Doug Van Houten

Body, Mind, & Soul

Guiding & Mentoring ~ Emergent Ceremony ~ Art

For personal and planetary Change


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


Doug Van Houten is a Soulcraft™ guide with the Animas Valley Institute ( He also guides programs & mentors individuals on the land at the farm that he lives on in Goshen, Kentucky (20 minutes outside Louisville) and at a distance using Skype or phone. 

To view the Harrods Creek Farm click here.

THERE IS A PROFOUND AND UNMET LONGING in contemporary culture for a life of deeper meaning, purpose, and fulfillment especially at this critical moment in human history. Contemporary society has lost connection to soul and the path to psychological and spiritual maturity. The life-denying norms of our culture encourage us to remain passive, distracted and numb. Daily we experience a sense of unraveling, loss, and uncertainty. Yet, we long to show up in the world in full flowering, in matured wholeness, as an embodied vision. We long to become fully human, courageous and wildly alive. 

Nature-based BODY, MIND & SOUL offers loving, wise, and timely medicine for ourselves and our world. This work weaves together a wide range of practices both ancestral and contemporary to facilitate self-healing and the cultivation of innate human wholeness. The goal of this work, ultimately, is not only to heal, but to mature psychologically and spiritually, and live a life more centered in soul. Eventually reshaping ourselves into visionaries with the artistry to transform our individual and collective planetary wasteland

LEARN to give of your natural grace and unique gifts as a soulful response to the world at this time. Discover:

  • Practices that invite a deeper communion with the living world, 

  • An enhanced awareness of your ecological identity and find your place in the world from a more soul-oriented perspective,

  • Practices to shift consciousness in order to access deep imagination, dreams, reflections, memories & vision — the language of soul,

  • How to summon, recognize and consciously cultivate your embodied innate human wholeness,

  • Ways to identify, befriend and integrate the fragmented selves to find the initiatory gifts hidden within each.

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



Practices of Body, Mind & Soul


Wild Mind — maP of the Psyche*


shadow work

Wandering In Nature

Deep Imagery

The Way of COuncil

Symbolic Artwork

Vision Fast (Quest)

Rtiual & Emergent Ceremony

mythopoetic identity

Sacred Wound work

Body Inquiry

Refined Hakomi



*Created by Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.


A Taste of What’s to Come


From despair to visionary purpose in and age of planetary heartbreak
w/doug van houten and marilyn stoner
apr 27 – 28, 2019
Louisville, KY

In our two-days together we will explore the pioneering work of Joanna Macy and Bill Plotkin, and together with the group energy and the support of our inner and outer nature we will learn ways to to transform our despair into greater purpose and mission. Our multimodal practices could include ceremony, council, Truth Mandala, deep imagery, dreamwork, journaling, focused time alone in nature, body movement, deep sharing and listening, grief, enchantment, gratitude and praise. 

courting the muse
w/Rebecca Wildbear and doug van houten
Jun 19 – 23, 2019

Each person has something to give to the world — there is some unique song, poem, genius, or other soul-infused form of expression wanting to be birthed through you. The natural world mates and creates through an alluring love dance, and it wants you to feel, remember, and express your part. Perhaps you have sensed something stalking you…..Mystery, Earth, your soul?  

exploring soul and ancestral lineage through landscape and the deep imagination
w/peter scanlan and Doug Van Houten
sept 25 – 30, 2019
Louisville, KY

DEEP IN OUR BONES we carry the DNA of ancestral stories that have been passed down to us over many generations. Woven in the shadows of time and the family narrative, with all the migrations, celebrations, tragedies, gifts and wounds, the ancestral energies have influenced our emotions, our life decisions, and how we think of ourselves. This influence is often unknown to us consciously. These hidden histories also haunt us with a longing for what we do not know, or are in the process of discovering about our unique personal soul stories.



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