- Align your work with the healing powers of Nature and the innate wisdom of the body
- Learn cutting edge therapeutic approaches for city or wilderness work
- Join a community of like-minded colleagues in a transformational journey
- Directly experience the life-changing power of ecotherapy & rites of passage work
Blending the ancient ceremony of the wilderness quest with contemporary advances in ecopsychology and mindfulness-based therapy, this one-of-a-kind training is an opportunity to bring Nature into your counseling, coaching or healing work. With a curriculum informed by the ceremony of the wilderness quest, ecopsychology, Hakomi®, Somatic Experiencing® and other therapies, we’ll teach you an array of practices applicable to urban or wilderness settings. Over the course of our time together we’ll form a peer community that will nurture and support your personal growth and professional progress in the field of somatic ecopsychology.
This seven-month long training meets one weekend per month for two months leading up to a mid-summer wilderness quest and continues one weekend per month for three months after the quest. The wilderness quest is, in part, a time to give thanks to the earth and to ask for Nature’s guidance and blessing with others in an earth-based way. Readings, homework assignments and contact with colleagues will build program continuity across the duration of the training. We will also cover ecotherapeutic approaches more easily applied to urban and other non-wilderness settings.
Open to therapists, wilderness guides, coaches and anyone eager to work more somatically or in alignment with Nature’s healing powers, the Somatic Ecopsychology and Wilderness Quest Apprenticeship Program is ideal for people inspired to become ecotherapists or wilderness quest guides.
When: For 2020 there are 5 weekend meetings May 8-10, June 5-7, Aug 29-30, Oct. 9-11 and Nov.7-8; and the wilderness immersion July 3-12.
Where: Marin Co. CA (weekends) and Sequoia National Park, CA (wilderness trip)
What you need to provide: Personal hiking and camping gear (list to be provided); Some meals during weekends and wilderness trip.
Fee: Fee $3997 (deposit $500). (For those in need, some payment plans & financial aid are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Early Bird Discount of $300 for registrations completed by Dec. 20, 2019.
Dave Talamo, MFT is founder of Wilderness Reflections. He has over 30 years of experience guiding wilderness trips, works as a therapist with youth and adults, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. He is committed to the expression of joy and authenticity through the body and to helping others experience their own embodied selves in an intimate, ecstatic relationship with Nature. Dave is an innovator in the field of ecotherapy, and trains therapists in these practices. He trained in wilderness quest guiding with Steven Foster and Meredith Little and has apprenticed himself to wild places throughout North America.
Amy Biesemeyer, M.F.T. is a gifted and dynamic quest guide, weaving together her passions for Nature, ritual, singing/chanting and personal transformation. In her ten years of wilderness guiding, she has learned to gently and skillfully help others navigate the territory between comfort and challenge. Drawing upon mind-body practices, she enriches her work with meditation, expressive arts and movement. She has been trained by the School of Lost Borders, in the therapeutic use of the wilderness. She is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Wilderness First Responder. Nature is her teacher and sanctuary, and she is honored to guide others in the magical unfolding of their inner wilderness.
To Register: Send a $500 non-refundable deposit and a 1-page letter of intent stating why you wish to participate in the apprenticeship program to Wilderness Reflections, P.O. Box 311, Fairfax, CA 94978. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Balance of fees is non-refundable and non-transferable within 5 weeks of the start of the program.
Register by Mail: Send us the name of the program for which you’re registering, your name, address, phone number and email address, along with your deposit or full payment to: Wilderness Reflections, P.O. Box 311, Fairfax, CA 94978.
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“On this Apprenticeship Program I learned about my inherent capacity to be with others. I gained so much confidence in my capabilities and enhanced my desire to continue growing my skill set. I envision myself working with others in the wild in a way that I didn’t know even existed before this. This work is nourishing on a soul level and one that takes me directly to my heart center. I want to live and work for this place, always. And now it feels like I have more of a clear path of how to make that a reality.” ~Aviva Grossberg
“Meeting an entire group of amazing people was thrilling and heart-warming. I appreciated each person in the group and loved and grew from them. How wonderful to be surrounded, finally, by ‘my’ people, people who were as passionate and inspired by nature as I. I was inspired by Amy and Dave’s effective mixture of poetic mysticism and practical knowledge. It was helpful to see them work together and the ways in which they complimented and supported one another. Being gently guided by Dave and Amy brought me more down to earth and allowed a self-love that has remained.” ~Kassie Lennox
“The opportunity to put the work into practice as a co-guide with my fellow apprentices made the work sink into my being and take root in ways that felt very affirming and growthful, both personally and professionally.
Amy & Dave’s dedication and love of this work came through the entire 7 months. The weeklong vision fast was a gigantic highlight. It furthered my personal growth on many levels, nudging me forwards in ways that I needed to be nudged, helped me confront and move through fears and inner blockages to intimacy, and gave me numerous gifts of communion with Mother Earth that I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rob Shapera, MFT
“One of the most valuable things I gained from this program is learning the value of groups and their accepting process. The vision quest was certainly impactful. I feel more strength and confidence and feel I have built a positive useful resource within to be able to move more towards what I fear. Overall, I have built deeper connections with myself, others and nature through a space that is open and safe. This has been such a wonderful experience and probably the most helpful thing I have done so far. You both were such wonderful guides and you have fine-tuned yourselves and the program so well.” ~Michele Angelini