the conservatory

Harmonizing with the Natural World

"Culture is beyond definition and limitation – a concept or a box. It is the living, evolving soul of the people."

To cultivate via applied research, education, and social activism the capacity to shape our personal and community experience

To utilize discerning self-knowledge of our oneness with Nature in reframing individual-collective socialization, emotional wounding, and trauma

To assert heart-felt ethical principles that facilitate ecological, social and economic justice

To preserve the Earth’s biosphere and biodiversity and to re-establish the health and wellbeing of our local-global communities 

​​PROGRAMS & courses

​Our educational opportunities are available to U.S. and international residents and are designed for anyone who has a strong interest in conservation and sustainable social-economic development. No previous experience is required in applied research or areas of instruction.

Programs and courses are offered in U.S. and as international study abroad options.

Blended Immersion Certificate Programs (1-year)
Sustainable Life Design*
Sustainable Community Design I*
Sustainable Community Design II*

Blended Immersion Courses

Women's Studies: Sustainable Health & Wellbeing

Brief Immersions





Cross-Registration Study Opportunities
Masters/Doctoral Projects*
Independent Studies*
Field Studies*

* dual-enrollment options
** may be used to fulfill CEU requirements

immersion studies

The Nature Studies Conservatory provides several nature-based, immersion options for personal and professional development. The retreats, trainings, and intensives offer the unique experience of depth work, dynamic exchange, and hands-on experientials in “natural classrooms,” green-sustainable settings in the United States and around the world. These blended learning retreats include online course material and study groups.

The Sustainable Life Design (SLD) and Sustainable Community Design (SCD) certificate programs provide more extensive training to become effective green stewards and change agents. Students can also cross-register to complete an independent study, practicum, or internship for your undergraduate/graduate degree program. We use Moodle for our programs and trainings.