.. Book: RECONNECTING WITH NATURE. Counteract the amazing lie and disconnection that underlies our great troubles. Readily access a critical but missing natural systems component of psychology, therapy and education. Powerfully increase well being in yourself, others and the environment. Learn to use and share new tools for hope.


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Organic Psychology
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Nature-Connected Learning and Healing Online: degrees, jobs and accredited training courses enhance your personal and professional goals. Our grant-funded, organic methods and materials help you safely tap into and benefit from the grace, balance and restorative powers of natural systems, backyard or backcountry.

Use the hands-on application of ecopsychology to strengthen your effectiveness and friendships. Help reduce stress and increase well-being in people and the environment. Add the supportive sunlight and beauty of the natural world to your relationships.

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Third Edition, January, 2007
Special Tenth Anniversary Update Edition

NEW: This edition includes The Webstring Model, Nine Leg Formula and Natural Attraction Essence

This is a required textbook for the Organic Psychology Orientation Course Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship. It is used in conjunction with The Web of Life Imperative




"If the higher purpose of literature is to provoke thought...then Michael J. Cohen has written a masterpiece!

"Reconnecting With Nature" is as provocative a book as this reviewer has seen. It is about awareness..and enlightenment and enablement. A brilliant book for all seeking renewal in our relationships with our environment and our selves!

Cohen makes us aware of our estrangement from nature and the natural in a bold, forthright yet compassionate fashion. He then shows us that the circumstance is not only solvable...it is do-able. Then he gives us simple, practical, natural sensory solutions, activities to enable us to find our way back to the loves, truths and integrity that some of our Native American forebears lived, daily.

Reconnecting With Nature is a waker-upper! Michael J. Cohen has sounded the alarm, defined the problem and given us the tools to put out the fire."

Richard Fuller, Senior Editor, Metaphysical Reviews,

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When we learn to believe or know an essence of life differently from the way that we experience that life-essence, our psyche becomes deeply conflicted. This conflict erodes our sense of trust and of who we are. It stresses the roots of our psyche.   

As the effects from this conflict intensify, our stress increases. Peace declines within and about us.

Today, our life-conflict is at epidemic proportions. The stress it produces underlies most of our medical and environmental disorders. We can't reduce the conflict because we seldom recognize its origins in our detrimental relationship with nature, or its remedy.

On the homepage of Reconnecting With Nature, findings, descriptions and courses identify the source of this conflict and financially subsidize the practical online antidote and preventative for it found in Reconnecting With Nature.

The homepage gives you an excellent overview of Reconnecting With Nature.

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Are you benefiting from the grace, balance and restorative powers available to you by sensibly connecting your thinking with nature?

Most of us have been conditioned to ignore over 50 natural sensory connections, sensitivities that help us share nature's beauty health and regenerative ways. This omission underlies our excessive stress and disorders.

The Organic Psychology chapters and activities in Reconnecting With Nature enable us to help our 53 natural senses strengthen the corrective pulse and flow of natural systems through our psyche. The systems, in turn, decompose and transform industrial society's pollution of our mind and heart into personal, environmental and spiritual well-being.


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Reconnecting With Nature provides a critical missing link for achieving personal and environmental well-being.

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Reconnecting With Nature (2007) teaches Organic Psychology, a hands-on sensory science that helps you increase personal and environmental well-being. Natural systems are self-correcting and purifying. Learn how to think and feel with their grace balance and restorative powers. Renew yourself. Help nature recycle contamination out of your psyche and relationships. http://www.ecopsych.com/newbook2007.html


"A remarkable book: a do it yourself ecopsychology process that enables any school or individual to build responsible community and environmental relationships. It's a must for educators who want to engage students in meaningful education filled with concern for creation."

Miriam Weinstein, author of the Random House Princeton Series:Making a Difference College Guide




We produce and suffer dysfunctions whenever the ways of industrial society disconnect us from the purifying global flow of nature and its systems. Today, severely deprived of this flow for 98 percent of lives, our psyche stagnates. This pollutes how we think and feel and many disorders result.

Nature produces no garbage because its grace, balance and restorative powers recycle contamination. Personally and professionally we must help our thinking and feeling benefit from the regenerative ways of natural systems that we learn to block from our mind. Reconnecting With Nature 2007 provides sensory nature-connecting tools that help us achieve this goal. We help nature and its systems recyle back to health the hurt and contamination by industrial society of our individual and collective psyche.

Experience a nature-connecting exploration activity from the book. Discover, hands-on, its benefit to you. (Then return here using "back" or "go"in the menu, or bookmark this page.)

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"Dr. Cohen's compelling application of ecopsychology connects us with the often ignored source of spirit and wellness found in nature. His deeply felt chapters catalyze conscious sensory contacts with the natural world and bind us to energies that heal our deeper being."

Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D.
Researcher and bestselling author of RecoveringThe Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Search.

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- Mardi Jones, Ph.D.

