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Learning for Sustainable Living - Werner Sattmann-Frese PhD

This website serves two purposes:

It provides an overview of my, Werner Sattmann-Frese's, work as an educator, social ecologist, and body-oriented psychotherapist.

It also serves as an online learning environment for individuals interested in making this planet a more psychosocially and environmentally sustainable place to live and work through personal healing and change.

Access the following sections if you are interested in:

  • my work as a mental health professional
  • the 'Learning for Sustainable Living' seminars
  • Stuart Hill's and my proposal to create the profession of sustainability work
  • our 2008 book 'Learning for Sustainable Living'
  • an overview of the available professional development courses.

You are likely to benefit from this program if you:

  • wish to make your life more emotionally and ecologically sustainable
  • wish to enhance your professional knowledge and skills, and 
  • are interested in an ecologically and somatically aware approach to counselling and psychotherapy.

Learning for Sustainable Living 

For many years now millions of people on this planet have been engaged in conscious efforts to make the world a more sustainable place to live for all of us and for future generations. Ordinary citizens, educators, scientists, politicians, activists, designers, and many other professionals have been working hard to reduce humankind’s ecological footprint and to stop further ecological deterioration such as climate change and species extinction.

Social and ecological movements such as the Cultural Creatives and many Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) initiatives are providing new vistas and possibilities for both personal health and wellbeing as well as ecological recovery. This increasing awareness is now driving a transition from sustainable development towards sustainable living as an integrated approach to personal healing and ecosystem change.

And yet, we still have not managed to generate a widespread shift towards what is often referred to as ecological consciousness. To make a contribution to this shift is my vision and mission and the purpose of this website.

Please click on the links in the following windows to access the topics you are interested in. To register as a guest click on log in and follow the prompts. The courses for which you have registered are available at the same location. To inquire about the availability of particular courses please contact me at or by phone on 0488-215 970  (Australia).

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    • This course contains the PowerPoint presentations and other learning materials for participants in the LfSL seminars.

    • This 'course' provides free information on available courses, fees, and the registration process. You also have access to a topic of Course 1.

      This course allows Guest Access. Please click on the link to the left and then click on 'Guest Access'.

      Guest access: LfSL Information
    • This course focuses on knowledge frameworks currently used by environmentalists and other professionals to make sense of ecological crises. These frameworks include social ecology, deep ecology, ecofeminism, perspectivism, and perennial philosophy. Ecopsychology, another important knowledge framework, will be explored in detail in a different course.

    • 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 the sustainability revolution.

    • —This course provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the world’s ecological problems and challenges. Learners also explore their personal issues with sustainable living through structured exercises such as the sustainability mapping process.
    • This course enables students to conceptualise
      ecological problems by employing ecopsychological and eco-spiritual
      perspectives and to use these approaches for positive social and environmental change.

    • This course explores key issues of embodiment focuses on ways of integrating body awareness and mindfulness into counselling practice to enhance therapeutic outcomes. Topics include: current views of the living body, the effects of developmental traumas on the bodymind, the psychosomatic meaning of expressions such as yawning, laughing, and crying.

      Successful psychosomatic and emotional self-regulation are described as key aspects of sustainable living.

    • In this course, learners gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to assist individuals in exploring a range of lifestyle-related factors and environmental health hazards contributing to mental and physical illnesses. 

    • —This course conceptualises mental 'illnesses' as predictable responses to developmental traumas such as abuse and neglect as well as social and environmental influences. It also familiarises learners with the DSM-5 and the PDM and relevant neuroscience research.
      Guest access: Holistic Understandings of Mental Health Issues
    • In this course students learn how to apply psychosomatic medicine principles to assist clients in exploring the psychosocial and psychosomatic backgrounds of their illnesses.  

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