Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

About Viridis Graduate Institute (VGI)

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

Viridis Graduate Institute formed in 2010 with a group of dedicated educators who envisioned a creative, holistic, ecological and psychological form of education.  We live in a complex interdependent world and VGI sees education as the most effective means that society possesses for confronting our community and global challenges.

We imagined a creative, innovative, thoughtful, and well constructed curriculum that activated one’s curiosity about our interior life and the wider exterior world we live share with others. Our curriculum focuses on ecopsychology and environmental humanities. Our motivation is not to save the world, or the planet. Rather, it 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

Ecopsychology and Environmental  Humanities Graduate Program. Our educational pedagogy reflects our program goals, and engages students to explore, examine, inquire, imagine, understand, communicate, reflect, and participate in our human evolutionary process of maturation, individuation and co-responsiveness to and with the world.

Our Unique Approach

All classes are held online in an a live interactive educational format. Cohorts meet twice a year with VGI faculty at our ReWilding Residencies. These face to face meetings are held in some of the most beautiful places  – our National Parks. We support the US National Park system each year as we gather to continue our educational process in nature.

We have a diverse student body due to our global scope, which makes for unique opportunities to get to know people from other cultures.

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 life time. 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.

International Recognition

Viridis Graduate Institute’s Ecopsychology program has been recognized by UNESCO under IUCN and The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Program.


VGI Endorses the Earth Charter

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Viridis Graduate Institute is a member of the United States Distant Learning Association

Viridis Graduate Institute is a Member of United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

Viridis Graduate Institute is a Member of United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)


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 Internship
  • ReWilding Residency – students meet with instructors in natural habitat twice a year.
  • Application deadline: June 1

Doctorate Program

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

Executive Certificate Program: Ecopsychology and the Enterprise of Flourishing

  • Next course September  2015.
  • Length of program: 14 weeks (semester)
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available.

Introduction to Ecopsychology

  • Next course: October  2015
  • Length of course: 2 hour webinar
  • Open Enrollment. CEU’s available.