In the natural world, and nature connected people, too, at least 53 natural web-of-life sensitivities help create and sustain balanced community relationships. In this nurturing way, nature avoids our runaway personal, social and environmental problems

Our nature-separated lives train us to suppress our 53 inherent natural senses. While most of us have little idea of what they are, the frustration of these senses degrades our thinking and feeling. Without their transformative ways entering our awareness, our mind and relationships lose the fulfilling inspiration, intelligence and joy found in nature's purity. Always dissatisfied, we want and need more of everything. This feeling is a major source of many troubles.

Reconnecting With Nature empowers you to participate in the Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process. It teaches you how to scientifically heighten the enjoyment and knowledge that eminates from helping natural systems renew your natural sensory self.

Dr. Cohen's pivotal work shows how to use 24 sensory nature reconnecting activities to recover and energize our natural sensitivities and make greater sense of our lives. The process enables us to enjoy the happiness, beauty and connection to Earth that only our natural senses and sensibilities offer. As the activities restore the benefits of our natural senses in our consciousness, our spirit soars and disorders subside.

In 30 days, master a nature reconnected way of thinking that feelingly unleashes into our awareness the power of our inherent, but suppressed, inner nature sensibilities.

This book's Applied Ecopsychology formula is a practical, accredited process that lets nature nurture and teach. Visit the online outcomes page and its links for a documentation of this book's extraordinary effects.

Reconnecting With Nature is a companion volume to The Web of Life Imperative. Its benefits are guaranteed when these books are used in conjunction with the accredited online Organic Psychology training course Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship.



"Dr. Cohen offers an environmentally sound, hands-on educational process that reduces apathy, catalyzes peace and promotes mental health. It fulfills our personal and economic needs, deeper ideals and spirit. His work deserves the attention of every person who seeks to reverse our troubles."

Dr. Robert Muller, Chancellor of the University for Peace, United Nations, Assistant Secretary General Emeritus of the United Nations; the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Peace Prize and UNESCO prize for peace.

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1) Learn how to increasingly think with and enjoy the vibrance of nature's wise diversity and beauty.

2) Discover lasting support and resilancy through your sensory and spirt connection with the outdoors.

3) Resonate in the integrity of our living planet and sustaining it.

4) Celebrate love you can trust.

5) Peacefully dissolve stress.

6) Understand the evolution of Western Civilization's adversarial nature paradigms and break free of them.

7) Learn to creatively blend the sensory ("old brain") and cognitive ("new brain") aspects of experience to sustain balanced emotionality and relationships.

8) Gain the cognitive skills necessary for you to tap into the web of life and "higher power" webstrands found there.

9) Learn how to let your path to unity guide you.

10) Increase your ablility to make a difference.

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A student's email to her online study group about Reconnecting With Nature

"This chapter has been very rewarding. I've found places in my neighborhood that I didn't know existed. It's broadened the immediate environment around me and allows me to feel like the area that I live in is more naturally "rich" than I thought it was. I know those areas are right around the corner from me when I want to be in them and enjoy Nature. Taking the time to get outside and open my senses allowed my days to unfold differently, with more balance and motivation than they would have had otherwise.

This way of thinking and the exercises are definitely going to affect the way things develop for me in the future. It allows me to overcome certain reservations that I've had about the direction I want to go in, the things I'd like to achieve, the judgements of other people that I have allowed to hold me back. It's a wonderful feeling to know that, in a way, I'll always have a friend, counselor, and connection in Nature and the world around me. It's basic, it's natural, and it's real. It's a true sense of trust and compassion. Having this relationship with the natural world reminds me that I simply AM and will always be. The best thing I can do in my life is remain connected and continue along the path that I know I'm meant to travel."


Reconnecting With Nature is a self-guiding text used for applications of, and courses and degree programs in:

Environmental Ethics, Education and Spirituality
Webstring Relationships
Nature Interpretation
Conflict Resolution
Dependency and Abuse Recovery
Personal Growth
Natural Science


Applied Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. has been living, learning and teaching in the outdoors for over 35 years. He has founded the Natural Systems Thinking Process of Organic Psychology and the environmental sensitivity degree programs at Trailside Outdoor Camps, the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute, Lesley College Graduate School, and Project NatureConnect at The Institute of Global Education, a special NGO consultant to the United Nations Council on Economic and Social Development. Cohen has directed the Department of Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology distant learning degree programs at Greenwich University, the International University of Professional Studies West Coast and Akamai Universities and he serves as adjunct faculty for accredited courses at Portland State University. These programs are dedicated to produce socially and psychologically responsible environmental education. Dr. Cohen is the 1994 recipient of the Distinguished World Citizen Award for his work in refining wholistic methods to help people consciously reconnect with and benefit from nature. His many articles and books include The Web of Life Imperative, Well Mind, Well Earth, Einstein's World and How Nature Works. He currently lives and teaches on San Juan Island in Washington State.

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