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From my blog - a post from Dec 9, 2019

What is it all about?.... the underlying message and impetus to do something and the benefits



I don’t want to flood this with facts and statistics.  I also don’t want to sidestep the inconvenient truth that we need to act rapidly, intelligently and collaboratively to avert disaster because we are at crisis point in terms of global heating.

I realize this may be construed as anxiety inducing language coming from a therapist whose job it is to alleviate distress in others.  However, the genie is already out of the bottle.  Collective anxiety is all around us.  The messages are raw, direct and palpable:

            “There is no Planet B” (Berners-Lee 2019)

            “There will be no healthy women on a dead planet.”  (Tompkins 2019)

            “Conserve what our children deserve.” 

I love a vast array of music and am given to lyrical metaphor and often employ it in the course of dialogical therapy with my clients.  I encourage those who are so inclined to bring a piece of music to our sessions that captures the otherwise ineffable.  

So here I am going to add to those "raw, direct and palpable" messages above with one that is musical, uplifting and empowering.  I turn to a very special person.  Her name is Buffy Sainte-Marie an indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist and social activist.

"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.  We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children".  (Saint-Marie 2015)



Click here to "Carry It On" 

Some of us are in denial, some are galvanized and some are overwhelmed.  Our collective response mirrors the individual stress response fight, flight or freeze.  However we respond there is no way to disentangle human health from planetary health.

The fact of our existence is inseparable from the life giving earth that we seem intent on destroying.  Ecopsychology asks the question why.  It also looks beneath that inquiry at the psychological causes. 

A summary of the big story of our severed connection with the natural world begins with early civilization and culminates in the military industrial complex, the consumer age, the gig economy and globalization.  

Our evolution has followed a trajectory in which we abandoned the ecosystem and set on a course in which we dominated, domesticated, colonized, isolated, subjugated, exterminated, individuated and eradicated everything that challenged our control.

This has engendered hierarchical thinking that reinforces power, condones oppression and inculcates beliefs that sustain a worldview in which humans stand apart from the other-than-human world and everything is valued in terms of how it serves us or how we can project our values onto it.

Anthropocentrism is so embedded in our culture that it has infiltrated how we relate to ourselves and others and the way we govern, finance, educate, trade and even recreate.  It has climaxed only because we have exceeded the limits of what the earth can give and dumped more back into it than it can take.

Quite simply globalization, consumerism and neo-liberal capitalism are a triad for unsustainable living that has proved devastating.  Our planet is on life support.

We need to think of earth as subject not object because when we objectify we reduce the other.  If the other is a person, we rob them of their humanity and if it is the other-than-human, we commodify it.
  
Ecotherapy is the applied practice of ecopsychology that is an immersive and reconnective therapy to heal the human – nature relationship.

When we learn to give up some of the control, to harmonize with the more-than-human and explore our relationship with nature we can begin to understand our human relationships better.  When we allow ourselves to be immersed in the web of life we enable our psyche to connect with the nourishing natural world around us.  It can be holding, securing and stabilizing.

Psychotherapy can help us to find lost pieces of ourselves and to integrate the whole.  Ecotherapy can help us to retrieve the lost part of our psyche that we left in the ecosystem.
 
When we fully embody nature in a holistic way we can learn to trust ourselves, our instinct, and our intuition.  We can then respond to stimulus hungers that have been previously unrecognized and learn to be at peace with oneself in moments of inactivity.
When we have joined the web of life that is the more-than-human world we will have joined an inseparable community and mended an innate attachment relationship.

That is something worth fighting to preserve.


References

1. Sainte-Marie, B. 2015.  Carry It On.  Power In The Blood. True North Records.



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Unpsychology Magazine — where we have come from and where we might be heading…

Unpsychology Magazine is a labour of love. We’ve been working on it since 2014, and have been fortunate enough to have curated an impressive body of ‘mind-related’ art, writing and reflections from our wonderful contributors. As we write, in the Autumn of 2020, there are almost 1000 subscribers, and a growing team of contributors from psychology, art, activism and beyond.

We’ve described Unpsychology as a ‘journal of post-civilised neurodiversity and wild mind’. And we’ve described it as‘responding to themes of psychology, soul-making and ecology.’ We have tried to reflect a diversity of voices — and to set the art and writing within the wider contexts of our fragmenting cultures and the global emergencies we currently face. COVID-19 has highlighted the ‘fragility of the fabric’* of our civilisation like nothing before — but the virus, and the human response to it, is only the tip of the iceberg.

