• 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

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.

P1010008This six 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.

** CEU Hours Available for MFTs & LCSWs  **


The Details

When: For 2017 there are 5 weekend SAMSUNGmeetings May 5-7, June 2-4, Aug 26-27, Sep 29- Oct 1, and Nov 4-5; and the wilderness immersion June 23-July 2.

Where: Marin Co. CA (weekends) and Lassen Volcanic or 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 $3497 (deposit $450). (For those in need, some payment plans & financial aid are available on a first-come, first-served basis). Early Bird Discount of $100 for registrations completed by Dec. 1, 2016.


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 $450 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: Download a Registration Form, complete it, and send it, along with your deposit or full payment to: Wilderness Reflections, P.O. Box 311, Fairfax, CA 94978.

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“The opportunity to put the work into practice as a co-guide with my fellow apprentices was certainly a highlight. Those experiences made the work sink into my being and take root in ways that felt very affirming and growthful, both personally and professionally. I learned that you can bring your deepest longings, needs, and desires to Mother Earth and she will guide you home to your true self and provide the healing and mirroring you need.

Your 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, 2014