Our Team

Dr. Anna V. Copeland

Author, Pastor, and Founder of The Copeland Institute, The Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland currently serves as Senior Minister of First Parish United Church of Christ in York, Maine. Collaborating with Psychologist Dr. Ellis Copeland, she directs the work of The Copeland Institute: Healthy Habits for Life through weeklong retreats and workshops. The Rev. Dr. Copeland co-authored “Sex and the Spirit: The Romance of Heaven and Earth”, inviting us into the passionate life as embodied children of God without shame.

Dr. Copeland graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. For two decades, she served congregations in Greeley, Colorado and Hinsdale, Illinois prior to her current work in Maine. Through worship, teaching and writing, she seeks to equip people of faith to think theologically about the world in which we live and to share God’s grace, mercy and peace with all God’s people.

As a recent Trustee at The Chicago Theological Seminary, she advised doctoral graduate students in preaching, and supported theological leadership development for our time. Dr. Copeland has also taught graduate classes at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Mourning and Grief. Her work continues as a national consultant on embodied faith, transforming health and sexuality for life. Known for her keen insight as well as the warmth that she brings to local church ministry, she is a respected leader among clergy within the United Church of Christ.

Avocations for Anna Copeland include wilderness adventures such as a women’s’ trek in the Arctic Circle, mountain climbing and kayaking. She supports global partnerships with Common Hope in Guatemala, Habitat for Humanity International, and a developing partnership through the Global Ministries of The United Church of Christ in Cuba.

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Dr. Ellis P. Copeland

Ellis P. Copeland is the Co-Owner of The Copeland Institute and is excited to be involved in the new Healthy Habits for Life Weight Loss Retreats. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Northern Colorado where he spent 28 years as a Professor. In 2012, he moved, with his wife Anna to Chicago-land where he initiated, at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), what is now the largest NASP approved School Psychology program in the nation. He later served as Academic Dean of both the Chicago and Southern California campuses of TCSPP.

Dr. Copeland earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed both the School Psychology and Counseling Psychology (both APA approved) curriculums in the process of earning his doctorate. His child clinical internship was undertaken at the Children’s Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has been licensed as a psychologist and/or school psychologist for more than three decades. Dr. Copeland lists 41 refereed publications, 87 presentations, and 33 invited addresses on his resume; he is senior author of the Child and Adolescent Wellness scale (CAWS) and the board game, “After Time: Survival’.

Ellis and Anna enjoy a blended family of five children and seven grandchildren. Presently residing on the New England Seacoast, they now enjoy a healthy lifestyle that they relish sharing with others. In Ellis’s spare time, he enjoys tennis, playing music, hiking and spending active time with family and friends.

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The Copeland Institute

The Copeland Institute, home of Healthy Habits for Life Weight Loss and Optimal Health Retreats. Our setting for life transforming work takes place at La Casa de la Luz, a European style retreat house located beneath Mt. Meeker at 8,900 feet elevation in the Colorado Rocky Mountains of Northwest Boulder County. The Copeland Institute serves as a gathering place for the work of personal transformation and community renewal. Here we create a context for you to develop Healthy Weight, Healthy Movement, Healthy Relationships and Healthy Spirituality practices for life.

Through our preservation and conservation efforts, we also teach sustainability practices to care for this fragile wilderness and her peoples on behalf of generations yet to be born.

We hope you will find nourishment and renewal through retreat work in this place apart. We invite you to enjoy the mountain community of Allenspark, her pioneer people and pristine wilderness. Your life transformation begins here.

We receive our name from Copeland Mountain, one of the nearest mountain peaks, so named after one of the area’s earliest settlers. We glimpse this familiar triangle peaking out from behind it’s grander neighbors, Mt. Meeker and Long’s Peak at more than 14,000 feet, their familiar profile visible from the plains between Boulder and Estes Park, Colorado. La Casa de la Luz sits on 32 acres of private mountain and national forest, inhabited by elk, bobcat, moose, coyote and deer. Miners first claimed the property less than 150 years ago, leaving remnants of exploratory digging behind. No one struck silver or gold, but settlers followed, claiming the property under the Homestead Act, with a deed signed by President Woodrow Wilson early in the last century.

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