This is not simply to be gloomy or doomy — Unpsychology also seeks to find joy in human (and other-than-human) life — but we are determined not to fall into the traps and fantasies laid by an alternative culture that has become increasingly market-driven, reactive, positivist and individualistic — simply and ironically mirroring and referencing the ‘mainstream’ it rejects.

As often in the past, humankind must turn to its artists and rebels for deeper responses to crisis. Yet, the COVID era has made it crystal clear that meaningful responses cannot be found in wishful thinking, denial and spiritual bypassing. A faux rebellion of sorts is being seen in a new movement of what is being termed ‘conspirituality’, a disturbing social-media fuelled brew of extreme right-wing and libertarian politics and alternative wellness tropes, new-age spirituality and conspiracy narratives.

We may understand where these perspectives emerge from, as people search for certainty and meaning in these troubled times, but such straight-line narratives will never lead to soulful, systemic change. Claiming to be a rebel or a healer is no longer enough — we need to knit together more complex ways of seeing the world, and sense how ‘mind’ is woven through the world. Change and healing emerge from recognising and validating context and form, science and spirit, the personal and the collective and, above all, the human in the ecological.

There is a movement growing here too: one that Unpsychology is eager to be part of, to be curiously exploring and to be weaving with and flowing. This is a conversation concerned with complexity, Warm Data, interdependence, transcontextuality, symbiosis, relationships, equality, justice and ecology. In coming months we will be inviting our growing community of Unpsychologists to take a fresh look at the world with these interlinking perspectives in mind — and to welcome new writers and artists to respond to these themes.

Unpsychology has always been open to exploring these warm, liminal, fluid places in our world and in our psyche. Now we’d like to get warmer, deeper, broader — to really explore how Mind, Psychology, Ecology, Science, Nature, Myth, Soul and Culture are bound together in this inherently relational patterning.

We have no ‘goal’ in mind. Just to know in our hearts, minds and bodies that human animals need to respond more intimately than ever to the world we all live in.

Unpsychology Magazine: issue 7 — Climate, Complexity, Change

Our theme for issue 7 is Climate, Complexity, Change. This is the second edition of Unpsychology Magazine to be focussed on the climate emergency. The first — Climate Minds, published in 2018, before the emergence of Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg’s School strikes movement — was the first of our themed digital magazines and felt important and timely.

Of course, we’ve known for decades that the global climate was spiralling — it’s been in our collective ‘mind’ for 40 years and more. We (Unpsychology editors, Julia and Steve) were involved in the Dark Mountain Project community, that was predicting and responding to ecological and civilisation collapse from 2009 — a movement that found an echo in the Climate Psychology Alliance, set up between 2009 and 2012 and, more recently, Jem Bendell’s Deep Adaptation paper — also published in 2018.

Now we are coming to further understand that the emergency is not in the climate itself, but the systemic, human responses that have led us to this point in our history. The fractures in the natural systems of the Earth and the cultural systems of humanity have been starkly revealed during the COVID crisis, together with opportunities to shift our ways of seeing and being in the future.

Perhaps, there is nothing that can be done (or will be done) that will change the trajectory of climate change that was set off many years ago, and sustained by hundreds of years of expansionist and extractivist colonialist economies? The political will to do so seems insufficient at best and, in places like the Amazon and the US, the crisis is still being accelerated in deliberate ways for reasons of political and economic expediency. The poles are melting (or, as we write this Autumn, not even freezing) and so we face an uncertain future — one that will now be part of our minds and our human cultures for as long as our species survives on this planet.

This Climate, Complexity, Change themed edition of Unpsychology will be published in Spring 2020 as a digital and online anthology and will, as usual, be offered free of charge to ensure maximum circulation of the ideas, writing and artwork. This issue will be published as a free downloadable e-book. We will complement this with online responses in writing, audio, video recording and art around the theme.

We invite submissions that respond to the theme as creatively as possible and which delve deeply into the issues of climate breakdown, complexity and change — whether this be to systems, individuals or to the wider ecologies we all exist within.

This call is for:

  • writers, visual artists and activists — who we encourage to tap into their complex, systemic and multitudinous selves…
  • musicians, composers, dancers, singers and all those curious about the songs and music of the global breakdown;
  • therapists, practitioners and soul-workers working with themes of climate anxiety, trauma and complexity in human psychological and spiritual therapeutic work;
  • work that addresses the deep, psychological implications of social and ecological connection, equality, inclusion and social cohesion as related to the climate emergency and related crises.

