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:

RETURNING TO MOTHER EARTH
AS A SOURCE OF GROWTH

Class begins August 7, 2018

OVERVIEW

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. lrowden@austin.rr.com

This class is dedicated to the experiential practice of nature-based eco-spiritual mentoring for all three program levels: certification, masters and doctoral. The format will include an introduction to mentoring skills and ethics, as well as personal eco-spiritual mentoring for the student, and eco-spiritual mentoring practice by the student for individuals and groups. There will be a brief review of previous course topics.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

    1. A short introduction to mentoring.
    2. An introduction to ethics.
    3. A review of topics: natural mystics, why the environment is a spiritual issue; Jung, the Indigenous soul, science and the spirit.
    4. Hands-on eco-spiritual mentoring

This course will require 8 sessions, plus mentoring practicum (approximately 20 weeks).

Pre-paper Assignment
What particular skills do I bring to mentoring?
What skills would I like to further develop?

Assignments

  • Reading assignments (brief)
  • Individual eco-spiritual mentoring with instructor (personal individual mentoring available)
  • 8 sessions of guiding and Earth Circle of 3 to 6 people (group eco-spiritual mentoring with supervision)

Post-paper to be assigned at end of class.
Required reading for this course will be assigned after you register.