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. We have a few openings for 2017.

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 First Course for 2017 is:


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. The practice of connections with Spirit in Nature, such as vision questing, Earthtribe immersions, and other ceremonies.
  2. How one’s personal tradition integrates with nature-based spirituality.
  3. Explore the connections between science, the eco-fields, and spirituality.
  4. Relate spirituality to the care of the soul and the planet, Mother Earth.
  5. Formulate a map for your personal contribution to the care of our planet.
  6. You can expect to expand your role as a ceremonial leader within your life context.

Each course requires 8 sessions taken in the context of approximately 16 weeks.

Pre-paper Assignment

What is nature-based spirituality to you in your current approach?
How might your map relate to your work as an eco-spiritual mentor?
What ceremonies do you currently engage as meaningful?

Post-paper Assignment

As assigned at end of class.

Required Reading for this Course Will Be Assigned when you register

How Do I Enter the Program?

Contact Lillie Rowden, D.Min. at for detailed information and possible entry into the Eco-Spiritual Mentoring Process.