We prefer work that is entirely original and hasn’t been published or submitted elsewhere — we really want to encourage new frames for thinking about and responding to these themes — but if you have an existing project or perspective you think would fit this issue of Unpsychology, get in touch and have a chat with one of us.

The contexts for this call-out are numerous and inter-connecting:

Foremost amongst them is the Climate Emergency — the unprecedented challenge to the human and other-than-human world that underpins all our work in the Unpsychology community…

And others like:

…the truths and wisdoms that emerge from Gregory Bateson’s Ecology of Mind and Nora Bateson’s Warm Data and Trancontextuality…

…the webs and ecological systems that hold the contexts that underpin the emergency…

…the ideas that emerge from Warm Data and interdependent, relational ways of seeing…

…the ways that colonialism, racism and genocide are inextricably woven with extraction and exploitation of resources…

…the climate mind and where it will be heading in a post-COVID world…

…the central place of climate justice in the responses to climate breakdown…

…the psychological (and un-psychological) edges of Extinction Rebellion, Dark Mountain and other nodes of climate activism and creation…

…the ecological Earth activism of indigenous communities and their allies…

…eco-feminism and eco-psychology intersections with the climate movement…

…the psychology and climate politics of food, veganism and the emergence of Animal Rebellion…

…the Sixth Mass Extinction…

…the effects of climate breakdown on the human and other-than-human…

…the grief, anxiety and despair that emerges…

…the joy, freedom and soulmaking that emerges…

…the voices of trees, animals, oceans, rivers, mountains and the humans who love them…

…or combinations of all or some of these…

…or anything else that comes to mind…

These can be settings and frameworks for essays, poetry, stories, artwork, music and video — and any combination of these.

The deadline for submissions is 30th December 2020. Submit writing in Word or Pages. Artwork as high quality jpeg. Contact Steve or Julia at submissions@unpsychology.org with any queries.

Note: We value our authors and artists, and know ourselves how difficult it is to get creative work out there. Unpsychology is a self–funded independent publication, and so we haven’t got the resources to pay people for their work at this time. However, your work will be profiled on social media, and you will be invited to be involved in launch events (COVID dependant, of course!). In addition, everyone who has their work published will receive a digital pack of goodies from Raw Mixture Publishing and Unpsychology Magazine.

* “The pattern of ordinary life, in which so much stays the same from one day to the next, disguises the fragility of its fabric” — The Dark Mountain Manifesto, 2009: https://dark-mountain.net/about/manifesto/
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A propos a recent discussion on the 10,300+ member Ecopsychology group on Facebook of cultural appropriation issues in ecopsychology and ecotherapy:
While America is once again been convulsed with the necessity to face up to its cruel history of European conquest, colonialism, slavery and current racist practices, some in the original European colonizing and slave trading countries have until this week felt none of this applied to them. But in the last few days, amid statue-toppling and calls for street and building renaming in many European and UK countries, The Washington Post now openly discusses the "European blind spot: Though many on the continent look in horror at the United States’ police violence and explosions of racial unrest, fewer feel the need to atone for the imperial systems of injustice that in many cases built the economic and societal foundations of their own modern nation-states." And, I would add, those of many colonized nations.
How does this relate to our field? Some of the culturally appropriated theory and practices embraced early on in ecopsychology and ecotherapy in the US have now spread to the UK and Europe, where we unfortunately find that various Indigenous nature-connection practices from colonized countries have been enthusiastically embraced without the kind of soul-searching that has started to happen on Turtle Island. Some in Europe feel this whole issue is an "American" problem, not realizing that it has also become a problem in the original European colonial nations as well.
The next online gathering of the Canadian Ecopsychology Network will discuss one such complex practice: wilderness ecotherapy. https://www.facebook.com/events/572322546997370/
I'd love to hear from European ecotherapists and ecopsychotherapists as to their experiences with things like sweat lodges, plant medicine, vision quests, four directions work, wilderness solos, etc.
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out of work , can you help?

I am a wellness coach/ holistic massage therapist who has lost all work
looking for volunteer position/ paid  work pref  spiritually minded /eco community or farm .
Can cook, babysit, help on land,  workshops on health +stress, counseling skills
 any suggestions appreciated ,  Annaliza

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Eco-minded Counselling and Psychotherapy

About me..... a brief profile

Since moving to the North East of England in 2016, I find myself fielding the same FAQs.  "Canadian or American?"  "What part?"  "Are you just visiting?"  "How long are you here for?"  "Do you miss the States?" "Which do you like better?"

