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Organic Psychology Books

Self-Guiding Learning-With-Nature Books and Courses

Introductory Package for initial course or home study

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Wonderful general overview



The Web of Life Imperative:

Regenerative ecopsychology techniques that help people think in balance with
natural systems

The essence of the Natural Systems Thinking Process

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D
and Project NatureConnect leaders

Empower yourself to increase personal and global consciousness and sanity. A Perfect bound 148 page "must read" basic program book that contains the Orientation Course instructions and all the materials necessary to complete it online or to use on your own for practical independent learning and teaching. See http://www.webstrings.org for further information. Our most updated and complete publication. If you only get one book, this is the one. It works best with its companion volume Reconnecting With Nature, (see below)


"The Web of Life Imperative offers more tools, knowledge and personal power for good than most therapies and spiritualities. It enables us to reverse our destructive relationships by empowering us to make thoughtful sensory connections with genuine nature. This connection responsibly satisfies the aching, ever-wanting hole in our psyche that has been produced by our excessive separation from nature, a hole that leads us astray"

- Susan Chernak McElroy,
Award winning, N. Y. Times best selling author of Animals as Teachers and Healers and Heart in the Wild.


"I learned how to regain efficiently and effectively through simple reconnection activities. It gives me hope for the future." This sums up the most important thing for me both personally and professionally from this book and course. Daily, we tend to get bogged down in a myriad of worries, concerns, fears, habits and issues that are unappealing, unpleasant and even painful to us. Nonetheless we cling to these stresses, unable to escape them. We don't consider that by following our natural attractions as nature does, helps us make different choices to eliminate these stresses from our lives.
........Since completing this course, I've faced several upsetting events in my life, but I find I'm handling them quite differently now.
........Knowing how good I feel when I amconnected to nature and knowing that I have the choice to feel that good at any time, I am no longer willing to give up that feeling, even if I am in the middle of a frightening or unpleasant experience. I've learned that at any moment, I can say, "No, that's not what I want." No matter how difficult the situation, I can choose to connect with nature, to move responsibly toward what attracts us in the moment, to choose wisely for myself, my loved ones, my community and the natural environment in which I live.
........The Natural Systems Thinking Process is a remarkable personal and professional tool that can be used to heal us of a vast variety of lifestyle stresses and the resulting depression, anxiety, and addictions that plague us. In the process we can learn to respect and value, and thereby preserve, the life-giving natural environment around us.

- Sarah Edwards, Author Getting Business to Come to You
Doctoral Candidate, Project NatureConnect





Reconnecting With Nature

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D

A restoration of the missing link in Western thinking

A self-guiding integration of ecology and psychology that lets thoughtful sensory contacts with Earth catalyze wellness, spirit and responsibility. Select here for full description and reviews

  • A revolutionary new book and natural sensory reasoning process.
  • A free or accredited E-mail course you can take and teach.
  • A key to responsible economics, education, self help and global sanity.
  • A community network, hobby, lifestyle or profession.
  • A way to critically think, enjoy and learn by touching strands of the web of life

In backyards or backcountry savor the fun adventures of a lifetime. They begin in a natural area where we learn to follow 53 sensory callings from natural attractions. Safely, these attractions break through limiting walls of our thinking and bring us to hidden attractive valleys in our mind. Here we discover an imprisoned essence of life inside ourselves and help it reconnect it to its ancient home and origins in nature. This nurturing reconnection enchants, and energizes nature's vibrant, fulfilling spirit into our consciousness and thinking.

Discover how to further enjoy your connections to nature's dancing energies, balance and beauty. Learn what even Harvard won't teach you, how to let life help you feel stronger about life and make things naturally go better

Learn how to promote self-improvement. Our excessive separation from nature creates an inner void that produces our insatiable wants. Our unfulfilled wants stress us. They fuel our greed and our stress related personal, social and environmental disorders. From your home, gain the expertise to let genuine connections with nature reverse this destructive process in yourself and others.

