• August 28, 2022
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Urban Adamah
    1151 Sixth Street
    Berkeley, CA 94710
Add to Calendar 08/28/2022 10:00 am 08/28/2022 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Exploring Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy Join psychologist and expressive arts expert Cathy Malchiodi for an experiential, in-person workshop at Berkeley’s Urban Adamah Farm on expressive arts therapy. Urban Adamah
1151 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Regular Registration: $100–$180
Member Registration: $80–$144
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Six CEUs available for purchase after registration


  • This workshop is being hosted in-person only and will not be recorded to maintain the privacy of all attendees. 
  • More information about how to prepare will be sent to registrants in advance, but we encourage you to email publicprograms@ciis.edu if you have questions. 

For in-person events we require all guests and staff to be fully vaccinated. All patrons must present a vaccination card along with a matching photo ID. We will follow the best practices laid out by CDC and San Francisco County to minimize the spread of COVID and will continue to revise our policies as the situation changes.

For verification purposes you are considered to be “fully vaccinated” two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  

This event will take place entirely outdoors and masks will not be required, although they are welcome. Updates on these requirements will be sent in emails to registrants prior to the event start date.

Six CEU credits are available for an additional fee of $30. After you register for the workshop, your confirmation email from Eventbrite will contain a link to the site where you can purchase the CEUs from our co-sponsor, Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). CEUs may be purchased at any time before the workshop, but only those who have purchased in advance will receive the credits. See below for details.

If you need to request accessibility accommodations, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu at least one week prior to the event. For more information, explore our Accessibility web page. 

Nature therapy—sometimes referred to as ecotherapy, forest therapy, forest bathing, grounding, or earthing—encompasses multiple cultural traditions and describes a broad group of techniques or treatments that focus on nature as a source for improving emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The evidence for the healing potential of these practices is rapidly increasing and demonstrating improvement in overall quality of life, pain and stress reduction, nervous system recovery, increased mindfulness, and enhanced self-efficacy, compassion, cognition, resilience, and sense of self. 

Join psychologist and expressive arts expert Cathy Malchiodi for an experiential, in-person workshop at Berkeley’s Urban Adamah Farm on expressive arts therapy within the context of nature-based approaches to health and well-being. Cathy shares how nature-based approaches support regulation, synchrony, and restoration of the self. Learn how nature helps us experience a transcendent sense of awe and improves the immune system as well as how encounters with nature support bilateral stimulation and sensory integration through sound, rhythm, and synchrony. 

In this workshop participants learn three core expressive arts therapies frameworks through nature-based approaches. First, is the Circle of Capacity as a model for centralizing the restorative experiences of joy, enlivenment, play, curiosity, and empathy found in nature-based experiences. This is followed by an exploration of four fundamental components of expressive arts in supporting health and well-being—self-regulation, co-regulation, exploration, and restoration—and the interconnections between these socioemotional and somatic states.  

Finally, a four-part, multi-dimensional model for movement, sound, storytelling, and silence within the context of culture, community, and relationship is both explained and experienced. An introduction to somatosensory, sensorimotor, and bilateral stimulation methods, attention to cultural and ecological humility, and evidence-based research as key resources for nature-oriented work are foundations for overall content and hands-on practices throughout the day. 

Gaining a deeper understanding of the interconnections and intersections of expressive arts therapies and nature is important to all practitioners professionally, and to all of us personally, for repair and restoration of the self. This course is appropriate for mental health and healthcare practitioners and facilitators, educators, and any individuals interested in bringing nature-based expressive arts into their lives for health and wellness. 
Alongside introductions and explorations of core expressive arts therapies and resources, an acknowledgement of our personal and collective experiences of climate grief, and the meaning of “nature privilege” are engaged with during the workshop. 

Teachings in this workshop are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

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Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, REAT
, is the executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, the 2022 Cecil and Eda Green Honors Chair on trauma and expressive arts, and an investigator on a five-year grant with the US Department of Education, integrating trauma-informed expressive arts into classrooms. A popular presenter and workshop leader, she’s given over 700 invited keynotes and workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. She has authored 20 books, including the bestselling Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and Understanding Children’s Drawings. Her publications have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this course, participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe nature-based expressive arts therapy as a unique domain and approach to health and well-being.
  2. Explain the MSSS Model of expressive arts therapy.
  3. List the four functions of expressive art therapy.
  4. Discuss the Circle of Capacity Model in trauma-informed practice and in self-care practices.
  5. Describe somatosensory, sensory integration, and bilateral stimulation in the context of nature-based approaches.
  6. Demonstrate at least three nature-based expressive arts practices that support rhythm, movement, sound, storytelling, and silence/self-regulation.
  7. Describe at least three evidence-based studies that support the inclusion of nature-based approaches in psychotherapy, counseling, facilitation, and self-care.
  8. Apply at least three nature-based expressive arts therapy approaches to support health and well-being.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals 

Six CEU credits are available for an additional fee of $30. After you register for the workshop, your confirmation email from Eventbrite will contain a link to the site where you can purchase the CEUs from our co-sponsor, Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). CEUs may be purchased at any time before the workshop, but only those who have purchased in advance will receive credits. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue CEUs retroactively. 

  • CEU credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CEU credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CEU by the American Psychological Association.  
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CEUs by the American Psychological Association. 
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes. SCA is an approved CEU provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196). 
  • For questions about completing the CEU evaluation materials for this course, as well as receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact CIIS Public Programs at publicprograms@ciis.edu. For questions about CEUs, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com. 

About Urban Adamah

Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, mindfulness, sustainable agriculture, and social action to build loving, just, and sustainable communities. They provide training programs, educational workshops, and community celebrations for more than 15,000 visitors annually.

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