Human-Nature Counselling Society


Advancing skills in Nature-Based Therapy

An opportunity to build on your knowledge, and explore your ability to put these skills into practice with a variety of populations and needs.
May 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2021
Mary's Lake Sanctuary in the Highlands of greater Victoria, BC
$450 plus gst ($472.50), Student rate of $400 plus gst ($420), $35 per night for camping

Now that you have some introductory skills and ideas around how collaborating with nature can enhance your therapeutic practice, join us for a deeper immersion into the possibilities that nature-based therapy can hold for yourself and your clients.   Surrounded by the rolling creeks, huge firs, and green ferns of Marys Lake Sanctuary, we will play, practice, and grow our capacity to hold and transform psychological and emotional pain within this container of connection to self, community and Earth.   We hope you can join us!

Learning Outcomes

  • Taking the online learning into embodied practice
  • Nature as co-therapist – learning how to collaborate with nature
  • Specific applications: groups, family, children
  • Take away a tool box filled with games, activities and interventions
  • Exploration of how NBT can address specific mental health concerns
  • Opportunities for practice,  reflection and experiential integration

** Prerequisite: completion of Introduction to Nature-Based Therapy Course, or prior training in eco therapy/ecopsychology disciplines. (no continuing education credits available at this time)

After registering, be sure to e-transfer your payment to [email protected] (Password: Nature) to secure your spot.

Register here!

(Click the link above to register)

Camping Information

The reality of Covid 19 is such that we are no longer able to offer an evening/overnight program. However, if you are traveling and need a place to camp, this option is available.  The camping area is in a meadow surrounded by Cedars, Douglas firs, and broad leaf Maples.  Along with outhouses, there is also access to full washrooms (and shower), and an outdoor kitchen.  

Camping costs just $35 for the night, and you will need to complete a separate form, and submit it to Mary’s Lake to confirm camping.  Once you have registered for this training, we will email you the form and details for booking. 

*** Covid-19 Considerations:   At this point in time, BC is in a restricted phase of opening up, and thus only essential travel is permitted within the province. We recognize that this in-person course will be currently limited to those residing in close proximity to Victoria, BC.  Physical distancing and cleaning protocols will be maintained throughout the course, and participants will be responsible or their own food.  Number of people is capped at 12 to keep this manageable.   Participants are expected to by SYMPTOM FREE when they attend.  Any cancellations and changes due to illness, or restrictions imposed by the BC Health officer will be given a full refund. 

Participant Feedback:

“I just wanted to let you both know again how grateful I am to have been able to attend training with you both – it was so inspiring to witness each of your relationship with the land and your passion for this work. I am still processing our time together with the land and what it has meant to me. There are no words at this time that could properly articulate my thoughts and feelings, rather the only description would be something like: ‘ontological shifts in my spirit and sense of being’ (very spiritually powerful place that we were in, along with the impact and influence of the embodied practices). ”  Angela Scott, MA, RCC