For fun, growth and profit, master thoughtful sensory activities that demonstrably center and rejuvenate us, that dissolve stress by lastingly satisfying our deepest natural loves, wants and spirit. Empower yourself to let the attractive wonders of nature pull you out of the shadows of disorders and discontent.

Explore new, nature-connected, interpersonal skills, thinking, and techniques. Use them to help yourself and others tap the "higher power" wisdom of nature anywhere.

Heighten your inherent sensory awareness:
Let nature help your spirit soar.
Recapture nature's balance, peace and beauty.

Learn a nature centered hobby or livelihood:
Increase wellness and creativity. You may learn and teach this accredited healing process for an enjoyable, profound
and profitable livelihood. Let contact with nature help you build rewarding, sustainable relationships for yourself and others

"Reconnecting With Nature enables us to support and apply our good judgement, innate knowledge and visions for a better tomorrow. Here is an environmental educator who teams up with Earth to create a vehicle of hope."

Dr. Charles Yaple, Director, Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

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Well Mind, Well Earth

and its companion volume

Connecting With Nature

The Project NatureConnect Advanced Self-Guiding Training Manual

97 Environmentally Sensitive Activities for Stress Management, Spirit, and Self-esteem by Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. World Peace University Press, 1995, 254 pages 8 1/2 x11 includes Connecting With Nature: Creating Moments That Let Earth Teach, recipient of an award for Excellence In Interpretation from the National Association for Interpretation. $64.00 US, postage paid, foreign postage extra,
$72.00 with Reconnecting With Nature, $88.00 with Einsten's World.
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This self-guiding training manual offers unique nature connecting activities that evolved from thirty-five years of educational and psychological research in natural areas. Dramatically, the activities reverse our estrangement from nature and its negative effects as they renew over 49 inherent natural senses and fulfillments. The process awakens repressed natural feelings of love and understanding. It fills the voids that fuel our problems and gives natural areas added value as rejuvenators of our biological and spiritual integrity. For a sampling of the activities and process read Counseling and Nature. Read reactions to the
WMWE process
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BOOK REVIEW of Well Mind, Well Earth

Reviewed by Dr. Daniel Levine in Legacy, the Journal of the National Association for Interpretation

Immediate. Provocative. Gratifying. Imperative. These words came to mind at the conclusion of Dr. Michael J. Cohen's August 1991 Project NatureConnect sensory activity training workshop. Enthused, I asked Mike to present the workshop to students and teachers of two school districts. He did, and their happy response to it further heightened my interest. We desperately need to solve our runaway problems. Here was a simple, practical and stimulating way to do so.

I learned that in counseling and educational settings which incorporate Project NatureConnect activities, unique sensory contact with natural areas reduces personal, social and environmal disorders. At first, I questioned that. It seems too ideal, almost utopian. The process has long proved itself at the renowned, but cloistered, National Audubon outdoor environmental education program which Dr. Cohen founded in 1959. He spent 26 years there, intensely living, learning and teaching outdoors. But how and why is his Applied Ecopsychology effective elsewhere? I needed practical and down to earth information. Reading Mike's new work, Well Mind, Well Earth provided it and includes his book Connecting With Nature. It shows that we seldom deal with the underlying cause of our destructive dependencies and dysfunctions. Like an arm painfully pulled from a living body, we are extremely separated from nature and beauty. Sadly, the deteriorating state of the natural world and humanity reflects this painful separation.

No knowledgeable person disputes that our natural senses and emotions are of, by and from the biological world. Well Mind, Well Earth validates that nature endows each of us with, not just 5, but over 53 natural connective senses including hunger, thirst, nurturing, place, community, esthetics, self and belonging. It clearly shows how, in our culture, we learn early in our lives to disconnect from, assault and abandon nature, our natural environment and our natural self. Our emotional inner nature registers painful stress/abandonment and dispels it by hiding it. Some call its hiding place the subconscious mind.

Our potential for establishing responsible relationships collapses whenever an expectation or rejection triggers this hidden abandonment pain. Fear and apathy arise. Although over 40% of the public is in counseling to help us deal with this phenomenon, most counseling takes place entirely indoors.

