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Growing with Nature (Part 2) – Inspiring Development

What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky? – David Whyte This is Part 2 of a five-part blog series I am using to explore how gifted adults can harness their developmental potential by uniting their inner nature with outer nature. I initially introduced several Read more about Growing with Nature (Part 2) – Inspiring Development[…]

(Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 3

This is the final post in a three part series entitled: (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography. The first installment can be found here, the second, here.    (Re)membering My Many Parts I was compelled by my discovery of ecopsychology to re-connect with nature so that I could test Roszak’s ideas for myself. Fortunately, though I Read more about (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 3[…]

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(Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 2

This post is the second in a three part series entitled: (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography. The first installment can be found here. A Self, Divided My experience of nature began to evolve as I entered my teenage years. It was in high school that I discovered a love for science. I gravitated toward Read more about (Re)membering the Ecological Self: An Autoethnography – Part 2[…]

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An Ecological Self – Part 2 (for the children)

…I look out at everything growing so wild and faithfully beneath the sky and wonder why we are the one terrible part of creation privileged to refuse our flowering…. ~David Whyte, from “The Sun” In the first post of this series, I introduced the concept of the ecological self and argued that its formation is Read more about An Ecological Self – Part 2 (for the children)[…]

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An Ecological Self – Part 1

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world (Rilke, 1996, p. 48) As noted by psychologist Anita Barrows (1995), most contemporary theories of human development, focus on the growth of the child’s psyche in relation to other people, the coming of the child into human society: learning its signs, its Read more about An Ecological Self – Part 1[…]

The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis

If we will have the wisdom to survive/to stand like slow growing trees/on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it/then a long time after we are dead/the lives our lives prepare/will live here. ~Wendell Berry It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the shear scope of our environmental crisis. It seems that daily I am bombarded Read more about The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis[…]

Religion: Conflict or Compassion?

This coming fall semester, I am excited to be teaching my first university-level course: Introduction to Cultural Geography, at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. As I go about preparing my lectures for the course, I am finding one particular chapter from the textbook, Geographies of Identity and Difference, to be engaging, yet, at the same time, quite limiting (and, Read more about Religion: Conflict or Compassion?[…]