Accredited Nature-Connecting Degrees and Courses On Line: Natural Science Career Education; Personal and Professional Whole Life System Training Grants and Jobs in Applied Ecopsychology.
Master the art of Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature (ECHN). 

Project NatureConnect Base Course

Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology

Practical distance learning to increase person/planet well being.


Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship
Certified Organic

Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature in action:
The whole-life art and science of creating moments that let the self-correcting lifeways of our Planet teach us what we need to know to come into balance.

What's This?


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"The greatest beauty is organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe."
~ Robinson Jeffers

Welcome, seeker of wellness and peace on Earth through peace with Earth.

Are you able,
for a moment, to put aside the many imaginary stories and warped or outdated beliefs that mislead us into our greatest problems?

Can you recognize that for anything or anybody to be part of a system they must be in communication with the system? That, otherwise, corrupt stress, conflict and disorders result from unintended trespasses and fraud?

No longer be deceived about your relationship with nature's ecosystem. You eat food, drink water, breathe air and then pass them back into the environment as organic products that sustain nature's well being. From this experience alone, you know full well that nature's dance flows through, in and around you, that you and I are an intricate part of the natural life system of Planet Earth. In fact, every four years or so every atom in our body becomes the environment and new atoms from the environment become us.

Since its beginning, Earth's life system has held itself together in self-correcting purity and balance. Attraction based relationships make this "holding together" happen.  It is not accomplished by Velcro.

Humanity did not invent attraction. Rather it is Einstein's Unified Field in action.  Attraction long preceded us. Attraction is natural, it is pure, original function or love of nature, a prime unifying energy of the eons, always part of the picture since the beginning, from sub-atomics to galaxies. 

Our attraction senses and sensations of thirst, hunger and belonging along with our desires for air, community and trust, are real.  They are expressions of out inborn natural attractions to our life needs from Mother Earth. They are the 54-sense intelligence (sensibilities) that help make our survival possible. They are also how nature helps us be aware of it, by registering our mutual attraction-connection with nature in our consciousness and sensibility.

To include us as contributing members our Planet's life system community, nature has given us the ability to be in communication with the natural through our natural attraction senses, and vice versa.

Each of our 54 or more natural attraction senses help us think and feel in homeostatic balance with Mother Earth. The time has long since come for us to stop denying this vital fact.

As demonstrated during our visits to attractive natural areas, our psyche is part of nature. During these visits, our natural senses connect with nature's nurturing, purifying and recycling powers. This is how and why stress, conflict and disorders subside when we are nature-connected, while our happiness and sensibility increase. There, our mind is back with its ancient, nurturing home.  It thinks better and we feel good.  

You might think of a natural area as "Nature's attraction-based, self-organizing, health-product Wal-Mart" were we can buy Vitamin N (Nature).
Doesn't it make sense to increase your own, humanity's and Earth's well being, to reverse our destructive prejudice against nature that we seldom acknowledge and be certified in doing this? To this end, this Orientation course helps you
, long-term, learn how to think and feel more sensibly. It enables you, at will, to create sensory moments of heightened awareness and healing in attractive natural areas, backyard or backcountry.  It empowers you to help yourself and others benefit from nature's restorative ways in and around you by creating moments that let Earth speak.

You can add the activities in this accredited course to any profession or relationship.  Once you do them, you own them. You may gain support from us for helping others benefit from them.

Enjoy the rewards of becoming a powerful contributing citizen of the global life community.

- Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.

Students' Course Evaluations

"What an experience these past few weeks have been. I must admit I was a little unsure about the internet learning process the first week, having left the corporate world a few months prior and very happy not to be stuck on a computer all day. When I started getting numerous emails I thought “I don’t know about this”. By the second week I couldn’t wait to get to my computer to do my post and to receive other posts and to respond to them. I can’t believe what an intimate, cohesive little group that we formed from early on and the experience just kept getting richer by the week. I would not have anticipated that such depth could be achieved from a group of strangers in such a short time.

