Eco-Ministry Intensive For Life on Earth

Dec 31st All Day

Bringing curiosity to our deepest ways of knowing, courageously questioning our lifestyle choices, and prophetically imagining a regenerative future is what ChI calls Eco-Ministry. Come share your love for Earth and join ChI as we expand the growing community of Eco-Ministers…


Earth-Based Traditions (Part One, optional)

February 14-19, 2018

The Earth Based Traditions module is offered every February as part of the Interfaith Studies Certificate Program at ChI. The 5-day course is both an introductory and experiential overview of the ancient communion between Earth, religion and spirituality. The module includes earth-based teachings from Paganism, the African Diasporic Traditions, and Native American perspectives, as well as drumming in community, ritual, and the Cosmic Walk (a ritual that celebrates our 13.7 billion year Universe story).  ChI Faculty and guests representing First Nations in North America and parts of Africa, will provide teachings from these sacred worldviews in class, and at several venues nearby.


Eco-Ministry for Life on Earth (Stand-alone Intensive or Part Two)

May 29 to June 2, 2018

This intensive seeks to equip individuals for the furthering of innovative, life-sustaining and healing practices for Earth and the lifestyle systems humans use.  Each day will focus on a particular theme with classroom time in the morning, and a deeper exploration of this theme in the afternoon, using art, group work and/or field excursions. In addition to presentations with subject-area experts, this Intensive takes us outdoors to learn with Earth, and to local venues where new and ancient practices are showing us the way forward.  Art and Ritual are part of the daily experience, honoring our need for expression and integration at every level.


Program Dates/Schedule:

A 5 day and a 4 day module – February and May

Part One: Earth-Based Traditions Module February 14-18, 2018 (9am - Wednesday to 4:30pm - Sunday)

Part Two: Eco-Ministry for Life on Earth Module, May 29 to June 1, 2018 (mid-day Tuesday to 2 pm - Saturday)



Apply Now! 

Non Refundable application fee:  $65

The application process includes a 20-30 minute phone interview with ChI Dean, Rev. Lauren Van Ham, MA. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Classroom capacity is limited to 25.


Program Fee:  Pending acceptance, course payment of $560* is due no later than May 1st.  

* If you are a ChI student (Interfaith Studies or Spiritual Direction) or a ChI graduate, you are eligible to receive a 10% discount.  The fee would be $504.  No other discounts apply.


 More Information:  Admissions Manager admissions(at) or 510-631-3066.


Intensive Oversight & Leadership:


Rev. Lauren Van Ham, M.A., Dean of the ChI’s Interfaith Studies Certificate Program, Lauren was ordained with the very first cohort of ChI ordinands in 1999, and completed the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program in 2006. Before joining the ChI staff in 2010, Lauren served for 8 years as a staff chaplain at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. From there she moved to a corporate environment, where she custom-designed employee programs for multi-national companies committed to sustainability and culture change. As part of her evolving call and commitment to "eco-chaplaincy”, Lauren served as Executive Director for Green Sangha (a non-profit dedicated to spiritually-engaged environmental activism) from 2004-2006 and has chaired Fair Trade Berkeley, a group whose dedication helped make Berkeley the 19th Fair Trade Town in the U.S.  Lauren holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Naropa University.  


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