Next Course: July 28, 2017

NO WAITING: Although the first EcoArt course starts each quarter you may still signup now and begin coursework.

EcoArt Courses and Certificate Options

All Project NatureConnect courses are internationally accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) through Akamai University. The Akamai University has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation.

Project NatureConnect and EcoArt Courses are also regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. CEU’s and individual course academic credits are available through Portland State University for an additional $60.00 per credit. This fee is payable to Portland State University. This cost is not included in the prices listed below.

If you have additional questions about accreditation, costs, or course related questions please contact Stacey Mallory.

Payments and Financial Assistance

Every effort will be made to work with individuals who wish to enroll in the EcoArt courses/Certificate to ensure they can participate.

Students have the ability to make payments, interest free and customizable. In addition, students needing work exchange/financial waiver may apply to receive assistance with course/certificate costs . 

Financial Waivers are offered on a limited basis.

Once you submit your enrollment form you will receive additional information about making payments and/or applying for an financial assistance.

All students need to purchase the book  Eco-Art Therapy Creative Activities that Let Earth Teach, by Theresa Sweeney, Ph.D.  Click here for additional book information.

Option 1: Individual Courses Only

There are two core graduate Eco-Art Therapy courses ECO 530 and ECO 531. Estimates duration 12 weeks per course.

Tuition: $450.00 (USD), per course

Credits: 3 , per course

ECO 530/630: An Introduction to Eco-Art Therapy

PSU ID: 10335 Eco-Art Therapy I: A Creative Path to Wellness

PNC Course ID: 530 (MS) or 630 (PhD)

Credits/CEU’s: 3

Details: This is a fun, experiential course designed to introduce the student to how adding an art component to nature-connecting activities can enhance the ability of Nature to teach. Both art and nature are non-verbal ways through which our subconscious mind can express itself. In this class, the student will learn techniques to use to facilitate that expression through making therapeutic, nature-inspired art.  You do not need to be an “artist” or have any so-called “creative talent” to take this class. It is not an art course, but rather uses the creative process of art-making as a tool for healing and self-discovery with Nature. It lets the student explore the innovative merging of traditional Art Therapy with Applied Ecopsychology. The course consists of 12 individual hands-on lessons/activities and typically runs about 3 months.

ECO 531/631: Advanced Studies in Eco-Art Therapy

PSU ID: 10336 Eco-Art Therapy II: Advanced Studies

PNC Course ID: 531 (MS) or 631 (PhD)

Credits/CEU’s: 3

Prerequisite: ECO 530/630

Details: This 12 week class teaches advanced hands-on education, counseling and mental health skills that use art to tap the wisdom of Nature’s ways. Students continue their exploration of a set of creative and therapeutic tools that help reverse the problems caused by our separation from Nature. The course does not require any artistic talent.

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Option 2: EcoArt Therapy Certificate

Duration: Approximately 1 year. This will vary depending on the time an individual spends completing coursework. 

Tuition: $1275.00 (USD)

Credits: 15

ECO 500 (B): Organic Psychology of Global Citizenship + EA Activities

Credits/CEU’s: 2

Students may take ECO 500(B) before ECO 530 or they may take both courses at once.

Details: Course costs and 2 additional books for ECO 500/600(B) are included in the EcoArt Therapy Certificate cost. If you have not yet completed the ECO 500/600 (B) course additional details and information will be sent when you enroll for an EcoArt courses.

This entrance level, online, sensory-ecology course in practical, nature-connected education, counseling and healing enables the student to master and teach the therapeutic science of Applied Ecopsychology. Increase personal, social and environmental well-being by enabling individual to create beneficial moments that let Earth teach. This restorative thinking skill helps their 54 natural senses reasonably embrace their nurturing origins in the balanced, self-correcting and renewing ways of natural systems within and around us.

Note: If you have previously taken Eco 500/600(B) and paid for or received a Project NatureConnect Scholarship you will be entitled to a discount.

ECO 530: An Introduction to Eco-Art Therapy

Credits/CEU’s: 3

Prerequisite: ECO 500(B). Students may take ECO 500(B) before ECO 530 or they may take both courses at once.

Details: This is a fun, experiential course designed to introduce the student to how adding an art component to nature-connecting activities can enhance the ability of Nature to teach. Both art and nature are non-verbal ways through which our subconscious mind can express itself. In this class, the student will learn techniques to use to facilitate that expression through making therapeutic, nature-inspired art.  You do not need to be an “artist” or have any so-called “creative talent” to take this class. It is not an art course, but rather uses the creative process of art-making as a tool for healing and self-discovery with Nature. It lets the student explore the innovative merging of traditional Art Therapy with Applied Ecopsychology. The course consists of 12 individual hands-on lessons/activities and typically runs about 3 months.

ECO 531: Advanced Studies in Eco-Art Therapy

Credits/CEU’s: 3

Prerequisite: ECO 500(B) and ECO 530.

Details: This 12 week class teaches advanced hands-on education, counseling and mental health skills that use art to tap the wisdom of Nature’s ways. Students continue their exploration of a set of creative and therapeutic tools that help reverse the problems caused by our separation from Nature. The course does not require any artistic talent.

ECO 501: Introduction to Educating, Counseling & Healing with Nature + EA Activities

Credits/CEU’s: 3

Prerequisite: ECO 500(B) and ECO 530.

Weeks: 20

Details: Learn to promote social and environmental responsibility by adapting unique nature-reconnecting methods and materials for your personal or professional use. Tangible sensory reconnection with nature through 27 activities and 54 natural senses satisfy deep natural wants: when unsatisfied, these wants disrupt global balance, and inner peace by fueling runaway disorders.

ECO 800 (NHP): The Hidden Organic Remedy: Nature as a Higher Power

Credits/CEU’s: 1

Prerequisite: ECO 500(B) and Eco 530

Details:

In this course “Spirit” and “Nature” are explored as identical labels for the life dance of the natural world and its self-correcting ways. Learn how we place the world at risk because we excessively separate our body, mind and spirit from the purifying and restorative powers of the Dance.

We suffer because our lives are extremely disconnected from the unifying ways of the natural world. We spend, on average, less than twelve hours of our entire lifetime in tune with the way Nature works. This course teaches you the missing sensory process that we need to think, feel and build relationships in concert with nature’s balance and beauty. It warranties that its sensory art of thinking and feeling with the natural world enables you to:

  • Compost the corruption undermining many relationships.
  • Recycle the garbage that unfair profiteering dumps in our body, mind and spirit.
  • Stop the runaway exploitation of ourselves, others and the environment and enjoy your common ground with them instead.
  • Use our distress and outrage to transform stupidity into supportive community.
  • Genuinely immerse ourselves in the wisdom of the eons to produce optimums of life, diversity, peace and cooperation in and around us.
  • Build relationships with beneficial rather than detrimental side effects.
  • Learn and teach each other how to enjoy interactions rooted in authentic nature’s love and brilliance.
ECO 532: Independent Reading and Research in Eco-Art Therapy

Credits/CEU’s: 3

Prerequisite: ECO 500(B), ECO 530, ECO 531, Eco 501, and Eco 800 (NHP).

Part 1: This course component gives students the opportunity to complete 3 case studies in EcoArt Therapy’s processes and activities. 

Part 2: Final Paper which explores books, journal articles, and other learning materials that support the use of art in it’s ability to help Nature teach. Students are to write an academic paper consisting of research and discussion on the goals and rationale of both art therapy and Applied Eco-therapy and the correlation between them. Students will find evidence to demonstrate that merging the two psychologies by adding an art component to The Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) enhances effectiveness.

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