This innovative course of studies can lead to a certification, a Master’s degree, a Doctor of Ministry, or can be incorporated into a Ph.D. Certification and Master’s degrees are completed in three years, Doctorates in five years. Our course of study seeks organically to create a new paradigm that transcends and includes approaches like Spiritual Direction and spiritual counseling. Prospective students can join the process at any time in conversation with the director.

Overview Of Our Three Phase Course of Study

Students will first encounter the Primordial Wisdom of the indigenous people. Then, over the course of study in various seminars, students will enter conversation with environmental, nature-based mystics such as Walt Whitman, Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, and Aldo Leopold. Next, we incorporate the skills and models of the inner council of selves based on Jungian psychology. After we are well-grounded in this new paradigm, we will enter a brief conversation with Classical Western mysticism and the art of spiritual direction while not being captured by its traditions. Finally, we will round out our training by immersing ourselves in eco-field science and practice hands-on eco-spiritual mentoring.

This emphasis on a nature-based approach is related to the need for spiritual leaders to provide assistance in a “Great Return” of human beings to the original source of the natural order. The planet, its people and other beings living as a part of Mother Earth cry out for spiritual awareness, nurture and support to assist through the deep waters of change and a planet seeking a new equilibrium. These intense issues now facing our generation and future generations call for eco-spiritual mentors capable of guiding others for a thriving of the planet and all its beings in order to provide “islands of coherence in the sea of chaos” we are now facing. The course will include knowledge and wisdom from the classical, indigenous and modern mystics. The student will begin the process of creating an integrated map to form a new paradigm for eco-spiritual mentoring; thereby, becoming an attractor force for change for the greater good of all beings within the living Mother Earth.

Method of Study

Courses will engage Independent Study with various faculty as directed by Lillie Rowden, D.Min. These independent studies can be in-person or in our Zoom video webinar platform. With this approach a student can enter the program at any time after an introductory interview to see if there is a fit for student and the Eco-Spiritual Mentoring Course of Studies.

The next course for 2017 is:


Class begins August 1, 2017


Keep in mind that you can join this program with this course since the courses are offered in cycles. You also can take this course for credit without being in the total program. Email Lillie Rowden if you have questions.

This course in the eco-spiritual mentoring program is dedicated to the further development of in-depth connection with the natural order and its eco-fields. The Medicine Wheel will be a major component in this study to provide assistance in a “Great Return” of human beings to the original source of the natural order (Taegel).In this course we learn practices that unfold us into a fuller identity as being aspects of Nature rather than over and against Nature. This study in intention, meditation and practice is to assist the eco-spiritual mentor in developing a process for the nurturance of self and others in a life connected with Spirit through nature-based spirituality. The course emphasizes two aspects: First, a development of one’s personal connection with the natural order and different meditation practices, and secondly, a consideration of how that practice might transform into action for the greater good of others and the planet. We will explore the medicine wheel as an archetypal and cross-cultural practice for ancient peoples of the planet, noticing that in a real sense we are all linked to our indigenous backgrounds.


  1. Practicing nature-based meditation methods to assist self and others.
  2. Individual and universal prayer and intention through the practice of the Medicine Wheel.
  3. Personal practices in action for the preservation of Mother Earth and her species.
  4. Implications for reconnecting our culture with Nature will also be a focus.

    Pre-paper: Two to three pages on personal meditation practices already developed as part of your daily routine.
    Post-paper to be assigned at end of class.
    Required reading for this course will be assigned after you register.