We deeply regret to announce the loss of our 20 year companion and friend Dr. Theresa Sweeney.
Theresa, founder of Eco-Art Therapy was a self-taught artist. Born in Rochester, New York, she took to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon. Throughout her childhood, Theresa developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors. She spent many happy hours playing in the field behind her house and down by the pond at the end of her street. Catching frogs, making daisy chains, and camping under the stars, her “home” was the natural world. Years of artistic expression and enjoying Nature made it clear that her life would be centered upon her passions. In 2002, she earned her Ph.D. In Applied Ecopsychology from Akamai University, Hawaii, and the Doctor of Education from San Juan de la Cruz in Costa Rica.
Theresa was on a mission to help reconnect people and businesses with the restorative, healing powers of the Earth. Her Eco-Art Therapy courses teach that people are part of Nature and shows that many of our problems are the result of our having separated ourselves from its intelligent ways. Through her work Theresa helps us learn to listen to the songs of the Earth and then apply those messages to our everyday lives. Her unique approach, combining art and nature in fun, experiential activities helps promote self-discovery and well-being. Like nature, pictures facilitate the surfacing of a chain of subconscious emotions and memories. It is often easier for people to connect with their deeply underlying, internally hidden beliefs through the art or nature experience than it is through verbal discussion alone.
Project NatureConnect is committed to continuing Theressa’s work. Her presence will be missed, but her spirit continues to live in each of us and in the Eco-Art Therapy work she gifted to humanity.
Do you like art? Are you passionate about Nature? Are you in the mental health field, or do you just like pondering the mystery of what makes us all tick?
Learn how art can help Nature teach. Eco-Art Therapy is a revolutionary blending of art therapy with ecopsychology. It is a fun, creative way of tapping into Nature’s restorative powers for healing of body, mind and spirit. You can take these accredited, online Eco-Art Therapy classes for personal growth, elective credit towards an academic degree, or to obtain full professional certification in Eco-Art Therapy. You do not need to be an “artist”. This journey is not about learning art skills, but rather uses the experiential process of art-making as a tool for expanding awareness and understanding.
In these Eco-Art courses you will be introduced to art and nature activities that you can use and teach to help strengthen relationships, restore balance, deepen spiritual connection and add more joy and meaning to your life and the lives of others. You will connect with yourself as part of Earth’s web of life and learn how art and sensory nature moments can help realign your critical thinking and provide lasting personal transformation.
There are two core Eco-Art Therapy courses, ECO 530 and ECO 531 (see descriptions below). Students have the option of taking these independent from the certification program for elective credit as part of their MS or PhD Degree in Applied Ecopsychology or for CEU credit. The tuition fee is $450.00 (US dollars) per class.
Certification enables you to fully integrate Eco-Art Therapy with Applied Ecopsychology in professional settings and to teach the program in local workshops. The Eco-Art Therapy courses and Certificates are sponsored by Project Nature Connect, Akamai University, and Portland State University.
Eco-Art Therapy Certificate
Duration: Approximately 1 year.
Enrollment: To enroll for the Eco-Art Therapy Certificate and to arrange payment please contact Stacey Mallory (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This entrance level, online, sensory-ecology course in practical, nature-connected education, counseling and healing enables the student to master and teach the therapeutic science of Applied Ecopsychology. Increase personal, social and environmental well-being by enabling individual to create beneficial moments that let Earth teach. This restorative thinking skill helps their 53 natural senses reasonably embrace their nurturing origins in the balanced, self-correcting and renewing ways of natural systems within and around us.
This is a fun, experiential course designed to introduce the student to how adding an art component to nature-connecting activities can enhance the ability of Nature to teach. Both art and nature are non-verbal ways through which our subconscious mind can express itself. In this class, the student will learn techniques to use to facilitate that expression through making therapeutic, nature-inspired art. You do not need to be an “artist” or have any so-called “creative talent” to take this class. It is not an art course, but rather uses the creative process of art-making as a tool for healing and self-discovery with Nature. It lets the student explore the innovative merging of traditional Art Therapy with Applied Ecopsychology. The course consists of 12 individual hands-on lessons/activities and typically runs about 3 months.
Prerequisite: ECO 530/630
This 12 week class teaches advanced hands-on education, counseling and mental health skills that use art to tap the wisdom of Nature’s ways. Students continue their exploration of a set of creative and therapeutic tools that help reverse the problems caused by our separation from Nature. The course does not require any artistic talent.
This course explores books, journal articles, and other learning materials that support the use of art in it’s ability to help Nature teach. Students are to write an academic paper consisting of research and discussion on the goals and rationale of both art therapy and Applied Eco-therapy and the correlation between them. Students will find evidence to demonstrate that merging the two psychologies by adding an art component to The Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) enhances effectiveness.
This course gives students the opportunity to teach the Eco-Art Therapy process and activities. They will facilitate ECO 530 online, or in a local workshop. If they do it locally, students will need at least 3 class participants and are to submit weekly online summary reports to the class instructor. Summary reports will include the student’s own experience in facilitation and problems encountered, if any. Report will also include the student’s observation and a discussion of the experience of the participants in the student’s workshop. Students are to include some quotes from the class participants and pictures of participant artwork for each week’s activity.