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


Viridis Graduate Institute, was founded in 2010 by Dr. Lori Pye as a non-profit/social-profit 501(c) 3 school. 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, Barry Mills, 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. Our curriculum focuses on Ecopsychology and environmental humanities.

Our motivation is to educate individuals in depth and archetypal psychological ideas, ecological & biological processes, and mythological narratives in order to develop our humanity toward being relational, cooperative and collaborative—toward being more conscious of who we are and our role on this planet.

VGI Mission

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 interactive format

Masters Program

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

Doctorate Program

  • Length of program: 1-year course work, 2 years dissertation
  • ReWilding Residency – students meet with instructors in natural habitat twice a year
  • Application deadline: June 15.

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology and the Enterprise of Flourishing

  • Next course March 8, 2017
  • Length of program: 14 weeks
  • Open Enrollment.

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • SPECIAL FREE Webinar: Ecopsychology and Activism
  • January 28, 2017 – 10am-12noon Pacific Time
  • Length of course: 2 hour Webinar
  • Open Enrollment.