Mike's book, workshops, courses and personal experiences substantiate that connecting directly with natural areas fosters responsible enjoyment that reduces stress and abandonment fears. This makes perfect sense; disconnection from nature produces abandonment pain and dysfunctions, re-connection produces joy, sensory regeneration and bonding. Project NatureConnect's problem is that it goes against our prejudicial "indoors is best" thinking. Connecting with nature works best in natural areas and they are usually outdoors.

From his decades outdoors, Mike has devised and collected enjoyable, short, well researched nature-connecting activities. In backyards, parks or back country, even in terrariums, they catalyze lasting supportive, environmental and interpersonal satisfactions. Each hands-on sensory experience reduces stress and abandonment fears while promoting healthy bonds, minds and environments. Incorporating these activities in counseling and education allows the natural world and its integrity to become a co-counselor and teacher.

No society has ever established socially and environmentally sound relationships without having strong bonds to the natural world within and about it. It is always Mother Earth's dedication, love and passion for all of life that bonds, motivates and guides natural beings, including people, to support each other. Without question, Well Mind, Well Earth is a book of major significance who's vital contribution deserves our attention. It supplies counselors and educators with tools that let nature nurture.

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Einstein's World

Natural Attractions, Intelligences and Sanity

Educating and counseling with 53 senses that build thoughtful web of life relationships


Our destructive problems don't exist in unadulterated nature. Einstein's World offers a natural, enjoyable, readily available way for us, as part of nature, to similarly relate in society. It enables us to add the way nature works to our thinking and relationships and teach others to do the same locally and globally.

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How Nature Works

Regenerating Kinship With Planet Earth

A book of personal experiences by Michael J. Cohen. Conference Edition, World Peace University Press, 1987, illustrated, 230 pages 5 1/2 x 81/2, Soft cover, $10.55 postage paid. Overseas postage extra. Order form here P.O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or

As you read these words you are conscious of each word, not their individual letters. Yet when we were children, it was letters--not words--that caught our attention. Our upbringing and education refocus us to our present state.

Dr. Mike Cohen, from extensive outdoor research, finds that to our cost, our upbringing hides not only alphabet letters from our view, it blinds us to important aspects of nature, too. Through unique and sometimes hilarious confrontations, we discover that the workings of nature, once recognized, give us excellent instruction for living more harmoniously. Dr. Cohen's courses demonstrate this process in action.

Painstakingly, humorously, this book takes us on Dr. Cohen's life journey across the planet. We locate otherwise hidden natural powers and senses. We discover how, at birth, we each embody the global life system, and why our road to cultural maturity turns us against it.

Cohen's educational methods give us the means to reunite the earth's vital nature with our own. We learn to enjoy our ancient connections with the planet. That kinship guides us to nature's peace.

This self-guiding training manual offers unique nature connecting activities that evolved from thirty-five years of educational and psychological research in natural areas. Dramatically, the activities reverse our estrangement from nature and its negative effects as they renew over 49 inherent natural senses and fulfillments. The process awakens repressed natural feelings of love and understanding. It fills the voids that fuel our problems and gives natural areas added value as rejuvenators of our biological and spiritual integrity.

"Mike Cohen is a crackerjack teacher. What counts is that his words help us do what we must do to save ourselves and Gaia."

- Pete Seeger


"Delightful, illuminating communication at its best--contains stories and guidance for experiencing Nature in the full thrill of her presence. Playful, scientific, but not academic. Take it and read!"

- Dr. Thomas Berry, Founder and Director,
Riverdale Center of Religious Research


"A worthwhile, thought-provoking, hard look at our relationships with Planet Earth as a living organism."

- Marshal Case, Director of Education, National Audubon Society

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What you can do:

The Orientation Course, responds to 32 critical life relationship questions. They are answered by enabling you to enjoy and then share online ten authentic, sensory, Nature connected attraction experiences over a 12 day to 5-week period. It uses the books Web of Life Imperative and Reconnecting With Nature which also are used in additional online courses

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All programs start with the Orientation Course contained
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