Ecotherapy & the Work That Reconnects

Ecotherapy & the Work That Reconnects


In this course, we will explore Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects (WTR) through an ecotherapeutic lens to help us better face the ecological realities of our day, develop psycho-emotional resilience, and deepen our Earth reconnection practices in service of others. With over 40 years since its inception, the WTR is considered a pioneering group methodology that has helped thousands of people overcome apathy and despair, tap into the self-healing qualities of nature, and act on behalf of the web of life.

Either for personal inspiration, community empowerment or to support your client’s journey, the WTR provides a solid, compassionate framework out of which a renewed sense of who we are and who we might become emerges. This fresh perspective often brings about an enlarged sense of purpose and direction, as well as newly available psycho-emotional resources nurtured by a sense of belonging to Earth’s community.  

The course integrates group work, theoretical sessions, meditation, consultations, ritual, work at home, and Earth reconnection practices for self-discovery and healing. All this within a compassionate atmosphere that invites the openness and determination needed to enter into a more fulfilling relation with the living Earth, within and without. 

What will you learn?

  • A solid framework to foster personal eco-resiliency and community empowerment
  • Time-tested practices to incorporate to your ecotherapy practice or nature-based counseling/coaching
  • Transformative approaches to face eco-grief, despair, and environmental loss
  • A renewed sense of inspiration to act on behalf of life
  • A deepening of your own Earth Reconnection practices in service of wellbeing and healing

Program Details

Two-month Duration

Six Two-hour Classes

Two 60-minute Small Group Sessions

One Individual 30-Minute Session

Reading Materials & Multimedia Resources

Intimate Learning Community

Approx. 4 Hour Commitment Time per Week

100% Online

Structure & Calendar

The course structure is informed by the four phases of the Work That Reconnects (WTR) Spiral; an archetypal structure that helps mobilize inner resources and facilitate the emergence of more environmentally sound and psychologically viable attitudes and behaviors. In addition, there’s an ongoing exploration of the synergy between Ecotherapy and the WTR throughout the different sessions.

The course is composed of 6 two-hour classes, two 60-minute small group sessions, and one individual 30-minute session—all distributed in two months. Ongoing engagement takes place via a virtual classroom on the Teachable platform.

1Roots of Resilience: Choosing LifeSept 22nd, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PST)
2Gratitude & Earth ReconnectionSept 29th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PST)
3Pain the Size of EarthOct 6th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PST)
4Small Group SessionsOct 11-15, TBD
5Greening of the SelfOct 20th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PST)
6Integrating our Ecological NicheOct 27th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PST)
7Applications & Ecotherapeutic InterventionsNov 3rd, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PST)
8One-on-One SessionsNov 8-10, TBD

Who’s the Course For?

Everyone interested in deepening their own nature reconnection practices and service, as well as health care and counseling professionals, teachers, coaches, and wellness practitioners interested in incorporating the theory and practices of the Work That Reconnects in beneficial ways to clients or patients.

People of any gender identity, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, and economic circumstance are welcomed.


  • $397 USD (one time payment)
  • Two 50% scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis (please contact us directly)
  • To register, follow the two simple steps found in the Registration section below.

There’s a minimum of 8 people for the course to run.

About the Teacher

Adrián Villaseñor Galarza

Adrián is an eco-psychologist, international facilitator, author, academic contributor, ritualist, and contemplative practitioner. He holds a master’s degree in Holistic Science (UK) and a doctorate in Ecology, Psychology and Consciousness (USA). He has trained in various therapeutic modalities, including contemplative psychotherapy (USA) and systemic and transpersonal therapy (Spain, USA, Mexico).

Adrián’s work is considered a Latin American reference when it comes to Deep Ecology, Ecopsychology, and Earth-based Spirituality. His work is inspired by his experiences with native traditions of the Americas, his contemplative practice, and his animistic sensibility (click here to learn more).


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The course is sponsored by the Earth Body Institute & the Bioalchemy Institute