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Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute & Nature Knows

KATIE ASMUS, MA, LPC, BMP, directs, teaches, supervises therapists, leads rites of passage, and sees private practice clients through her business The Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute (SWTI), a multi-dimensional therapeutic and educationally-based organization that incorporates Wilderness and Body-Centered Psychotherapies in Boulder, Colorado. HAAWEATEA HOLLY BRYSON, MA, specializes in transformation, trauma and life transition. She works with individuals and families as a Therapist, Māori Healing practitioner, Rite of Passage Trainer, and Vision Quest guide. Nature Knows base and practitioner family is across Hawai'i, Australia and Aotearoa (NZ). She has worked with communities toward the ressurgence of Rites of Passage across Australia, Aotearoa, China, the US, and Hawai'i.

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About this course

Intro to Therapeutic Nature-based Interventions: 

Theory and Tools to Immediately Apply In and Out-of-Doors

8-Week Online Training For: Therapists, Coaches, Educators and Healers

Do you inherently know the power of nature & have a hunch it would benefit those you work with?

Are you wanting to add nature-based interventions to your toolkit for working with others?

Do you want to spend more quality time in relationship with the natural world as you support others’ health & wellness?

Do want to feel confident offering therapeutic, nature-based experiences in a safe & ethical way?

Join us in this course to obtain essential skills & knowledge of fundamental nature-based therapeutic practices.


Through didactic presentation, active discussion and experiential learning, you will get:

  • A deepening of your own personal relationship with the Natural World
  • An overview of nature-based therapy theory and practice
  • Introduction to experiential facilitation skills
  • A variety of nature-based experiential exercises that you can immediately apply in your work with others both indoors and outdoors
  • Guidance for assessing and creating interventions to match therapeutic goals
  • Considerations for taking individuals outdoors (ethics, logistics, guidelines)
  • Clarity and inspiration for your next steps

Please note: to best support each student,  course size is limited to 25.  This training is designed to be experienced live. Lessons will be recorded, but we ask that you miss no more than a maximum of 3 live sessions.


Rebekah (Bekah) Phipps, MS, CMHC

Bekah comes from a background in outdoor education and wilderness therapy, which has influenced her therapeutic style to integrate nature and experiential activities into the therapeutic process. While guiding and facilitating group processes in outdoor education, she began to experience the transformative power of guiding individuals and groups through outdoor/adventure-based experiences. She went on to deepen her therapeutic knowledge and skill set by pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy and somatic psychology from Prescott College. From there she has worked in Residential, Wilderness Therapy and private practice settings. These experiences have led her to approach mental health from a trauma-informed, holistic point of view while guiding clients toward a deeper understanding of themselves and their individual resilience.

Bekah has experience with adolescents and adults of all ages who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, neurodevelopment/executive functioning challenges, grief/loss, some substance use, identity development, as well as relational difficulties. She is certified in the Trauma Resiliency Model – Level 1, and has completed training in the Neuro Affective Relational Model (ongoing).


When: 8 consecutive weekly meetings 4 – 6pm MT, Wednesdays, Sept 7th - Oct 26th, 2022

We will gather online in a Zoom video classroom. 

Tuition Investment: $479

Email us at to ask about a full-time student discount or partial equity scholarships.


We are happy to address any questions you may have about the course in advance of your registration. Note that due to the nature of this course with a maximum capacity for enrollment, we do not offer refunds once you have registered. We thank you for respecting this policy.