New Certificate Program in Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability
Jan 29, 2014 03:31PM
The Graduate Institute (TGI) is enrolling students in a new certificate program in Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability. Classes begin in May and meet on weekends once a month at TGI’s main campus in Bethany, CT. Sessions will also take place at several nature centers and agriculture sites, including a sustainable farm and retreat center in Vermont.
Ecotherapy is an emerging idea predicated on the philosophy that the presence or absence of nature is directly connected to a person’s health. The certificate program is designed to help students find their place in the natural world, while enhancing their ability to help others do the same. During the nine-month program of study, participants engage in a variety of activities that enhance their self-sufficiency and capacity for creating sustainable cultures. These practices include woodland and essential survival skills, permaculture, animal-assisted therapies, holistic gardening, natural healing and social, environmental and food justice advocacy.
Students will earn 12 graduate credits and a certificate to become practicing Ecotherapists. The program offers an excellent opportunity to mental health and healthcare practitioners and educators, non-profit leaders, youth advocates, and anyone who wishes to develop and enhance their capacity for initiating eco-sustainable change.