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Project NatureConnect


An outline of Graduate Student Cooperative Programs: methods, admissions, procedures, tuitions, and understandings.

NOTE: For best results read through this page once completely then browse though it a second time to select links of interest. Please "bookmark" this page if you want to visit it again later.


Greetings and Welcome, Prospective Participant:

Thank you for your interest in the benefits of nature-connected learning, healing and relating.

This page details the most expedient and inexpensive three-step path that takes you from being interested in Organic Psychology and the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) to obtaining expertise at Level Three Certification in the Process and/or completing an Undergraduate or Advanced Degree in Organic Psychology, Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology.

Depending upon your goals, financial needs and ability to sustain trustful relationships, this program through its financial aid and cooperatively administered accredited courses can be completed for as little as $740 or as much as $75,000 depending on your goals, budget and time commitments.

No matter how much or little you pay, the procedures and curriculum for this cutting edge learning and healing program are the same. You may choose to take it on an accredited basis or not. You may optionally have courses and Achievement Certificates from this program be included in or added to your formal training, transcript or credentials.

Think of this training path to be like climbing a ladder, one rung at a time. You can pay as you go, level by level and can safely pause or quit any time except while you are in an interactive course where your departure may place the course at risk and/or adversely affect other course members. Usually, when you reach where you want to be on the ladder, you will be well trained, debt free and have saved or "earned" up to $65,000 or more. Or you may instead have a Certificate that will help you find and open other professional doors if you have the appropriate credentials, skills and attitude.

The IGE program can be very inexpensive because you can cooperatively help drive and administer it as a mentor through trust in yourself, NSTP and the people attracted to its process.

Your immediate responsibility is to convey your goals to the program staff and students along with what you want or need. Following this, in good faith you make and fulfill contracts with the program that help you meet your expectations through the program's online courses and community.

The key to success in any aspect of this program is to be sure you help develop trust by painstakingly making your words accurately convey what you think, feel, do and need.

The key to this web site it to read each page/article completely and then read it again and follow its links.

Select here to bypass introductory material and proceed directly to certification course listings and costs.

Step 1. Application

Become acquainted with the purpose, objectives and contributions of NSTP.
You may accomplish this through its inter linked web pages at http://www.ecopsych.com,

Most of the web site training information, and lots more, is also found in the NSTP Organic Psychology book The Web of life Imperative ($35). You may purchase this book at any time, but please note that if you have the unique interest and readiness in applying to the Degree or Certification program now, experience shows that you will need less help and be more contributing and cooperative in the Orientation Course. This reduces our costs for your participation and allows us to make the following arrangement:

Tuition Special: A starting tuition, $150, is available for students who want to immediately begin the Certificate or Degree progam but need time to make their tuition funds available is available. It includes the Application Fee, the Orientation Course and its two books the Web of life Imperative and Reconnecting With Nature. (These cover half the reading for the course, The remainder you develop on the course from experiences that you and your classmates share by email.) By the end of the Orientation Course payment is required for the remaining $490 of First Level Certification.


The application fee becomes an extra $100 expense if you submit your application after buying the books and/or after completing Part 5 of the Orientation Course.



A. -Browse the website listed above and links of interest.

B. -Carefully read the overview and insight articles.
C. -Call 360-378-6313; There, speak with Dr. Cohen to get your questions answered and to explore your possibilities and potentials.

D. -Apply to the program before taking the Orientation Course. If you think you want to obtain a degree and will need scholarship funding, use the Degree Application now and complete the scholarship funding portion of it. This will guarantee that the funding you need will be available at a university for your degree completion program when you start it upon completion of the Certificate Program.

Tuitions: The university degree tuition is $9500. Tuitions, including scholarship assistance are averaging $5300 at the present time.
Tuitions in accredited degree programs using our courses run from $35,000-$70,000 U.S.

If you are not interested in a degree, simply apply for Certification using the Certification Application. Tuition for the package is $740 for each of the three levels of Certification.

Page 2 of Certification lists the courses and links them to their descriptions. The first level of Certification includes the Orientation Course and Application Fee.

Upon Certification completion you may elect to enter the Degree Program but scholarship funds may not be available then. It's best to enter the Degree Program now and then not complete it.

The applications for the Degree or Certification contain helpful links to sources of information and thereby act as an index to parts of this website. Further information about tuition is available online

Complete your degree application


E. -on the application apply to the Orientation Course and complete it.



Step 2. Cooperative Participation

After successfully starting the Orientation Course at your earliest conveniece you submit the contract and admission form to the IGE Graduate Webstring Support Cooperative (GWSC). GWSC consists of all present, and many past students, mentors and faculty members. All of them are in contact with each other via online group mailing lists to which you will be added. All are participants in the course ECO 751A Cooperative Administration of an NSTP Online Training and Degree Program

Most of our students are mid-career experts in their field of interest. You will be a assigned to a small, informal support/guide group of students and mentors in GWSC who are in contact via email. Whenever questions, comments, petitions, evaluations, grades or contracts to take or modify courses or procedures arise, you first address them to your support group. In addition, once you obtain a response to your inquiry, you share what you learned with this group. As you learn answers to your inquiries, you further empower yourself to help others with their questions when they arise. In this way, to your advantage, you help administrate and mentor this and similar programs. Via ECO 751A, you received academic credit for learning this skill.

If your question/need goes beyond the information available in the support group, you then submit it to all members of the program via email to the total student body and faculty mailing list. You will receive email responses from those who can and will help you. Most of the student body and faculty, being mid-career professionals, have expertise and experience in some areas of the program as well as experience on guiding parts of the program. Again, as part of the learning and skill sharing in GWSC, as you gain experience, you help guide/mentor others.

You will work with two online forms: one accompanies payments for semesters, courses or certification levels. The other is a petition/contract for consent to change something or to take a course.


Step 3. Course Sequence and Certification

As part of ECO751A, using the people and process described in Step 2, above, proceed to take the online Certificate courses listed for the 1, 2 and 3 levels in the sequence of the certification levels. Whenever it is practical complete Level 1 courses before doing Level 2.

Be sure to have completed a course's prerequisite courses before starting the course.

Be sure you are aware of the option offered by the Certified Master Practioner track for certification or a degree.

You are always enrolled and working in EC0 751A and can informally work on any other courses once you have successfully completed the Orientation Course ECO 500 and the Introduction Course ECO 501.

When you need classmates with whom to do a course, announce this to the GW Student Cooperative via its mailing list and discover if that course is forming with others or which mentors and students will do it with you.

You may always petition for variances in the program guidelines using the procedures outlined in Step 2, above.

To complete Certification Level 3 you simply pass a comprehensive Eco 800 course and examination that you will well be prepared for and this matriculates you to a semester or more to complete your Degree Thesis, Dissertation or Post Doctoral research at cooperating universities as exemplified by Akamai University.

You may use the Certified Master Practioner track for a degree.

Although many pages and articles are available that help interested learners better understand the Project NatureConnect program, a free, 15 minute discussion by phone with a faculty member has proven most effecient and helpful in discovering how to customize the program to your goals.

For further details about this outline of the program, please visit the program procedures page.




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All programs start with the Orientation Course contained in the book
The Web of Life Imperative.