The global masters 4-8 quarter, 17.0 unit stand-alone Certificate Program in Transpersonal Ecopsychology empowers students to live in respectful relationship, in alliance with the natural world, and to bring this perspective into their daily and professional lives.

At the core of this certificate is the assumption that Earth is a creative, living entity and that humans are woven into the tapestry of all life. Sustainability and wholeness are fostered as humans more fully experience themselves as a part of nature and embody ecological consciousness.

This certificate program is grounded in worldviews, theories, and practices associated with embodied spirituality, eco-spirituality, eco-literacy, and transpersonal ecopsychology.  Students will awaken to more conscious awareness of place, richness of life, and the cycles found in self and nature. They will apply their understanding of transpersonal ecopsychology, systems thinking, sustainability, sacred ecology, nature-based programs, and ecological practices in service to the broader community.

Admissions Process and Requirements

Students must go through the formal admissions process as well as meet the following requirements:

  • Masters and Ph.D. students at Sofia University and recent graduates.
  • Qualified students with Master’s degrees in areas related to psychology, human development, education, healthcare, and the like must be officially admitted into the Global Master’s Program.

This stand-alone certificate program is considered a nonacademic program but can be integrated into the G-MATP program at a later time. Students applying for this certificate must go through the formal interview process. Eligible students may apply for advancement into the Global Master’s Program upon completion of the Certificate.  Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

Course Requirements – 17 Total units

The following courses are required for the Stand-Alone Certificate in Transpersonal Ecopsychology

  • Embodied Spirituality (3.0)
  • Eco-spirituality: Our Spiritual Connection with Gaia (3.0)
  • Ecopsychology: Remembering Our Place in the Natural World (3.0)
  • Sustainability, Culture and Sacred Ecology (3.0)
  • Nature Based Program and Wholeness (3.0)
  • Practicum that includes transpersonal ecopsychology (2.0) – or Final Paper (2.0) that include application of research areas

Course Descriptions

MTP 7401: Embodied Spirituality

This experiential course grounds students in the theories, principles, and practices of embodied spirituality.  It focuses on integrating and awakening self within the context of living co-creatively with all of life and seeing it as sacred.  Students will explore what it means to embody their spirituality through reading, reflections, discussions, and personal experiences.

Key Concepts – Embodiment, Spirituality, Theories, Principles, Practices

MTP: 8205 – Eco-spirituality: Our Spiritual Connection with Gaia

This experiential course explores eco-spirituality and our relationship to Gaia through reading and spending time in the Natural world. Students will capture their growing relationship and appreciation for Nature in intuitive, expressive, and reflective ways as well as consider how they might bring this new awareness into their daily lives.

Key concepts: Relationship, Spirituality, and Earth-centered Spiritual Practice

GLBM 8206 Ecopsychology: Remembering our Place in the Natural World

This course is an introduction to the field of ecopsychology, ecoshamanism, and related fields. Students will explore the illusion of separation of humans with nature and begin to consider how we can shift our consciousness to a more reciprocal, intimate relationship. Through scholarship, nature encounters, practices related to ecoshamanism and reflective discussion, students will discover practical ways that they can actively bring ecological consciousness into their personal, service and professional lives .a

Key concepts: Remembering Place, Healing Illusion of Separation, Action, Ecopsychology

Sustainability, Culture, and Sacred Ecology

Ecological consciousness requires that we shift to and embody a new way of understanding patterns, processes, and relationships that supports wholeness and quality life for all inhabitants in the community. This highly interactive course focuses on the natural bond between ecology and mysticism through the lenses of systems theory, indigenous wisdom traditions, science, and principles of permaculture.  Students will explore various ways of being in and sustaining community that includes the natural world. They will engage in scholarly research of a topic that expands their knowledge and helps them to reimagine an ecologically conscious community.

Key concepts:  Sacred Ecology, Sustainable Community, Systems, Indigenous Perspectives

Nature-Based Programs and Wholeness

Ecotherapy is grounded in the idea that coming home to our natural roots promotes wholeness, healing, and sustainability. This course focuses on the many ways that ecopsychology and ecotherapy are being applied in professional settings and outdoor places to facilitate healing, reconnection with place, education, health, and wholeness.   Examples include animal-facilitated therapies, garden and farm therapies, wilderness experiences, bringing nature into therapeutic practice, prison programs.  Students will design an innovative community service project that brings an eco-centered approach into a professional or vocational experience.

Key concepts:  Professional Nature-Based Applications

Certificate Awarded: Students who have successfully completed this program will receive a Certificate in Transpersonal Ecopsychology.