The Graduate Institute is known for innovative degree programs in emerging fields of study. One of our newest programs is the Certificate in Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability.
The Ecotherapy program is designed to provide the participant with a variety of activities that enhance their self-sufficiency and capacity for creating sustainable cultures. For example: woodland and essential survival skills, permaculture, animal-assisted therapies, holistic gardening, social/environmental/food justice, natural healing, and more. By accessing the balance and sustenance inherent in nature and reflected in indigenous ways of knowing, students will emerge from the program with a deeper connection to self, community, and to the larger ecosystem.
Program Coordinator, Ed O’Malley asked his students to reflect on their recent class session. Here are some of the responses:
“The presenter was speaking from his heart and personal experience, which made it all much more natural-he was not giving a lecture from theory only, he was sharing a part of his soul that is very dear to him. At least that is what I sensed.”
“The presentation reinforced my own concepts of the relationships that can be form with nature, the benefits of their interactions and the immensity of opportunities to apply its wisdom not only to children’s lives, but many of the “other” lives that merge with ours.”
“While standing in the middle of my circle, the second day after I put it together, a branch came down and gently touched my face and my head…it was the most incredible experience I ever had with not only Nature, but with “a tree” which no longer is a tree, but now is my “friend”. Truly I have no words to express the experience. I think it elevated me to some spirit level I’ve never been before. If this is what it feels to truly be with Nature, I do want more of it. I am grateful for this new friendship.”