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OrganicGuides: Organic Psychology Job and Career Training Programs


The Organic Psychology Nature Sensitivity Training Center

An opportunity to learn how to incorporate Education, Counseling and Healing with Nature into your professional or personal life. Become part of an Internet training program that will support you and sustainable relationships year round.



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"Organic Psychology helps our consciousness genuinely interlace with and tap into nature's balanced ways. We benefit from using nature's powers to compost into fertile thoughts the garbage that destructive aspects of society has dumped into our psyche. This nature-connecting process enables us to recycle detrimental ways that we think and feel. Our renewed psyche and resilience more effectively repair the damage we have inflicted on ourselves, society and nature.

The process of Organic Psychology makes it possible for us to transform polluted thinking anywhere into the well-being of people and Earth in balance. Our destiny depends upon us using it to advance our consciousness and our ability to love the whole of life."

- Michael J. Cohen



Although our body, mind and spirit are part of nature and its regenerative powers, we spend, on average, over 95% of our time indoors. Over 99% of our thinking is separated from nature's balancing and restorative ways. To our loss, we have closeted ourselves from nature's perfection and its eons of experience sustaining the diversity of life in balance. Our nature-deficiency underlies our most challenging personal, social and environmental troubles.

As an antidote, to replenish our destructive nature deficit, Project NatureConnect has developed a potent, nature-connected, relationship-building tool. It helps us improve the well-being and resilience of our mind and spirit by sensuously re-connecting our psyche with authentic nature, backyard or back country. Our thinking and feeling benefit from the non-polluting beauty, healing and renewing energies of natural systems, around and within us.



We are forming amongst interested people internationally, an Organic Psychology Nature Sensitivity Training Center for OrganicGuides. It provides the opportunity to learn how to incorporate Education Counseling and Healing with Nature into our professional or personal life.

You may opt to become part of a Nature Sensitivity stress-management and healing Internet program that, locally and online, will serve the public year round.

Professional clock hours and academic credit are available towards maintaining licenses or degree programs. 



In conjunction with cooperating individuals, organizations or agencies Project NatureConnect trains, funds and makes available personnel with the expertise to facilitate Organic Psychology programs. This training can be used for increasing environmentally sound sustainability and well-being in business, social and academic settings as well as in conjunction with Americorps, SeniorCorps and Vista programs.



This program uniquely contributes to positive change and sustainability. Through the science of Organic Psychology it helps us transform our socialized psychological bonds to detrimental relationships into constructive passions, thoughts and acts.

We suffer many problems and discontents because:

Our nature-conquering society exploits our inner nature, our inborn desire to form rewarding, supportive survival bonds with natural systems in people and places.

Our socialization removes these bonds to nature and re-attaches them to stories, technologies and relationships that too often have detrimental side effects.

Our reattachment produces the bonded tenacity of our most challenging personal, social and environmental troubles.

By helping our thinking tap into its origins in nature's grace, balance and restorative powers, Organic Psychology enables our intelligence to socially re-bond ourselves in ways that increase the health of ourselves and the environment. This frees and increases our ability to learn, grow and enjoy natural happiness; it's guaranteed to reduce dysfunctions, disorders, addictions, stress and relationship problems in in ourselves, others and the land.

If this appeals to you, read the material below. If you find it agreeable, further information and how to contact us is located at the bottom of the page.



Over the past fifty years an unusual set of outdoor education circumstances at Project NatureConnect has produced Organic Psychology, a remarkable social technology. Today, a tested, funded, enabling tool is readily available to give humanity this extraordinary means to improve personal and global well being.

The Institute of Global Education is a non-profit organization where Project NatureConnect seeks caring people as writers, consultants, publicists, businesses, funding agents or practioners who want to help increase well-being by incorporating the process of Organic Psychology in their work for public and private sectors.

If Organic Psychology makes sense to you, it indicates that your personal awareness has taken a step beyond the bonds that keep us on our damaging treadmill. That's the kind of thinking we need to improve the welfare and sustainability of people and the environment. We urge you to contact us.



Organics work. They reward us for thinking and acting in ways that work with nature instead of against it. We enjoy vital benefits because we and the environment are part of nature.

We make greater sense of our lives by using organics to help us personally and professionally purify the pollution found in the environment, our neighborhood and our mentality. They are all interrelated, all are products of the disconnection of our thinking from nature.

Organics are different. They are a way of thinking that either avoids harmful things or helps nature transform harmful things into support for life and balanced well-being.

Organic thinking has joyfully been applied to gardening, farming, food and many other products. Ask a person who grows an organic garden what they think and feel about it. Ask yourself why you are happier about, and trust, organic products over those that are not organic.

Uniquely, during the past half-century, Project NatureConnect has integrated organics into the fields of counseling, education and healing. The result is an Organic Psychology that helps people create thoughtful sensory moments in natural areas, backyard or backcountry. In these teachable, nature-connected periods and places, our thinking uses Organic Psychology tools to tap into the perfection of nature's grace, balance and restorative powers. They safely and consciously enter our psyche to guide and strengthen our intelligence. This process enhances our passion to improve our thinking, relationships and spirit at every level; our consciousness and well-being expand.

We learn to use the nature-connected thinking process of Organic Psychology via the Internet, or in a local setting, in less than two weeks at three hours/day, or in two months at five hours per week. The process enhances any discipline, profession, spirituality or relationship.



Organic Psychology helps us address a profound, often hidden problem in our society. The problem is that, to our great hurt and loss, we daily abort our psyche from the natural intelligence and nurturance of its inheritance, its supportive womb in nature. We disconnect it from the spirit, consciousness and wise energies of our Mother Earth.

