Doug van Houten


Soul Work:
Guiding & Mentoring ~ Community Building ~ Art

For personal and planetary change


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



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 and fulfillment at this critical time in human history. Many are longing to show up in the world with a more soulful, embodied purpose in service to something greater than a job. 

As we have evolved from this Earth (are part of how Earth perceives itself in human conscious form), it would follow then that Earth is longing for each of us to become more fully ourselves too in response to what benevolent teacher and earth elder, Joanna Macy calls, “The Great Turning” — the necessary transformation of our times. Yet, to actualize our greater human potential, one must be ready and resourced to launch beyond the accustomed boundaries of normative culture. 

Nature-based BODY, ART & SOUL offers timely, wise and loving medicine for ourselves and for the world. To fully honor the human soul means to move beyond an out-dated psychological emphasis focused primarily on wounds and symptoms to seek out the more numinous gifts we all bear that lie trapped beneath the torment of old ideals, bounded by beliefs that no longer serve, relegated to shadows cast by fear, humiliation and shame. It is in nature-based settings that we do the retrieval work where encounters with astonishing beings and wild experiences mirror back to us more of our soul’s story, the one we carry with us our whole lives but may well have forgotten. 

Reaching down toward the depths of soul, we become consciously aware of the particular storied threads we must gather up in order to lovingly weave our gifts into being and make more visible our true natures. Learn vital nature- and arts-based practices designed to invite the kind of psycho-spiritual maturity that summons your deepest held wild-hearted passions found at the confluence of the sensuous body, the emotional heart, the reflective mind and the wild soul.

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,

  • Ways to access the five windows of perception: sensing, feeling, imagination, thinking, and intuition, 

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

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

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

  • Potent ways to make visible the particular and unique gifts you were born to bring to this world.

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


A Taste of What’s to Come


Yoga with Earth and Soul:
Embracing the Sacred

w/ Rebecca Wildbear
JAn 31 – Feb 4, 2019
in Tucson, AZ

We’ll incorporate shadow and dream work as well as ceremony, wandering time in nature and daily yoga asanas. This is a Vinyasa style yoga practice. All levels welcome. 

Prayers in the dark:
Tending our Visonary Fires

w/Rebecca Wildbear
Feb 6 – 10, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Will you dare to dive into the holy dark mystery at the center of your life? Are you willing to reclaim your true voice and bravely add your song to the uni-verse, the symphony emerging at this pivotal moment in the Earth story? Are you willing to risk a radical re-imagining of your life’s purpose and return with sacred gifts for your people?  

Embracing Wholeness
w/Wendy Fyfe Robertson
APR 7 – 14, 2019

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.



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