Here is a formula that seemed to form for me as I thought about all of you this past week.  Trust + Honesty = Connection + Growth"


"This Orientation Course not only explains the science behind the process but provides real-life activities for individuals to participate in using the Natural Systems Thinking Process to reconnect with nature using the 53 natural senses known as Webstrings.  By asking permission to join natural communities, an individual, without the use verbal language, lets nature communicate through these 53 seamless sensory attraction energy strings.  By reconnecting with nature, one reconnects with the child-like joy and wonderment of experiencing life outside ourselves.  We learn who we are and why we are.  We learn what it is we need and what it is that we have lost.  And we gain it all back.  And it stays with us through the unconditional support of the natural world that we are of and belong to.  By offering Respect, we earn the Trust of natural systems and through this reestablished right and relationship, we see our role and responsibility in honoring these systems and protecting what it is they are and have a right to be…just like us. We belong.  We are of the Earth. This is our home.  We Are One.  And it is our right to honor this existence."


Sometimes seeing is believing. 
You are invited to review additional unsolicited evaluations of this online course and the process of educating, counseling and healing with nature.

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This accredited course involves you in natural area and online nature-contact experiences. They help you discover and explore, first hand, the information presented on our homepage and its links.

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What's This?

Something important to think about:

Are the experts, below and elsewhere, incorrect in their observations? Or, instead, do we suffer because, in hurtful ways, Industrial Society has destructively taught you and I to ignore the natural ways to live in peaceful balance with nature as it flows in and around us?

Don't we suffer disorders because our psyche been injured by our society's dualistic assault on our nature as part of Mother Nature?

"I am familiar with Dr. Cohen and his ecopsychology work. He 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."

"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 produce 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 Recovering The Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Search.

"The neurotransmitter levels in the brain are affected by medications that often help improve anxiety and mood problems. And just like medications, different kinds of therapies also impact the brain neurotransmitter levels in a positive therapeutic direction. Dr.Cohen's online courses through Project Nature Connect and his work have been shown to be beneficial and therefore would appear to be equivalent in many ways to Psychiatric visits. I highly recommend his courses."
- Phillip Michael Holman M.D.
Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1998, 2008), Diplomate of American Board of Medical Specialties (2008), Diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine (1983)

"The timely sound theory and well grounded experience of this course demands its use by enlightened people. I find its personalized, sensory-focused activities gently and safely lead adults and children back outdoors. In our struggle to find connectedness and meaning it allows the natural world to nurture a responsible growing edge of culture."

- Bill Hammond,
Director of Curriculum Services,
Florida Advisory Council on Environmental Education.

"This is not a reading experience, it's a hologram. It is communicating through talking leaves, something of what whales communicate to each are there."

- Robin E. Lagemann,
Indigenous People's activist.

Project NatureConnect Orientation Course

Institute of Global Education

Applied Ecopsychology


An online course of study for college degrees, careers and CEU training courses that enhance your personal and professional goals.

Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature

Supportive Degrees, Career Training Courses and Jobs On Line

Project NatureConnect offers nature-centered distant learning that enables you to add the benefits of nature-connecting methods and credentials to your degree program and/or your skills, interests and hobbies.
We honor your prior training and life experience by providing grants and equivalent education credit for it.

You may take accredited or professional CEU coursework and/or obtain a Nature-Connected Degree or Certificate in most disciplines or personal interests. A partial subject list is located at the bottom of this page.
  • Improve your income and satisfaction through independent, interdisciplinary or integrated study and Ecopsychology.
  • Help people connect their thoughts and feelings with the self-correcting and renewing ways of the global web of life community.
  • Increase personal social and environmental well being with an antidote for fraud and corrupt relationships.
  • Add the sunlight beauty and spirit of the natural world to your life and relationships.
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The Official Project NatureConnect Orientation Course to begin the process of Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature:

Organic Psychology Elements of Global Citizenship

...1-3 Credits, online, interactive, 10-weeks at 4 hours/week

...- Support for creating moments that let Earth teach

...- Support for online study and accredited degrees

...- Support for the science of Natural Attraction Ecology

...- Support for an antidote to corrupt thinking and fraud.

"If you want to enjoy swimming, as well as protect yourself from drowning, become a swimmer. Accomplish this by getting in the water and learning how to swim through this course."

Books and discussions alone will not teach you all that you need to know about swimming. Books can't swim.

