"The state of the world
shows that most of us are knuckleheads with respect to enjoying
inner peace and building responsible personal, environmental
and social relationships. Where then in our irresponsible society
can a person find a responsible source of
The above question is the thrust
of a free
gift, online, nature-connected psychology
and spirit trail and course designed by Dr. Michael
J. Cohen. Dr. Cohen is the Director of Integrated Ecology at
the Institute of Global Education, a special NGO consultant to
the United Nations Economic and Social Council. There, Cohen,
an Applied Ecopsychologist, serves as faculty to three online
This gift provides critical information and additional links to ecotherapy
knowledge and processes on the web that enable people to build
responsible life relationships.
All the gift material, although
it has spiritual overtones, has been reviewed and published in
professional science and technology, psychological, and environmental
education journals. It is condensed from several accredited university
courses. You can elect to have it become part of your academic
transcript or professional training requirements
Trail/course participants trust the
information the course offers because, unlike hearsay or book
learning, they experience it first hand. This enables them to register
its authenticity in their senses and sensibilities. They accomplish
this by making genuine sensory contacts with intact ecosystems,
backyard or backcountry. Improved wellness and personal and environmental
relationships result from this connection.
The course addresses many significant
ecotherapy questions we personally face (below) that underlie
our unsolvable problems.
"Our biggest problem is that we blind ourselves
to our inherent natural ability to solve problems." says
Dr. Cohen, author of several books on the subject. "Many
problems persist because we learn to ignore a vital source of
ecological information and energy in Nature that enables us to
The Institute's cooperative scholarship program
make it affordable for anyone who thoughtfully loves nature to
enjoy greater personal and professional rewards by using and
teaching a unique natural systems thinking process.
The Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy questions
this free, unique, gift idea.
ENVIRONMENT: Since we are part
of Nature, what is the major difference that makes us destroy
the environment while everything else in Nature enhances it?
SUSTAINABILITY: Can you cite
a model, community or process that successfully produces sustainability?
ACCURATE INFORMATION: What
is the greatest truth that you can trust (hint: it is neither
God, love, Nature, nor honesty.)
PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS: What
produces the wanting void in our psyche, the discomfort, greed,
and loneliness that fuels most human and thereby environmental
SPIRITUALITY: What is the sensory
relationship between Nature, the Divine, and the Human Spirit?
EDUCATION: We learn how to
be who we are; what factor in modern education teaches us to
produce our lasting problems?
RECOVERY: What important source
of healing energy does our cultural bias omit thereby sustaining
our dependency upon healing programs and uninformed leaders?
ECONOMICS: What is the force
that produces environmentally and socially destructive economic
STRESS: What is the difference
between a fact, a thought and a feeling?
WAR: Why do we continue to
assault nature and people when it doesn't make sense and we neither
like doing it nor its hurtful effects?
INTELLIGENCE: How can we restore
to our thinking the missing 48 sensory intelligences that contemporary
society has buried in our subconscious?
NATURAL SYSTEMS: Why does contemporary
society often identify a person's love of nature as "escapist
recreation" rather than "peaceful re-creation."
IMPLEMENTATION: What readily
available, inexpensive, process enables us to strengthen our
inherent ability to build relationships that reduce these problems?
To discover practical, ecotherapy,
working answers to these questions you are welcome to take the
course and/or read
a short article
NOTE: The course contents are
also available in new books the Web
of Life Imperative and
Nature as Higher Power
Dr. Cohen may be reached at