Invitation to Soul

Conscious Living Workshop

Invitation to Soul

Integrating Shamanic Techniques and Nature-Based Practices in Psychotherapy

Friday, Nov 9, 2012, 9:30 AM –
Sunday, Nov 11, 2012, 1:30 PM (All times are local to the event.)

Jan Edl Stein, MFT
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Applied shamanism and nature-based wisdom offer powerful tools of change and an elegant method of inviting the soul to be present and balanced. Explore the intersection of inner and outer landscapes in an integration of nature-based contemplative practices with inner realm explorations that shamanic journeying offers. This workshop is an immersion experience blending didactic teaching and personal exploration. Jan introduces techniques and concepts from traditional shamanism and earth-based wisdom traditions as they may be applied within the context of psychotherapeutic or other healing modalities.

  • Discover your own inner landscape and how it can instruct your path toward healing
  • Learn fundamentals of shamanic journeying
  • Interact with forces of nature and learn techniques that facilitate a deep conversation with these forces
  • Immerse in deep nature-based contemplations
  • Learn ways of elegant invitation to these techniques
  • Discover applications of these practices that can greatly enhance your work

Ecopsychology is a movement toward repairing a deep wound of separation that has cost us severe damage in the environment and severe damage in the individual and collective psyche. Our sense of separation from one another and our natural environment festers a wound of mal-attachment and fosters disassociation, apathy, depression, fear, anxiety, and so on. This is an approach toward healing in which the human mind and body are viewed in their relationship to nature and the whole web of life. It follows that there is reciprocity between the natural processes of our world and the balanced psyche. Psychologically healthy people have a respectful and sustainable relationship with the natural world. – Jan Edl Stein

Jan Edl Stein, MFT, serves as director of Holos Institute, a counseling center based upon principles of eco-psychology. She has a deep interest in the healing power of conscious connection to nature, earth-based wisdom traditions, and spiritual practice. Jan has studied the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and Vipassanna meditation for over 35 years and has trained with shamanic practitioners and indigenous shamans. She teaches, consults, and her private practice includes clinical supervision and individual and couples psychotherapy.

Registration fees include the program and 6 freshly prepared meals.

  • $345 EarlyBird Fee through Oct 15, 2012
  • $365 Regular Fee thereafter

Onsite lodging is $75 per person per night for a shared room or $99 per night for a single room. Sign-ups within 72 hours of the workshop will be on a space-available basis and will incur a $30 Administration Fee, so please register early.

9:00—10:00 AM Check in
10:00 AM—12:30 PM Introduction to shamanic/eco perspective Exploring the basic perspective of earth-based wisdom cultures, the fundamental relationship between psyche and nature, and the expression of this perspective in psychotherapy. The adaptation of shamanic journey to facilitate an exploration of psyche/nature relationship.  A brief experiential component will illustrate.
12:30 PM Lunch
2:30—5:45 PM Introduction to nature based contemplative practicesFacilitating conscious relationship to the natural world, methods and approaches that offer a client ways to deepen their perception of environment and expand their sensory awareness and dissolve projection into perception. In this session we will learn basic methods to facilitate a client's deeper perception and interaction with the natural world using techniques such as mirrored movement and gesture, mindful approaches to natural thresholds, and paying attention to somatic responses to particular objects. A brief experiential component will illustrate.
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30—9:30 PM Clinical Applications lecture/discussion Illness and mental dis-ease is examined from a shamanic/earth-based wisdom perspective; a new model of healing from this viewpoint with specific clinical examples.

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM—12:15 PM Bringing shamanic techniques into clinical practice – Lecture/demonstration/practice. Using clinical examples, the actual introduction of shamanic techniques and earth-based practices in a clinical setting is explored. Issues of assessing appropriateness, observing and responding to cues from client, using careful language and presentation that meets client's level of processing, and levels of engagement. Review of specific ways of leading the innerwork process. Practice session.
12:30 PM Lunch
2:30—5:30 PM Advanced nature based contemplative practices Lecture/demonstration/practice. A review of clinical considerations in offering outdoor work that includes  transference reactions, impact on the therapeutic alliance, and legal/ethical considerations. We will also learn and practice tracking somatic/emotional responses to nature and also learn techniques of deepening presence in nature and guiding a soul journey outdoors which includes added dimensions of movement, containment, and perceptual shifts.
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30—9:15 PM Clinical Applications and integration Using an actual case example to review the practices learned so far and offer a deeper integration.  Discussion of applications and nuances in practice.

8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM—12:15 PM Working with the medicine wheel The traditional use of the four cornered "medicine" wheel will be examined along with how this may be utilized in psychotherapy to promote balance, encourage shifting approaches to issues and understand character development. Experiential component will introduce the points of the wheel and associated qualities, life cycles and psychological processes. Summary discussion will include clinical examples of application.
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Departure

Arrival and Departure
Check-in and access to accommodations is on Friday from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Guests are requested to be checked out of their room by lunchtime on Sunday. For more information on directions and transportation, see Plan Your Stay.

CE Credits
19 CECs for this workshop are available to RNs, MFTs, LCSWs, and psychologists.

Further Information
Please email or call 707-779-8202.

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