This course teaches you how to create singular moments that let Earth teach. It enables us to swim responsibly in, and as part of, "Nature's dance-of-aliveness natural attraction pond."  We master how to swim there together in balance by doing it, by getting our feet wet, by letting natural attractions (the Unified Field) in the pond help us re-learn its eco-intelligent dance steps that support its and our health in balance. This is easy because we already know them genetically and they surround us in nature, too.

The energies of the pond empower us dance together to its rhythms that we inherit but have been taught to forget. The challenge is to let the dance help us help each other make the time and space in our excessively stressed and wounded lives to keep our commitment to the dance, the course and each other.

Jump in. Learn and teach the means to live in the joy and balance of the whole of life. Enable yourself, at will, to imbed your psyche in conscious singular moments with the renewing flow of authentic nature, within and around you. That immediate time and space lets Earth, in its natural sensory ways, help you think with the unpolluted wisdom, sensitivity and balance of its self-correcting powers.

We suffer because our society has yet to use this readily available knowledge. Harvard and Yale don't teach it and look at their effects to date."

- Michael J. Cohen


- This 1-3 credit Orientation Course is the starting point for all Certificates, Degree Programs and additional courses.

SELECT HERE: to see the sequence of connection steps for funded training, certificates and degree.


- It is a prerequisite for most of our other courses. 

- It provides you with the means to increase personal, social and environmental well-being.

Call 360-378-6313 to enroll in the next course starting date or email us    To sign up for this course directly, select here.


APPLICATION: For a course application form email us or call 360-378-6313.  Once you have completed the application, you will be given instructions on how to proceed with the course.

Special, online orientation course starts now: 3-Credit, 9-week, unscheduled 4 hours/week, includes 2 books, DVD links, degree and grant eligibility, accredited CEU's ; Tuition $150. (11/01/15)

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An Orientation to Organic Psychology and Integral Ecology: The Natural Systems Thinking Process

  • The science of communicating with natural systems
  • The restoration of Earth's intelligence and regenerative powers within our mentality
  • The art of learning how to think with nature
  • A powerful antidote for Natural System Dysfunction (NSD) and Industrial Society's prejudice against nature. 
  • Academic credit and degrees or CEU credit/clock hours available for Education, Counseling and Human Resources
  • The organic application of Ecopsychology


"Human behavior is rooted most deeply in nature's intentions and desire. The rhythms of nature underlie all of human interaction: religious traditions, economic systems, cultural and political organization. When these human forms betray the natural psychic pulse, people and societies get sick, nature is exploited and entire species are threatened."
-Stephen Aizenstat

"Caring people take note: the state of the world clearly demonstrates that industrial society is postured to conquer nature. The dualistic way it has taught us to think betrays the natural psychic pulse.

It is negligent for us to have, readily available, the means to safely help a life at risk and not offer that help. In light of the deteriorating state of life on Earth and the poor quality of life of many people, we are negligent if we do not to learn and teach educating, counseling and healing with nature. It is a powerful remedy and preventative that enables us to increase personal, social and environmental well being.

...- Michael J. Cohen


"This is the course that every civilized person will be required to take if we are to reverse our runaway disorders."

...- Raymond Sierra, .Counselor

“In the context of this course, a quote from Rumi, has become wonderfully multi-layered for me: Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

...- Orientation Course Participant



A certified and accredited total support distance learning Education, Counseling and Healing program online.

NOTE: You may read full information online about the rationale, process and course sequence of the total certificate or degree degree program

Inexpensive CEU credits and clock hours available for counseling, education and human services

GUARANTEED: where each of us works and lives, this 2-10 week online study helps us learn to use and teach the tool we need to reap the balanced health and wellness benefits of global citizenship on our living planet.

Read a comprehensive student review of this course.
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Read how and why this course provides a remedy for stressful thoughts and feelings.
Read up to eight student evaluations of the course at its conclusion
Read over 1000 testimonials and reviews that convey the effects and value of this course.

