Catherine Lowther

Faculty, Undergraduate Studies
Plainfield VT

Email
catherine.lowther@goddard.edu

Biography

A faculty member at Goddard since 1997, Catherine Lowther works with students in the Sustainability, Health Arts & Sciences, and Individualized Studies programs. She created the BA in Sustainability program, teaches the Climate Literacy Course and the Climate Change Education Course, chairs the Goddard Sustainability Committee, and manages the Goddard Sustainability and Climate Change Listserv. She is a member of former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a global network of activists working to raise awareness about climate change, build resilience, and implement solutions. Before and during her early years at Goddard, Catherine was in private practice as a therapist focusing in holistic health counseling, psychotherapy, dream analysis, conflict resolution, and bodywork.

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 Agriculture
  • Permaculture
  • Green Building
  • 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 vegetables and fruits organically all my life. In thirty years of off-grid homesteading in Vermont, I learned about living in partnership with nature, permaculture, green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy, and I home schooled my two children K-12. These experiences led me to my current research on the impacts we are having on the earth and its climate, and how we can reduce our impacts and protect and restore natural systems.

In 1997, I was invited to join the Goddard faculty to work with students in the Health Arts and Sciences Program and the BA/MA in Individualized Studies. In response to changing educational needs and student requests, I created the BA in Sustainability Program that includes presentations by sustainability and climate change experts and trips to local farms and businesses, and I teach the Climate Literacy Course and the Climate Change Education Course. I did the carbon inventory and the climate action plan for the college, and in 2018, with the completion of our biomass heating system and our membership in a community solar system, we became carbon neutral in fuels burned on campus and electricity. We also divested the Goddard endowment. I am very grateful to be part of the Goddard community, and I love collaborating with students in the enthusiastic learning that is part of self-directed studies.

Before and during my early years at Goddard, I was in private practice for twenty years as a therapist with a focus in holistic health counseling, psychotherapy, dream analysis, conflict resolution, and bodywork. In holistic health counseling, I use the principles of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, vegan nutrition, and mind/body healing; in psychotherapy, I use transpersonal, cognitive, archetypal, dream analysis, art therapy, and hypnotherapy approaches; and in bodywork, I do neuromuscular therapy. My work is also based on a practice of daily meditation and 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.