Harnessing Nature's Power: Ecotherapy for Mental Wellness and Healing

Dates: October 13, 2023

Meets: F from 10:00 AM to 12 N

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - BIK 230-235

COURSE: $49.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


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In this interactive workshop, you will delve into the heart of ecotherapy and discover the profound role that nature plays in mental well-being and holistic healing. You will have the unique opportunity to explore the therapeutic benefits that green spaces and natural environments provide, fostering an understanding of the intrinsic connection between mental wellness and the natural world around us.


  1. Understand the principles and practices of ecotherapy and learn why green spaces are vital catalysts for mental well-being.
  2. Acquire hands-on skills to incorporate ecotherapy into your routine as a unique form of self-care to combat stress, anxiety, and maintain overall mental balance.
  3. Learn how to effectively introduce and implement ecotherapy practices with your clients.


SWCE Policies

Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing learn@gvsu.edu. Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program. Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund. If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.

Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email learn@gvsu.edu.
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 49.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00


A parking pass will be emailed to you two days prior to the event. Please see the link below for maps to Grand Valley State University locations: https://www.gvsu.edu/maps.

Building Address:
Bicycle Factory
201 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Rebeca Davila

As the owner and lead practitioner of Vida Acupuncture & Wellness, Rebeca integrates two distinct disciplines, Psychotherapy and Acupuncture, within her sessions to address mental health issues. Her unique treatment model is the only one of its kind in the State of Michigan. Combining talk therapy with body-centered therapies such as full-body acupuncture, acupressure, along with guided meditations has shown significant results in mental wellness. The body keeps memories of past traumas even if the mind blocks them. Thus, an integrated approach heals the mind, body, and spirit to address the root cause of an ailment so that persons can live their fullest Vida.

Rebeca Davila is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Michigan and Illinois, and a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) in Michigan where she currently resides. She enjoys urban farming with her husband and son and believes in the importance of having a personal connection to food as part of a healthy lifestyle. She also loves to travel nationally and internationally and has visited over a dozen different countries.