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FROM:  Project NatureConnect, Akamai University Institute of Applied Ecopsychology

Release the missing element for fixing a broken society

We May Get the Message But Is our IQ Missing The Boat?

Studies Find intelligence and Sanity are Increased Through Sensory Nature Connection Methods and Materials

It has been over a year, and although many have tried, nobody has met the momentous challenge put forth by Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.

Cohen claims that nobody having met his challenge verifies the value of Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN), a sensory science that he has researched and taught since 1969.   Cohen is an Akamai University Ecopsychologist who practices on San Juan Island, Washington.

Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN) is a hands-on, relationship building tool that helps anybody increase personal, social and environmental well-being along with their IQ. The art of its methods and materials enables the industrial world to heal the wounds that underlie most disorders.

Cohen's challenge is for any person to identify any "thing," be it a noun or a verb, that does not consist of natural attraction energy (1). He says, "Nobody has successfully met this challenge, with one exception,  because natural attraction is the essence of everything, including us."

Natural attraction (NA) is the basic of nature that unifies all things in mutually supportive ways so that nature produces no garbage and has self-correcting powers that are found everywhere. We overlook that these powers manifest themselves in us as balanced natural sensory attractions such as our natural attraction, thirst, for water, or our NA love of place, community or peace.

We undeniably experience the benefit of NA powers when we are attracted to quietly visit a natural area. Our psyche becomes calm; we feel more alive, intact and whole.

ECHN recognizes that NA is the fundamental energy in sub-atomics, ourselves and galaxies. It interconnects as well as holds all things together cooperatively.  To our loss, we learn to overlook that it registers in our consciousness as at least 53 natural senses (2).

Each natural sense attracts our body, mind and spirit to consciously interlace with authentic nature's ways. Doing so triggers rewarding "happiness endorphins" along with more sensible relationships and increased wellness (3).

"We are part of nature," says Cohen.  "However, the excessive, nature-disconnected and conquering ways of Industrial Society weaken, hurt or frighten most of our 53 NA sensitivities into our subconscious.  It is the absence of their benefits to how we think and feel, or our fear of their their pain, that excessively stresses us. It prevents us from thinking, feeling and relating like the balanced and restorative ways of NA work, in and around us. Similar to splitting the integrity of an atom, this can be polluting and explosive."

Cohen says that the wide range of conflicting wants and needs expressed by the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) identifies the central problem that we and OWS protestors have yet to address. "Due to the reduction of NA whole-life energy and spirit in our thoughts and feelings, we suffer the nonsense of supporting and living in the stupid unfairness of an insane society."

"What we seek in common is happiness, the cooperative sanity and peaceful wellness that NA helps us achieve when it is present in our lives," says Cohen. (4). "Most bankers, politicians, brokers and their families seek this as well but from money, not by making conscious sensory contact with NA."

"Significantly, our leaders and the OWS participants have yet to recognize that the loss of NA in our psyche produces our insanity, nor do they know how to correct this loss," offers Cohen.  "More significant still is that ECHN is a purifying remedy for our madness that has long been available (5).

All the above implies that the fundamental problem we suffer is denial.  We deny that our unbalanced ways result from the loss of NA in our senses, thoughts and feelings. In addition, we deny that ECHN enables us to replace this loss."

Cohen shows that individuals trained in ECHN therapeutically add it to their relationships. This helps the world build peaceful, green, relationships and economies (7).

For further information contact:  Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., <>, 360-378-6313


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Biography of Michael J Cohen:

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Applied Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a Program Director of the Institute of Global Education where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect.  He also serves on the faculty of Portland State University and the Akamai University Institute of Applied Ecopsychology whose program he initiated and has directed since 1990.  In 1965, Dr. Cohen discovered that Planet Earth acted like a living organism and from this he founded sensory, Gaia based, degree granting Environmental and Expedition Education outdoor programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University.  He conceived the 1985 National Audubon International Symposium "Is the Earth a Living Organism," at the University of Massachusetts and established the sensory science of Natural Attraction Ecology in 2008.  He is the Editor of the "Journal of Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology" and an award winning author of ten books dealing with Applied Ecopsychology including "Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature," "The Web Of Life Imperative" and "Reconnecting With Nature."  Dr. Cohen is also an accomplished folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music programs accompanied by guitar, banjo and accordion for the U.S. National Park Service and Skagit Valley College Elderhostel on San Juan Island, Washington.

A video about his lifework may be viewed at

Telephone 360-378-6313, Pacific Time Zone

Further information: contact Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.
Telephone 360-378-6313
Barbara Huning MA LP   507-450-0200


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