The more inquisitive ask:  "What brought you here?"  "Where's that (surname) from?"  and "So what do you think of Trump?"  

It is to be expected outside the cosmopolitan capital but when I inform them that I have lived in England for more than a generation, I sometimes hear:  "You still have a twang." or "Your accent hasn't changed!"  or the 'compliment' "You still have the accent but it has softened".  Really?  A lot of assumptions there, eh!

For the record, I was raised in a beautiful seaside borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  I lived in southern Sweden for one summer in 1979 and I am an alumnus of the University of Minnesota Duluth where I double-majored in geography and urban studies.  I hold dual citizenship in the US and UK and I have been legally American-British since 2006.

I have been living in dear old Blighty since the mid-1990s.  When I was a geographic analyst for a Silicon Valley digital mapping company, I was seconded to London to work on a sat-nav prototype for the consumer market.  My career and personal life took a new direction and I undertook an onerous immigration campaign that lasted almost twelve years from start to finish.  My surname is Italian but I haven't any Italian heritage and that is a private family matter.  Of course, I miss the States just as I would miss Britain if I were to leave.  And finally, I am seldom drawn on that loaded question about my President.

My community values are positively informed by my hometown and my worldview has been enhanced by a trans-Atlantic perspective and my lived experiences - both good and bad.

I have made a number of career changes over my working life out of sheer necessity.  Prior to being a counsellor/psychotherapist, I was the project manager of an individualized health and wellbeing programme for an interactive healthcare company.  I then retrained at the Metanoia Institute in London in 2012.

After I qualified in 2016, I relocated with my partner to the family farm at the Northumberland coast where I launched my private counselling and psychotherapy practice.  I was more than ready to escape the congestion, stress and toxicity of metropolitan London.  I draw nourishment from the space, nature and seashore on my doorstep.  It is far from pristine but we are doing our bit to leave the environment in better shape than we found it.

As so many businesses are embracing sustainability, I invested a year's research into how I could adopt sustainable practices in my own counselling/psychotherapy service.  Late last year I began transitioning to ecotherapy with an aim to dedicating the therapeutic work I do with my clients to a healthier planet and communion of living things.

I live just outside Whitley Bay in a cottage on a traditional Northumbrian farmstead at the coast.  I have a warm and inviting counselling room and abundant outdoor space for semi-private and semi-public ecotherapy sessions.

If you would like to visit my profile on Counselling Directory, please click here .

https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/douglas-pazienza
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Just arrived

This is the first opportunity I have had to communicate, so I best start with saying thank you for allowing me to join.

I'm looking forward to being here with an open mind to learn and to get involved. A short resume of me. I have spent the last thirty years working with people in the fields of homelessness, metal health and addiction. I was a post graduate student of ancient history which included anthropology.

I started to grow through connecting with others, through an exploration of paganism, meditation, buhhdhisim, walking, gardening, cycling and dancing.

The last three years I with others developed well being days three times a year. Having been influenced by the work of Bill Plotkin we took this outside this year, coupled with map reading, I wish to develop further outdoor well being workshops, with others and connect to a wider community.

I come here with an open mind, techno phobic hence no photo yet and wishing to explore ideas with you.

Oh yes I'm also dyslexic so you might get interesting replies

Namestae

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Support for XR activists

This is a call - out to ask if anyone is willing and able to offer low-cost theraspies to burnt out / stressed out XR activists?  Please get in contact if you are willing to do this or know organisations who do such work.  With thanks Suzan

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TEN DIRECTIONS ONLINE STARTS IN TWO WEEKS

TEN DIRECTIONS ONLINE STARTS IN TWO WEEKS

If you are planning to sign up for our year long ecotherapy programme, this is your last chance to get in at the beginning of the year. 
The programme starts September 9th and consists of five units. Each unit consists of 21 days of activities. Every day for the four week period in which the unit runs (we take breaks at weekends) you will receive an email containing an introductory explanation and an exercise to do during the day. The exercise usually involves going outdoors and either observing something or doing an activity. You then write a short (200 word) paragraph on the group message stream on our online site. We give feedback and additional ideas in response to students' contributions and you will get a certificate at the end of the year confirming completion of the course. There are also opportunities to attend weekends in Narborough developing the themes from the course.
Whilst exercises are sent daily, we understand that sometimes you cannot get outdoors. The course works best if you can keep up a daily practice (that is how it is designed) but there are opportunities to catch up at weekends and we give a couple of weeks grace at the end of each unit.
Units can be taken individually, but the five units are designed to fit together as a sequence. You will find details of all the units on our website. If you are unable to take unit one, you can certainly start with any of the other units, and indeed just take the ones that interest you most, but there are advantages to starting with unit one.
Online Learning Units can be taken as a programme of five £550 or individually at £120 each, payable before the start of the first unit. To apply  please contact courses@tarikitrust.org  or download one here Download Application form for Ten Directions . 
This course broadly follows the themes of Caroline Brazier's book, Ecotherapy in Practice giving practical ways of integrating the model. The online programme is suitable for therapists who want to develop their practice outdoors, people who work outdoors who want to develop more therapeutic ways of working and for anyone who wants to spend more time outside developing their own practice and becoming more other-aware and self-aware. 


