The Lake Erie Institute
Ecopsychology Training Program
March through December, 2018
Ecopsychology Training Program: Experiential Preview and Information Session, with Dr. Liz Meacham
Sunday, January 28th, 2 – 4 pm,
Township Hall, 83 N. Main St., Chagrin Falls, OH
This event is free! Please RSVP to Liz at:
emeacham @


Do you feel called to connect deeply with Earth? Do you feel a relationship with nature that you want to share with others? Do you feel pain for the damage that the dominant global-industrial culture is perpetuating on people and the planet? Do you want to be part of creating an Earth-connected culture that provides a just and safe place for all humans and species? At this time of profound challenges to all of life on Earth, people that feel called to heal the separation between people and nature are needed more than ever before. Ecopsychology is a broad field that provides visionary ideas and field-tested methods for healing this human/Earth split.  By teaching the ideas and skills of ecopsychology, our program prepares facilitators to help heal the relationship between people and the planet.

The LEI Ecopsychology Training Program is a ten-month course of study providing graduate level learning through online modules and face-to-face workshops. Created and led primarily by Dr. Elizabeth Meacham, the program features other nationally and internationally known faculty, including: Dr. Christopher Bache, Dr. Jeanine Canty, Dr. Katherine Jackson, and Bill Pfeiffer, aka Sky Otter. The program cohort will meet each month for daylong workshops at locations throughout Northeast Ohio, as well as online, from March through December of 2018. 

Ecopsychology is a contemporary movement that blends psychology with environmental thought. Practitioners help others to intentionally connect with the natural world to increase physical, psychological, and spiritual wellness. The field of ecopsychology provides a center to a wide web of interwoven ideas and practices focused on healing the human relationship with Earth. We will delve deeply into the literature and ideas of our topics online, as well as learn ways to apply them in practice through life-enhancing and soul-stirring experiential workshops.

Join us on this immersive, life-changing program of study, growth, and healing!  Contact program chair, Liz Meacham, with any questions and the program dates: emeacham at, or 216-409-3375.


Deep Ecology
Spiritual Ecology
Transpersonal Psychology
Social and Ecological Justice
Indigenous Ways of Knowing
EcoArt Therapy
Facilitator Skills
Practitioner Ethics
Personal and Career Goals
Insurance, Business, and Marketing Skills


  1. Katherine Jackson, PhD
    Katherine Jackson, PhD
    Dr. Katherine Jackson earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and her M.A. degree in Expressive Psychotherapy from the University of Louisville. After several years of working in the mental health field, she attended the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, where she completed her Ph.D. in Psychology. Her emphasis in her doctoral research was dyadic relationships, human interconnectedness, exceptional human experiences, stress/anxiety disorders, and eco-psychology. Dr. Jackson has been a practicing psychotherapist and registered art therapist for over 20 years, and is currently in private practice at Beachwood Counseling Center, where she enjoys providing services for a variety of clients including children/teens, couples, and adults. Dr. Jackson practices holistic therapy utilizing the creative healing arts. She is deeply committed to self-evolution and personal growth and values all types of learning endeavors. She has taught in the Counseling and Art Therapy Graduate Program at Ursuline College since 1993 as an adjunct faculty, and recently became a full time Assistant Professor in 2012. Dr. Jackson created the service learning program for students, and is currently the Thesis Coordinator. Dr. Jackson is a member of the American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, American Mental Health Counselor Association, and American Art Therapy Association.
The training program includes:

  • nine face-to-face days of learning through experiential workshops, most of which will be outdoors (classes meet on Sundays, 10 to 5 pm),
  • ten online modules for theoretical learning, reflection, and discussion,
  • participation in the LEI Wild Earth Wild Soul three-day retreat, led by Bill Pfeiffer, in September 2018 (cohort members will have an option to co-facilitate as students),
  • and, a closing graduation ecopsychology experience led by cohort students for friends, family, and the LEI community.

Meeting days and topics (locations TBA)

3/7: Online Learning Begins
3/18: Liz Meacham: Intro to Ecopsychology
4/15: Chris Bache:Transpersonal Psychology
5/20: Liz Meacham: Ecotherapy/Deep Ecology Practices
6/24: Jeanine Canty: Ecological and Social Healing
7/22: Liz Meacham: One-day Vision Quest
8/19: Katherine Jackson: Topics TBA
9/23-25: Bill Pfeiffer: Wild Earth Wild Soul Retreat
10/21: Liz Meacham: Topics TBA
11/11: Katherine Jackson: Topics TBA
12/16: Final Reflections and Graduation Event