Doug Van Houten

Nature-Based Guide FOR


For personal and planetary change


Are you willing to risk a radical re-imagining of your life's purpose?



IN THIS WORK Doug draws on the wisdom of the natural world, depth-psychology, eco-psychology, indigenous cultures, somatic knowing, dreams, symbolic artwork, poetry, and many cross cultural soul-encounter practices such as council, vision fasting, trance rhythms and conversations with the sacred Others. Doug’s true calling lives in support of others uncovering their own unique genius and in so doing transforming their lives in service to the Great Turning transformation of our times. Doug is also an activist, ceremonialist, artist, beekeeper, student of Refined Hakomi, yoga instructor and a Soulcraft™ guide for Animas Valley Institute ( founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980.  

Doug guides his own group offerings regionally & mentors individuals online or in-person on the farm that he inhabits in Goshen, Kentucky (20 minutes outside Louisville). To view the Farm click here.


THERE IS A PROFOUND AND UNMET LONGING in contemporary culture for a life of deeper meaning and fulfillment, especially at this time of great unraveling.  Many are longing to show up in the world with more of their wholeness, AND with a soulful purpose that can be embodied.  Conversely, Earth is longing for each of us to become more fully human and a offer ourselves fully to what Joanna Macy calls the Great Turning transformation of our times.

We have strayed from the Garden and our minds, bodies and souls are rebelling in service to our awakening.  Doug's work, nature-based MIND, BODY & SOUL, offers timely, wise and loving medicine for ourselves and our world, it weaves together a wholistic approach that fully honors the human soul and the natural world, our two most trustworthy guides.  This work provides an important alternative to an outdated emphasis that focuses primarily on wounds and symptoms rather than the depths of our innate human wholeness and the unique gifts and potential that we each were born to bring into the world.  Doug's work also provides useful practices and models that help us to self-heal and cultivate our wholeness, as well as, to mature psychologically and spiritually, eventually reshaping ourselves into visionaries with the artistry to transform our individual and collective planetary Wasteland.

It is in nature-based settings we learn to court the world that we live in, with its miraculous diversity of life.  It is here that we encounter astonishing beings and numinous experiences that bring us fully home into our larger story.  Here we gather the threads of our larger mythopoetic story, or soul story, that we carry as a gift for our people.  Consciously becoming aware of these threads facilitates the weaving of a tapestry that becomes a map to our way of being in the world.



• how to strengthen your foundation upon which a journey to soul discovery is essential

• how to consciously cultivate your innate human wholeness.

• how to identify and befriend your fragmentation and to find the initiatory gifts hidden in each.

• your unique purpose in the world.

• how to access all the windows of knowing: sensing, feeling, imagination, thinking, and intuition.

• your communion with the living world.

• awareness of your identity and your place in the world from a more soul-oriented perspective

• the gifts you were born to bring to the world,

• new skills to enrich your life and to defend the health of the more-than-human world.

• how to facilitate the shift in consciousness necessary to access the deep imagination, the language and source of soul.

What if we discover that our present way of life is irreconcilable with our vocation to become fully human?
— Paulo Freiere

Upcoming Offerings


WMI, Dream INtensive and training
w/ Sage Magdalene
Jun 20 – Jul 6, 2018

Contact Sara McFarland,, for registration and additional information.

Beauty Mesa Quest
w/Gene Dilworth
Jul 16– 27, 2018
Colorado and Utah

This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is a dynamic wilderness rite for men and women seeking greater depth and clarity about life purpose and meaning. As a rite of initiation,...

Rocky MNT Highcountry Quest
w/Rebecca Wildbear
Aug 9 – 20, 2018

This contemporary Western embodiment of the ancient, pan-cultural vision fast is a dynamic wilderness rite for men and women seeking greater depth and clarity about life purpose and meaning. As a rite of initiation,...



I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

—Dawna Markova