Introduction to Ecopsychology Course

Introduction to Ecological Psychology Course

In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek. – John Muir

Introduction to Ecopsychology Course

Summer 2024

Date: Thursdays, July 4-18 (3 week course)

Time: 12-2 pm Pacific Time

Platform: Zoom.


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Fee $300

Introduction to Ecopsychology Course fee


INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ecopsychology) is a nondegree professional development courses.

This three-week introduction course offers a basic understanding of ecological psychology.

The course objective is to introduce participants to overarching ecological processes for how both the planet, and all lifeforms, including humans work.

Participants will explore ecological and psychological processes of energy exchange, diversity, decay & renewal, change, and relationship for how to detect and reconfigure detrimental narratives, behavior, and practices.

An ecopsychology exploration activates attention, widens perceptivity, and cultivates necessary skills to support individuals, communities, and organizations to become accountable and responsible for the narratives, behaviors, and practices enacted in the world.

Course Design

The introductory course is designed for various audiences seeking an educative approach to solving interdependent issues.

  • Citizens who want to obtain a deeper understanding of ecological psychology in order to participate in community ecological, social, and economic issues.
  • Business leaders and corporate social responsibility (CSR) leaders and directors.
  • Educators who wish to teach or directly apply ecopsychology processes in the classroom.
  • Coaches and consultants.
  • 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.
Participant Testimonials

Thank you so much for the Ecopsychology Introduction course! 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

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 Introduction course 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. From this experience, I now understand how powerful it can be, and how it could be most helpful for others as well.  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 practical program that has empowered me to change, grow, and lead with confidence.   -Lynn, North Carolina

I participated in the course 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 organizational 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 Introduction course. 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.

THANK YOU, that you are speaking these great ideas, that you are calling us to action, and pointing the way. Your words point to the first truly hopeful direction I have encountered since beginning my dive into Ecopsychology.  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.