Catherine Lowther

Faculty, Undergraduate Studies
Plainfield VT

Email
catherine.lowther@goddard.edu

Biography

A faculty member at Goddard since 1997, Catherine Lowther has worked with students in the Individualized Studies, Health Arts & Sciences, and Sustainability programs. She is a former therapist with 20 years of experience in private practice focusing on holistic health counseling, psychotherapy, dream analysis, conflict resolution, communication skills, and bodywork. Her current interest in sustainability and climate change emerged from her experiences as a life-long organic gardener, homesteader in Vermont for 30 years, research into green building and energy efficiency, and homeschooling her children from kindergarten through 12th grade. She developed the Undergraduate Studies Program’s BA in Sustainability degree option and the Climate Change Group Study. She chairs Goddard’s Sustainability Committee and is content editor of the College’s Sustainability Listserv.

Education

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Organic Gardening
  • Local Food Systems
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Home-schooling
  • Holistic Health Counseling
  • Psychotherapy and Dream Analysis
  • Conflict resolution and Non-violent Communication
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

Personal Statement

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 am a member of the University of Vermont’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program, that is working to advance sustainability education, the Vermont Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and my town’s 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.