Eco-Art Therapy

Creative Activities that let Earth Teach

Engage in and learn about our Human/Nature connection through the Arts.

Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature

A mindful and holistic approach, engaging us in creating healing of the mind, heart, and spirit.

Humanity is the only member of the Web of Life that has the gift of language. Whenever Nature is not injured by the destructive stories we create about it, the life of Earth flourishes without producing human created garbage, pollution and destruction.

Green Sun by Pablo
"Being in nature is not only inspiring, it also has medical and psychotherapeutic potential. By experiencing nature, we place our body in the original functional circle made of humans and the environment from which we emerged. We put two matching puzzle pieces together – us and nature into one whole.”
—Clemens G. Arvay
Celebrating Over 30 years!

Eco-Art Therapy

Eco-Art connects us to our non-verbal thoughts and feelings through 54 felt senses and sensitivities.

Eco-Art Therapy is a program offered through Project NatureConnect. Project NatureConnect is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers courses, certificates, and degrees, partnering with various universities. Throughout the long history of Project NatureConnect and Eco-Art Therapy, thousands of individuals, organizations, and entities have engaged in Eco-Art and Applied Ecopsychology processes.

Eco-Art Therapy is a blending of traditional Art Therapy unified with the science of Applied Ecopsychology. Eco-Art is a creative process that anyone can use to consistently think and feel with the unadulterated clarity and happiness that we readily enjoy in attractive natural areas. Nature can be fun and therapeutic.

Many individuals find that words are often inadequate to express their innermost thoughts and feelings. As a result, they seek alternative forms of self-understanding and analysis. Eco-Art and Applied Ecopsychology seek the same outcome as conventional talk therapy: personal insight, conflict resolution, inner healing, and self-discovery. However, both go beyond a rational discussion of the issues troubling individuals. Instead, Eco-Art addresses the gaps found in more traditional verbal counseling through a mediated exchange, via art or nature, of information between the repressed areas of one’s psyche and their conscious thoughts.

Individuals often find it easier to connect to underlying hidden beliefs, feelings, and thoughts through an art or nature experience. Eco-Art fills the gap between repressed memories and expressing this through the process of creating art. Researchers and psychologists are, and continue, to discover that abstract stories built from the sensory-disconnected use of words are what cause an individual pain, leading them to seek therapy in the first place. Simply talking about the problem can further intellectualize and distance one from their emotions, causing more harm.

Student Artwork

Eco-Art Therapy

Eco-Art

The Possibilities are Endless!

Eco-Art Therapy can be utilized independent of other paradigms or integrated in infinite ways.

Eco-Art Therapy utilizes art, Nature, and 54 scientifically identified senses/sensitives to engage us in the Natural environments in and around us. Through the 54 senses we activate healing, mindfulness, calming our mind, and so much more!

Some Key Points of Eco-Art
UNPLUG AND REWIND
The Eco-Art courses are designed to minimize your time relying on technology. Instead, you learn from and engage with Nature and Art!
WEBSTRINGS
Participants in Eco-Art come from all over the world. Although our cultures, customs, and lanaguages may sometimes vary Eco-Art engages us in a shared experience.
TIME IS PRECIOUS
Eco-Art is designed to give us more time with the senses that matters to us! Permitting us to engage with the natural environment in and around us.
ECO-ART IS FOR ALL SEASONS
The ebb and flow within Nature can be seen year round. Therefore, it does not have to be the right weather or time! Follow your natural attractions and create moments that let Earth teach!