Contemplation in the Web of Life:
Intercommunion in the
More-than-Human World

July 2 – 6, 2008

Far Horizons in the Sierras
Retreat Center
Near Sequoia National Park, CA

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Most of us live lives that are cut off from the primary source of our sustenance: nature and the natural processes that create abundance on our planet.  When we get into a natural setting such as the Sierra Nevada, we know that something very nourishing and beneficial occurs, yet we may not be accustomed to accessing all it has to offer–or what we might have to offer in such a place.

Using contemplative techniques that enhance communication between human and nature, we will explore our experience of ourselves in the outdoors and deepen our connection to the life around us.  We will awaken ourselves to the web of life and become participants in the more-than-human world.

Participation in this program will offer:

A deepened connection with nature and increased awareness of the interdependence of all living forms on our planet

Accessing the natural surroundings in ways that support self-esteem and enhanced self-image

Reducing stress and increasing relaxation by nurturing a relationship to the environment

Promoting the ability to focus, concentrate, and maintain mental clarity

Strengthening of nature intelligence

Enhanced sensory awareness

Increased skill in nonverbal communication with natural entities

Facilitation of spiritual awareness through nature practices

This course meets the qualifications for 14 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

 In addition to the above-mentioned offerings, this training will offer to licensed therapists:

  • Group facilitation methods
  • Introduction to principles of ecopsychology
  • Use of poetry and story in faciliting discussion of personal material
  • Methods of stress reduction and relaxation to reduce anxiety
  • Exploring the spiritual element in psychotherapy
  • Facilitating mindfulness as a source of relaxation and self-awareness
  • CEUs provided by BBS provider # PCE 3783,

Thomas McGee, L.C.S.W.