Earth Activism & Ecopsychology

On Thursday, September 19th, 2019 (the night before the start of the Fall 2019 week of global climate strikes), I had the opportunity to speak on a virtual panel (hosted by the Canadian Ecopsychology Network) with three wonderful eco-professionals — Rebekah Hart, Ann Ronald, & Anthony Wilson. The title of the panel discussion was, “Earth Read more about Earth Activism & Ecopsychology[…]

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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[…]

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Beyond Undoing

Beyond Undoing Why then have to be human? Oh, not because happiness exists nor even out of curiosity, but because being here means so much, because everything here, vanishing too quickly seems to need us, and strangely keeps calling to us. To have been here once, completely, even if only once, to have been at Read more about Beyond Undoing[…]

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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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We are all kin.

At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of seasons. ~Carl G. Jung The rapid development of science and technology over Read more about We are all kin.[…]

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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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A Telling Tale

“We have severed our connection to the very source of life, and as a result we are possessed by an ever-growing hunger that we try to fill by consuming more and more, in the process destroying the very fabric of life that sustains us” ~Larry Robinson Recently, I started to re-read the wonderful anthology, Ecotherapy: Healing Read more about A Telling Tale[…]

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[…]

(Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption

The holidays season is in full swing! And for the most part, it has been a nice change of pace for my family and I. Over the past week or so, we (my wife, two young children, and I) have had the opportunity to spend extra time together and have made many meaningful family memories. There Read more about (Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption[…]

Our Natural Homes

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of interviewing undergraduate students at McMaster University (in Hamilton, ON, Canada) about their relationship with their favourite natural places. One theme that seems to come up again and again during interviews is a strong desire held by students to escape from society (at least periodically–and, often, not frequently Read more about Our Natural Homes[…]