The Semester on Earth is a multifaceted, experiential 16-week university-level human ecology program exploring the impact that the natural world has on people and that people have on the natural world. The program focuses on how individuals and small communities are affected by the changing natural world as well as how they can contribute to healing the planet and themselves.
The Semester on Earth is based on the understanding that humans are experiencing an increasing separation from the natural world, other life forms, and the human family. The entrenched worldview that humans now possess isolates individuals from the cycles and insights of natural ways and has produced an unsustainable culture of consumption, greed, and separation.
The Semester on Earth program examines ways for individuals and communities to find regenerative, sustainable, and just solutions to current problems brought about by this unsustainable worldview. The program seeks to shift the conception of humanity’s place and role in the natural world to an understanding that humans are, indeed, an integral part of the natural world and must become stewards of the earth instead of users of the earth.
Our holistic approach, weaving together wisdom and views from diverse fields and cultures, offers a multitude of perspectives and encourages creative approaches to living as an integral part of the natural world, with wisdom from the past, science from the present, and concepts for the future.
Students will leave with a rich and deep accumulation of information, knowledge, wisdom, skills, actual lived experiences, and tools to make meaningful changes in themselves, their communities, and their chosen careers, helping the world become more ecologically sustainable and helping people re-balance their lives to become more in tune with the cycles and healing powers of nature.
You Do Not Need to Be an Ecology or Environmental Studies Student to Benefit From this Program
If you work or study in any field, and feel that the well-rounded and holistic information, background knowledge, wisdom, experiences, skills, and tools learned during the eight weeks of the Semester on Earth will inform your decisions, discussions, and influence in your work, you are welcome! This program provides wide and deep foundational knowledge for anyone concerned about our planet and searching for ways to help create a sustainable future.
For details about the Semester on Earth curriculum, click here.