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Reciprocal Healing: Nature, Health, and Wild Vitality

November 5, 2019 - November 8, 2019

Check out Reciprocal Healing: Nature, Health, and Wild Vitality, where our very own Dr. Michael Finkelstein will be presenting!

“Our goal is to illuminate the healing ground that lies at the confluence of natural history, medicine, and psychology. From this common ground we intend to grow the practices and associations that will foster the health of all life. Join us and help activate a coalition of engaged people to inspire and empower connections between disciplines. Interactions between naturalists and ecologists, psychologists, physicians, educators, artists, writers, and advocates will light a path that connects humans and nature through healing both the human and more-than-human world. This national confluence is dedicated to nurturing a sense of hope grounded in tangible, actionable outcomes. Participants will benefit from inspiration, innovation, cross-pollination, and depth in both plenary and breakout sessions. ”

The Place
We will gather in the presence of the red rock of Sedona, Arizona, at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center ( on the western margin of the Mogollon Highlands, one of the most biologically diverse ecoregions in North America—at the juncture of a continental-scale biogeographic crossroads. Where plants from Mexico meet those from Canada, where biota from the coast meet that from the Great Plains. And geologic richness: where sandstone touches granite veins, and snow peaks rise from the desert. This is a region that has been a mixing zone of cultures for thousands of years. A perfect place to bring ideas together with intention and to clarify a vision and practices for reciprocal healing.

The gathering will be structured as a confluence between three primary tributaries— medicine, psychology, and natural history—with a rhythm of alternating plenary presentations from inspiring speakers and illuminating panels, smaller field workshops, and open space for emergent ideas. Throughout the 4 days and 3 nights of the gathering, we’ll integrate intellect, spirit, and experience while intertwining contemplation and wild nature. We anticipate almost 200 participants, from across North America and beyond.

We intend to emerge with the strategies and skills to take this work into the wider world. The academic journal Ecopsychology has committed to engagement with this conference, with the intention of publishing a special section deriving from the gathering.

Early Bird registration is $695 and available until July 10th, or until the limited number of early bird spaces are filled.

Full registration is $945 and available until September 1st, or until all spaces are filled.

The registration fee covers your confluence attendance, accommodations at the retreat center for three nights, and all meals and snacks.

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November 5, 2019
November 8, 2019


Natural HIstory Institute
Sedona, Arizona + Google Map