Doug Van Houten

Body, Art, & Soul Guide

Nature-Based Guiding & Mentoring

For personal and planetary TRANSFORMATION


“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 juncture 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, ART & 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:

  • 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,

  • 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 participate in what Thomas Berry calls, the dream of the Earth.

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

Personal Mythos

Sacred Wound

Body Inquiry

Refined Hakomi



*Created by Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.


A Taste of What’s to Come


summer soul intensive: earth, body and psyche
w/Doug Van Houten and Susanna Raeven
July 19 – 21, 2019
Raven crest botanicals, NY

THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED WITH THE EARTH-IN-MIND to strengthen your sense of embodied wholeness and deepen your connection to soul. To help bring the sacred into your daily yoga practice and your everyday life. We will work with shadow, be in ceremony, wander the land. Dream plants from our herb gardens help us to deepen the connection with our dream maker. We will apprentice to the honey bees on how to embody the seasons and recognize our Earth mother's gifts. Sound baths and guided meditation bring us closer to the wild essence of our being.

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. 

Wild Mind Intensive
w/Doug Van Houten and Rebecca Wildbear
Oct 17 – 21, 2019
Near Louisville, KY

The Way of COuncil and the Art of Mirroring
w/Rebecca Wildbear and Doug Van Houten
OCt 22 – 26, 2019
Near Louisville, KY

Based on Bill Plotkin’s book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, this 5-day intensive is an experiential exploration of our human psyches as unique expressions of the universal forces and patterns of nature. We will work with what we call the Nature-Based Map of the Human Psyche, which is, among other things, a comprehensive inventory of what can be right about a person, a “shadow” version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), mainstream psychology’s list of what can go wrong with people.



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