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Training for Therapists - ACT in Nature Training Retreat - FALL 2024
Training for Therapists - ACT in Nature Training Retreat - FALL 2024

Fri, Sep 27


Le Couvent Val Morin

Training for Therapists - ACT in Nature Training Retreat - FALL 2024

Join us for an all-inclusive, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training and meditation retreat in nature.

Time & Location

Sep 27, 2024, 5:00 p.m. – Sep 29, 2024, 11:00 a.m.

Le Couvent Val Morin, 2062 Chem. de la Gare, Val-Morin, QC J0T 2R0, Canada

About the event

At this retreat, we will use nature as a background for training and practice in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness meditation.

This training will equip therapists with the foundational knowledge and practical skills necessary to implement ACT interventions in various professional settings.

This continuing education retreat is intended for practicing therapists, clinicians and interns and is recognized for 14 hours of continuing education credits with the Ordre de Psychologues du Quebec.

The retreat will be held at the stunning Couvent Val Morin

What you will get out of it:

In a beautiful setting where nature is easy to access, you will learn the Core Principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and various techniques and practices to support your clients in living a valued life.

To learn more about ACT and my approach, check out Mindfulness Outdoors.

What to expect:

  • Beautiful rooms and delicious food
  • Connecting with nature and yourself
  • Hanging out with other mindful therapists
  • Training on the Core Principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Training on practical applications of ACT across the lifespan

On the Agenda:

  • Outdoor yoga and movement
  • Mindful Hikes and meditative walks with attention to the nature that surrounds us.
  • Training workshops
  • Practice sessions
  • Forest bathing
  • Chilling outside by the fire
  • Chilling inside in the beautiful Inn
  • *More details about the agenda will be posted closer to the time of the event.

This is an all-inclusive retreat with catering provided.


  • Transportation is not provided by the retreat. 
  • For carpooling, we encourage you to check our Facebook page or email us at to coordinate with other participants. 

The Training

** This training is recognized for 14 hours of continuing education credits with the Ordre de Psychologues du Quebec.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers promising evidence-based techniques to support clients in living a value-based life. It can be particular useful for clients facing difficulties related to anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties.

Training Overview

The ACT in Nature Training Retreat will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of ACT principles and techniques while using the natural world as a backdrop to practice these techniques. Participants will learn how to use ACT to help clients develop psychological flexibility and enhance their well-being. This training will be particularly useful for therapists working with individuals with anxiety and anxiety-related disorders.

This training is for psychologists, psychotherapists and trainees who wish to expand their knowledge and clinical skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and ecopsychology.


No prior experience in ACT is required to attend this training. However, participants should have a basic understanding of general therapeutic principles, ethics and practices. Participants should have some prior supervised clinical experience (e.g., practicum, internship, and clinical practice).


14 hours over 2 days. The training will span over two consecutive days, with a total of 14 hours of instruction and interactive learning activities.

Course Objectives:

● Gain a solid understanding of the core principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

● Learn the key components of psychological flexibility and behavioural activation and how to foster it in clients.

● Practice the implementation of various ACT techniques and interventions, including mindfulness meditation, the ACT Matrix, and the Choice Point into therapeutic work.

● Understand the use of ecopsychology to enhance ACT practices and techniques.

● Explore the use of ACT with specific populations and age groups.

● Develop self-awareness and personal mindfulness practice to enhance therapeutic presence and effectiveness.

● By the end of this training, participants will have a strong foundation in ACT and will be equipped to integrate ACT principles and techniques into their therapeutic work.

Training Format

The training will be conducted in a workshop-style format, consisting of a combination of didactic presentations, experiential exercises, case studies, and group discussions. The facilitator will provide a supportive learning environment that encourages active participation and the integration of theory and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in mindfulness-based activities, various experiential techniques, and role-plays.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Stevenson is a clinical psychologist with 15 years of clinical experience in the public and private sectors. She has worked with a variety of age groups and has specific expertise in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. She also has a background in biology and biochemistry and uses aspects of ecopsychology to enhance the use of ACT and encourage experiential practice. She has been a clinical supervisor for the past 7 years, specializing in supervision in ACT and evidence-based practice for specific disorders (e.g., OCD, social anxiety, selective mutism et cetera).


  • Payment in Full

    Covers lodging, food, training, and retreat activities.

  • Pay by Installments

    Sale ends: Aug 26, 5:00 p.m.

    Reserve your spot by paying $300 now. You will receive an invoice for the remaining amount in July (due August 27th, 2024).




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