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Catherine Lowther

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Catherine Lowther, PhD, MA


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Residency Sites: Plainfield, VT


I grew up in a family of gardeners and have been growing food organically all my life. In thirty years of off-grid homesteading in Vermont, I learned about living in partnership with nature, producing and storing all our vegetables and fruits, growing shiitake mushrooms, green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy, and I home schooled my two children K-12. I continue to research year ‘round greenhouses, relocalizing the economy, legislative policy to protect the earth, and ecosystems as models for sustainable human communities.

I joined the Goddard faculty in 1997 and have been working in the BA and MA in Individualized Studies, BA in Sustainability, and Health Arts and Sciences programs. I am very grateful to be part of the Goddard community, and I love collaborating in the enthusiastic learning that is part of self-directed studies.

In response to student interests, I developed the BA in Sustainability Program that includes presentations by sustainability leaders and field trips to local farms and businesses. Since its formation in 2007, I have chaired the Goddard Sustainability Committee as we work to increase campus energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2020.

I created and manage the Sustainability Entrepreneurs’ Grant Program and the Sustainability Listserv. I am a member of the UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program that is working to advance sustainability education, the Vermont Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and my town energy committee.

Before coming to Goddard, I was in private practice as a therapist for twenty years with a focus in holistic health counseling, psychotherapy, dream analysis, family systems, conflict resolution, communication skills, and bodywork. In health counseling, I use the principles of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, vegetarian nutrition, and mind/body healing; in therapy, I use transpersonal, archetypal, cognitive, systems, art therapy, and hypnotherapy approaches; and in bodywork, I do neuromuscular therapy. My work is also based on a practice of daily meditation, yoga, study of spiritual traditions, and trips to meditation retreats in India that I began when I met my spiritual teacher when I was 20. Working with people making major changes in their lives or healing from serious illnesses such as cancer has taught me about the power we have to overcome daunting challenges, change our ways of thinking and being, and take our lives in a new direction.

Educational Background:

PhD in Consciousness Studies, The Union Institute; MA in Counseling Psychology, Vermont College; BA in Transpersonal Psychology, Goddard College.

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