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TEN DIRECTIONS 2019-20

TEN DIRECTIONS CERTIFICATE IN ECOTHERAPY: Deadline for Applications


Are you planning to join our Ten Directions programme in Ecotherapy this year? Do you know someone else who is interested?
If you are planning to take our certificate this year, please get in touch now as we are fast approaching the deadline for the September start.
Ten Directions consists of five units taken over a year, plus a five day intensive. It is possible to join at other points in the year, but the programme works best if you take it as designed, starting in September with Unit One.
If you are unable to make it to Narborough for the training weekends, it is still possible to take the online units as a stand-alone course. Obviously you will miss out on the group experience, but the online course is still very experiential and packed with ideas and activities which will help you develop your own awareness as well as learning some skills that can be shared with others.
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It's Saturday night the 27th of July 2019, late. I made the mistake of looking at my mobile phone before I went to bed, fatal; for any chance of sleeping tonight. I caught an article in the Independent, titled "High Likelihood of Human Civilisation Coming to End by 2050, report finds." Reading the article, the Independent have used an inflammatory title; but it also makes for disturbing reading.

It's come back again then, that date and the worst case scenario prediction. For the past few weeks I've been thinking maybe I'm just catastrophising and perhaps I can let go of such a doomsday scenario happening so very soon. I had been sitting with it in May and June, after reading several articles; perhaps this is all going to happen much faster than we'd anticipated. And then I stepped back from that, perhaps even feeling a bit foolish and relieved.

I'm reading a lot of articles at the moment it feels really important to inform myself and not turn a blind eye, or blind ear, to what is cooking around us. Several years ago I came to the realization that we have done such damage to our planet and destroyed so many life support systems, that the long-term viability for life as we know it on this planet is really limited - that we're fucked. My understanding is that we are locked into several 2, 3 or 4 degrees rise what ever we do. That it's just a matter of time when that will happen.

It seems strange to write that, very blunt and factual. The destruction of ecosystems, watersheds, extinction of species and climate change have been the defining features of my adult life. At 18, when I went to university to study for a biology degree, what was most important to me was immersing myself in the library, studying the latest news in scientific journals, about our collective destructive impact on the planet. During my lifetime the past 51 years has seen a massive increase in the industrialization of our world, which has resulted in a massive crash in numbers, of almost all animals.

It's very painful for me that on my watch, on our watch, this massive destruction has unfolded. To quote from the Independent article-”using several existing studies, they hypothesise average global temperatures may reach 3C above pre-industrial levels by 2050. The effect of this would be to realise the “hothouse Earth” scenario in which the planet would be heading for at least another degree of warming. The reflective sea ice would melt, warming oceans further and raising sea levels rapidly. There would be widespread permafrost loss and large-scale Amazon drought and dieback”.

2050 when I'll be, if I'm still here, 82 years old.

As a woman without children, I think the thing that I find most painful when I think about that possible scenario is - what about the children? What of their future? Why aren't we all taking much more urgent action?

As far as I'm aware if we continue with business as usual and don't substantially cut emissions very soon, because of the complexity of the planets feedback loops, such a scenario is definitely possible/probable.

In late winter and early spring this year, I was really struggling with deep distress and concern about the destruction that we are wrecking on this beautiful world around us. For several months I felt in deep despair, hopeless and powerless. About a year prior to that, I had a close personal bereavement and it felt as if my personal loss grew and changed into a collective loss. I don't think my story's unusual, what's been most helpful for me is reaching out and connecting with other people and hearing other parallel experiences of deep grief.

What has also helped me this spring and summer has been a process of reflection, reading and deep inquiry into what is an appropriate response, what can I do and how do I make sense of the enormity and unfathomable massiveness of what's unfolding around us.

