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Bridge into the Woods


In many ways, C. G. Jung was the first practicing ecopsychologist. He regarded the psyche as intimately connected with the natural world. This connection, so often neglected by mainstream psychology and psychiatry, was personally important to him, and he consciously embraced it throughout his life. 


In this course we examine Jung’s nature writings and critically assess what he wrote and said about how human consciousness inhabits our homeworld. We will see where Jungian psychology and the tools and ideas it offers help us understand our relations with nature and where they inhibit it. That will include working with nature symbolism in dreams, a glance at alchemy as a mythic ecology, and a perusal of nature wisdom folklore. We will also discuss the relevance of Jung’s contributions to adapting to life on a rapidly heating planet. 


This course is adapted from a 14-week course I taught in higher ed. It contains a course outline, 10.4 hours of audio lecture, links to recommended videos, and supplementary reading materials. 


Course modules:

1.    Nature in Early Psychology

2.    Jung's Relationship to Nature

3.    Ecopsychology

4.    Plants and Animals

5.    Archetypes in Nature

6.    Synchronicities Abroad

7.    Eco Dreaming

8.    Folklore and the Natural World

9.    When Things Speak

10.  The Book of Nature

11.  Alchemy

12.  Psychological Types

13.  Jung's Key Archetypes

14.  Terrapsychology


Jung, Symbol, and Creativity

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In this course we will go over classical Jungian concepts such as ego, Self, persona, shadow, anima/animus, collective unconscious, transcendent function, and individuation in light of the psychology of creativity.


As we will see, Jung’s example as a writer and artist and his more theoretical works demonstrate creativity in the process of individuation, including finding one’s voice, following one’s calling, and discovering the myths we live and that sometimes live us.


Another aim of this course is to explore individuation as a creative path in light of what Jung called a life myth (usually translated as “personal myth”). Working with symbols is key to discerning and coming to terms with this mythic story behind our story.

This course contains audio lectures and a course outline with suggested readings.


The modules are:

o   Jung's Quest for Wholeness

o   The Symbolic Attitude

o   Individuation and Creativity

o   Living Your Myth

o   The Post-Heroic Journey

o   Synchronicities, Signs, and Omens

o   Approaches to Reenchantment


Spiral Stairs


Depth psychology, which studies how our daily consciousness interacts with the entirety of our psychological life, acquired its name in 1913, but its lineage reaches back into antiquity across many cultures, philosophies, and disciplines of wisdom and practice.


In this course, we begin by conversing briefly with the ancestors of our field—ancestors from Europe, Mesopotamia, North Africa, and other parts of the world—and then, moving forward in time, dwell with the field’s founding mothers and fathers, looking into their courageous deep journeyings and appreciating the riches brought forth. After surveying a selection of their key ideas and practices, we will look at the work built upon these foundations, seeing how recent efforts have contributed to depth psychology as we dream it onward in theory and in practice. Along the way, we will consider how depth psychology has been in conversation with other approaches, including humanistic, existential, and transpersonal psychology.

This downloadable eight-module course includes eight hours of audio lecture, reading materials, a slideshow, exercises to try out for deepening into the material, a self-exploration template of depth tools, many real-life examples of how to apply the ideas and practices, and resources for further study. All the material comes from classes I’ve taught to undergrads and graduate students in university settings.


The modules are:

1.    Depth Psychology Definitions and Ancestry

2.    Janet, Freud, and Psychoanalysis

3.    Psychoanalytic Ideas and Practices

4.    Jung and Analytical (or Complex) Psychology

5.    Jungian Ideas and Practices

6.    Working with Myths

7.    Symbol, Symptom, and Dream

8.    Cultural Therapeutics


New World


The original “spiritual but not religious” seekers grew restless in Alexandria. Predating Christianity, what came to be called Gnosticism began in spiritual study circles, mysterious rituals, sacred tales, reimagined myths, symbols and ciphers, dream interpretation, oral and written storytelling, and an abiding emphasis on direct contact with the Divine. Branded heretical and world-negating by the early church and driven underground, Gnosticism staged its “return of the repressed” (Freud’s term) over several centuries via once-forbidden texts reappearing unexpectedly and gradual transmutations into depth disciplines like alchemy, Jungian psychology, and terrapsychology.


As we will see, Gnostic imagery and themes also show up in fantasy and science fiction films, comic books, magical realism fables, and many other contemporary expressions.


This course will consider these questions: Who were the Gnostics? Why were they repressed? Why have they resurfaced? Why did Jung consider them early depth psychologists? What has Gnosticism to do with Jung’s Red Book and Black Books? With alchemy and Hermeticism? How are Gnostic stories and teachings relevant to our tumultuous time? How might we cultivate a Gnostic imagination?


