounding.
Incredibly inspiring, profound and pioneering work. An unbelievably powerful gift. When we take time to listen to ourselves and the world around us, anything is possible

Briony Tronson

workshop participant

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:21:34+10:00

Briony Tronson

workshop participant

Incredibly inspiring, profound and pioneering work. An unbelievably powerful gift. When we take time to listen to ourselves and the world around us, anything is possible
Having recently sat on an eco-retreat with Geoff, I have full confidence in recommending his spaces for those seeking transformation, connection, and discovery. His humility, depth of wisdom, embodied knowledge and ability to hold and navigate space are great gifts, that I feel privileged to have been able to drink from the waters of.

Al Jeffery

Nature Calling
5
2022-10-13T11:43:13+11:00

Al Jeffery

Having recently sat on an eco-retreat with Geoff, I have full confidence in recommending his spaces for those seeking transformation, connection, and discovery. His humility, depth of wisdom, embodied knowledge and ability to hold and navigate space are great gifts, that I feel privileged to have been able to drink from the waters of.
Excellent … very stimulating, creative, and significant

Professor Carolyn Merchant

Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics, UC Berkeley

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:31:00+10:00

Professor Carolyn Merchant

Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics, UC Berkeley

Excellent … very stimulating, creative, and significant
Geoff bridges the gap between academic and spiritual teachings seamlessly, in incredible, transformative workshops. Through his skilled facilitation I was able to access deep states of meditation and delve into the shadow areas of my unconscious to bring light and clarity to some patterns and habits that were keeping me stuck. Geoff is a gifted, intuitive teacher who draws from an impressive knowledge base spanning many years. Highly recommended.

Clare Lovelace

Nature Calling
5
2022-10-13T11:44:25+11:00

Clare Lovelace

Geoff bridges the gap between academic and spiritual teachings seamlessly, in incredible, transformative workshops. Through his skilled facilitation I was able to access deep states of meditation and delve into the shadow areas of my unconscious to bring light and clarity to some patterns and habits that were keeping me stuck. Geoff is a gifted, intuitive teacher who draws from an impressive knowledge base spanning many years. Highly recommended.
A provocative meditation with a rare blend of credible science and cultural history

Professor Robert Pogue Harrison

Stanford University, author of Forests; The Shadow of Civilization

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:31:27+10:00

Professor Robert Pogue Harrison

Stanford University, author of Forests; The Shadow of Civilization

A provocative meditation with a rare blend of credible science and cultural history
Brilliant and elegant, not to mention important, work, Geoff. I'm mightily impressed and astonished at how well you synthesise such original ideas

Mark Treddinick

Australian poet and author

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:31:45+10:00

Mark Treddinick

Australian poet and author

Brilliant and elegant, not to mention important, work, Geoff. I'm mightily impressed and astonished at how well you synthesise such original ideas
Dr. Geoffrey Berry is an astute and insightful interpreter of human psychology. Anyone receiving guidance from him will find a genuine and professional companion on a journey to deeper questioning and personal growth.

Dr Jorge Conesa-Sevilla

Cognitive psychologist, National University, San Diego]

Nature Calling
2017-09-27T07:37:04+10:00

Dr Jorge Conesa-Sevilla

Cognitive psychologist, National University, San Diego]

Dr. Geoffrey Berry is an astute and insightful interpreter of human psychology. Anyone receiving guidance from him will find a genuine and professional companion on a journey to deeper questioning and personal growth.
Geoff hears the voice of inner nature with clarity and he communicates it with uncanny depth and precision

Michael Glock

PhD, CEO and futurist at Bloom Factor Inc.

Nature Calling
2017-09-27T07:38:51+10:00

Michael Glock

PhD, CEO and futurist at Bloom Factor Inc.

Geoff hears the voice of inner nature with clarity and he communicates it with uncanny depth and precision
The wisdom, experience and intelligence with human psyche ensured I felt extremely safe … this was the best investment I’ve made in myself!

Natalie Oakley

workshop participant

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:30:35+10:00

Natalie Oakley

workshop participant

The wisdom, experience and intelligence with human psyche ensured I felt extremely safe … this was the best investment I’ve made in myself!
In the 2009 Parliament of World’s Religions, Geoff bridged cultural and religious differences and brought a sense of harmony to the event. I recommend Geoff as a facilitator and guide.

Elyse Rider

Coordinator Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement, Wyndham City Council, Melbourne

 

 

Nature Calling
2017-09-12T11:23:13+10:00

Elyse Rider

Coordinator Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement, Wyndham City Council, Melbourne

 

 

In the 2009 Parliament of World’s Religions, Geoff bridged cultural and religious differences and brought a sense of harmony to the event. I recommend Geoff as a facilitator and guide.
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Address: Broulee, far south coast, NSW Australia.

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