Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature, subsidized Ph.D. / M.S. / B.S. degrees, courses  and career training online.


HOLISTIC HEALTH EDUCATION THERAPY CERTIFICATION. Nature-Connected Learning and Healing: Online degrees, jobs and accredited training courses enhance personal and professional goals. Our grant-funded methods and materials help you safely tap into the grace, balance and restorative powers of natural systems, backyard or backcountry.

Use the hands-on application of ecopsychology to strengthen your effectiveness and reduce stress and disorders. Add the supportive sunlight and beauty of the natural world to your relationships.

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Project NatureConnect
Institute of Global Education
Organic Psychology
Special NGO Consultant, United Nations Economic and Social Council
Practical distance learning that increases energy, expertise and spirit.


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Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature

Nature-connected learning in support of the United Nations manifesto for environmentally sound personal growth and social justice: the practical application of biophilia and ecology of mind.


for nature-connected:

- Self-help or Personal growth
- Life Coaching or Personal Coaching
- Teacher, Healer, Mentor, Counselor, Parent or Facilitator
- Pastoral Counselor
- Marriage, Therapy or Recovery Counselor
- Course Instructor,
- Meditation Coach
- Outdoor Leader
- Child Development
- Ecotherapy
- Independent Organic Psychology Contractor
- Independent Program Founder or Director
- Courses for Training or Degree Programs
- Trainer/counselor/coach/teacher/leader in any appropriate area of expertise.


PNC Certification: 

Following the course sequence and links on the community process calendar leads to Level 1, 2, or 3 certification for combining the Applied Ecopsychology discipline of Organic Psychology/Natural Attraction Ecology (OP/NAE) to any of the areas of expertise listed above, and others of interest.  This is accomplished by adding OP/NAE courses and training requirements to a properly identified discipline or profession.

Affiliation:  The PNC Practitioners' Cooperative (PNC/PC)

Certification can be strengthened by additionally arranging to be a PNC affiliate. Affiliates are participants who demonstrate Organic Psychology/Natural Attraction Ecology (OP/NAE) expertise, with or without academic certification and seek to establish a long term relationship with PNC. This includes being practitioners for it and/or ambassadors or avatars of it as part of PNC/PC. They are individuals who recognize that they and their clients live in the standard universe and that for over 50 years PNC has originated and offered valuable training in the art and science of OP/NAE. They know that PNC is a unique organization with a special holistic integrity that deserves support and already enjoys strong financial donations to help it succeed. 

Future plans are for PNC to become a funded, profitable cooperative owned and operated by its affiliates.

As part of programs they offer the public, PNC/PC practitioners help their clients learn to use the OP/NAE activities that, at minimum, make up the Orientation Course and Web of Life Imperative Book. This enables their clients to obtain credit for their work with the Affiliate, either directly through practitioners facilitating PNC courses or by clients taking courses online with PNC/PC. Practitioners gain mutually supportive PNC/PC links and pages to and from their websites and may add the PNC insignia to their materials.

Practitioners have mastered the basics of the Natural Systems Thinking Process and The Webstring Model of Natural Attraction Ecology. They are qualified to teach introductory courses and workshops or incorporate introductory NatureConnect activities and sensory restoration work into their personal life and/or professional practice.  



Natural Attraction Ecology Certificate of Accreditation
IGE/PNC (forthcoming 3/15/13)

(Please visit  PNCsteps.com for course links, sequences, signups and degrees.  PNC pages contains general course descriptions.)

Level I Certificate for ECHN and Ecotherapy

Duration:  1 year
Tuition: $765.00

ECO 500/600: Organic Psychology of Global Citizenship (Required: 2 Credits)
ECO 501/601: Introduction to Educating and Counseling with Nature (Required: 3 Credits)
ECO 508/608: Natural Attractions, Intelligence and Sanity (Required: 1 Credit)
ECO 751: Field Studies in Educating and Counseling with Nature (Required: 2 Credits)
ECO 800: Certification of Requirement Completion for Certificate, Degree, and Student Cooperative Agreements (Required: 1 Credit)

Ecotherapy Certificate: Add ECO 700 course requirements

SPECIAL OPTION: Eco-Art Therapy Certification
Duration:  1 year or less. Online self-study. (10 Credits)
Tuition: $850 (Includes texts and a DVD)
ECO 500/600: Organic Psychology of Global Citizenship (Required: 3 Credits)
ECO 501/601: Introduction to Educating and Counseling with Nature (Required: 3 Credits)
ECO 530/630: An Introduction to Eco-Art Therapy (3 Credits)
Final comprehensive paper (Required: 1 Credit)
Visit Eco-Art Therapy for more information.  Click here to view course descriptions.
Contact Dr. Theresa Sweeney to enroll.