What is helping me is - allowing my grief, reading books, talking to people, going on an Extinction Rebellion day, attending an Eco-psychology conference, but mostly it's been about considering what have I got to contribute? What am I already doing that that has meaning, integrity and something to offer a collective resistance, and to a future with some hope in it?

I've realised in looking around me- there are still incredibly destructive, industrial, capitalist, massive scale processes, that are destroying our planet that we're still hooked into. But also there is a groundswell of creativity, inspiration and positive practical projects and grass roots activism. These have been slowly growing for a long time and currently are blossoming. I found Joanna Macy's concept that there are many ways to bring about change really helpful. Campaigning, being involved in activism is one way. We also need to create new ways of doing things like transport, education, building, growing food, creating sustainable culture etc, that respects the earth. And also just as importantly we need new paradigms, new ways of thinking about what caused this destruction and new ways of reforging our bond with the other-than-human and more-than-human.

I'm slowly coming to the realisation over the last 6 months that I’m part of a collective shift in consciousness, part of what Joanna Macy and others have called the Great Turning. I think this is probably what gives me heart and hope. There are times when I feel incredibly excited, about how inspiring and beautiful some of the things that people are doing are.

What's vital is for each of us to step up. To do what we each can, with our unique strengths and perspective. To each play our part. We might not now be able to change the future of the climate on this planet. But we can give each of us and our children more time. Time to adjust, time to wake up to what's really important.

I'm still learning about my part in all this. Hopefully this writing is a useful step. I've been thinking about my work as a body psychotherapist, wild therapist and trainer. With clients I'm encouraging them to listen to, open to themselves and find healing, also to listen and open to the other-than-human and more-than-human. To re-find the wildness in themselves and the beauty of the wild around them.

In my work as a trainer I'm interested to support and challenge other therapists to wake up to the nature of what it means to be human being – a domesticated animal. To make the intellectual and emotional connections of how disconnected we are with all other living beings.

Writing this has flowed in an urgent outpouring. What I haven't yet found space to speak about is my deep grief for all the animals and other beings that we’re killing. We're so human-centric! I feel I’m falling into that myself in leaving thinking about all the non-humans right to the end. I feel as if we're just squeezing them out, we haven't left the vast diversity of plants and animals this planet can support, any space to live.

I have a passionate enjoyment of walking, swimming and being outside. Just breathing and being with the sights and sounds of the other-than-human. I find it wondrous and exciting when the swift’s fly by or a dragonfly hatches from the pond. It’s such a sweet, pain edged joy, to revel in the wild that is still here.

These are such strange times to be living through. It’s hard not to be immobilized in the pain of our own powerlessness to make any changes. This time also holds the potential for us to wake up, to fully embrace what it means to be a human being. Can we reclaim our animal, visceral, sensual reality, can we reconnect to the awe inspiring, complex, diverse non human others around us?

Some links, that I’ve found helpful

The Independent article

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-global-warming-end-human-civilisation-research-a8943531.html

Jem Bendell, Deep Adaptation. Video

https://youtu.be/DAZJtFZZYmM

Tree Sisters Clare Dubois talking to Jon Snow.

https://youtu.be/TJlBteEj0bo

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Indoors and out

I have recently been working with a group of young women in Northern Ireland. All high anxiety and falling down the spiral of self harm and depression ...my 4 day programme utilises creativity as the main ingredient for shifting self and of course being outdoors....but i have found that the power of going outdoors works best if we also work indoors...Internal and External space ...being in the box and then out of it ...the young people respond to the shift in sensory input...the feeling of release and freedom of an outdoor space is enhanced ...their bodies relax and they want to use them ...running. stretching laughing shouting ..but they also need to return to the safe confines of the box ...over the four days these closed frozen souls begin to open ...their internal world shifts and they make new shoots of friendship and hope with the external world ....inside and out ...
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Embodied Ecology: A Relational Vision

I recently hosted a series of presentations on embodied ecology and wanted to sum up my thoughts on the subject. After talking to David Abram, Philip Shepherd, Charles Eisenstein and Glen Mazis, it seemed to me that there were common threads that needed to be teased out. Briefly, these are:

  • We are relational earthbodies, fundamentally intertwined with the more-than-human-world.
  • Our culture is still confused by the story of separation told by the likes of Descartes and Plato.
  • At least part of the process of healing is to become more aware of our embodiment. a set of practices that is sometimes call ecosomatics.

My full post, which has proved to be one of my most widely read, is here:
www.adrianharris.org/blog/2018/12/embodied-ecology-a-relational-vision/

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