The modules are:

1.     Who Were (and Are) the Gnostics?

2.     Kinds of Gnosticism

3.     The Gnostic Journey

4.     Managing Powers and Principalities

5.     Magus vs. Redeemer

6.     From Deficiency to Wholeness

7.     Gnostic Consciousness and Psychology

8.     Descents and Dances

9.     Messengers of Light

10.   Heretics?

11.   Resurfaced Texts and Tales

12.   Contemporary Gnosticism

13.   Beyond Gnosticism: The Way of Hermes Trismegistus



Bridge into the Woods


In cultures that disparage both fantasy and storytelling, myths are seen as either lies or worn-out explanations for natural events. The original mythmakers knew better, though. They told sacred stories packed with useful truths about our existence: about who we are, why we are here, where we are headed. 


In this course, we start by looking at myth as a form of collective psychology, a form amenable to exploration with the tools of deep psychology. We then consider the various theories and definitions of myth, equipping ourselves with the tools we will need for working with the stories themselves as retold by me in the book Myths Among Us: When Timeless Tales Return to Life. The draft copy of that book is included in this course. With it we will go story by story and culture by culture all over the world, inquiring into what these tales can tell us about ourselves, our relationships, our families, community life, and much more. 

Included in the course:

  • 13-modules

  • 14.5 hours of audio lecture

  • The book Myths Among Us by Craig Chalquist, PhD

  • Exercises to try out for deepening into the material

  • Real-life examples of how to apply the ideas and practices

  • Resource recommendations for further study



Laser Scanning Book


Ten hours of audio lectures  covering the entire Red Book, the account of Jung’s visionary inner journeys. We start with some background and then go through chapter by chapter.


As Jung approached age 40, he suffered two unexpected visionary episodes that made him fear a psychotic break.

To learn more about himself, Jung began writing in a journal while plunging deeply into his own consciousness, inviting the impulses and images buried for so long to well upward. Scenes, voices, faces, and strange events rolled through his imagination to become the “magma” that crystallized into his version of depth psychology.

Eventually, he took material from these journals, wrote it in calligraphy, added commentaries, and colorful paintings, and called the result the Red Book because of its red cover.

This course includes:

1.    Thirteen graduate-level audio lectures, (each between 40-60 minutes)

2.    The audio commentary includes an introduction to The Red Book

3.    Biographical information about Jung

4.    Comparisons of parallels between his time and ours 

5.    Chapter-by-chapter interpretations of difficult material, psychological ideas, and cultural references in this epochal text.


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To what work in the world are we called in our deepest selves? What internally summons and guides us to a life’s work whether or not we carry out that work as a career path?


Ever since its Egyptian origins, alchemy has offered images, ideas, and practices for inner and outer transformation. This course draws on these alchemical resources as tools for amplifying the vocational call.


We will use (but transcend) a Jungian model with an emphasis on creativity and on perceiving symbolically. The course will also wed the imaginal and the practical. 


The modules are:

  1. Alchemy and Vocation

  2. Activating Vocation

  3. Alchemy, Symbol, and Creativity

  4. Meeting the Daimon

  5. Soulful Economics

  6. Vocational Tools

  7. Your Genius Speaks


Navigating in Woods


Although this course was designed to help graduate students move from an initial concept paper to proposal to dissertation, the information herein is useful for many kinds of deep research: research with psyche and unconscious in mind.


Students and researchers seeking to find and frame a juicy question, develop it, explore its literature, and come to voice articulating it will find the course especially helpful.


The course also offers suggestions for practicing your scholarly voice, writing clearly about your topic, and presenting results. Research is seen here as both rite of passage and a deepening into where the topic lives in mind, body, and soul.

The modules are:

1.     Introduction to Dissertation and Research

2.     Finding and Being Found by Your Topic

3.     Depth Research

4.     Writing the Concept of Your Topic

5.     The Literature Review

6.     Research and Self-Reflection

7.     Developing Your Scholarly Voice

8.     Research as Rite of Passage


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This 54-min. audio is from a webinar on how myths and symbols circulate through our families. It also touches on how certain roles - the Hero, the Outcast, and others - show up among ourselves, parents, siblings, and other family members.


Examining family interactions with an eye for symbol and metaphor opens a view onto the inner dynamics of how families work - and how to deal with them when family members are difficult. Or when we are...



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This 60-min audio recording came from a webinar on how aspects of place, nature, and world reappear in the realm of our dreams - even as dream characters.


How do we recognize them? What might it mean that living faces of the world address us so intimately? How do we work with them? What are some methods for understanding this aspect of our dreams so we can go through the world more easily?


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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 this collection of short videos, Craig Chalquist, Ph.D., founder of the world’s first Certificate in Ecotherapy, discusses the history, theory, and practice of the field of Ecotherapy.


The total video time is 101 minutes.

PowerPoint slides are included in a separate document. 


