Do you enjoy nature? Have you ever been camping, hiking or canoeing? Do you enjoy hunting and fishing? If so, you are probably already aware of nature’s power to relax and heal. A large and growing body of research demonstrates that nature is good for the mind as well as the body. Ecopsychology is the study of nature’s ability to heal. Ecotherapy is the application of ecopsychology in a therapeutic setting.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the moment in which you find yourself by focusing on your immediate experience, rather than on ruminations that may be producing stress depression, or anxiety. The benefits of mindfulness as a tool for stress reduction and self-improvement have been thoroughly researched. Mindfulness works so well in this capacity that it has been referred to as the “penicillin of mental health.”
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) is a blending of Mindfulness and Ecopsychology.
MBE is used as a framework for helping individuals and families to find deeper connections in their own lives, and to give more meaning and enjoyment to the activities of daily living. By re-integrating ourselves with nature, we are able to tap into nature’s healing power and to heal the earth as we heal ourselves.
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook and the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workshop series were developed by Charlton Hall, LMFT/S, RPT-S, CHt as a 12-week program to help individuals re-connect with the healing power of nature. This four-part training for Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy for mental health professionals teaches you all the basic skills you need to facilitate the 12-session Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) workshops. It is the central component of the MBE Facilitator Training Program for certification in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy.
PRE-REGISTER FOR ALL FOUR SEMINARS $199.95
(No refunds if you cannot attend all four seminars)
The course series of four seminars will be taught on four Saturdays in May and June. Each of these four sessions is a stand-alone CEU opportunity offering 6.25 hours of continuing education for a total of 25 hours of education. Certificates of completion good for 6.25 hours will be awarded at each session. You do not have to attend all four seminars to get credit for attending any of the seminars in the series; however if you register for all four seminars at once there are no refunds if you cannot attend one of the sessions.
The seminars will be held outdoors at the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve north of Greenville, South Carolina in the Cleveland Community near the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area.
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part A
Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wise Mind and Wise Body
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part B
Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Living in the Now
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part C
Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nature as Metaphor
Nature as Teacher
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice Part D
Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nature as Nurture
Nature as Healer
Living in True Self
HOW TO DRESS:
The seminars are held outdoors. Dress casually for hiking trails. Comfortable dress and sturdy boots and/or walking shoes. You may also wish to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, and water bottles.
WHAT TO BRING:
The seminars will be held at Bald Rock Heritage Preserve near Greenville, SC (see directions below). You may wish to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, notebook, pens or pencils, water bottles, snacks (like trail mix, etc.) and a portable chair or blanket for sitting. Bald Rock is a granite outcropping, so be aware that if you don’t bring a chair or blanket you will be sitting on granite for the duration of the 6.25 hour session!
Lunch is not provided. The sessions will be held at Bald Rock near Caesar’s Head State Park. The only easily accessible restaurant in the area is the Mountain House Restaurant. If you would prefer not to join us for lunch at the Mountain House, it is recommended that you bring a bag lunch. This is a fairly remote area, so please plan accordingly.
In case of light rain, the outdoor workshops in August will continue, so please bring appropriate rain gear and/or an umbrella. In case of inclement weather (thunderstorms, etc.) make-up days will be scheduled in September.
The sessions will be held at the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve off of Highway 276 near Caesar’s Head State Park. Directions are below. When you arrive at the park, walk across the bridge onto the rock. The Facilitator, Chuck Hall, will be wearing a tie-dyed t-shirt. We will meet promptly at 9 a.m. at the rock. If you arrive late, we will be sitting in the grove of trees to your left, across the rock. Telephone service is spotty, so please plan ahead.
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Manual
(The text of the workbook is contained within the facilitator manual, so there is no need to purchase both books. If you intend to pursue certification as a facilitator, you may wish to purchase the facilitator manual, which contains tips and instructions on how to run a successful group).
There are 6 scholarships available for interested participants. If you are awarded a scholarship you get free tuition for any of the four seminars you assist in, plus a free copy of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook. Scholarship recipients will be assigned light duties assisting the instructor during each workshop. Scholarship recipients also receive free continuing education credit for each session attended.
You may register here on the website for payment. If you would prefer to pay by mail, please send a check for $199.95 payable to the Mindful Ecotherapy Center to the following address:
Mindful Ecotherapy Center
PO Box 102
Cleveland SC 29635
THIS SEMINAR SERIES IS PRE-REGISTER ONLY! TICKETS NOT AVAILABLE ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT!
Registration closes on May 1, 2018 at midnight. Please send your payment in before this time! Any payments not received by the deadline will not insure registration!
CERTIFICATION IN MINDFULNESS-BASED ECOTHERAPY
The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice series is a requirement for certification in MBE. The full list of requirements for certifications is as follows:
The MBE Facilitator Training Program is a 50-hour program that includes the following courses:
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy in Clinical Practice – 25 hours (Parts A-D)
Mindfulness: An Introduction – 10 hours
Ecotherapy: An Introduction – 10 hours
Group Dynamics and Facilitation – 5 hours