Our vision: to cultivate ecological community and leadership, through transformative environmental education, to help restore balance with the Earth. The goal of our events and programs is to foster the knowledge, skills, natural senses, and wisdom needed to live in balance with all of life on Earth. We believe that transformative environmental education is required to create thriving and socially just local communities, and is an essential need as we address profound challenges as a planetary community.
 
Our mission: to provide workshops, retreats, and training programs that bring forth Earth-honoring ideas, leadership skills, spiritual practices and healing modalities. Our programs empower participants to become leaders engaged in healing their individual lives, communities, and our world.

We deem access to the many elements of a sustainable lifestyle, including transformative environmental education, to be a basic human right.  It is integral to our mission to support entry to our programs for people at all levels of income. Lake Erie Institute programs and services are available to all people through a sliding fee scale to our events, and income based scholarships to our training programs. To support our scholarship program, visit our fundraising page .
Elizabeth E. Meacham, PhD, Founder and Co-Executive Director
Director of Ecopsychology Training Program, Visionary Voices, and Community Events
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies
MA, Cleveland State University
BA, West Chester University

Welcome to the online home of LEI. It’s been my dream for 20 years to start an educational institute to bring transformative environmental thought and practices to Northeast Ohio, and beyond, through community education. My inspiration for developing programs at Lake Erie Institute is the result of two decades of personal practice, scholarship, and teaching in the fields of environment thought and spirituality.

2017 is the inaugural year of the Lake Erie Institute! I hope that you will become a part of this emerging earth-wisdom community. I look forward to seeing you at one of our inspiring, life-honoring programs.

Below is my "official" bio. Connect with me on Facebook . You can also learn more about me by visiting my website at: www.elizabethmeacham.com.

Dr. Meacham is an environmental philosopher, award-winning teacher, healer, and musician.  She is the founding director of Lake Erie Institute, a nonprofit educational center that offers face-to-face and online workshops in environmental thought and leadership, ecospiritual practices, and earth-connected healing modalities.  She is currently completing a book entitled, Reconnect with Earth: Spiritual Practices for Individuals and Groups. She also works in private practice as an energy healer and spiritual coach.

From 2010 to 2016, she taught in the Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Ursuline College, in Pepper Pike, OH. Her courses included environmental philosophy, ecojustice, ecopsychology, bioethics, and topics in sustainability. During her time at Ursuline, she co-created an undergraduate degree in Sustainability and Social Justice, and created an online graduate certificate in Sustainability and Spirituality.

Nurete Brenner, PhD, Co-Executive Director
Director of EarthConscious Leadership and Consulting
PhD, Case Western Reserve University
MBA, University of Derby
MA, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
BS, Bar Ilan University, Israel


Dr. Brenner's research interests include inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue, management education for Millennials, the intersection of business and peace, and EarthConscious economics.

She has taught courses in Macroeconomics, Organizational Behavior, Leadership and International Business at Ursuline College, CWRU, University of Akron, and at the Herzliyya Interdisciplinary Center in Israel. She has also facilitated Arab-Jewish dialogue groups at the Center for Educational Technology in Tel Aviv.

She is passionate about cultivating thoughtful business leaders who understand holistically how business and society interconnect, and that the needs of the community, the environment and future generations must be taken into account when engaging in business.
Connect with Nurete on Facebook . Learn more about her work at: www.nuretebrenner.com .
Board of Directors

Nurete Brenner,  ex officio
Ryley Conway
Sarah Littlefield
Jennifer Margolis
Elizabeth Meacham,  ex officio
Amy Sargent
Julie Sheil
Robert Toth
Argerie Vasilakes
Margy Weinberg