The Earth Wisdom Academy offers an innovative course of studies which can lead to a certification and/or expand your Earth-based consciousness. We collaborate with The Wisdom School of Ubiquity University for those who wish to use this work toward a Master’s degree, a Doctor of Ministry, or a Ph.D.

The course also collaborates with the sustainability department at Texas State University. Certification in Eco-Spiritual mentoring with The Earth Wisdom Academy is completed in three 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, Lillie Rowden (lrowden@austin.rr.com).

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 2019 is:

AN INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL MYSTICS

Class begins February 4, 2019

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

The course on nature-based spirituality will explore knowledge and wisdom gained from our relationship with Mother Earth. Students will first encounter the Primordial Wisdom of the indigenous peoples. Finally, we will round out our discussion with modern natural mystics such as David Abbey and John Muir. 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 student will begin the process of creating an integrated map in order to form a new paradigm for eco-spiritual mentoring; thereby, becoming an attractor force for change for the greater good of all.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Definition of eco-spiritual mentoring (spiritual direction)
  2. Orientation to earth-based spirituality
  3. Immersion into the modern spirituality of encounters with nature
  4. Relating eco-spiritual mentoring to Mother Earth and all its beings and humans as participants
  5. Developing skills for the eco-spiritual mentor to assist in preservation of the planet and all created beings
  6. Seeing the eco-spiritual mentor as an aid in co-creating an earth-based civilization
  7. Developing an eco-spiritual mentoring practice aimed at personal and planetary transformation

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

Pre-paper Assignment
Beginning students write a two to three-page paper on what led you to the eco-spiritual mentoring program and what your current definition might be of eco-spiritual mentoring in contrast to traditional spiritual direction. Other assignments for different courses will be made as the student progresses through the three-phase program.

Post-paper Assignment
As assigned at end of class.