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The Web of Life Imperative

Regenerative ecopsychology techniques that help people think in balance with natural systems

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A time tested, self-guiding book and accredited course teaches you the Natural Systems Thinking Process(NSTP), a powerful, nature-connected organic psychology.

Master environmentally supportive education and counseling techniques that, backyard or back country, help you strengthen your relationships, resilience and livelihood. 

Enjoy the health of natural wholeness. Discover how your subconscious mind and natural systems are identical and produce their perfection. Learn sensory techniques that connect and renew both.

What Harvard University won't teach you. This unique, accredited, nature-connected, learning tool for peace within and around us enables your psyche to genuinely tap into the potent healing powers of nature. This helps you restore forty-eight inherent sensory intelligences into your awareness that we normally learn to deny and subdue. Research shows that, contrary to mainstream thinking and education, these natural intelligences are ways of knowing and relating that, when intact, sustain the wellness, peace, balance and resilience of natural systems within and around us.
This cutting edge guide is a nature-connected learning tool for personal and global peace. It adds important new dimensions to counseling, healing and citizenship.

Contrary to mainstream thinking and education, we are born with 53 natural sensory intelligences, not just five. Each is part of nature, each a distinct way of knowing and relating that, when intact, helps us sustain the wellness, balance and resilience of natural systems in us and the environment.

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Backyard or backcountry, the practical education, counseling and recuperation process in this book empowers you to improve your life and livelihood. You learn how to consciously transform the desensitized omissions in the way our nature-disconnected society teaches us to think. They become rejuvenated natural sensitivities and Earth-integrated, whole ways of knowing

Master how to reconnect your mentality to its nurturing origins, to the regenerative vigor, sustainability and integrity of nature.

Help yourself, and those close to you, benefit from the renewal that lies in the magnificence of a beautiful day, the wisdom of an ancient tree and the fortitude of a weed.

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Discover how to let the "higher power" in nature's healing energies help your thinking transform your stress, disorders and harmful bonds into constructive personal, social and environmental rewards.

Strengthen your inborn natural genius. Enjoy personal growth from hands-on, "biophilia-in-action," classes, essays, activities, research, internships, counseling and healing.

Enjoy an Earth friendly job, career, internship, teaching certification or subsidized, online courses and degree programs.

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"The Web of Life Imperative offers more tools, knowledge and personal power for good than most therapies and spiritualities. It enables us to reverse our destructive relationships by empowering us to make thoughtful sensory connections with genuine nature. This connection responsibly satisfies the aching, ever-wanting hole in our psyche that has been produced by our excessive separation from nature, a hole that leads us astray"

- Susan Chernak McElroy,
Award winning, N. Y. Times best selling author of Animals as Teachers and Healers and Heart in the Wild.


"We dramatically increased our program's effectiveness by adding the Natural Systems Thinking Process to it. It enables our participants to connect with their sensory origins in nature and use that peaceful power to improve their disorders and their relationships with self, society and the environment."

James Rowe, Ph.D.
Director of the Outward Bound School in Costa Rica

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About the Author:

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D. is a Director of the Institute of Global Education, where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect. He also serves on the faculty of Portland State University, Akamai University and the International University of Professional Studies. Dr. Cohen has founded sensory environmental education programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University (AEI), conceived the National Audubon Conference "Is the Earth a Living Organism," and is the award winning author of Reconnecting With Nature, Einstein's World, and How Nature Works. He is an accomplished folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music programs for the U.S. National Park Service and Elderhostel on San Juan Island, Washington.
CONTACT: www.ecopsych.com nature@interisland.net 360-378-6313, Pacific Time Zone


