Ecotherapy Training Retreats

Two New Ecotherapy Training Retreats in Texas allow you to receive CEU training (including ethics) in the emerging field of ecotherapy without having to travel out-of-state.

Same great training, two dates to choose from: April 22nd or May 20th. Click HERE to register for either training.

Ecotherapy for Clinicians: Integrating Ecotherapy into Clinical Practice


Ecotherapy allows clinicians a framework in which to offer nature-based therapies to their clients. Decades of research clearly demonstrates the positive effect nature has on mental health and well-being. Integrating nature as a co-therapist into the therapeutic process allows clinicians unique and holistic opportunities for exploring insight, growth, and healing.

Participants can expect to:

  • Receive a variety of practical ecotherapy techniques to help you begin offering ecotherapy to clients
  • Have rich opportunities to practice ecotherapy approaches and techniques
  • Learn and discuss how to add ecotherapy to your work ethically
  • Enjoy opportunities for networking and connecting with other therapists who share a desire to bring the natural world into clients’ healing and growth
  • Become a part of a growing network of Austin-area ecotherapists
  • Enjoy restorative and relaxing time in nature for personal and professional nourishment

You will also:

  • Set yourself and your practice apart
  • Be able to offer clients a unique approach
  • Be able to immediately begin offering ecotherapy to your clients
  • Become a part of an innovative, creative field which is thriving in other states and countries, yet is newly emerging in Texas
  • Learn an approach which lets you to work outside in the fresh air!

About the Lost Pines of Texas

The April training retreat will be held at a beautiful and peaceful private location near Bastrop in the Lost Pines ecoregion of Texas; the May training retreat will also be held near Bastrop at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. This is a unique area which supports a distinct mixture of geology, soils, and plants and animals. Many wonderful animals live in or migrate through this location, finding the food, water, and protection they need to survive. Pileated woodpeckers, Cooper’s hawks, bullfrogs, and coyotes are but a few of the animals who make their homes in this area.

Who: Open to all therapists and counseling graduate students. Limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is required.

When: Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (it’s Earth Day!) and Saturday, May 20th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

CEUs: 6 total CEUs (1.25 ethics) for MSWs, LPCs, and LMFTs*

Cost: $150 for professionals and $75 for Students and Interns (Early Bird), includes lunch. Scholarship opportunity available for both retreats.

Registration: Click here to register for either training. If you prefer to register offline, contact Amy at or 830-613-1650.

*This workshop has been approved for continuing education credit for Social Workers by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. LPC Approval Provider #2879. LMFT Approval Provider #1058.

What people have said about Amy’s workshops:

“I loved Amy’s talk.  She gave me so many ideas to help clients. Her talk even helped me to see the benefit of me not just going on hikes occasionally on weekends but also building in small moments of ecotherapy for myself daily as part of good self-care.” – Jennifer, Clinical Psychologist  

 “Amy has the remarkable gift of gentle and thoughtful guidance. She is a beautifully skilled and intuitive facilitator.” – Jane, ecotherapy workshop participant

“Amy’s retreat was fabulous.  She is really a gifted presenter, and a deep thinker and connector.  Her gifts were well received and much appreciated by (our group).” – Sue, retreat participant

A hearty thank-you to Starlite Recovery Center for sponsoring the May training retreat! Please check out their website to see why they are celebrating 60 years of success!


New Ecotherapy Conference – Registration Now Open!

Nature as Co-therapist: Incorporating Nature Connection into Therapeutic Work with Children and Adults

When: June 3rd, 2017

Where: Wildrock, a new non-profit ecotherapy center in Crozet, Virginia (near Charlottesville)

Cost: $85 for full-day training

Please join me in Viriginia this summer for this unique and wonderful CEU Training Conference! I am not aware of any ecotherapy training that offers two tracks to choose from: ecotherapy for children and ecotherapy for adults. I’ll be teaching the adult track, and we will be spending a lot of time outside in a very beautiful location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

There is a lively, growing group of ecotherapists in the Charlottesville area, including professors from the College of William & Mary and University of Richmond, and many of them are involved in helping Wildrock to grow because of its unique mission and beautiful and rich land that is perfect for clinical and non-clinical ecotherapy work. This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other ecotherapists, learn about the work other ecotherapists are doing, and gain new techniques and knowledge for doing ecotherapy work with adults or children. 

Whether you are able to go or not, please do check out Wildrock’s web page and Facebook page – you are sure to be inspired, as they are doing all kinds of wonderful work with diverse groups: children, adults, families, college students, refugees, Veterans, survivors of abuse and other traumas, and the list goes on!

For more information or to register, contact: Carolyn Schuyler, LCSW, at cswildrock (at) gmail (dot) com

Also in Texas, coming this Fall: Nature Connection: An Ecotherapy Experience

On October 21st, Tammy Brown, LCSW, CGP, will be offering a CEU ecotherapy training retreat at the same beautiful private ranch where the April 22nd training retreat will be held. Nature Connection: An Ecotherapy Experience will explore mindfulness and creativity in nature. More information to come later this spring or summer.

Or, contact Tammy at: or 512-327-5001 to learn more.

Advanced Training Retreat in Virginia:

Ecotherapy Certificate and Training Program: A Five-Day Immersion in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Experience a land-based immersion in Ecotherapy that will support you to integrate Earth-focused practices into your own therapeutic style, and deepen your personal relationship with nature.

Receive and practice a variety of Ecotherapy interventions, and leave with Earth-based personal practices to sustain yourself and support your clients. 

Learn about: Earth dream exploration, Somatic Ecotherapy, evidence-based research in Ecotherapy, Mirroring from the four directions, Eco-grief work, Authentic Movement in Nature, Mindfulness in nature, attachment to a sense of place, and working with creativity in nature. 

This training will present principles, skills, and experiences primarily through a Somatic Ecotherapy perspective.  It will integrate: teaching, dialogue, practice, and peer support and feedback, as well as time for personal nature connection, networking, rest and rejuvenation. 

Also included are these special elements:

  • an indigenous-based sweat lodge
  • fire drum circle
  • a field trip to a wild natural area

This program is designed for: licensed clinicians and interns, counseling professionals, coaches, ministers, teachers, allied health professionals, healers, doulas and more.

When: July 30-August 4, 2017

Where: Sevenoaks Retreat Center, a 120-acre forest sanctuary with majestic 300 year-old oaks, a serene turtle and frog pond, and 1,200 feet of river frontage on the Rapidan River. It is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, VA.

35 CEUs available for MFTs, LPCCs and /or LCSWs

Three partial scholarships available

For more information or to register, click HERE

I hope you’ll join us for these nourishing training retreats!

Clinical Consulting

If you would like to schedule individual time to talk about your specific work or practice, you might consider scheduling a consulting appointment. Options for consultation can include: discussing how to integrate ecotherapy into your work in a way that is unique and customized to you, visiting your office to identify outside ecotherapy interventions, or individualized case consultation about using ecotherapy with a particular client.

Consultations can be done on the phone or in person. My fee for telephone consulting is $75 for an hour. For consultations that involve traveling, there will be an additional mileage fee, based on the standard state mileage reimbursement. For most areas within 30 miles from my office in Marble Falls, the rate will be around $25.

To schedule a consult, please call me at (830) 613-1650.