Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Everything depends on inner change; when this has taken place, then, and only then does the world change. -Martin Buber

Our Mission

To provide a transdisciplinary education in the sciences and humanities that enables students to develop the competence and responsiveness required to creatively solve problems challenging our ecological and social structures.


Viridis Graduate Institute was founded in 2010 by Dr. Lori Pye as a non-profit/social-profit distance education institute. Joining Dr. Pye in the early stages of imagining what this institute could offer students in the way of a unique and meaningful education for a changing world included: Patricia Berry, Andrew Beath, Pam Bjork, Ann DeRosa, John Ehrenfeld, Thomas Moore, Ann Vermeer, and Elyn Zimmerman. This group of dedicated educators envisioned a creative, innovative, thoughtful, and well-constructed curriculum that activated one’s curiosity about our interior life and the wider exterior world we share with others. There is an ecological turn in the academy which calls for a scholarly discipline that aligns the heuristic and analytical power of science with the reflective creativity of the humanities. There is also an ecological turn in the culture which calls for a more mature and responsive 21st-century global citizen. Ecopsychology answers this call.

Viridis Graduate Institute Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities programs offer a multidisciplinary perspective that draws appropriately from biology, ecology, depth psychology, mythology, and the arts. Its emphasis on the many synergistic connections in our biological, ecological and psychological life serves to expand our critical understanding of being in an interdependent world. Ecopsychology teaches students to redefine interconnected problems in order to reach creative solutions based on new understandings of complex situations. Ecopsychology enables us to recognize and transform the outmoded narratives that underpin many of our global challenges. Viridis Graduate Institute is a California 501c (3) Nonprofit Institute.

Institutional Vision

Viridis Graduate Institute’s vision is to be an exemplary non-traditional distance education provider in order to inspire learning that can create conscious change in the world.

VGI Core Values

Our Unique Approach

Degree Programs

Non-Degree Programs

Viridis Graduate Institute is one of those places where the future of higher education is being redefined.  The curriculum offers not only an education of the mind but also a learning environment that creates the kind of friendships and network that can last a lifetime. The content of the seminars is new, revolutionary, rich, and the team that created Viridis is made of visionaries.  Ginette Paris, Ph.D. author of The Wisdom of the Psyche.



Creating a more conscious world through education and action

Viridis Graduate Institute, a 501(c)(3) social profit school, admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered program.

VGI Fast Facts

All programs are online in live real-time interactive format

Masters Program

  • Length of program: 2 years with Summer Fieldwork
  • ReWilding Experience – students meet with instructors in natural habitat
  • Application deadline:  June 15.

Doctorate Program

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology Fundamentals

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • January 2019 (4-6pm PST)
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment.