The Lake Erie Institute
EarthConscious Leadership Program
March through December, 2018
The EarthConscious Leadership program is a ten-month course of study that helps us all give voice to, process and grieve for the social and economic injustices that we are experiencing. Through this journey of discovery, we will also explore ways that we can heal the harm that our economic system has wrought. We all yearn to be part of something greater than ourselves, and this course honors that yearning. Together we will create a community of Earth Leaders who recount the old story and begin telling a New Story of hope, and ecological leadership, for the future.

The first part of the program provides the theory and language that helps to shine a spotlight on some of the darkness in our world, while the second part is the practicum which is designed to allow all of
us learners to discover our own light. The Lake Erie Institute team of coaches and facilitators will support you in discovering your own personal part to play in the great web of people coming together all over the planet to illuminate some of the darkness. Our teachers and coaches will help you discover your gift, and help you articulate your passion, so that you can bring them forth here in our community and in our region in service to all the life forms on our planet.

Philosopher and humanitarian Jean Valnier says “We are not called to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”  

In the Jewish tradition it is said: “You are not obligated to complete the work [of healing the world], but neither are you free to desist from it.

New meeting day and time! The program cohort will meet face-to-face two Sundays a month, beginning March 11, 2018, from 1 to 4 pm.  We will meet online during the weeks in between our face-to-face meetings. We will not hold our meetings in September, due to a retreat being offered for both program cohorts.  Contact program chair, Nurete Brenner, with any questions: nurete at

The training program includes:

  • Twenty face-to-face learning sessions on Sundays (twice a month), 1 to 4 pm (no cohort meeting in September, due to the retreat)
  • Ten online modules for theoretical learning, reflection, and discussion
  • A guided leadership project that you will develop for your community
  • A full-day workshop with Dr. Jeanine Canty, on ecological and social healing (June 24th)
  • Participation in the LEI Wild Earth Wild Soul three-day retreat, led by Bill Pfeiffer , in September 2018
  • Individual coaching sessions to support and develop your leaderships gifts

Program Faculty
  1. Nurete Brenner, PhD
    Nurete Brenner, PhD
  2. Bill Pfeiffer, aka Sky Otter
    Bill Pfeiffer, aka Sky Otter
  3. Jeanine Canty, PhD
    Jeanine Canty, PhD
  4. Elizabeth Meacham, PhD
    Elizabeth Meacham, PhD
  5. Argerie Vasilakes
    Argerie Vasilakes
  6. Lisa Hong
    Lisa Hong
Cost and Registration

Cost for the program is $2200, and $1730 for students.  Program payments may be made in full before the start of the program, or on a quarterly or monthly payment plan.  Deposits may be paid via PayPal (below), or by check to Lake Erie Institute, PO Box 153, Gates Mills, OH.

A limited number of sliding-scale tuition scholarships are available based on income.  To apply for a sliding-scale tuition rate, please make your application deposit and we will follow up with you. The sliding-scale deposit amount is $30, and can be located by clicking on the arrow to the right of the PayPal text box, below.

A deposit of one month’s tuition is required to hold your place. Space is limited to 20 participants. Deposits are fully refundable any time before February 1, 2018. Students may withdraw from the program with a 75% tuition refund any time before April 30, 2018.

While this program offers graduate level training, it does not provide graduate credits, certification, or licensure in a specific field. The program may be eligible for CEU’s in your field, depending on the requirements of your state and professional licensing requirements for continuing education.