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Learning for Sustainable Living Learning Environment Overview


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This PowerPoint presentation provides on overview on the development of 'Learning for Sustainable Living', an online learning environment dedicated to an integrated approach to personal, social, and ecological change and wellbeing.

View this PPT also to find out how to register free of charge as a guest learner in Course 1 of this new program.

We would appreciate your feedback on this initiative. Professionals working in this field may also consider contributing to the development of the program.

Visit to access the learning environment.

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Learning for Sustainable Living Learning Environment Overview

  1. 1. Learning for Sustainable Living Online Learning Environment Project Information - March 2014 Guest learners invited
  2. 2. Learning for Sustainable Living:  Is an online learning environment that explores the complex relationships between key aspects of sustainable living  Is designed to assist learners in enhancing their own ability to live sustainably and to work with others to achieve this goal  Makes a contribution towards urgently needed social and ecological progressive change.
  3. 3. Knowledge disciplines  The learning environment integrates topics relating to  Ecopsychology and spirituality  Social ecology  Deep ecology  Somatics and psychosomatic thinking  Lifestyle medicine  Sustainability education  Sustainable business practices
  4. 4. Learning management system  When you access the environment you have already entered a Moodle Learning Management system (LMS).  Moodle stands for Module Operated Online Digital Learning Environment.  We are using Moodle Version 2.4.6.  Information on navigating the environment is available on the website.
  5. 5. Progress of project development  The program as a whole is approximately 65% complete.  The various courses are at various stages of development.  Course 1 – Sustainable living and the state of the environment - is now available to be used
  6. 6. Guest access and feedback  We are now inviting 20 individuals from all over the world to access the learning environment as non-paying guests.  Access is limited to three months from the day of enrolment.  The first 20 individuals expressing their interest will be enrolled, and a message will be posted on the website when all places have been filled.  We advise you therefore before contacting us to check on the website whether or not places are still available.  We would appreciate getting feedback from the guests on their learning experience.
  7. 7. Enrolling as a guest  To become a guest learner please send an email to requesting guest access to the system.  Include your given name, surname, and a location name (e.g. Paul Meyer, Sydney).  We will use your email address as the address required in the system.  Please note that your contact details will only be used in this learning environment and erased after the access period has expired.
  8. 8. Enrolling as a guest  After receiving your request we will provide you with a user name and password for Course 1 (e.g. PaulM - #Word101*).  We will also send you a brief description on how to access the course.  You will have access to all the learning materials in the course and opportunities to use discussion forums to share ideas with your fellow guest learners.  There will also be a special discussion forum where you can leave feedback on your learning experience. We will greatly appreciate your support.
  9. 9. Crowd funding  In April 2014 we will start a crowd funding campaign that hopefully will enable us to complete the LfSL project by the end of this year.  Information on how to support this project and to get access to more courses in return for your support will be available on the website in early April.  If you are a social ecologist, environmental educator, or professional working in related fields, you might also consider becoming part of the development team. Please contact us if you want to support us in this way.
  10. 10. How will the environment be used?  As a not-for-profit professional development and learning resource for anyone interested in sustainable living. A fee will be charged to pay for online learning facilitators. We consider this fee to be approximately 10 to 15% of the fee commonly charged by registered training organisations for similar courses.  The access fees can be further reduced to allow people on a low income to get access to the courses.
  11. 11. How will the environment be used?  As a learning resource by registered training organisations committed to sustainable living, and social and ecological change.  We will reach out to a small number of such organisations when more of the courses have been completed.  You may also consider contacting us if you feel that this environment would benefit your organisation.  We are in particular interested in an organisation that would consider using the program as a major in a progressive postgraduate degree.
  12. 12. Courses  Information on the program and learning management system  Visit this web page to get information on the course contents, fees, enrolment procedures, and this learning management system (Moodle 2.4.6).
  13. 13. Courses  Information on the LfSL courses  Please access this course to get information on all available courses in this program and on how to register in courses.
  14. 14. Courses  1 - Sustainable living and the state of the environment  This course invites learners to engage with notions of sustainability and sustainable living and with key aspects of ecological deterioration.
  15. 15. Courses  2 - Knowledge frameworks for sustainable living  In this course we present knowledge frameworks currently used by environmentalists and other professionals to make sense of ecological crises. These include social ecology, deep ecology, ecofeminism and perennial philosophy. Ecopsychology, another key knowledge framework, will be explored in detail in a separate course.
  16. 16. Courses  3 - The sustainability revolution  This course provides learning opportunities to engage with a range of practices, systems, and initiatives designed to reduce our footprint on the natural environment. These are often referred to as aspects of a sustainability revolution.
  17. 17. Courses  4 – Ecopsychology  Enroll in this course to gain a working knowledge and understanding of approaches to ecopsychology such as green psychology, conservation psychology, and radical ecopsychology.
  18. 18. Courses  5 - Sustainable embodiment  This course explores key aspects of being embodied in this day and age. Topics range from current views of the living body to the psychosomatic meaning of expressions such as yawning, laughing, and crying. Successful psychosomatic self-regulation is described here as a key aspect of sustainable living.
  19. 19. Courses  6 - Lifestyle medicine  This course explores the complex effects of conscious and unconscious lifestyle decisions such as food consumption and exercising on our health and wellbeing. It also describes the effects of food additives, sugars, and addiction-causing substances.
  20. 20. Courses  7 - Psychosomatic medicine  This course focuses on the psychosomatic aspects of sustainable living. Expanding our understanding of the intimate links between unconscious conflicts and unexpressed feelings and physical illness not only allows individuals to lead more joyful and conscious lives, but also frees up resources to be used for food security and environmental remediation.
  21. 21. Courses  8 - Ecologically aware counselling and psychotherapy  This course provides learning opportunities to engage with key aspects of an ecologically and somatically aware approach to counselling and psychotherapy. Underpinned by ecological and complexity thinking, this approach integrates many elements discussed in the first seven courses into a way of working that learners can use with counselling and psychotherapy clients.
  22. 22. From here …  The 12 topics for each of the 8 courses will be available shortly in ‘Information on LfSL courses’ on the website.  Please visit the website at frequently to inquire about the progress of the project.  Please share any feedback that you may have with us at  Thank you for your interest in this initiative for a more sustainable planet!
  23. 23. Project co-ordination  This project is co-ordinated by Dr Werner Sattmann-Frese, a somatic psychotherapist and social ecologist currently working as a senior lecturer and program manager at the Jansen Newman Institute Sydney.  Some courses similar to the ones in this program are taught as electives in the Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy degree at JNI.