and counseling with nature restores our 53 natural senses and
helps us build responsible, interpersonal, web of life relationships.
We, and all of
Nature, basically consist of attraction bonds. In us many register as
biophilia, a conscious love of nature that our excessively nature
disconnected culture deteriorates. To peacefully preserve species,
human dignity and environments we need a readily available process
that enables us to restore this love -for we don't fight to save
what we don't love. This need is met by the scientific, nature
reconnecting, ecopsychology process in "Einstein's World."
This One Credit (30 hours) course (K3225BAU / K3225BAG ECO 508) can be completed
in two weeks or less. It may be incorporated in most academic
or professional programs and is approved for one unit of credit
by the Extended Studies Division of Portland State University.
(See instructions 6-I, below, for obtaining credit from PSU upon
the completion of the course.)
Faculty: Dr. Michael J. Cohen,
P.O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-6313
how to prevent contemporary society's nature-separated thought
process from deteriorating personal growth and responsible relationships.
Increase your marketability, effectiveness and global citizenship
by educating and counseling with nature using the Natural Systems
can extend the circle
of his compassion to include all living things,
he will never, himself, know peace."
Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize, l950
Using the book Einstein's
World, participate in the Introduction
and Chapters 1-9 as follows:
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1. Read a Chapter
2. Read the Chapter
a second time and in a journal copy seven or more statements
or concepts in this Chapter that you find attractive. Important:
be sure to bypass all statements that you do not find attractive.
At the end or the course, your journal may be requested
for review by the instructor.
Accompany each attraction
statement you copy with a paragraph or two that explains
A. Why the statement
is attractive to you
B. What attraction
("sensory webstring") in you the statement touches
and how it relates to your experiences.
3. Read the opening
quote by Albert Einstein in this Chapter and explain how you
think it relates to the statements you found attractive in the
4. Optional: To
build and connect with a wider circle of friends, learning, and
support, sign up on the course interact list via the course
Share and respond to attractions you find in the course and the
emails you receive from other students on this list.
5. Upon completion
of the assignments for the introduction and nine chapters in
1-3 above, complete the evaluation procedures in A-F below.
A. Consider where
NSTP would make a contribution to real life situations
locally and globally
B. Observe the effects from the thinking and activity process
described in the course text
C. Seek input from others as to any noticeable effects the course
may have had upon you.
D. Using Chapter 10 in the book, research the experiences of
others who are engaged in NSTP.
E. Report the values of identifying natural senses through contact
with natural systems.
F. Write three paragraphs that identify the learning value of
the attractions process (Course Procedures 2 and 3 above) utilized
by the course.
6 Upon completion
of 5 above:
G. Write a three
page paper that describes important attractions you have to the
course, why they are important, and what you might do with them.
H. Write and send
a letter to an editor or leader about the value you see in NSTP
with respect to some contemporary issue.
I. Call or email
Dr. Cohen and obtain the address (postal mail or email) to which
you should send him a copy of G and H for your grade. Your grade
is based upon the ability of your papers to be convincing and
make sense. You may later be asked to submit your journal for
If you want academic
or professional training credit for the course from Portland
State University, please request that a Credit Application Form
be sent to you. You may obtain one credit at a cost of $40.00
Steps, Format and Topic Outline Sequence
This course follows
a twelve part schedule based on one Chapter being completed every
5 days or less. Please read the Evaluation Section above. You
may start the evaluations once you have completed Part 4
Part 1.Overview: explore your
attractions in the Introduction and Chapter One of Einstein's
The Natural Systems Thinking Process
.......How to supportively relate
peacefully in Earth's playground.
How nature's intelligence is missing from the way we learn
2 The Great
Webstring Mystery: explore your attractions in Chapter 2 of Einstein's
.......Making the space needed
to discover the unknown
Part 3. Sensing Hidden Truths:
explore your attractions in Chapter 3 of Einstein's World.
.......Visualizing Nature's presence
Part 4. The Intelligence of Sensory
Fulfillment: explore your attractions in Chapter 4 of Einstein's
.......Discovering reality through
unadulterated contact with it.
Part 5. The Sensory Web: explore
your attractions in Chapter 5 of Einstein's World.
.......Bringing webstrings into
Part 6. The Truth of Experience:
explore your attractions in Chapter 6 of Einstein's World.
.......Helping webstrings validate
Part 7. The Wisdom of Gaining Consent:
explore your attractions in Chapter 7 of Einstein's World.
Creating respectful relationships with nature
Part 8. Attraction Distraction:
explore your attractions in Chapter 8 of Einstein's World.
.......Dealing with disconnection
Part 9. Sprit of the Strings:
explore your attractions in Chapter 9 of Einstein's World.
.......Unifying two mental worlds
Part 10 References and Resources:
explore your attractions to two references in Einstein's World.
.......Making the space needed
to discover the unknown
Part 11. Complete Evaluation procedures
in 5 above
Part 12. Complete Evaluation procedures
in 6 above
Required Text: Einstein's World by
Distributed by Project NatureConnect
P. O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-6313, firstname.lastname@example.org
conversation with the Instructor or the Faculty Assistant, explore
how you can best learn and use the course material and process.
Instructor: Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
founded Project NatureConnect, chairs the Integrated Ecology
Department for the Institute of Global Education and Greenwich
University. He received the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen
Award for his 34 years of developing Applied Ecopsychology programs,
books, articles and courses.
research is based on the idea that everything that takes place
is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for
the action of people."
"Our task must be to free
ourselves from (our) prison by widening our circles of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its
- Albert Einstein
By the end of this
course students will be able to access and teach, via the internet
or locally, basic concepts and activities of the Natural Systems
Thinking Process as described in the assigned text "Einstein's
World" by Michael J. Cohen.
1. To introduce the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) into
any facet of society that seeks to build more responsible relationships
with people and the environment.
2. To learn communal, interspecies ways of thinking critically
that reconnect with and heed natural attractions within ourselves,
others and natural areas.
3. To learn how to self-regulate by letting sensory nature connections
nurture the balanced spirit, wisdom and unity of nature within
and about us.
4. To scientifically learn how to let our natural connectedness
regenerate and rejuvenate the hurt and abandoned parts of our
5, To identify and follow 53 natural sensory attractions that
enable us to thoughtfully let Earth teach.
6. To learn how to speak to Earth and let it teach us, to know
nature as nature knows itself.
7. To distinguish the major conflicting characteristics of the
old brain and new brain and know how to let tangible contact
with nature re-balance them.
8. To network with others who personally or professionally organize,
facilitate and introduce the Natural Systems Thinking Process
(NSTP) to society.
WHAT ELSE YOU
Increase you expertise
in the Natural Systems Thinking Process. Upon completing the
Einstein's World course described above, take the following activity
based, online, 3-week course:
Elements of Global Citizenship:
...The Science of Connecting
With the Web of Life
...The Art of Thinking With
For information Select
Integrated Ecology/Project NatureConnnect
J. Cohen, Director
Chair: Greenwich University Applied Ecopsychology
Faculty: Portland State University Extended Studies
P. O. Box 1605,
Friday Harbor, WA 98250