Project NatureConnect: Program Outcomes 

Applied Ecopsychology facts of life:  evidence-based practices and rules of evidence about recycling our thinking  to remove fallacies via hands-on sensory experience education in natural areas. A presentation of potent information about the creation  of life and how to recycle the mind pollution of our Ego.

A Survey of Nature-Connected Learning Participants


 "In contemporary society, a readily available life experience process for building environmentally responsible inner peace, social relationships and global unity has been absent. Now, research shows that Natural Attraction Ecology, the Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) meets this need."


Educating Counseling and Healing With Nature (ECHN)

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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 nature.
  • Increase personal social and environmental well being.
  • Add the self-correcting sunlight beauty and spirit of the natural world to your life and community.
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The Survey of Participants

A Research Questionaire Validates Natural Attraction Ecology, the Webstring Natural Systems Thinking Process for Personal and Global Balance.

The effects of webstring natural attraction activities in  grant-funded, alternative and holistic courses, training and degree programs online; an evaluation of a sensory science for sustainable personal and environmental well-being.

The Origins of Project NatureConnect, ECHN and Natural Attraction Ecology

....In 1959, Dr. Michael J. Cohen founded an extraordinary expedition school. It was based on learning how to genuinely connect with nature, the flow of our living Earth in and about us. Through natural attraction sensations and feelings that were energized into consciousness through sensory contacts in natural areas, students learned to respect the web-of-life and themselves as they enjoyed, validated and incorporated its self-correcting wisdom in their body, mind and spirit.
....The National Audubon Society identified this program as the most revolutionary school in America. In it:
....Chemical dependencies, including alcohol and tobacco, disappeared as did destructive social relationships.
....Personality and eating disorders subsided; violence, crime and prejudice were unknown.
....Academics improved because they were applicable, hands-on and fun.
....Loneliness, hostility and depression subsided. Group interactions encouraged stress release and management; each day was fulfilling and relatively peaceful.
....Students using meditation found they could enhance it, or not use it, by sustaining a nature-connected community.
....Participants knew each other better than they knew their families or best friends. They felt safe and risked expressing and acting from their deeper thoughts and feelings. A profound sense of social and environmental responsibility guided their decisions.
....When vacation periods arrived, neither staff nor student wanted to go home. Each person enjoyably worked to build this supportive, balanced living and learning utopia. They were home.

 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: for individuals who want to get the most from these Survey pages, including applicants to courses and jobs

Select what you think are the two most important subject areas identified in the questions and statements found in parts two through six of the survey (select the statements as you read through parts 2-7 , select two statements from each part, 12 statements total.) Write a paragraph that integrates these statements with respect to them being a reflection of some of your desires, beliefs and values. Include the paragraph in your application.



This extensive study shows that through conscious sensory contacts with attractions in natural areas, an Organic Psychology Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) reconnects people with nature's grace and balanced restorative ways. Acting like a Rosetta Stone of our planet, its Natural Attraction Ecology connections help individuals and groups reverse challenging personal, environmental and global problems. Since these problems are neither displayed or caused by nature-connected people, the study suggests that our excessive separation from nature creates unfulfillable wants that drive us into irresponsible relationships.

The Natural Systems Thinking Process enables us to offset our society's excessive disconnection from nature. It uses life experience to help us endow our thinking and relationships with the wellness and beauty of nature's ways.

The Process is rooted in its basic element:

"We thoughtfully increase personal and global well-being by sharing consensual, sensory connections with attractions in nature that help us strengthen our resilience, relationships and spirit."

See testimonials and additional outcomes at:

Evaluation Testimonials,

Journal Entries,  
Survey Results,
Blog #1, Blog #2,

Consent Archive,
Appendix D
Who Are You
Avatar, Testimonials,

UN Petition,
Einstein's World
287 Participants

NAE Field Study Reports,

Other Research
PNC Search Engine

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This website, and the results of a questionaire that it reports in this section, demonstrates that, to our loss, an extensive separation of our thinking from nature's ways underlies many of our personal, social and environmental dysfunctions.

For centuries we have exploited natural systems within and about us. This has produced a deep cultural prejudice against nature that today prevents us from reaping the benefits of regenerative nature-reconnecting NSTP activities.

As we overcome our prejudice against re-connecting our thinking with nature, the activities help us use nature's grace and restorative powers to transform our destructive ways into constructive relationships. This enables us to reduce social and medical costs while increasing the well-being of people and the environment. To this end, the use of NSTP Organic Psychology activities can:

  • reduce the health insurance premiums of those who use them while reducing the health costs of insurance companies.
  • be profitably offered by the pharmaceutical and medical profession as a potent preventative and to hasten recovery from many disorders.
  • reduce the human service budgets of municipalities while improving personal, social and environmental health.
  • make an important contribution to conflict resolution on local and global levels
  • improve the economy by reducing environmental costs and adding environmental recycling and health benefits.
  • give added value to natural areas to help industrial society come into balance with natural systems within and about us.