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  • Educational long-term support to help you develop expertise and leadership in applying the Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process. This produces unique human services that increase the well-being of humanity, the environment and Earth.
  • Emotional and Psychological support and friendship from your small, informal cooperative group of  fellow students and faculty online.
  • Financial support so you need only pay what you can afford, when you can afford it.
  • Increased support for the peaceful sustainability of humanity and nature.
  • Accessibility to profound immediate support for your psyche and sanity from sensory contact with nature's grace, balance and restorative powers.
  • Personal and professional support to enhance your relationships and careers through online training, certification and degree programs that honor your prior training and life-experience.
  • Hands-on organic learning and relationships that support working with nature rather than exploiting and stressing natural systems within and around us.
  • Support for holistic alternative lifestyles and processes that increase your global consciousness and responsible ways of relating to strengthen health and wellness
  • Support for and from the higher power that lies in your respect for, or love of nature.
Without training, you can't accurately think or plan what your opportunities may be as a car driver.  You first have to have driven a car.  Only then do you know how it feels and its potential for you.  

This web site is like the drivers manual for an automobile. At best, it is a story about driving a car and its value.  However, taking this Orientation Course enables you to "drive the car" at least 15 times. Then you truly become literate about "driving," you know how "driving" feels and, at will, how you may use the process to improve your life and profession.

The Organic Psychology Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) in this course is an advanced educational tool, a social technology that helps contemporary people safely make genuine sensory contact with authentic nature to improve personal well-being and global citizenship.

  • It enables us to consciously restore nature's balanced intelligence and restorative powers into our thinking, relationships and spirit.
  • It empowers us to realize our deeper hopes and ideals, to more responsibly deal with personal or global problems, including those we ordinarily might not think about or address.
  • Its nature-connected psychology provides us with readily available, teachable, ways to connect to "higher power" in nature, backyard or back country.
  • It is the means for supportive core study in all the courses offered in the IGE Certification and Degree programs.
  • It is a course of study whose science enables us to enhance any curriculum, discipline or industy, increase sanity and reduce social service, health and environmental budgets.

People who use and teach the Organic Psychology of NSTP benefit from a critical global citizenship component that is usually missing from our thinking, and from our wellness goals. With it, online study and support for our personal and professional relationships improves, along with our credibility, citizenship and happiness.

About the designer of this online course for
"wise global citizenship" 

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., was a Director of the Institute of Global Education, a special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.  He coordinates the Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect as faculty of Akamai University and Portland State University. Dr. Cohen has founded several sensory environmental education study group programs including the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute. He conceived the 1985 National Audubon Society Conference "Is the Earth a Living Organism," and is the award winning author of ten books including The Web of life Imperative, Reconnecting With Nature, Einstein's World, and Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature. Email 360-378-6313

"The unreasonable bias of Industrial Society rejects that our planet acts like a living organism and that we are like a cell in it. We seldom think or learn that we need to "Not do onto Earth and nature as we don't want them do onto us."

- Michael J. Cohen

"It's great. He's s right to make the responsibility for living on good terms with Gaia a personal one."

- Dr. James Lovelock,
Author, Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth


Course Description:

Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship
. .1-3 Credits, online, interactive, 9-weeks at 4 hours/week

"We are dysfunctional socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated from the world of nature and the natural."

...--,,- Albert Gore

"This course should be renamed: 
How to think and feel with the common sense that God gave little green apples. "

- Anonymous PNC Student

Discover how the excessive separation of our psyche from nature stressfully frustrates or injures our sentient inner nature to produce our psychologically bonded dependencies and "unsolvable" personal and global citizenship problems. Learn how to reverse this destructive process. Using the book "The Web of Life Imperative," master thoughtful nature-reconnecting Organic Psychology activities that help us reduce stress and dysfunction by reconnecting us to our fulfilling origins in nature's balance and renewing ways.

This accredited online-study education program improves our thinking by satisfying our deepest natural curiosity, loves and spirit. It enlists nature to help us decompose, transform and recycle the hurtful, polluting elements in our psyche and their detrimental effects .

This course scientifically teaches lasting, hands-on, education, psychology, leadership skills and support activities that enable us to feelingly tap into the "higher power" grace and wisdom of nature's creation and restorative processes. Its process includes email and telephone contacts between course members. This lets natural systems help us nurture warm interpersonal relationships, well-being and responsibility.

Time: 11 weeks at 4 hours/week that include

-reading the week's assignment and its rationale,
-doing a nature-connection activity,
-posting your response to the activity,
-conveying what you learned from the emails of others who respond to your email.
For details see the purpose and process page. Also read the description from Carol, below.

