NOTE: This is NOT the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Course.
This course is for people who are not licensed mental health professionals but who are interested in exploring Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy skills. If there is no Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy group is available where you live, you may take this course to learn the skills. The course contains the complete text of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook and experiential exercises you may complete on your own.
If you are a licensed mental health professional interested in becoming a certified facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy, you may be interested in the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Facilitator Certification Course instead.
If you are not a licensed mental health professional, but are interested in training as an Ecospirituality Coach, you may wish to consider the Ecospirituality Coaching Certification Course instead.
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.
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-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) is a blending of Mindfulness and Ecopsychology. MBE uses nature to facilitate mindful awareness.
For those of you interested in learning more about mindfulness and ecopsychology, there is an extensive list of citations and references at the end of this book.
MBE is 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.
Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy consists of 12 skill sets. The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy program is a 12-week program, with one session per week. The skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy (MBE) include:
- Session 1: Mindful Awareness
- Session 2: Radical Acceptance
- Session 3: Wise Mind and Wise Body
- Session 4: Letting Go
- Session 5: Living in the Now
- Session 6: Centering
- Session 7: Connecting
- Session 8: Nature as Metaphor
- Session 9: Nature as Teacher
- Session 10: Nature as Nurture
- Session 11: Nature as Healer
- Session 12: Living in True Self
This course includes a pdf copy of the Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Workbook, plus audio meditations that supplement the text, and dozens of experiential exercises to complete on your own in nature. It’s an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy for those who may not have access to a program in their area.