Level II Certificate

Graduates have gained a more in-depth understanding of the function of natural attraction in both natural systems and interpersonal relations and of the dynamics of attraction and consent in the web of life. They have attained an intermediate level of expertise in guiding sensory restoration and nature-centered personal growth work with students and clients. They are qualified to develop and facilitate intermediate courses or workshops, or conduct individual sessions with individuals integrating the Natural Systems Thinking Process.

Duration: 1 year
Tuition:  $1700.00
Prerequisite: Level 1 Certificate

ECO 502A/602A: Educating and Counseling with Nature I: Student Teaching and Research (Required: 5 Credits)
ECO 502B/602B: Educating and Counseling with Nature II: Student Teaching and Research (Required: 4 Credits)
ECO 791: Special Projects in Applied Ecopsychology (Required: 3 Credits)
EXM 880: Comprehensive Examination (Required: 2 Credits)

Participants select two of the following course modules for a total of 6 credits (ECO 752, 753 and 792 can use past training and experience):

ECO 503/603: Exploratory Readings in Applied Ecopsychology (3 Credits)
ECO 504/604: Researching Sensory Knowing and Culture (3 Credits)
ECO 509/609: Global History of the Senses (3 Credits)
ECO 522/622: Public Relations and (3 Credits)
ECO 530/630: An Introduction to Eco-Art Therapy (3 Credits)
ECO 752: Advanced Field Studies in Applied Ecopsychology (3 Credits)
ECO 753: Case Studies in Applied Ecopsychology (3 Credits)
ECO 792: Advanced Readings in Applied Ecopsychology (3 Credits)

Level III Certificate

Graduates have attained a deep understanding of Natural Attraction Ecology and the Natural Systems Thinking Process. They have attained an advanced level of personal sensory restoration and are qualified to develop and teach advanced classes and workshops, guide individuals and groups in re-integration with the natural community through sensory restoration and the practice of Natural Attraction Ecology.

Duration: 1 year
Tuition: $255.00
Prerequisites: Level 1 & Level 2 Certificates

ECO 612: Educating and Counseling with Nature: Student Teaching (Required: 3 Credits)

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Introduction to Certification

Are you learning all you really need to know?

Why not master the critical whole life and wellness factor in nature that your education, to your loss, often omits?


NOTE: The questions below are not a test. They are offered to you solely as a means for you to discover if a statement about our relationships with natural systems can be considered true or false and why.


Start by considering whether this statement is True or False:

 ( ..) T ..(..) F
Many cultures demonstrate that humanity is not born into producing the destructive environmental, social and personal problems associated with contemporary society. The reason we produce these problems is because our socialization educates, conditions and stresses us to produce them. This results in many personal disorders.



From the moment of birth or before, when the stone-age baby first meets its twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to our long existing forces of outrageous violence to life including its life. By the time the new human being is fifteen or so, we are left with a being like ourselves, a half-crazed creature, more or less adjusted to a mad world. This is normality in our present age.

- R. D. Laing (edited)



  • The remainder of this self-help web page is important to you because it conveys facts too embarassing for most contemporary institutions to admit or face.
  • Uniquely, this page connects you to an powerful tool, an organic social technology that enables your to benefit from the facts this page conveys.
  • To discover great personal life coach healing opportunities and alternative medicine counselling and recovery benefits you may be missing, simply identify the statements below that are true for you.



We are part of Nature. The deteriorating state of the world shows that our society survives from economic profit and social rewards derived by conquering and exploiting Earth's natural systems within and around us. As we reduce them to "natural resources" the injury we inflict to them produces our personal and environmental troubles.


"The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way man thinks."

