Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

--Howard Thurman
Author, Philosopher, Theologian, Educator, Civil Rights Leader



Do you find yourself dreaming of the possibilities of a better world?

Are you feeling disconnected from your spirit, the spirit of community, the spirit of Earth- and need a recharge?



Discover a community that focuses on ecological living.  Engage in a week long retreat with forest yomes, wholesome farm meals, gatherings around the fire, nights beneath the stars.  Immerse yourself in a community of environmental leaders and inspiring people of all ages from across the country.  Take time to focus on authentic personal development.  Learn strategies for community building and relationships.  Experience deep listening, self-discovery, and the life changing power of real community. This is an unforgettable opportunity to discover yourself, cultivate heart-centered connections, engage in important conversations, and experience the wonder and magic of the living earth.


This condensed Intensive experience makes the concepts of the Odyssey Fellowship available to those who want to escape their regular lives for a week of nature connection and inner exploration but don't have a semester or season of time available.  Over the course of the week, participants will connect with the natural world and meet a tribe of allies that will awaken their energy and inspire a vision for their lives.  This allows them to move forward with a validated sense of purpose and a more vivid picture of their passions, ready to step into roles in the co-creation of a future that is ecologically resilient and socially just for everyone.



The Odyssey Intensive is valued at $750.  Tuition includes room and board, all meals and all workshops.  Generous contributions will help others unable to pay the full cost.  Upon acceptance, participants will be required to send in a $300 non-refundable deposit.  The remainder is due one week before arrival.  Payment plans are also available.  

No applicant is turned away because of finances.  We offer many outstanding scholarships.


Deadline to apply is February 20th, 2018.  

Now accepting applicants of all ages!  Due to much interest, and in the important theme of reaching across all lines that divide, this is a multigenerational program.  To do the work this world is calling for, all of us must come together.  All are welcome.

Send your Application, in PDF format, to Brenna at info@eco-institute.org

What you can Expect: 

Delicious meals made collaboratively from wholesome farm-raised and organic ingredients

Self-reflection, Reading, Writing Time

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Increased Social & Environmental Awareness

Cultivating Personal Spiritual Practice

Stimulating Conversations

Pond Swimming (If You're Up for It!)

Free Time for Yoga, Jogging, Dancing, Jamming, Etc.

Personal development – Identify Strengths/Weaknesses

Identifying and Connecting with Passion + Purpose

Community Service

Manifesting from a Place of Purpose


We cannot discover ourselves without first discovering the universe, the earth, and the imperatives of our own being.
— Thomas Berry