.....The Web of Life Imperative Regenerative ecopsychology techniques that help people think in balance with natural systems by Michael J. Cohen and 36 co-authors. A Primer of Organic Psychology 13 oz. ISBN 141200184-4 ....Publisher: Institute of Global Education and Trafford Publications.
.....Release Date: July 30, 2003.
.....Contents: 148, full size, 8 1/2 x 11 inch, Perfect Bound. illustrated pages containing empirical principals, knowledge, activities and opportunities for strengthening careers, self-improvement, internships, jobs and degrees.
.....Price: $35.00. Subsidized copies are available through a grant from IGE. When purchased from IGE, a percentage of the book's cost supports its visibility and its companion books, courses and scholarship programs.
.....Availability: All major bookstores and book companies or by priority mail via the book order form on this page

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Below is description of the Organic Psychology course contained in The Web of Life Imperative:



Updated from PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, May-June 1994

From the druids of the Celtic forests to the great tribes of American Indians, people have sought balance, peace and wisdom by living according to the laws of Mother Nature.

Unfortunately, this past century will be remembered for unprecedented exploitation of nature--and widespread psychological disturbance of individuals.

No coincidence to Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D., pioneer of what he calls integrated ecology or applied ecopsychology. An organic synthesis of ecology and psychology, integrated ecology proposes that both the destruction of the Earth's environment and people's isolation, stress and dysfunction stem from a fundamental denial of our connection to nature. And by genuinely reconnecting our thinking with nature, we reverse our psychological disorders and their destructive health and mental effects.

Western civilization emphasizes mostly the faculties of sight, reason, and language, forcing most of us to suppress our natural senses --all 53 of them, by Cohen's reckoning. Among them: hunger, thirst, compassion; color, sex, place; trust, belonging, intuition; community, nurturing and motion. Each is a fundamental natural attraction energy, a biological form of love that sentiently connects us to the world and binds natural systems together in balance. We inherently register and think with these senses to make sense. However, spending over 95% of our lives cloistered and indoors leaves these natural sensory connections excessively unexercised, unfulfilled and wanting; human dysfunction and evils -- stress, cigarette smoking, greed, dependencies, violence -- naturally follow to fill our sensory-satisfaction void and diminish our hurt and frustrations. Our troubles, however, persist because when we want, there is never enough.

Cohen is not a lone hunter of the bond between man and nature. According to Pulitzer-Prize winning sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., of Harvard, people have an inherent biological need to be in contact with the out-of-doors. He calls it "biophilia", and believes that nature may hold the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction. Our childhood love of animals and natural myths and fairy tales may be early evidence of our basic affinity for nature and its instructive and healing properties. Many excellent studies show genuinely nature-connected people enjoy greater health and more peaceful relationships than those psychologically oblivious to nature.

Counseling and building responsible relationships by reconnecting with Nature? Cohen has devised therapeutic, home study, training manuals, workshops, on-site and e-mail/correspondence courses, discussion groups and degree programs whose organic activities, in backyards or back country, re-create many beneficial relationships enjoyed by earlier hunting, gathering, and communal living peoples. In the American Psychological Association Journal "The Humanistic Psychologist" (Vol. 21, No. 3) and many other reviewed professional publications, he reports that while on these education programs community spirit and responsibility grows, participant's personality and eating disorders subside, learning and other cognitive abilities improve, and violence and prejudice dissolve. His participants learn to do, own and teach unforgettable nature connecting activities that produce these results throughout their lives. Gradually, a deep environmental literacy evolves that sustainably rejuvenates their natural senses, balance and joy.

From his home base at the Institute of Global Education, a special public education NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Cohen offers online books, workshops, training and degree programs and information about ecologically oriented education and therapeutic methods.

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"This program offers an environmentally sound, educational process that reduces apathy, catalyzes peace and promotes mental health. It fulfills our personal and economic needs, deeper ideals and spirit; it deserves the attention of every person who seeks to reverse our troubles."

Dr. Robert Muller
Assistant Secretary General Emeritus of the United Nations.
Recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Peace Prize and UNESCO prize for peace.
Chancellor of the University for Peace, United Nations.





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