Programs and Courses

Experiential Learning

The 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 and Sustainable Community Design 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.

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.

Educational Opportunities

The immersion programs, retreats, and intensives are offered in U.S. and as international study abroad options. Call us at 844-300-0307 to speak with an enrollment advisor. Learn more about our educational opportunities and receive help selecting the one that is right for you.

Blended Immersions (1-year certificate programs)

Sustainable Life Design*
Sustainable Community Design I*
Sustainable Community Design II*

Brief Immersions

Retreat Trainings**
Weekend Intensives**
Day Intensives**

Cross-Registration Study Opportunities

Masters/Doctoral Projects*
Independent Studies*
Field Studies*

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


Sustainable Community Design

“Culture is beyond definition and limitation – a concept or a box. It is the living, evolving soul of the people.” Theory, research, and practice are applied to invest in a new way of being via social, economic, and environmental design utilizing our local-global community resources: the arts, multimedia, ecopreneurship, science, and technology. The internal and […]

Sustainable Life Design

“…revitalize inner relationship as well as relationships with others and the environment.” This course series integrates inner inquiry, applied research, and depth work using a blended learning format of online coursework and a 4-day immersion experience in a beautiful, green-sustainable retreat setting in southern California. During 3, 12-week segments, the internal and external aspects of environment are holistically explored via personal and group inquiry approaches as […]