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 2018 is:


Class begins February 6, 2018


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 Eco-spiritual mentoring requires a deep understanding of the inner council of selves. This council drives every decision and action we take. As the ego is formed and shaped by this inner council different personality types emerge for the purposes of coping with the internal and external world. Eco-spiritual Mentors observe these differences in order to assist the individual as the soul reveals itself, connects with Spirit, and takes action in the world. The purpose of this course is develop an understanding of this council of selves process in order to create the possibility for profound change for the greater good in the face of the crises of our planet home, Mother Earth.


    1. Formulation of a working knowledge of the inner council of selves.
    2. Developing an understanding of the inner council of selves for the purposes of eco-spiritual mentoring.
    3. Recognizing the differences in personalities for the purposes of eco-spiritual mentoring.
    4. Connecting the inner council to the eco-field for the purposes of eco-spiritual mentoring and for the preservation of Mother Earth and her species.


Pre-paper: Write a two to three-page paper on one’s personal perceptions of psychological differences, noting one’s own traits, and how that might impact one’s mentoring.
Post-paper to be assigned at end of class.
Required reading for this course will be assigned after you register.