Special 3-Credit Course Fee $150 Total!
[This tuition fee includes the $85.00 basic course,
plus present and further course books and DVD ($75), plus the program application fee ($100), plus financial assistance eligibility and support group participation.]

 NOTE: You may read full information about the rationale, process and course sequence of the total certificate or degree degree program.

"Personal transformation is best cultivated by partnering with the supreme agent of change, the Earth. Life is change, and nature is the wizard who enlivens its magic cycles."

- Philip Sutton Chard

APPLICATION For a course application form email us or call 360-378-6313.  Once you have completed the application, you will be given instructions on how to proceed with the course.

Special, online orientation course starts now: 3-Credit, 9-week, unscheduled 4 hours/week, includes 2 books, DVD links, degree and grant eligibility, accredited CEU's ; Tuition $150. (11/01/15)

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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves."

- John Muir

"John Muir's statement, above, sums up my experience with nature since beginning this course! Nothing else I have ever tried or ever done can measure up to the profound breakthough I had through this program."

- Anonymous PNC student

Course Overview:


Updated from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, May-June 1994

From the druids of the Celtic forests to the great tribes of American Indians, people have sought balance, peace and wisdom by living according to the laws of Mother Nature.

Unfortunately, this century will be remembered for unprecedented exploitation of nature--and widespread psychological disturbance of individuals.

No coincidence to Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., pioneer of an Organic Psychology he calls Integrated or Natural Attraction Ecology or Applied Ecopsychology. A synthesis of ecology and psychology, integrated ecology proposes that both the destruction of the Earth's environment and people's isolation, stress and dysfunction stem from a fundamental denial of our sensory-emotional connection to, and support from, nature. And by psychologically reconnecting with nature, we reverse our psychological disorders.

Western civilization emphasizes only the faculties of sight, reason, and language, forcing most of us to suppress our inherent natural senses --all 53 of them, by Cohen's reckoning. Among them: hunger, thirst, compassion; color, sex, place; trust, belonging, intuition; community, nurturing and motion, reason, consciousness and language. Each is a supportive, natural attraction form of love that sentiently connects us to the world. We inherently register them and think with them to make sense.

Spending over 95% of our lives cloistered and indoors leaves our natural sensory connections excessively wanting; global citizenship waines, human dysfunction and evils -- cigarette smoking, greed, dependencies, tranquilizers, violence -- naturally follow to help satisfy the frustrations that result from our profound sensory loss of nature's purifying powers in our thinking and feeling.

Cohen, the founder of Natural Attraction Ecology, is not a lone hunter of the bond between man and nature. According to Pulitzer-Prize winning sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., of Harvard, people have an inherent biological need to be in supportive contact with the out-of-doors. He calls it "biophilia", and believes that nature may hold the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction. Our childhood love of animals and natural myths and fairy tales may be early evidence of our basic affinity for nature and its instructive and healing properties. Many studies affirm Wilson's observations.

Counseling and building responsible relationships by reconnecting with Nature? Cohen has devised therapeutic online study training manuals, workshops, on-site and e-mail/correspondence support group courses, discussion groups and degree programs whose global citizenship activities, in backyards or back country, re-create many beneficial relationships enjoyed by earlier hunting, gathering, and communal living peoples. In the American Psychological Association Journal "The Humanistic Psychologist" (Vol. 21, No. 3) and other professional publications, he reports that while on these education programs community spirit and responsibility grows, participant's personality and eating disorders subside, learning and other cognitive abilities improve, and violence and prejudice dissolve. His participants learn to do, own and teach unforgettable nature connecting support activities that produce these results throughout their lives. Gradually, a deep environmental literacy evolves that rejuvenates their natural senses, balance and joy.

"I was deeply moved by some of the experiences shared by the other participants; they inspired me in difficult times, to use the nature-connection techniques that they used."

- Orientation Course Participant

From his home base at Project NatureConnect, Cohen offers books, workshops, grants training and degree
programs and information about ecologically oriented education, outdoor psychology and therapeutic methods to attain good global citizenship.

Cohen believes our greatest problem to be that the unreasonable bias of Industrial Society includes a deep perception that our planet is not like a living organism and that we are not like a cell in it. We don't believe that we need to learn how to 'Do onto Earth and nature as we would do onto ourselves.'

