Catalyzing personal empowerment, societal transformation, and environmental sustainability
"It makes sense to address the wholeness of a person (their life processes, sensations, feelings, and intellect) if a person is to be fully educated."
Mission & Vision
Holistic Living Institute
Community Learning and Information at Attraction Retreat
because it's all about RELATIONSHIPS
The Holistic Living Institute is the educational branch of Attraction Retreat. This aspect of our organization presents classes and workshops/seminars designed to help you come into right relationship--with your inner intelligence, your family and friends, your living space, your work, your community, society at large, and the planet. By becoming aware of and improving these connections, you can improve your life--and become inspired and empowered to help create a better world and future. We see ourselves as part of the growing Community Learning and Information Center (CLIC) movment.
Our Educational Philosophy
The foundation of our philosophy is that we come from the Earth and depend on it for our very sustenance. We require a healthy planet in order to be healthy ourselves, and vice versa. Achieving personal, societal, and planetary health is simply a matter of remembering how to think and act the way nature works. This philosophy reflects science's acceptance of the interconnected nature of reality.
At AR's Holistic Living Institute we weave together the principles and processes of organic psychology, urban permaculture, and effective social change processes to provide a basis for bringing nature's wisdom into your daily life. This foundation, expressed in our Holistic Systems Design curriculum, will enable you to also reflect this wisdom in your home, your job, your community, and in the larger world you are an intimate and important part of.
What do we offer?
Making a change must fit within the reality of your life as it is now, so we offer a variety of ways for you and/or your organization to benefit from our offerings. See our curriculum page for complete details, and our events calendar for dates and times for the current and coming months.
How reconnecting with Nature works
Nature, with over 15 billion years of experience in organizing and sustaining living systems, has a lot to show humans about the business of living and co-existing with others and the natural world. Nature knows what works--and what doesn't. As natural creatures, we have inherited this ability to stay in healthy and productive balance with the rest of creation--but as our looming personal, social, and environmental crises attest, we are dangerously out of touch with this inherent wisdom. It therefore makes sense to look to Nature to see what works--and to use the processes we find there for building healthy relationships in our own lives.
At Attraction Retreat we show course participants how to learn from Nature by creating moments that let Earth teach. The simple Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) that we use helps people intellectually understand their role in natural systems, and then move beyond mere understanding to actually experiencing their connection to the natural world through their many senses. As they become personally and consciously aware of this connection, participants' increased motivation to sustain the Web of Life of which they are a part is reflected in lifestyle choices that are healthier, more fulfilling, more sustainable, and more inclusive of diversity. They begin to contribute to building healthy communities and to maintaining a healthy environment--in part by becoming and remaining healthy themselves.
The NSTP begins by having you become consciously aware of the positive, supportive, and enjoyable feelings you receive from Nature. You are then shown ways that you can continue to receive these good feelings, and how to build these healing and empowering feelings into your daily life. As you become increasingly aware of the vital role you play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, you also begin to feel and understand how each individual person, each individual species, and each individual ecosystem and bioregion contributes to the overall health of the planet--to the mutually supportive and self-sustaining web of life.
Our courses, workshops, seminars, and classes are a form of applied ecopsychology which uses ecoeducation and ecotherapy through simple Reconnecting with Nature activities. Although they vary in time and focus (see descriptions below), each nature connecting activity session generally:
The effects of our courses vary with individuals and the amount of participation in the process, but in general participants report that the NSTP helps them:
Overcome or alleviate
Our core classes include:
Our workshops and seminars include:
As part of Project NatureConnect and the Institute of Global Education, we have distance based home study courses and accredited graduate programs in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology - Educating and Counseling with Nature using the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP), developed by Dr. Michael Cohen.
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"The overwhelming juggernaut of established cultural trends and their financial power firmly grip each of us. Hearts and intellects protest, but our behavior too often marches to a different drummer whom we seldom recognize. Our problems remain. Education on a deeper, more active and intense level becomes necessary."
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