Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Board of  Trustees

Patricia Berry, Ph.D.
Co-founder of the field Archetypal Psychology. Dr. Berry is a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst and author of Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology. She lectures internationally and has served as president of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts. Currently she has a private practice in West Bath, Maine. Dr. Berry is a Founding Board member.

Andrew Beath
Andrew Beath is the founder of EarthWays Foundation in Malibu, California. EarthWays was founded to encourage personal awareness and social responsibility from a global perspective. Andrew’s work is to initiate small-scale projects that are cutting edge models for environmental preservation, human potential and sustainable development. He is the author of the book Consciousness in Action. Website: Andrew is a Founding Board member.

Pam Bjork, Ph.D.
Mythologist, business entrepreneur and award winning restaurateur, Dr. Bjork serves on numerous boards and is a specialist on the mythological, cultural and anthropological meaning in Balinese textiles. Dr. Bjork is a Founding Board member.

Ann DeRosa, M.S., Ph.D.
Vice President Strategy, Chilton Capital Management. Ann comes from an extensive corporate and business development background with professional and upper level management expertise. She is a corporate coach with lifelong entrepreneurial experience in fields of academia and research science, commercial real estate, architecture, healthcare, psychology, medical devices, biotechnology and oil & gas. Dr. DeRosa is a Founding Board member.

John Ehrenfeld, Ph.D.
Dr. Ehrenfeld currently serves as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He is the former Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment, an interdisciplinary educational, research, and policy program. He holds a post as Senior Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the author of Sustainability by Design and an editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Website: Dr. Ehrenfeld is a Founding Board member.

Barry Mills, MD., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, UC Irvine Medical School Affiliate.  Barry is a graduate of the University of Texas. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry and has a PhD in Cultural Studies with a specialization in Comparative Religions. He is an Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. He has received several professional awards including the Rappaport and Laughlin Fellowships from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and American College of Psychiatrists, respectively. He is the father of three children and enjoys motorcycles, gardening, movies, painting, and playing with his cat Lola.

Thomas Moore, Ph.D.
Thomas Moore is an American writer of popular spiritual books including the New York Times best seller, Care of the Soul (1992). He is a psychotherapist influenced by the writings of Carl Jung and James Hillman and lectures internationally.  His books include: The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, , The Education of the Heart, Dark Night of the Soul, The Soul of SexA Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born to Do, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. His latest books, Care of the Soul in Medicine and a collection of short stories about golf, The Guru of Golf was published 2010. Wesbite: Dr. Moore is a Founding Board member.

Lori Pye, Ph.D.
Dr. Pye is a Founder and President of Viridis Graduate Institute.                                                                                         Dr. Pye’s background consists of environmental & marine conservation, undergraduate and graduate academic instruction. As an environmentalist, Dr. Pye worked with international NGOs to co-develop the Eastern Tropical Pacific Biological Seascape Corridor with the Ministers of the Environment from Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador.  She has led international conferences on diverse issues: Nature and Human Nature, The Mythology of Violence, The Aesthetic Nature of Change, and These Women: Honoring Women in Archetypal and Depth Psychology.

Dr. Pye has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and has taught internationally. She is a member of IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), European Ecopsychology Society (EES), Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) and serves on the Editorial Board for Ecopsychology Journal. She currently lectures at Viridis Graduate Institute, University of Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital Psychiatric Residency Program.

Ann Vermeer, M.A., RYT-500
Ann Vermeer, M.A., is the Vice President of Viridis Graduate Institute.                                                                            Ann is a yoga therapist and certified iRest® Yoga Nidra instructor. A former telecommunications executive, she is committed to facilitating change with those who wish to examine habitual patterns and narratives that keep them stuck. She engages practices and philosophies from yoga, depth psychology, mythology, and 12-step recovery programs to discover new, more creative narratives that foster self-healing and wholeness. She received her M.A. in Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology. Ann also serves on the Board of Boulder Friends of Jung, is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and owns Chiron Therapeutic Yoga in Longmont, Colorado. Ann is a Founding Board member.

Elyn Zimmerman, M.F.A.
Zimmerman received her Master’s degree in Art at UCLA. She taught art from 1972 to 1986 as Assistant Professor at California State University, San Francisco; California Institute of the Arts; and the State University of NY at Purchase, NY. Zimmerman has numerous commissioned pieces and has received a number of awards and grants for her artwork that includes: 2007 Excellence in Design for Capsouto Park, Art Commission of the City of New York 2010, Resident American Academy in Rome (RAAR ’10) Roy Lichtenstein Residency, 2010 Great Places in America Award (Public Spaces). She has served on numerous boards including: Board of Directors, Columbia Land Conservancy, Columbia County, NY., Commissioner, Commission of Fine Arts, Washington, DC., Board of Directors, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company. Website: Elyn is a Founding Board member.

Honorary Trustees

Joan Stroud Blaine
Co-Founder, Stroud Water Research Center. Joan is a Founding Honorary Board member.

Lyn Cowan, Ph.D.
Jungian Analyst and Author

Mary Leibman
Depth Psychotherapist

J. Marc McGinnes, J.D.
Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Advisory Board

Lita Albuquerque, Artist

Pamela Burton, M.Arch., Leed Green Associate, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects

John Davis, AIA, LEED AP

Carole Dean, President, From the Heart Productions

Christine Downing, Ph.D.

Jacqueline M. Feather, MFT., Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

Nely Galán, MA

Richard Hertz, Ph.D.. Former Director Art Center’s graduate programs

Brent Kohler

Ginette Paris, Ph.D.

Will Reed, Landscape Architect, UK

Charlene Spretnak, Author


Organizational Advisors

George Haynes, Ph.D., Academic Consultant
A systems oriented, strengths-based and organizational change leader working in higher education, health care, and corporate environments for more than twenty-five years. Clients include foundations, family-run businesses, and individuals. Academic positions held include: Vice President for academic affairs; Dean for adult and continuing education; Associate Dean for lifelong learning and professional studies; and Chief Operating Officer. George serves on the board for The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law and is a board member of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

  • Harvard Institute for Educational Management
  • Disney Institute, Customer Service Program
  • Ph.D. Educational Communications & Technology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Graduate study in holistic adult development, Yale Divinity School and University of Notre Dame
  • M.S. Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University

Gisèle Trubey
Program Manager and Consultant in the fields of international cooperation, international relations and disaster/risk management with more than 25 years of experience in program and project development, management and evaluation, including consultative processes and strategic partnerships at national and international senior levels. Gisèle has consulted with groups around the globe including: Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises, and the Centre at Montreal for Exchanges China (CAMEC).

Cathie Walker, CPA, Financial Advisor
Independent CPA and Financial Advisor
Formerly: Chief Financial Officer, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Chief Financial Officer, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, CPA, Knight Vale and Gregory

Creating a more conscious world through education and action

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
  • 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.