Visit descriptions and evaluations of the course operation, its outcomes and some students who participate and mentor it. Read the whole course in Cohen's book The Web of Life Imperative

"This course is an oasis in the middle of our dessert of disconnection. Our relationships with our self, others, and the entire web of nature shape and define us. Through the “moments that let Nature teach” I felt that each of us found our way back to the beautiful truth of who we naturally are. And from that space we could experience those connections that let us know that we are seen, we are acknowledged, we are valued, we are loved. When that happens we are free to feel the joy we are embedded in." 

- Orientation Course Evaluation

APPLICATION For a course application form email us or call 360-378-6313.  Once you have completed the application, you will be given instructions on how to proceed with the course.

Special, online orientation course starts now: 3-Credit, 9-week, unscheduled 4 hours/week, includes 2 books, DVD links, degree and grant eligibility, accredited CEU's ; Tuition $150. (11/01/15)

Call now:
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Organic Psychology: a nature-connected application of Ecopsychology

This Orientation Course has proven helpful to its participants because they share its core science in common.  Its purpose is to increasingly help us relate reasonably to information we discover about the web of life and to the full truth about our relationships with the web, including our sensory relationships with it.

Traditional science often omits the sensory in order to be "objective." However, objecting to true, sensory natural facts that we consciously experience, such as the sensations of thirst, community or love, is very poor science. It produces our half-truths and disorders.

This course works because it enables us recognize that Industrial Society seldom acknowledges that it contains a strong prejudice against nature and that, unbeknownst to us, it socializes/indoctrinates us to think with that prejudice. 

"Finding this course was truly a gift! I have throughly enjoyed our correspondence and feel enlightened knowing there are people out there that care so deeply for others and for our environment."

- Orientation Course Evaluation

The Organic Psychology of this course provides us with a remedy for our unreasonable prejudice against nature. It helps us erase our bias by applying the best antidote, an attractive familiarity with nature. We gain this ability through a science of ecology that is rooted in the empirical truth of first hand, web of life, sensory experiences. They directly and consciously register the web and its self-correcting, non-literate ways in our sensory psyche and consciousness.  This enables us to speak from them. It gives our nature-connected experiences the ability to demonstrate to our critical thinking that that web of life functions through natural attractions, through cooperative "webstring" sensitivities and senses in our awareness that we share with nature. This results in more whole and accurate information than our questionable stories about nature being "competitive food chains or survival of the fittest systems," as has been the case since the 1940's. 

The results of the course fit the observed fact that the web of life is attraction-based, cooperative and balanced. For this reason its renewing and purifying ways do not produce garbage or pollution, or our unreasonable abusiveness and disorders.

The Organic Psychology on this special course empowers us to learn about ourselves directly from the fountainhead of authority, the web of life itself. It accomplishes this by helping us make rational natural sensation and feeling connections with the web. This information supercedes the theoretical, half-truth, bonded, nature-disconnected stories that, too often,
we become conditioned or addicted to.  To  explore this process further and benefit from it, read

Project NatureConnect courses and degree programs are accredited based on the accuracy of the scientific information and webstring attraction Ecology process described in the model on that page. Applying it will help you address the destructive prejudice against nature that is placing at risk the well being of all of life, including humanity. 

NOTE: A complete description of the Orientation Course, including its process and its effects, is available as a word document you can read online or download at (note caps).



Learning how to think with nature restores our well-being, sanity and Earth.

Nurture your felt love for Nature. Never deny it. That love is nature's voice, the eons, the purifying grace, intelligence, and beauty of Nature sustaining us in its perfection.

The disconnection of our thinking from how nature works underlies our greatest hurt, greed and destructiveness. Natural systems and natural people seldom produce or suffer them.

To recover our sanity and well-being, we must learn how to thoughtfully reconnect our mind with nature's support, balance and restorative powers, learn how to help them help us restore their strength and peace in our thoughts, soul and surroundings. The readily available Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process enables us to do this.

