ecozoic living

certificate course
launching on the solstice
21 december 2017

The Certificate in Ecozoic Living course will empower you for learning to be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner: 

  • the power of truth – these are challenging ecological times & it's important to acknowledge despair and reconfirm commitment
  • the power of story – the new universe story invites our participation in the flourishing of all life on earth 
  • the power of community – you are not alone in hoping to live a deeper earth love

Start with a short course: Go Deep Green

Course Developers


The course is organised around unpacking each component of Ecozoic Living: 

Learning/Learning to be Present/Learning to be Present to the Planet/Mutually Beneficial Manner

course units:

I created this course because I think other people too want a bigger story - a deeper way to connect to life, the universe, and everything.
— Jana Norman


In the Introduction to the course, presenter Jana Norman says, 'I wanted to live a bigger story, with an inspiring sense of purpose, and learning to be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner outlines that story for me...and I'm filling it in everyday.'


What does learning mean in the context of Ecozoic Living? It's pretty simple: learning is life; life is learning. 

This second unit of the course talks about learning and offers Ecozoic content for learning: what is the Ecozoic Era? Where does it come from? Where does it take us? How does the new universe story equip us to live our earth love? What does it mean to be a Cosmic Person? 

Conscious self-awareness is both a noun and a verb; something humans have and something humans do. It’s a capacity, and developing this capacity is an important aspect of
Ecozoic Living.
— Jana Norman

learning to be present

This unit explores principles and practices of the human capacity for conscious self-awareness. 

Topics include three basic principles of learning to be present: the moment, the 'more', and the mind. This unit includes mindfulness practice exercises. 




learning to be present to the planet

Everyday we wake up to the beauty of the earth. Everyday we face the realities of its brokenness; we’re constantly aware of the role we humans are playing in its devastation.
— Jana Norman

This section invites course participants to reflect on what draws them to Ecozoic Living. What do you celebrate about your relationship with the planet? What do you grieve? How would you describe your desire, your love, of earth? How do you talk about the despair you feel about the state of the world? 

This unit includes exercises for reflecting on your relationship with the earth. 



learning to be present to the planet
in a mutually beneficial manner

What we’re talking about here is participation.... there is a critical difference between taking action and participating. One acts upon something; one participates with. This, to my mind, is the essential wisdom in the idea of
Ecozoic Living.
— Jana Norman

The final unit of this course takes a closer look at the idea of 'mutual benefit' - what is beneficial to the whole community of life on earth? This unit features a number of systems for thinking about mutual benefit, like permaculture and Martin Seligman's PERMA (Positive Emotions; Engagement; Positive Relationships; Meaning; Accomplishment) template for human flourishing. 

course developers

Jana Norman (writer and presenter) has 20 years of experience writing curriculum for adult learning published in four countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia). Jana led a two-year project on The Great Work in a progressive Christian church in Adelaide, South Australia, out of which arose her keynote address at the 2016 Common Dreams 4 Conference entitled "Progressive Spirituality as Reservoir of Energy for the Ecozoic Era." In her role as researcher at the University of Adelaide Law School, Jana is introducing the Cosmic Person as the legal subject/person for Earth Jurisprudence. A graduate of the University of Florida and Yale University Divinity School, Jana has facilitated adult learning in the context of community development since 1993. 

Dr Mandy Treagus (editor) is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, where she teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, culture, and visual studies. Her research interests coalesce around the analysis of power, especially as it circulates around race, gender, sexuality and colonial/decolonial relations. Her book, Empire Girls: The Colonial Heroine Comes of Age, examines narratives of development in colonial settings, while the collection Changing the Victorian Subject broadens the field of Victorian studies to include fuller consideration of the colonial world. She has published widely on Pacific literature, history and visual culture and she is currently working on a book on short fiction set in the Pacific. Mandy has been teaching at the University of Adelaide since being awarded her PhD in 1998 in women's colonial fiction.