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Saturday November 12, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST
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Redwood Park, Oakland Hills
Canyon Meadow Staging Area Parking lot
Oakland, CA


***We will meet in the third and last parking lot Canyon Meadow Staging Area parking lot at Redwood Regional Park, Redwood Gate in Oakland .

Park directions: There are several entrances to Redwood Regional Park. We will meet at the main entrance, Redwood Gate, which is on Redwood Road in Oakland about two miles east of Skyline Blvd. From Oakland on Highway 13, take the Redwood Road exit and go east (uphill). At the top of the hill you will cross Skyline Boulevard and pass the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Center on the right. Farther along you will pass Piedmont Stables on the left. Big Bear Staging Area will be on the right about one and one-half miles from Skyline Boulevard, followed by MacDonald Staging Area on the right and Redwood Gate on the left (seasonal parking fee). 


Ariana Candell
The Earthbody Institute

Introduction to Somatic Ecotherapy Workshop


**Due to unforseen circumstances, this workshop is postponed until December 4th -new information will be sent out by 11/15

Step away from your busy urban life-
into a slower, softer world of redwoods, elms and oaks

-Learn about the Earth-affirming field of Ecotherapy.

-Gain personal and professional nature-based practices to nourish yourself and your clients.

-Hear why it is crucial to include an Earth-centered perspective for these times on our planet

-Experience the wholeness and depth of an Earth-loving community.

-Find out about the new Ecotherapy Certifications in Northern California, Hawaii, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  Saturday, November 12th 

10am-1pm in Redwood Park, Oakland Hills


Enjoy a rejuvenating morning in a magical circle of Redwoods 

Experience grounding, nourishing, sensory connections with Nature 

Learn 3 easy Somatic Ecotherapy techniques to integrate into your practice


You work hard supporting others. 

It’s time to nourish yourself

Cost: Only $30      BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE



I had a lot of questions about how to bring my clients into the Ecotherapy process, and after working with Ariana, I felt well equipped both personally and professionally to bring clients outside. Ariana really embodies her love for Ecotherapy through her teaching and she sensitively holds the space for learning...  I highly recommend working with Ariana.” Aimee T., Somatic LMFT 

 "Ariana has been an extraordinary mentor and guide for me during my year long internship in her Ecotherapy Program. She has inspired me to deepen my connection with nature and has fully supported me in discovering my own unique voice as an Ecotherapist. During my time working with her I received the skills, resources, and support that I needed to emerge confidently into the field of Ecotherapy."  Andrea Livingston, M.A.

“Participating in the Year-long Ecotherapy Training with Ariana is teaching me to bring the healing aspects of nature into my work with clients, inside and outside of the office. I have always found profound spiritual resource in nature and am learning how to facilitate that kind of connection for my clients. This process has built my confidence as a therapist and increased my ability to connect with my clients.”  Niralli D'Costa, MFT

Workshop details: 

Ecotherapy Techniques A multitude of evidence-based studies have proven the benefits of connecting with Nature to help with depression, stress, mental fatigue, emotional trauma, and eating disorder symptoms, to name a few.(Chalquist & Buzzell, 2009, Ecotherapy) Supporting people to reconnect to Nature has far-reaching benefits not only for our clients and their loved ones, but shifting consciousness towards greater care of our planet. Join Ariana to learn 3 easy ways to integrate Somatic Earth-based techniques in your practice. 

Authentic Movement in Nature Explore the unfolding adventure of your body. Experience your essential Self by following your impulses, sensations, images, and feelings. Feel held by the attentive witnessing of human partners as well as the gentle presence of the trees, creatures and land around you.


Ariana Candell, LMFT, R-DMT, Ecotherapist is a psychotherapist and a pioneer in the emerging field of Somatic Ecotherapy. Her passion is to transform the field of psychotherapy to include connecting to the natural world as an essential part of healing. Ariana is the founder and leader of a groundbreaking Ecotherapy Training and Certificate Program, now entering its third year. She facilitates workshops locally and internationally, including Online Ecotherapy Certificate Programs, Somatic Ecotherapy Consultation Groups, and seasonal outdoor retreats. She is also an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University. 

 A licensed therapist since 1995, Ariana adores taking individuals and groups into the East Bay hills for Ecotherapy, as well as bringing the power of nature indoors to her private practice in Berkeley. Her main therapeutic influences include Hakomi, Somatic Ecotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy . She has trained with The School of Lost Borders and is devoted to a daily spiritual practice with nature.

Lili Nakita Kroutilina, MFTI, Ecotherapist,  will be assisting in the workshop. She completed Ariana’s 100-hour Ecotherapy Certification, and has been assisting her with trainings and workshops for over a year. Lili has worked in the mental health field with youth, adults, and the elderly for the last five years. She graduated from Sofia University with her Masters in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Creative Expression. An active teacher and practitioner of mindfulness meditation, she also has diverse experience working with individuals in the wilderness. Lili considers her relationship to the earth a sacred, spiritual practice that she hopes to inspire in others.