Speaking & Teaching

Over the past five years, I have given nearly 70 conference presentations, university guest lectures, talks, interviews, and classes about ecotherapy and nature connection. Most of these have been in Texas, but I have also been an invited guest speaker at conferences in Virginia and Wisconsin.

 Selected groups include:

  • University of Texas Graduate School of Social Work

  • University of Texas Continuing Education Program

  • Episcopal Diocese of Texas

  • Wisconsin Foster & Adoptive Parent Association Fall Conference

  • Texas School Social Work Conference

  • Texas State University Honors College

  • Texas Children in Nature Annual Conference

  • Canadian Ecopsychology Network

  • Nature as Co-Therapist: Incorporating Nature Connection into Therapeutic Work with Children and Adults, Ecotherapy Conference, Wildrock (Virginia)

  • Deep Roots: Visionary Leadership, Engaging Diverse Communities & Practical Tools for Healing the Earth and Ourselves Ecotherapy Conference, Earthbody Institute

  • Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)

  • Central Texas Veterans’ Conference on Moral Injury

  • Adoption Knowledge Affiliates Annual Conference

  • Temple College Biology Class

  • Healing Complex Kids Conference

  • Flatwater Foundation

  • Ecotherapy Research & Practice professional online group

  • CASA of the Highland Lakes

  • STARRY Foster and Adoption Agency

  • Candlelight Ranch

  • Starlite Recovery Center

  • Sage Recovery Center

  • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin

  • Earthbody Institute Ecotherapy Level 2 Training Course

  • The Spa in Me Women’s Retreats

  • Austin Wellness Collaborative

  • Austin Wellness Entrepreneurs

  • The Net Connection

  • Women Empowering Women in Nature

  • HARTH Foundation

  • Cancer Support Group for Baylor, Scott, & White

  • Cremation Advocates by Putnam 

  • Texas Master Naturalists, Capital Area Chapter

  • Wimberley Birding Club

  • Native Plant Society of Texas, Highland Lakes Chapter

  • Highland Lakes Birding & Wildflower Society

  • Highland Lakes Garden Club

  • Texas Outdoors-woman Network, San Marcos Chapter

Selected interviews and book contributions:

Here’s what a few people have said about my presentations, classes, and workshops:

“Amy’s presentation about ecotherapy was extraordinary! Thank you for sharing your deep passion with us.” – J.L., ecotherapy workshop participant

“I loved Amy’s talk.  She gave me so many ideas to help clients. Her talk even helped me to see the benefit of me not just going on hikes occasionally on weekends but also building in small moments of ecotherapy for myself daily as part of good self-care.” – Jennifer, clinical psychologist

“I’ve done this for 16 years and never seen all ‘excellents’!” – D., CEU series coordinator

“The class was amazing. Amy is a fantastic speaker!” – Marsha, biology professor

“Amy has the remarkable gift of gentle and thoughtful guidance. She is a beautifully skilled and intuitive facilitator.” – Jane, ecotherapy workshop participant 

"My students got so much from Amy's program. Thank you for (giving them) such an important and inspirational experience." – Alice, horticulture professor

“Fantastic presentation!” – presentation participant