About University of Earth

"The human community and the natural world will go forward as a single sacred community
or we will all face disater."

~Thomas Berry; Cultural Historian

University of Earth (UE) is an alternative college founded in 2004. Following Buckminster Fuller's admonition to "create a new model, that makes the existing model obsolete," University of Earth is a nature-based wisdom school dedicated to fulfilling Berry's call for a single sacred community; creating a world that works for us all, both human and non-human. What many are calling an Ecocentric society.

Creating an Ecocentric society is the central challenge of our times and we truly believe creating such a society is possible. To this end University of Earth exists. The transition from our "Industrial Growth" anthropocentric or human centered society, a society that has improved the lives of many, but has also brought us climate change, the extinction crisis, pollution of our water, air and land as well as the increasing probability of global food and water shortages will require many of us to develop and offer our unique gifts to the world. 

"The future of this world is so much in question that each person needs to be considered a potential subject of a genuine 'calling' to serve in some meaningful way."
~Michael Meade

University of Earth specializes in assisting people of all ages in finding their true life purpose or "calling." We offer affordable and transformative workshops and courses for the general public, CEU workshops for professionals, online graduate level degree and certification programs, seasonal gatherings, rites of passage ceremonies and rituals, and a forty acre campus along the beautiful Wild & Scenic Middle Fork of the Feather River for personal and group nature retreats.

U of Earth Mission & Vision

Degree & Certification Programs

H.E.L.P ~ The Healthy EcoLIving Project





Orientation Course: The Human and Our Sacred Living Universe

"Only when the 'student' is able to identify its own center with the center of the universe does education really begin."

~Maria Montessori

Reinventing ourselves and society begins with finding our place in the universe. University of Earth reclaims the original intention of the first universities from the twelfth century; to help students find their place in the universe. Finding our place requires answering what it means to be human in these our changing times. This is done through answering the perennial questions of humanity; “Where did we come from?” “Why are we here?” “How are we to live?” and “Who am I?”

Throughout history, it has been the answers to these questions that provide the basis of our creation stories or metanarratives that in turn guide both our behaviors as well as the development and maintenance of societies. University of Earth’s orientation course; The Human and Our Sacred Living Universe fulfills this intention and is essential in creating a true sustainable world. This course is offered each quarter. Contact us for more information.

"This course should be offered in every university!"
~UE student