“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

An opportunity to build on your knowledge, and explore your ability to put these skills into practice with a variety of populations and needs.

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!

“This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s capacity to build nature connection ethically into their practice, regardless of one’s level of past experience. Katy, Dave, and supporting staff blend intellectual and embodied engagement through a variety of activities fostering exploration, growth, and reflection on individual and group levels.”  participant, spring 2022

Module 1: June 2nd and 3rd, 2022

Nature-based therapy foundations and group processes

Module 2: June 4th and 5th, 2022

Working with Children, youth and families in the outdoors

(This module must be taken with Module 1)

Location: Marys Lake Sanctuary

These modules are designed to assist you to further your knowledge and skills from the Introduction course and translate the online learning into embodied practices.

Days 1 and 2 (Topics likely covered)

  • Nature as co-therapist – learning how to collaborate with nature
  • Assessment, logistics, planning and risk management
  • Exploration of how NBT can address specific mental health concerns
  • Self-designed Ceremonies
  • Opportunities for practice, reflection and experiential integration

COST: $350 regular, $300 for students/lower income

Days 3 and 4

  • Attachment theory and nature-based therapy
  • Working with children, youth and families
  • Challenge, Risk, Adventure and Play
  • Take away a tool box filled with games, activities and interventions

COST: $650 for all 4 days, or $600 for students/lower income

** Prerequisite: completion of Introduction to Nature-Based Therapy Course

(no continuing education credits available at this time)

After registering, please e-transfer your full payment to [email protected] (password: Nature) to reserve your spot. Receipts will be issued upon payment.

* Prerequisite: completion of Introduction to Nature-Based Therapy Course. (no continuing education credits available at this time)

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

This will be updated as we get closer to the date of the event.

Workshop Information


Module 1 June 2nd & 3rd, Module 2 June 4th and 5th, 2022


Mary's Lake Sanctuary in the Highlands of greater Victoria, BC


Module 1: $350, Student rate of $300, Module 1 & 2: $650, Students $600

Registration Information

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After registering, be sure to e-transfer your payment to [email protected]