- Gregory Bateson



Because we are members of a nature conquering culture, normally, most educational and psychology systems reward us, and are in turn rewarded, for teaching us to think and relate in nature-exploitive ways. This injures natural systems within and around us. Because the rewards emotionally or psychologically bond or addict us to our destructive ways, change is very difficult.


"The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

- Albert Einstein Nobel Prize recipient



It is a form of madness to destroy our own life support system. Most people can, however, learn how to stop this form of insanity.


"The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years."

- R. D. Laing (1989)



There is now a sensory, organic, nature-connected, learning process that enables you to transform the destructive conditioning and effects of present day thinking and acting into constructive relationships.


"The Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature process uniquely empowers people to create authentic, connective, sensory moments in Nature. This genuine contact of our psyche with its origins in nature's renewing powers enables us to realign our unreasonable bonds to destructive relationships. We reap benefits and rewards as we let natural systems compost and recycle our hurtful bonds and addictions into cooperative participation."

- M. B. Jones.....................



You, may choose as part of your personal or professional goals to increase the value power and responsibility of your education by mastering a nature connected learning process. You may reduce your present tuition costs, if any, in the process.


"Biophilia is our inborn, emotional affiliation to other living organisms. It is a powerful form of reasoning that looks at the very roots of motivation and helps us understand why we cherish and protect life"

Edward O. Wilson (edited) Pullitzer Prize recipient



Nature's intelligence, the way nature works, naturally attracts Planet Earth and our mind and body into a healthy, purifying, balance. Unadulterated natural systems seldom, if ever, produce our garbage, pollution, stress, mental illness or war. Nature rarely displays loneliness, abusiveness, or excessive violence. As part of nature, we inherit its peaceful intelligence in our senses and sensibility. To our loss and cost, our society does not require that we learn how to nurture and think with this intelligence. Rather, our historic tendency is to abuse, assault and conquer it; our greatest troubles result.


"Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the action of people."

- Albert Einstein



Learning how to implement and enjoy the responsible rewards of your natural intelligence is a vital but missing element in most Education curriculums. This web site presents you with the opportunity to learn how to produce the remarkable benefits of thinking with nature as a resilient component of your personal and professional life. If you are a nature lover, this web site helps you more fully use and enjoy the rewards of that powerful love in your profession and personal life.


The human need for nature is linked not just to the material exploitation of the environment but also to the influence of the natural world on our emotional, cognitive, aesthetic, and even spiritual development.

- Edward O. Wilson



You can graduate from any school with the Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature certificate (seen below) as a part of your diploma that opens many doors for you and that may be used as part of high school, undergraduate, graduate or post doctoral education.


"Until mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all living things, he will never, himself, know peace."

- Albert Schweitzer Nobel Prize recipient




Has authentic, nature connected, organic learning been omitted from your education?

Won't you and the world benefit if you achieve the Certificate below?  We will customize its content to best help you meet your personal or livelihood needs.

 Institute of Global Education
Special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council

Certificate of Achievement
Education, Counseling and Healing With Nature
This proclamation affirms that

Your Name Here

has qualified as a Level One
Instructor/Facilitator in Applied Ecopsychology 
Natural Attraction Ecology

in conjunction with

Career Area: _____________________________


Michael J.Cohen, Ph.D.



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Why it works:
As described above, Learning With Nature enables you to make contact with the perfections of nature for which there are no known substitute.

It is the organic imperfections of our thinking and our substitutions that pollute natural systems within and around us and produce great problems. Nature-connected personal life coaching, healing and alternative medicine counseling strengthen as they meet this mental health challenge


Improve your education.
You may easily and inexpensively include this Certificate of Achievement as part of your education, diploma and degree, or as an addition to it independently. This will make you eligible to work as a nature-connected:

- Self-help or Personal growth instructor
Life Coach or Personal Coach
- Teacher, Healer, Mentor, or Facilitator
- Pastoral Counselor
- Marriage, Therapy or Recovery Counselor
- Course Instructor
- Outdoor Leader
- Meditation Coach
- Independent Contractor
- Independent Program Founder or Director
- Student in Related Training or Degree Programs

You may, in addition, obtain online a distance learning Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Degree or Certificate in Nature Connected Learning, personal life coach healing and alternative medicine counselling. The program starts with our Orientation Course

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