- Michael J. Cohen, Project Director


Course Specifications:

  • Open to all interested persons; transferable to most academic programs and professional training requirements; credit optional.
  • Always affordable via financial assistance programs
  • May be used in accredited online study Distance Education Ph.D. and M.S. Degrees via email
  • 8-16 days in length (minimum); average length 8-11 weeks at 4 hours per week.
  • Begins on the first and 15th day of each month, or by appointment;
  • A consensus based time schedule is planned by course members;
  • Enjoy a supportive 4-6 person interact online study and support group via email;
  • Credit optional: transferable graduate or undergraduate credit or professional clock hours.
  • Post-course internships available.
  • This email/correspondence course is part of a subsidized Natural Systems Thinking Process course and online study degree program offered by Project NatureConnect. It uses self-guiding materials found entirely on internet sites. The course uses the books "Web of Life Imperative" "and" Reconnecting With Nature" that are also used in additional courses.
  •  The course starts whenever you would like to proceed with an interact study and support group that we organize. Successful completion of the course bypasses the need to complete several sections of the Application Form


NOTE: A prerequisite and instructions for this course and its support group class are required to optimize its effectiveness. If you are signing up for the course you may begin the prerequisite material now while you are waiting for the course to start. This material may also be read, offline, in the Web of Life Imperative pages 29-39 and 121-131.

"I felt connected to the earth before this course. Now I realize how limited the connection was. I am so happy to be going deeper, to a magical connection that has revealed so much."

- Orientation Course Participant

Course Fees and recommended financial contributions

As mentioned above, a donation of $85.00 (see Special Fee, below) is requested to help cover Course organizational, administrative and instructional costs. It includes eligibility for facilitator internships, degree programs, scholarships and grants, our professional discussion group and participation in the next level (Introductory) Course. (see application.

Special Course Application Fee $150 Total.
[This fee includes the $85.00 basic course,
plus present and further course books and DVD ($70), plus the program application fee ($100), plus financial assistance eligibility to continue in the program.]

If your think you may want to obtain a certificate or degree in this field, you may save $120 by first applying to the fully funded degree program.

This course and its books are free to qualified certificate or degree program applicants as they are included in the $150 special application fee.

NOTE: scholarships, payment terms, work study online, credit and financial aid are available.

CREDIT OPTION: An additional $60.00/credit is required if you want to obtain transferable graduate or undergraduate academic or CEU credit/clock hours to non-IGE degree programs. Credit transfer is free and automatic into the cooperating IGE degree programs.

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"Priceless. This course is awesome. I want to teach this exact thing to others; show them the simpleness of life; heal them through nature; help them to cure their trauma in life."

- Orientation Course Participant

APPLICATION For a course application form email us or call 360-378-6313.  Once you have completed the application, you will be given instructions on how to proceed with the course.

Special, online orientation course starts now: 3-Credit, 9-week, unscheduled 4 hours/week, includes 2 books, DVD links, degree and grant eligibility, accredited CEU's ; Tuition $150. (11/01/15)

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A Description from Carol of Project NatureConnect
Course Participation Process:

Learning Organic Psychology online

"I have yet to find anybody who has identified a thing, place or relationship that, since the beginning of our Universe, has not, or does not consist of the power of natural attraction to bind things together in ways that strengthen the whole-life perfection of nature's purity, balance and beauty, including humanity. This was confirmed in Physics by the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012.

- Michael J. Cohen

"Enthusiastic" is the way Carol feels about the online orientation course she is taking entitled "Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship". She knows what is important in it to her because in its prerequisite material she identified areas of interest and results that previous course members found important for themselves. She also tried some of the activities with friends and knows they work well for her.

Carol receives a course-starting email and she also reads her course instructions online from her Web of Life Imperative book. She learns from them what activity she and her email partners, who live in many different countries, will to do on this scheduled day in their local park, backyard, or even with a terrarium. In general they have been doing one activity a week. Each activity takes about four hours to complete and these hours can be spread out over the week.

As Carol begins this day's activity she senses what is most attractive to her in a local natural area at this moment. Unexpectedly, she becomes aware that the delicate sparkle of a water droplet on a fern attracts her.

She does additional activities that reinforce this nature-connected sensation and she becomes aware of other things that come to mind from the total experience. They include other times she has felt its joy and meaning as well as her past disconnection from it, what caused the disconnection, and the effects of the loss.

