Located in Friday Harbor, WA, USA, this institute was founded three decades ago based upon the founder, Michael J. Cohen’s, Trailside Outdoor Programs and the original National Audubon Society Expedition Institute program and curriculum he developed 55+ years ago. For over 40 years Cohen has lived an outdoor lifestyle and educated learners in natural areas year round. This institute offers subsidezed tuition to students from multiple disciplines offering essential education to enhance their existing course of study or serve as their major. BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Applied Ecopsychology with international accreditation, several certificates and college course credit are offered.
Eco-psychologist, scientist, author and musician, Cohen founded and, at 90 has entrusted the operation and future of his life endeavor to a former student and colleague. Now a distance learning program and non-profit organization headquartered in Arkansas, Cohen retains his chairmanship of the Department of Ecology at 2 degree granting universities. To learn more visit: http://www.pnc.org
Reconnecting learners in all professions with their biophilic link to nature through their 54 natural senses in order to restore balance and harmony to their once nearly perfectly functioning earth home is the project’s purpose. Cohen states what he does is, “operate a self-organizing Education, Counseling and Healing with Nature program within the balancing love and intelligence of the life of Organism Earth instead of the walls of a school building”. He does it with love and gusto! Since nature has no spoken language, it is difficult to adequately express the power of his process in words. It is sensed, through 54, not 5 natural senses, the senses with which all humans arrive at birth.