Note: you must be able to play .MOV. file


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Human health and wellbeing depend on that of the natural world.  This is the central premise of ecopsychology, where psychology and ecology meet.


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


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Not all of us can hike out into the back country. Fortunately, even minimal exposure to some aspect of the natural world - a plant, a scene, some water - brings healing to mind and body, as a mountain of research evidence confirms.


Why is nature so often the best therapist? This 75-min. audio was recorded during a webinar discussing ecotherapy and the many possibilities open for exploring our relations with the nature near at hand. 


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Ever notice how some places seem to "like" you more than others? Ever wonder what your moods have to do with those of the land you're on right now?


Terrapsychology is the study of how the things of the world - rivers and trees, landscapes and neighborhoods, even buildings and vehicles - get into the psyche, and how feelings and dreams we often take to be personal reflect events all around us.


This 70-min. audio was recorded at a webinar introducing this field and offering tools for exploring our relations with the world around and within us. 


Night Skies


This 49-min. audio recording reviews the ancient wisdom path of Hermeticism and makes suggestions for updating it for your own Earth-honoring wisdom path of wonder, value, and reenchantment. The recording includes quotes from the Corpus Hermeticum and several psychological tools.

Note that as of 2023, Terragnosis is now called Tellusgnosis.



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“Deep Storytelling” means storytelling with depth in mind.Often a single story can change the course of a life, of collective events, of history itself.


In this course you will learn how story, consciousness, archetype, and myth intersect; how to tell stories effectively; and how stories influence how we relate to ourselves, treat each other, and make lasting change in the world. You will receive models for that kind of change and suggestions for telling your own tales and retelling those of the ancient past, bringing them back to life for the situations you face today. The emphasis throughout is on how to encourage lasting transformation at the cultural level.

This downloadable five-module course includes over three and a half hours of audio lecture, reading materials, two slideshows, exercises to try out, real-life examples of deep storytelling in action, and resources for further study. All the material comes from classes I’ve taught to undergrads and graduate students in university settings.


The modules are:

1.    An Integrated View of Psyche, Archetype, Myth, and Story

2.    Archetypal Activism

3.    Deep Storytelling

4.    Myths and Fables Around and Within Us

5.    Deep Cultural Change

Note: you must be able to play .MOV. .m4a, and .WAV files.


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Your name. A most personal gift, but at the same time full of history, story, and mythology. This 64-min. audio was recorded during a webinar exploring the meaning of our names and the steps by which we may deepen our understanding of their storied roots.


All this links to personal myth: the story we come in with. There is much more to your names than you might expect, revealing as they do the deeper story behind your biography. 


Camping Tent View


That precious spark you carry of sensitivity, intuition, gnosis, vision. Your shine. It goes by many names. Hermann Hesse called it "having one dimension too many." But how do you look after it in an uncomprehending world?


This 61-min. audio of a presentation and Q and A offers tools and tactics for safeguarding that vulnerable part of you and staying out of victim mode. 




This 63-min. recording from my webinar of the same title goes over how to overcome the fear of public speaking with minimal stress, how to present effectively, and how to promote your work rather than yourself.


I went from being unable to present to five people without stammering and sweating to comfort in front of audiences of any size. I've also moved away from confusing work promotion with egotism or inflation. Find out more in this hour-long recording (includes Q and A).

Note: You must be able to play .MOV files.


Working on Rooftop


This course combines exercises, tips, and advice from a published writer on the craft of bringing the things of the world and the creative voice in you into alignment. Make your inner critic an ally.


Regardless of what you wish to write–stories? Essays? Books? Memoranda?–you will need both precision and passion, mind and heart.

In these four audio lectures, Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. will share ideas, methods, and learnings from decades of editing, publishing books and articles, assembling anthologies, and training graduate students. You will learn tips for improving clarity and coherence, exercises for warming up and moving forward, tactics for managing writer’s block and your inner critic, and in and outs of getting published online and in print.

And you will have fun practicing all this.

The audio modules are:

1.    What is writing with soul? (30 min.)

2.    Improving your craft (30 min.)

3.    Turning obstacles into advantages (30 min.)

4.    Getting the word out (30 min.).


Laughing During a Meeting


Are you tired of attending meetings badly run, going off the rails, or running way over? Why not learn to facilitate them? This 30-min. lecture covers the basics of effectively run meetings, including prep, process management, keeping to the agenda, and followup.


The instructor is a corporate-trained facilitator who has also planned and run decades of meetings as an administrator in higher ed.


Take charge of the time you spend in meetings and learn skills applicable in many settings where people get together to discuss issues and solve problems. 


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This 58-min. audio was recorded during a webinar looking at the etymology and many meanings of the word "hope."


When is hope useful?

Why do some say it's counterproductive and should be avoided?


How might hope sustain us through difficulties and open a path to imagining where we want to be, with ourselves and one another? 

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