She discovers the droplet being attractive to her was not an accident. It was subconsciously attractive to parts of her that sought the fulfillment of the balanced yet indepent tenacity, brightness and refreshment it provided. Contact with the droplet brought these parts of her into her awareness.

Carol has already read material which helps her understand the activity she has just done and how she might apply it to improve and further enjoy her daily relationships with people and the environment. She closely follows the twelve guidelines that come with the activity instructions.

Carol goes on-line and shares her droplet experience with her 7-person interact group, her thoughts, feelings and reactions from her nature connecting experience. Group memebers live in the USA and abroad.
One shared activity she receives from a group member was done with penguins in Antartica, another in a Hong Kong garden.

Carol downloads, reads, and later reacts, to the attractions she finds and things she has learned in all the email she receives from the group. They become the course textbook. They convey her group member's true experiences in nature with the same activity and readings she just did. Later she reads their reactions to the email she just sent to all of them.

Carol finds the course process is unifying, enjoyable and educational. She feels relieved that participants hold something important in common and are therefore supportive and not bogged down in "flaming" arguments about differing viewpoints, ideologies, religions, politics etc. She feels alive and spirited, sustained by her email partners commonly held responses and the group's rejuvenating reconnection to nature.

Her day brighter and energized, Carol looks forward to applying the activity by using what she learned to further connect with people and natural places that attract her. They gain additional value to her and she becomes aware of an often unrecognized natural self-worth in herself and others along with new values in natural areas. She has increased her confidence for she has done the activity and known its effects. She knows that she owns it, can teach it, and gain its rewards again at will.

The course work feels simple and enjoyable to Carol, but explaining to others how and why it works challenges her intellect and spirit. The nature-connected learning process and its effects are so steeped in nature's mutually supportive relationships that for most people they are, like nature's perfection, beyond words. To be known and understood by others, she must help them sense the effects first hand, or help them remember them from their previous good experiences in nature.

"After I completed the course, as part of the program I was given the opportunity to co-faciltate another section of the course so I had experience of teaching courses on my own as part of the program.

Half the reading on the courses was the email from other students, on the courses with me, about what they were discovering while doing the nature-connecting activities. Our information came from direct sensory contact with natural areas, backyard or backcountry, all over the world, not from the bias of our nature-estranged society. We learned from natural systems how to think and speak with and for them. Although profound, this was simple and enjoyable because we were/are natural systems, we were simply making contact with parts of ourselves and the world that were missing in our nature-disconnected socialization. And we were assured that we knew and could communicate this because we did it, even by email!

The essential thing we learned was how to use simple nature-connecting sensory activities to create moments that let Earth teach us what we wanted to know.

Being accepted to the Orientation Course or the Program is easy once you decide that's what you want to do. Simply read the homepage, optionally read or do the ECHN book then call the office, (360-378-6313) and get your questions answered. They'll email you an easy-to-use copy of the application. Complete it, keeping in mind that once you are on the Orientation Course you can go as far as you want in the program and honestly pay what you can afford when you can afford it."

The  attractive value of this course is that I have been awakened to recognize and appreciate the variety and multitude of natural attractions existing all around me.  I have found a deep peace in experiencing them, bringing about feelings of calmness, warmth, and love whenever I recall the encounters or whenever I realize all the potential for more.  Additionally I found the creative expression of and the sharing of my experiences was pleasurable, and the feedback or responses were rewarding."

- PNC Participant (edited)

NOTE: You may read full information about the rationale, process and course sequence of the total certificate or degree degree program.

APPLICATION For a course application form email us or call 360-378-6313.  Once you have completed the application, you will be given instructions on how to proceed with the course.

Special, online orientation course starts now: 3-Credit, 9-week, unscheduled 4 hours/week, includes 2 books, DVD links, degree and grant eligibility, accredited CEU's ; Tuition $150. (11/01/15)

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All programs start with the Orientation Course contained in the book
The Web of Life Imperative.
APPLICATION For a course application form email us or call 360-378-6313.  Once you have completed the application, you will be given instructions on how to proceed with the course.

Special, online orientation course starts now: 3-Credit, 9-week, unscheduled 4 hours/week, includes 2 books, DVD links, degree and grant eligibility, accredited CEU's ; Tuition $150. (11/01/15)

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