PROGRAMS & courses

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

Blended Immersion Programs & Courses
Sustainable Community Design (2-year certificate; 1-year diploma)
Sustainable Life Design (12-week course)

Extended Immersions
Applied Nature Studies (28-day field study)

Brief Immersions
Immersion Retreat (4- or 5-day intensive)
Immersion Training (2- or 3-day intensive)
Trainings and Seminars (1-day intensive)

Cross-Registration Study Opportunities
Masters/Doctoral Projects*
Independent Studies*
Residency-Based Studies
Blended Online Courses
Study Groups (student or faculty facilitated options)

*dual-enrollment option for the Sustainable Community Design program

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 

The Nature Studies Conservatory provides several nature-based, immersion options for personal and professional development. Individual courses offer the unique experience of depthwork, dynamic exchange, and hands-on experientials in "natural classrooms," green-sustainable settings around the world. These blended learning retreats include online course material and study groups.

The Sustainable Community Design diploma or certificate provides more extensive training to become effective green stewards and change agents. Students can also cross-register to complete an independent study, practicum, internship, or residency-based studies for your undergraduate/graduate degree program. We use Moodle for our programs, courses, seminars, and trainings.

Our programs are available to U.S. and international residents and are designed for anyone who has a strong interest in that learning that contributes to personal, professional, and community growth and development. No previous experience in applied research or the areas of instruction are required in order to apply. 

immersion studies

the conservatory