CREATING MOMENTS THAT LET EARTH TEACH
While Earth and its people are increasingly at risk, far too
many of us gain fulfillment by dancing on the deck of our sinking
ship and we often can't stop. This distance learning graduate
and undergraduate program and its courses enable students to
introduce a newly researched dance step, one that restores
the integrity of the ship and its passengers.
Our University degree program offers nature connected educational,
counseling and recovery techniques. It is designed for those
who are thoughtful enough to recognize that many destructive
aspects of our society don't stop because we are psychologically
bonded to them. The program psychologically promotes responsible
change by letting sensory contacts with natural areas intelligently
heal our nature disconnected cravings, stress and hurt.
Students learn how to use nature sensitive activities, teach
them to others and build them into their careers. They become
experts in producing enjoyable ways of relating that create and
sustain balanced relationships.
The framework of this program is a proven Natural
Systems Thinking Process. Natural systems intelligently sustain
balance. They cooperatively create life and diversity and beauty
without producing garbage, pollution or our other runaway problems.
As part of nature we inherently know how to do this. The Natural
Systems Thinking Process enables us to think and relate using
that part of us. It is activated by reconnecting it to its origins
The Natural Systems Thinking Process process unites people's
awareness and thinking with nature's balanced ways. Through tangible
sensory connection with natural systems it produces a co-creative
healing of thought and the environment that helps us sustain
balanced personal, social and global relationships
The Learning Process:
Our degree programs in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology
offer hands-on courses, internships and research. They blend
wellness, psychology and ecology with sustainability. The natural
world is our classroom and teacher, the internet our vehicle
for instruction, communication and shared learning.
Students master activities in educating and counseling with nature
that incorporate personal and team learning as well as research,
internships and teacher training. They learn how to create moments
that let Earth teach. .
Course participation, contract learning and research is done
independently at home, utilizing e-mail, at the student's contracted
pace and with on-site study options. Participants learn pratical
methods and materials to promote personal, professional and spiritual
Each student's applicable credits and life experiences are transferred
into their programs. This reduces the time and cost of the program.
Our accredited courses may be transferred into other degree programs
that accept them.
of Purpose and Process:
The global life community is a civilization with an integrity
of its own. Over the eons it has intelligently organized, preserved
and regenerated itself. It wisely manifests itself in an optimum
of diverse, balanced ways. As part of nature, we biologically
and psychologically contain nature's attributes. We inherantly
contain ways to connect to nature within and around us. However,
culturally we create and live out an unnatural story. The story
teaches us to excessively separate from and conquer nature. We
learn, to our loss, to disconnect from it's intelligent balance.
Our civilization has built the nature disconnected path we presently
travel. Irresponsibly, our civilized path, not nature, produces
runaway garbage and abusiveness. Often our path erodes the integrity
of people and places, yet we addictively continue to use it.
It increasingly becomes a deeper rut every time we do. This increasingly
makes it more difficult for us to get out of the rut we are in.
Nature reconnecting programs,
materials and courses are available to the public at little
cost. Their process enables people to tap into nature's healing
and regenerative powers. Any interested person may gain the expertise
to use the nature reconnecting process and introduce it to others.
Individuals learn to independently own the process and apply
it when and where it will do the most good. Internationally,
in education, counseling and recovery programs, its use has proven beneficial
in restoring wellness, spirit and responsible relationships.
NOTE: The best way to learn the Process
is to engage in it through our short, online Orientation
Course. You may then intern and later teach the course if
you choose. At Greenwich University the Orientation Course
(ECO 500) is an accredited prerequsite for final enrollment in
the degree program. It is also a one credit course that becomes
part of your program.
Addtional Purpose and Process information is available by selecting
Institute of Global Education
Special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social
ECOPSYCHOLOGY / INTEGRATED ECOLOGY
Department Chair Office Information
Michael J. Cohen
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Post Office Box 1605,
Friday Harbor, WA 98250.
Dr. Cohen is a director of the Institute of Global
Education and the faculty director of several associated University
Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology degree programs. He
also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Portland State University
Graduate School of Extended Studies.