ECOPSYCHOLOGY

Human health and wellbeing depend on that of the natural world. 

This is the central premise of ecopsychology, where psychology and ecology meet.

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Paradigms of healing or consciousness that do not take Earth, place, and nature into account miss the very foundations of human life, situated and embedded as it is in the living intelligence of our homeworld. How to overcome the delusion that we are somehow separate from it all? How to regain the ability to interact thoughtfully with the plants and animals, elements and landscapes on every side? What does research say about the healing power of these interactions? How does my personal story, even my personal “myth,” align with where I live and where I came from? What quiet wisdom do the world’s traditional tales and myths convey about how to live with ourselves and each other on this amazingly animate planet?

This is a full ten-module course formerly taught to graduate students online. The course includes a comprehensive reader, easy but transformative weekly nature activities doable anywhere, and 12 audio lectures offering more than 10 hours of learnings, ideas, and suggested practices.

The modules are:

  1. Why Ecopsychology?

  2. Ecopsychology Basics and Practices

  3. Mentored and Healed by Plants and Animals

  4. Depth Psychology and Nature

  5. Dreams and Synchronicities as Gestures of Earth

  6. Introduction to Terrapsychology

  7. Places, Names, and Personal Myths

  8. Nature and Myth

  9. Varieties of Ecospirituality

  10. Toward Ecoresilient Communities and Hopeful Aspirations

Man walking in Nature

Ecotherapy is an umbrella term for a range of practices that consciously reconnect us to the natural world through plants, animals, gardens, and other aspects of the more-than-human environment. Howard Clinebell, who coined the term, defined it as establishing healing relations with Earth.

In these short videos, Craig Chalquist, PhD, founder of the world’s first Certificate in Ecotherapy, discusses the history, theory, and practice of the field. Total video time is 101 minutes. PowerPoint slides are included in a separate document. Note: you must be able to play .MOV. files.

ECOPSYCHOLOGY 
VIDEO LECTURES