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

Michael J.Cohen, Ed.D. Director





Learning With Nature in a Graduate Student Cooperative



Experts in every discipline usually have one thing in common. They are all experts in some aspect of contemporary society's thinking process. However, that process is and has destructively disconnected itself and us from nature, from global wholeness.

This Post Doctoral program gives experts the opportunity to reverse this damaging separation, to build a beneficial nature-reconnecting component into their work and help others enjoy its rewards, too. It accomplishes this by giving experts the opportunity to apply their level of expertise to the Certification Program and its administrative procedures. Select here for an overview of Certification procedures

The Natural Systems Thinking Process validates that contemporary humanity's greatest personal and global problems result from the destructive separation of the way we think from the cooperative ways of our biological and psychological origins in the global ecosystem. For this reason, NSTP Learning With Nature helps the human race and Earth co-create to survive the destructiveness of the human race.

To deal with our separation, we must start by recognizing it and its effects. We can't think about things that our conditioning prevents us from registering in our consciousness.

"The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds." 

R. D. Laing

NSTP ecopsychology helps people experience and share thoughtful, sensory, attraction connections with authentic nature. Noticing and validating them improves their personal and environmental relationships.


To enable experts in various fields to master, research and teach the Natural Systems Thinking Process.



To help individuals, society and the environment improve by empowering leaders to use and integrate NSTP.


To participate in the IGE Applied Ecopsychology / Integrated Ecology Post Doctoral (PD) program:

In conjunction with the IGE director, Dr. Michael J. Cohen ( 360-378-6313 ):

1. Candidates apply for the PD program, successfully complete the Orientation Course ($35) and receive a Continuation Grant of $100 upon presenting an appropriate outline of their PD program, schedule and goals with respect to their present expertise or professional intentions.

2. Participants master a working knowledge of the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) through the online and on-site training courses.

3. Participants, in conjunction with their support team, design and carry out research that investigates areas of the program of interest to the participant and in support of the United Nations manifesto for environmentally sound personal growth and social justice.

4. Participants find and obtain funding to support their research and participation.


Offered by the Institute of Global Education, Project NatureConnect and Portland State University


Courses have credit assignments and are applicable and transferable into appropriate academic and professional programs. Tuition is that of the Certification program $2320. That is done on a Post Doctoral level with credit accreditation optional and extra.


The following course descriptions are fulfilled by the courses offered in the Certification Program.


ECO 901: Educating and Counseling With Nature (5 credits)

DESCRIPTION: Students discover the ways our excessive separation from nature stresses our sensuous inner nature and initiates our personal and global troubles. Students learn to reverse this destructive process by mastering thoughtful, sensory, nature reconnecting, activities that dissolve stress by satisfying our deepest natural loves, wants, and spirit. This hands-on course teaches applicable and lasting leadership, education, counseling, and mental health skills that feelingly tap the "higher power" wisdom of Earth's creation process. The course presents the concepts of the Natural Systems Thinking Process and the Globally Balanced Thinking Score. The interactivity among students and mentor empower students to let nature help them nurture warm interpersonal relationships, wellness, and responsibility on personal and global levels. Students relate the course methods and materials to their fields of interest in order to integrate these areas with the global ecosystem.

includes the following IGE courses:

ECO 500 Psychology of Global Citizenship 1 credit PSU

ECO 508 Natural Attractions (Einstein's World) 1 credit PSU

ECO 501 Introductory RWN 2 credit PSU

ECO 902: Educating and Counseling with Nature (7 credits)

DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite ECO 901: Students promote personal, social and environmental responsibility by mastering and adapting unique "nature-connecting" hands-on, interactive methods for personal and professional use. Students discover how reconnecting with nature provides information, and serves to reverse personal, cultural and ecological disorders. Students establish and identify a three-person study team with whom they work. They maintain a journal of their participation and prepare a 15 page reflective paper.

includes the following IGE courses:

ECO 502 parts I and II WMWE 4 credits PSU .

ECO 509 Global History of the Senses

ECO 503 Directed Readings

ECO 504 Ecopsychology in Culture


ECO 903: Practicum in Educating and Counseling With Nature

includes the following IGE courses:

ECO 601 Student teaching

ECO 602 Student teaching

ECO 751 Field Studies or Special Topics.(optional)

Post Doctoral Application Form

nstitute of Global Education
Special NGO consultant to United Nations Economic and Social Council.
P.O. Box 1605 Friday Harbor WA 98250
(360) 378-6313