In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek. - John Muir
Ecological psychology (ecopsychology) is an educative approach to understanding the same ecological processes that affect complex narratives and behaviors of Earth - affect the complexity of narratives and behaviors of the ecological psyche, of the organization, institution, corporation, and community.
The study of ecopsychology offers an extensive knowledge base that examines ecological and psychological processes:
- energy exchange,
- Intra-actions and waste,
- relationality, and
- decay and renewal (ecological and psychological composting) that underpin all ecologies including the human psyche.
An ecology of practice examines and reconfigures human narratives and their resulting practices that make and unmake the world. Disparaging narratives that promote continuous disruption of climate processes and cycles, destroying half the planet's surface landscapes, polluting the oceans with plastics, fostering human supremacy, and unraveling democratic values of inclusive citizenship.
An ecopsychology study activates attention, widens perceptivity, cultivates senses, and promotes responsibility to the fibers of ethicality and justice that compose the world.
Our aim is for VGI participants to lead different conversations and actions in the world for how things can be different. To learn practical and effective ways to reconfigure narratives, thereby transforming behavior.
These skills support individuals, communities, and organizations in becoming accountable and responsible for the narratives, behaviors, and practices enacted in the world.
Ecopsychology Intensive programs are designed for a cross-section of audiences.
• Citizens wanting to gain an ecopsychological literacy for personal growth.
• Business leaders and corporate managers seeking a time-proven, innovative, and narrative-changing education to enhance and advance professional development in the areas of corporate sustainability, ethics, and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
• Educators and coaches who wish to teach or directly apply ecopsychology processes in the classroom, individual and organizational coaching and consulting practices.
• Health care professionals, including clinicians, therapists, social workers, environmental grief counselors, and environmental first responders.
• Environmental and social activists and community leaders.
• Civic and governmental agency executives and managers.
Ecological literacy is psychological literacy – a necessity for any person, business, organization, or institution endeavoring to evolve open, nutritious, and innovative ideas, practices, products, services, and relationships.
Apply ecological and psychological knowledge in transforming destructive narratives and practices into relational and cooperative solutions.
Apply ecological knowledge and psychological capabilities in one's personal and professional lives.
Envisaging and proposing ideas and practices participants take back to their community and/or organization.
ECOPSYCHOLOGY INTENSIVE 2022
10 Week program
Venue: ONLINE via Zoom
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"Thank you so much for the Ecopsychology Intensive! It was beyond what I ever expected. I particularly appreciated what we learned about diversity and energy within the context of ecopsychology. You are a dedicated educator with a commitment and talent to move thought and provide paradigms for students that is / will help heal the world. " -With gratitude, Bridget/California
"Thank you, Lori, for offering such a wonderful course in ecopsychology. I have thoroughly enjoyed the new perspective on life (and death!)." -Thank you, Sue
"I took part in the Ecopsychology Intensive that was offered online last year and I have to say that it really gave me an appreciation for what ecopsychology is all about. The lectures were very interesting, as were the additional readings offered each week...but it was the practical aspect of the course, that I really got the most from. I highly recommend doing it. We were given weekly journal questions to answer. These were responded to by Lori Pye and sent back with more questions to consider. It was from this exercise that I really understood the value of ecopsychology on a personal level. From this experience, I now understand how powerful it can be, and how it could be most helpful for others as well. I was interested in ecopsychology before beginning the course, but I am now committed to including it as I move forward in my professional life." -Thank you! Antonella - Canada
Wanting to find deeper meaning in my life and work, I had been looking for an ecopsychological community with a heart for removing barriers of communication within and between the individual and the soul of the world. I found that through the Intensive Program at Viridis I learned and practiced a profound, creative, and empathic way of seeing my interconnectedness with all of life. I also appreciated the live online video classroom because it too was a conscious effort to remove barriers of communication among the students and with the professor. Overall, the program is a modern, relevant, and evolutionary program that has empowered me to change, grow, and lead with confidence. -Lynn, North Carolina
I participated in the Intensive Program and frankly, it has changed my aspirations for my future, and the hope I hold for the future of mankind and our planet. That may sound dramatic, but so is the understanding that the eco-psychological perspective can bring. As a psychologist working with organisational culture, I thought I already held a psychological view of the world, but the lens of environmental humanities in conjunction with depth psychology is extraordinary; optimistic, raw, challenging, and inspiring. I am so glad Viridis Institute is forging a path for the future, a path I will continue to walk. - Pippa, AU
It was an honor to be a part of the VGI community as part of the Intensive Program. Viridis is doing such important work for individuals, communities and the planet. My experience was educational, empowering and inspiring. Thanks to the brilliant leadership of Lori, and the engaged participation of students, this experience was enormously rewarding and enriching. I couldn't be more grateful.-Dennis, Maine.
At slide 12 of this week's lecture I had to press pause and write to you. THANK YOU, thank goodness, thank the gods and goddesses, that you are speaking these great ideas, that you are calling us to action, and pointing the way. I am in tears, your insights move me so. And I couldn't agree more. Your words point to the first truly hopeful direction I have encountered since beginning my deep dive into Ecopsychology. It is a huge hard task but doing it together will make it easier, once we overcome our fear, our need to protect our individual vulnerable, rather shattered and fragmented interiors. All I can say is thank you - over and over. I feel so much gratitude that you are here now, doing this work, having these insights and that I was blessed with the amazing fortune of finding Viridis and signing up for this course!" – Laurie, CO.
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