Deepen your connection with nature and learn to live more wild, simple and sustainable. Here are some affordable online educational courses and self-study seeds to grow your skills and knowledge to live with the natural world.
Nature is medicine. We all know this (right?) and I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else than in nature. But generally, we’ve become so disconnected from nature. Especially on the colder days, we can have a full day without touching nature at all. We live in shoes, houses, cars, offices. Food is sourced without any dirt left from the supermarket. We’re glued to our devices. We’ve lost touch.
With my blogs and simply my way of being, I aim to connect more of you to nature and encourage for a more conscious way of life. I’m not an expert in anything. I’m more kind of a want to know about everything knowledge-hungry soul looking to improve and learn what I can, and help others accordingly. I do my best to walk the talk with what I learn and I aim to help you on your journeys to a more conscious and adventurous way of life. We can all make an impact for the good and it starts with ourselves and learning.
Social gatherings and events are off the agenda for now. A perfect time to reinvent ourselves, learn and grow. One thing is for sure and that nothing is for sure. Lots of external factors that we can’t control. What we can control is our thoughts, what information we consume, and to a large degree how we spend our time. Instead of binge-watching away on Netflix, why not invest a little time every day in expanding your natural living skills and knowledge? Health is wealth!
Nothing beats hands-on and experience-based learning in nature. But since that’s in many situations off the agenda right now, there are ways so at least we keep on growing and become more healthier in the process. There are lots of nature-minded courses online that now offer their learnings for free or for a very accessible rate. Here are 10 courses that broaden your natural living knowledge. I’ve already done some of them and have put the others on my aspiring to-do list. Happy growing and learning for a healthier way of life.
- Ayurveda Basics | Udemy
- Herbalism For Everyone – Professional Herbalism Course | Udemy
- Essential guide to survival in the wilderness with nothing
- The Science of Wellbeing – Yale University
- Sustainable Living Made Simple
- Climate Change: The Science and global impact
- Macroalgae (Seaweed) Farming
- Herbalism : Identify & Harvest Medicinal Plants Certificate
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This course is a comprehensive compilation of the most fundamental and basic topics of Ayurveda. I just completed the full course and loved it! It’s well structured, set up, and explained. I was pretty much new to Ayurveda and now I really feel I learned the basics and much more than that. Ayurveda is yoga’s sister science, and they both act as an integrative system for healing, bringing awareness to your consciousness, and transformation to all levels of your existence. The course exists out of tons of little bite-size videos tackling different topics in relation to preventive health care.
Time Investment: 8 total hours
Lectures: 73 Videos
Price: 17.99 euro which I find ridiculously low for the value you receive.
Skill level: All Levels
Who is it for? Anyone who wants to learn the basic laws of nature in order to have better health.
Do you already have the basic Ayurveda knowledge? This ayurveda 2 course may then be for you.
So many superpowers are to be found in the herbs and spices we have at hand.
In this natural medicine online course you learn about the amazing world of plants and herbs with this natural medicine online course, the benefits, and how you can use them in your life. Which herbs are powerful for what? And how to use it? Learn how to make infusions, decoctions, tinctures, elixirs, salves, syrups, infused honeys and more!
Time Investment: 41 Lectures in two hours of video
This course is for you if: you want to learn more about using herbal preparations in your life
Skill level: All Levels
The essential guide to survival in the wilderness will teach you life-saving skills for outdoor survival. Just by viewing the lecture survival priorities you stand a 50% greater chance of survival, we have set it as a free lecture so this information is available to anyone. The course will inspire you to spend time outdoors and begin to learn nature’s secrets. With practice, your experience of being outdoors will be changed forever as you feel confident connected and part of nature.
Time investment: 3.5 hours of video
99 euro. 10 euro
Level up your wellness and join a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. This course tackles misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change.
Time Investment: 19 hours
This course is for you if: you want to learn about the science and elements contributing to overall wellbeing.
Learn how to live off the land with strategies of permaculture design.
Sustainable living made simple: Basics of permaculture design provides a general outline to living off the land. This course presents dozens of strategies for how we can be responsible for earth citizens. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable living. Learn design strategies from real-life examples from sustainable projects around the world.
This course is for you if you like to learn how to: Build with natural materials, Filter water, Make compost, Grow plants, Raise fish, insects, and animals, and Quick steps to start a farm.
Learn the science behind climate change and take your activism to the next level
We hear about climate change, plastic pollution, over-fishing and many other challenges. Many things are happening, and they are all interconnected. But what is actually happening? What is Climate Change? Why does it matter for the ocean? And for us?
We explore, observe and learn every day. This course on Climate Change helps you to understand the science behind climate change. You’ll gain a deep scientific understanding of HOW the climate system has been changing; Articulate WHY the climate system is changing; Understand the nature of these changes; and Develop a systems thinking approach to analyzing the impacts of climate change on both natural and human systems.
Time Investment: 8 weeks with a study load of 2-4 hours per week
This course is for you if: you want to learn the science behind climate change and take your activism to the next level by becoming more knowledgeable and trustworthy.
Price: It’s free! With the option to get a diploma
Are you aware of the natural superpowers growing in the wild around you? Identify, harvest and use easy to find herbs from the wild that are commonly used in herbal, holistic, natural medicine.
You may be surprised at what you thought was a common weed is actually valuable medicine! They are everywhere! These are the plants that were brought with people as medicine as they migrated to new parts of the world. The plants took hold and fortunately now we have easy access to their healing gifts.
The most important medicine we have is what we can harvest ourselves. It is easily accessible. It is the best quality. It is free. It will always be there for us If there is anything you learn about herbal medicine, it should be about how to find the plants.
This course is for you: if you’re curious about what’s growing around you and the superpowers to be found in nature
Holistische cursus die je op eigen tempo kan doen en je opleidt to natuur voedings adviseur.
De opleiding Natuurvoedingsadviseur leert je om te adviseren over natuurlijke en gezonde voeding. Ik heb de syllabus ingezien bij een mede vanlifer. Erg compleet en uitgebreidt en een goede basis om de hobby en passie naar een meer impact vol niveau te tillen. Ik ben aan het sparen er voor :) Vrij betaalbaar. Je krijgt een diploma op het einde.
Tijdsinvestering: 1 jaar
Prijs: € 645,00 of 9 x € 76,00
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Are you Dutch? Make sure to check out the ‘Nederland leert door’ initiative of the Dutch government. Up to 1000 euro they fund courses to motivate and encourage learning. You can choose from a couple of 100 of courses from +10 different institutions.
The most important lesson: get out there and practice your skills and learnings in the wild!
Overtime I’ll add more courses and resources to this page. It’s a journey :)
Could you recommend any courses on natural living, herbal medicine, foraging or wilderness survival? Let me know in the comments!
And of course, there are tons of books out there that help you expand your wild living and nature awareness skills and knowledge. I continuously keep adding books I read and recommend to the resources page.