Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Earth Ed Intl: Summer Course


Earth Education International (EEI) is an experiential learning organization in Costa Rica providing courses in sustainability, environmental studies, and social responsibility. EEI works in partnership with educational institutions around the world to promote local sustainability initiatives.

Over Summer 2011, from July 24- August 6, 2011, EEI will be offering a short course called Deep Ecology & Sustainable Living.

Deep ecology is a holistic approach to the role of humans within the natural world that includes awareness of cognitive thoughts, feelings, values and actions. This course will consist of investigating your personal and collective relationship with the Earth through an exploration of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of humans as a part of nature. It will include discussions, field activities, and individual and group exercises addressing the concepts of self-awareness, eco-psychology, ritual and ceremony, voluntary simplicity, and spirituality. Within this context, you will explore the integration of sustainable living practices. This will be complimented by local field site visits where we will meet and hear from individuals in Costa Rica who are making similar efforts.

General Requirements and a tentative syllabus can be found on the EEI website.

Beginning in San Ramón, the class will explore the Western Central Valley, the Northern plains surrounding Arenal Volcano, and a visit to the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Likely sites will include an Eco-Lodge, medicinal plant garden, organic coffee farm, nearby pacific beach, and the Madre Verde (Green Mother) community reserve. You will learn about these sites from local experts, interact with the land, explore our connection with Nature, and contemplate how we might achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

For more information on participant preparation, costs, and applications visit the EEI Summer course offering Website! Applications must be in by April 22, 2011.

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