New Ecotherapy/Cultural Sustainability Certificate Program
The Graduate Institute (TGI) is now enrolling for a new certificate program in Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability. Classes will begin in May 2014 and meet on weekends once a month at TGI’s main campus in Bethany, as well as at several nature centers and agriculture sites in Connecticut and Vermont.
Ecotherapy is based on the philosophy that the presence or absence of nature is directly connected to our health. During the nine-month certificate program, participants engage in a variety of activities that enhance their self-sufficiency and capacity for creating sustainable cultures in the natural world, while activating their ability to help others do the same. These practices include woodland and essential survival skills, permaculture, animal-assisted therapies, holistic gardening, social/environmental/food justice, natural healing and more. Students will earn 12 graduate credits as well as a certificate to become practicing Ecotherapists. The program is geared towards mental health and healthcare practitioners and educators, non-profit leaders, youth advocates and those interested in developing and enhancing their capacity for initiating eco-sustainable change.