Dr. Platten founded the Colorado Ecospiritual Center (CEC) in February of 2007. Together with her husband, Mark, Ahriana envisioned a community-minded organization informed by the ecospiritual understanding that nature is a Divine emanation and, as such, is sacred and holy.
Originally located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, CEC is now fully based on-line as "Ecospiritual.com" and primarily serves as a resource for clergy and spiritual organizations interested in developing an ecospiritual perspective. Recognizing nature as "common ground" upon which people can create deeper understanding and connection with each other and all of life, our objective is to provide training, products and services that encourage and support a natural reverence for the earth and all her diverse inhabitants.
Ecospirituality is not a religion. It is a way of living that encourages its practitioners to explore nature in an intentional and sacred way. Learning about and/ or living in an ecospiritual fashion does not preclude a person from following his or her own faith tradition. We do not suggest anyone follow a specific Deity, nor do we worship nature. We view nature as both a spiritual and a scientific classroom – and we respect nature as a teacher who offers immense wisdom that is relevant to modern-day life.
Any person of any faith tradition is welcome to explore ecospirituality through classes or activities we offer, and we are happy to share sacred space with people of all beliefs and lifestyles. We are an inclusive spiritual organization, and our products and services will meet the diverse needs of people who would describe themselves as progressive, authentic, open-minded and accepting.
Our activities focus on the following topics:
As a spiritual practice, interaction with nature generally leads most people to compassionate involvement in the ecological health of our planet. We therefore interact with, and support, organizations whose goals and objectives fit well with ours. If you are involved with such an organization, please contact us so that we can share resources and collaborate.
We embrace nature as holy and immerse ourselves in nature as an experiential school of profound importance in which we explore our interconnectedness.
For a taste of ecospiritual interaction, visit "When Nature Speaks" on Facebook. This community page, under the direction of Mark Platten, provides a variety of photos and interpretations of the many messages available when nature is viewed as a teacher.
You may also which to join "Ecospirituality with Ahriana and Mark" on Facebook for additional information about Ecospirituality.
We look forward to sharing sacred space with you!
Rev.Dr. Ahriana Platten