About Craig Chalquist, PhD
A world of reenchantment, justice, and delight.
What kinds of lore can foster real-world transformation?
“By dreaming together, you and me,
we change reality.”
CRAIG CHALQUIST, PhD
Author, Deep Educator, Speaker, Loreologist
Greetings! I am a professor, academic program director, author, and consultant who writes and teaches at the intersection of psyche, story, and imagination, with one foot in the academy and the other in the world. As a loreologist, I explore the limits and possibilities of the personal and collective stories we navigate by in order to deepen, expand, or replace them so we move from being confined by them to authoring them.
I coined the term “terrapsychology” to describe the study of how our natural surroundings can manifest intimately in human psychology. I also coined “enchantivism,” a form of storytelling that moves from human injustice to a vision of how we most desire to live as a global community.
A former Associate Provost at Pacifica Graduate Institute and former full professor in the Department of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, I've designed and launched more than forty psychology, philosophy, mythology, and ecotherapy courses for graduate students and undergrads. I earned my Ph.D. in depth psychology, and my master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, which I practiced for nine years. I am working on a Ph.D. in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at CIIS.
Founder of the world’s first ecotherapy certificate program, I'm on the board of Nature120 and Holos Institute and on the editorial board of the journal Ecopsychology. I'm also a member of the American Philosophical Association and an ambassador to Jung Platform. My books include Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (edited with Linda Buzzell; Counterpoint, 2008), Myths Among Us: When Timeless Tales Return to Life (World Soul Books, 2018), and Terrapsychological Inquiry: Restorying Our Relationship with Nature, Place, and Planet (Routledge, 2024), now out in a second edition.
My work in the world is in service to creating and supporting the sustainable, just, and delightful communities of belonging we are capable of dreaming together and scaling up. (Check out my Medium.com article "If I Had the Funding: Addressing a Worldwide Crisis.")
Check out my YouTube channel. Also, my novel Soulmap is now available on Kindle.
Here is a list of my recent presentations and public speaking engagements.
So just what is loreology, the foundation from which I work?
Certificate in Permaculture Design
Master Gardener Certificate through the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Launched a Certificate in Ecotherapy at JFK University, the first of its kind in the world.
Designed the curriculum for a Certificate in Ecotherapy and Sustainable Culture for The Graduate Institute in Connecticut.
Co-wrote a curriculum for TerraPlaces, an online project to educate the public about how to explore the depths of one’s locale.
Launched a Certificate in Ecoresilience Leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Teaches in the Certificate for Ecopsychology and the Certificate in Ecotherapy at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Publishing and Entrepreneurial
Founding Editor-in-Chief of Immanence: The Journal of Applied Mythology, Legend, and Folktale
Founder and Owner, World Soul Books
Individual and Corporate Consultant