Viridis Graduate Institute

Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities


Executive Program

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning acts of initiative there is one elemental truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitively commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones favor all manner of unforseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no person could have dreamt would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.    – Goethe

Fundamentals of Ecopsychology

The Fundamentals of Ecopsychology course is designed for those who wish to gain a solid understanding of ecopsychology and its personal and vocational applications. Participants study five core principles of ecopsychology (energy, diversity, waste, change, connectivity) to mine ideas from ecology, biology, mythology, and archetypal psychology that form the foundations for the study of ecopsychology.

The study of ecopsychology provides an opportunity to examine and explore both personal and cultural narratives that underpin disparaging behaviors and attitudes. Have you ever wondered why we treat each other or the planet the way that we do? And, what would one need to learn to be effective in changing destructive or divisive patterns of behavior in a community, business, or the culture? Understanding the ecology of human psychology offers critical insight into understanding the complexity of change and ways to transform unconscious narratives that underlie our actions, civic illiteracy, and the policies and decisions that affect our world in both creative and destructive ways.

Program Objectives

  1. To train participants in foundational ecopsychological principles and archetypal perspectives that can bring a more conscious and perceptive psychological dimension to their daily lives and their role as world citizens.
  2. To train participants to apply ecopsychological ideas and practices across diverse vocations for personal and professional growth.
  3. To engage the imagination, develop an aesthetic sensibility, and promote the flourishing of life.

An ecopsychological understanding widens perspectives and enhances the capacity for making informed and mature decisions essential to our daily life, our businesses, organizations, and communities in ways that ensure more relational and flourishing behaviors and practices emerge.

Students who are becoming community leaders are compelled to make a difference by deepening their awareness of themselves in relation to the world around them. In doing so, they adopt new ways of seeing, thinking and interacting that result in innovative, sustainable solutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Length: 12 weeks.

Spring Dates: March 7 – May 23, 2018

Class Time: Wednesdays, 4-6pm (Pacific Time).

Venue: Participants meet weekly on ZOOM in an ONLINE live dynamic classroom environment for two hours per class.

VGI’s Application process is open. 

Online Executive Application Form

Executive Certificate Course Fee $3,000

Payment Options

For more information please contact VGI.

Student Testimonials


Creating a more conscious world through education and action

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.