  • strengthen mental health by relieving the stress of five-leg thinking.

To reach this vital goal, the NSTP Organic Psychology training programs have been funded by a grant that makes them available to individuals who want to help improve the life of people and earth.

Something important to think about:
Are the course participants and observers, below, incorrect in their observations? Or, instead, do we suffer because Industrial Society has destructively strayed from the means to live in peaceful balance with nature, in and around us? 

PART ONE (below): Background and averaged responses

PART TWO: Numerical results and history

PART THREE: Survey questions suggested by participants

PART FOUR: Statements by participants regarding the program

PART FIVE: Results of using Organic Psychology in other educational programs

PART SIX: Results of programs based on reconnecting with nature.

PART SEVEN: Results of medical and anthropologic







People who use the natural systems thinking process report that they :

- attain greater wellness with respect to pain, anxiety, community, learning, self-esteem and spirit.

- notice many disorders subside including depression, sleeplessness and lonliness.

- become more environmentally and socially active, their apathy becomes positive energy.

- are able to teach the process to others and strongly agree that it:

- significantly improved their personal and professional life and their relationship with the environment.

- would quickly produce positive change if a larger segment of the population used it.

- daily enters their thinking and relationships.

- is vital if we are to reverse our present destructive ways

- is highly recommended life experience for students in all disciplines.


Participants said:

"The reconnecting with nature process helped me relieve physical and mental pain. I observed it positively affect people suffering from chronic physical or emotional illness."

"it enhanced self-esteem and reduced my dependencies"

"empowered me to help others help the environment"

"it significantly decreased my stress and depression."

"powerfully supports me emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically,"

"helped me restore my sense of belonging and place,"

"is a form of prayer or 'conscious contact' with my Higher Power",

"constantly offers life experiences I can trust, I sleep better."

"instilled a lasting sense of belonging to something worthwhile"

"nature's purity and beauty rejuvenated my true self."

"retrained my 'stinkin' thinkin' so annoyment became enjoyment."


"The process offers guidelines to live by that have not been interpreted by humankind. What I see in nature is also within me, and I know and trust that totally."

Jim S.


"This life experience program has guts! It takes a stand and I believe that is what our society needs...a wake up call...

Dominique L.

The life experiences, described above, serve as phenomenological, ecopsychology based evidence and testimonials for the value of connecting our thinking process with how nature works.


Study the results carefully in parts 2-6. Become more aware of your hopes and ideals by identifying the results that you feel are important to you and your community. Would you enjoy experiencing and teaching them? Are they not facts: facts of life experience and recycling disorders?

Participants added statements to the survey responses with respect to their increased balance and wellness. This document presents a review of the results of the survey, including their statements.



Since 1990, Project NatureConnect in association with Portland State University and Akamai University Applied Ecopsychology, has developed and taught the art of Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature ECHN, a Natural Attraction Ecology sensory science that had been researched for 20 years. ECHN is an easily learned, scientific means to consciously gain wholeness through tangible sensory contact with natural areas and people's inner nature. Created by Dr. Michael J. Cohen author of Reconnecting With Nature, as well as The Web of Life Imperative, and Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature, its organic, applied ecopsychology process is designed to implement personal and global balance, wellness and peace. It creates phenomenological evidence from ecopsychology, empirical facts of life experiences and recycling disorders.

Dr. Jan Goldfield, a retired psychologist, recently helped survey adults in a variety of occupations, who, during the previous three years, had learned to use ECHN by completing a 30 day internet course. The findings show ECHN to be an effective vehicle for catalyzing personal and global unity. They affirm the findings (results) of other studies and educational programs that are added to this survey report as PART FIVE, PART SIX and PART SEVEN.



PART TWO: Numerical results and history

PART THREE: Survey questions suggested by participants

PART FOUR: Statements by participants regarding the program

PART FIVE: Results of other studies and educational programs

PART SIX: Results of education programs based on reconnecting with nature.

PART SEVEN: Results of medical and anthropological studies.


Additional life experience and field study results may be found on these pages, often in the middle of them.

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

-Albert Gore

Dear Vice President Gore,

Please be informed that Project NatureConnect provides an alternative, holistic, sensory science that helps our psyche genuinely connect with nature. Because this tool enables our mind to thoughtfully tap into nature's balance, grace and restorative powers our dysfunctions wane and our personal and environmental well-being improves.

For Peace,

Michael J. Cohen, Ed. D.

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