Again, although we and our psyche are part of nature, on average, over 95 percent of our time and 99 percent of our thinking is separated from nature. This disengagement from our natural legacy is catastrophic. The way we think becomes harmfully out of tune with way nature's potent balancing and renewing powers work. This disjuncture leads us to unthoughtfully engage in economics and progress that have us running amok in natural and social life communities.

As demonstrated by many cultures over many millenniums, nature's unifying grace and restorative ways ordinarily support the sanity and well-being of nature-centered people. Natural people, in turn, think in ways that help sustain nature's non-polluting perfection. They are seldom the cause of our great troubles.

An essence of our unsolvable problems is that our excessive separation from nature underlies most of our personal, social and environmental dysfunctions. But how can nature help us improve or correct our thinking when we have severely separated our thinking from nature?

With 99 percent of our thinking separated from nature, we are so bewildered (disconnected from wilderness) we don't recognize that, nature-wise, we usually suffer the mental-emotional shortcomings and restricted bonds of an adult who has been born and raised in a closet. Our mentality manages nature and Earth little better than a lobster running Kennedy International Airport.

A major dysfunction we suffer is our bonding to the belief that, contrary to good evidence, we can't genuinely reconnect our thinking with nature or benefit if we did.



Our thinking is our destiny. Organic Psychology provides the co-creative ways and means for us to grow by safely reconnecting our thinking with the way nature works. Nature produces optimums of life, diversity, cooperation, peace and balanced perfection. It accomplishes this without producing garbage or our excessive pollution, insanity and abusiveness.

A simple example of Organic Psychology-in-action is the decision to take a walk in the park in order to think or feel better, to clear our head. We benefit from the refreshing mind-set that results from choosing to visit a park's natural area and enjoy nature's renewing ways there. However, most of us don't recognize, or simply reject, that connecting with nature in the park is far more than just "getting away from our problems." We learn to refute that it is also a healing process. Too often we deny that in the park a touch of nature's integrity has revitalized us. In addition, we deny that, to our and nature's benefit, this process can, at will, be strengthened, intensified and continued long-term.



While visiting natural areas, genuine contact with nature's ways provides an antidote for what ails us due to our excessive disconnection from nature. The science of Organic Psychology provides us with a nature-reconnecting art that enables our mentality to thoughtfully and safely connect with nature's healing essence, backyard or backcountry. It enables us to make nature-connected prevention and recuperation available at will, even in conjunction with a pet, aquarium or potted plant. It helps our mind, soul and consciousness benefit from nature's balance and beauty.

Organic Psychology works because:

  • It gives our thinking the means to interlace with nature. We become more whole from com posting into fertile thoughts the garbage that destructive aspects of society have dumped into our psyche.
  • It helps us to recycle destructive ways that we think and feel; our renewed psyche and resilience more effectively repair the damage inflicted on ourselves, society and nature.
  • It gives us the power to make sensible changes and refute detrimentally bonded or addictive relationships. This empowerment erases apathy.
  • It increases our ability to recover from dysfunctions, disorders, addictions, stress and relationship problems, locally and/or globally.

Organic Psychology too often seems like a fraudulent "Snake Oil Cure-All" to our nature-disconnected ways of thinking. It remains unbelievable until we engage in it and enjoy its benefits, or our mind acknowledges the validity of an observation by Gregory Bateson and many others: "Our greatest problems result from the difference between how we think and how nature works."

Unlike most education, psychology, healing or therapy, Organic Psychology helps our thinking include nature's regenerative powers by creating nature-connected moments that let Earth teach and become a supportive ally. It gives us the ability to expand our consciousness and strengthen our love for the whole of life. This is important because we only protect what we love.

Organic Psychology is now funded; the accredited distance learning training courses and degree programs it offers online are guaranteed affordable.

Obviously, today, the consciousness of our society does not yet hold the welfare of natural systems, around and within us, in high regard. For example, although the benefits of sustainable Organic Farming to the land and people have been well known since 1965, only about 0.2 percent of all U.S. crop land has been certified organic since then, while 70% of song bird populations continue to decline and our cancer rates, dysfunctions and stress levels rise.

With support, Organic Psychology can help us improve our whole-life consciousness and the well-being of all natural systems around and within us. See and for the documented results of Organic Psychology and how you can easily learn to use it.

Does Organic Psychology make sense to you? Can you help its use provide the support and success it needs and vice versa? Is doing this of interest to you?



We are developing funding to provide part-time jobs at $20,000/year, or more, for trained individuals to be Internet and/or on-site facilitators for teaching the skills of Organic Psychology to any interested group or organization. Would you or your organization be interested in the free services of such a guide? Would you, or one or more individuals you know be interested in training as a part-time guide? Can your services help us develop interest in the use of such guides or applying Organic Psychology to contemporary endeavors and relationships?

Thank you for considering this page and opportunity. We look forward to your suggestions and involvement; we hope you can become part of this team effort to stop fracturing the well-being, wholeness and integrity of the global life community.

Owls and Howls,

Michael J. Cohen


Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Institute of Global Education
Special NGO consultant to the UNESCO
Integrated Ecology/Project NatureConnnect

Chair: Akamai University Applied Ecopsychology
Faculty: Portland State University Extended Studies
Faculty: West Coast University.

P. O. Box 1605,
Friday Harbor, WA 98250



1. M.J. Cohen, Got Nature?

2. Taproots Outdoor Education Journal, Teaching Outdoor Love to an Indoor World

3. Project NatureConnect, Secrets of the Natural Attractions Trail

4. Project NatureConnect, Survey of Participants

5. M.J. Cohen, How We Can Come to our Senses



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