Ecopsychology: Can it help our world?
At the heart of Ecopsychology lies the belief that humans have become disconnected from the rest of nature; it follows that healing this disconnection, finding our way back into the living matrix, is part of the healing of our current world crisis. Yet many people say that it is difficult to apply the ideas and practices of Ecopsychology, especially at work, and that in many cases this has to be done ‘under the radar’ - perhaps because some of the principles of Ecopsychology are too threatening to mainstream culture?
In this talk I will share some experiences of trying to communicate Ecopsychology, as well as giving examples of projects and campaigns which make use of Ecopsychology. What works? What doesn’t? Why? Where are the points of resistance? I hope that you will bring your experiences too, and that together we can reflect on what skilful means are needed to bring Ecopsychology into mainstream culture – or whether this is even desirable or possible!
Mary-Jayne writes: Many many moons ago I trained as an art therapist: the image is still central to the way I think. Since then feminist therapy and Jungian ideas have been important threads in my journey. In the early 1990’s I spent some time in Ladakh where I realised the seriousness of the ecological crisis and its cultural, economic and spiritual roots. This catapulted me into Ecopsychology! I live beside an ancient woodland in London and not far from The Womens Pond: it is owl, fox, kingfisher, swan and many more who nourish my soul and help me to work in this challenging field. More about my writings and courses can be found on www.mjrust.net
Nick Totton writes: I am a therapist and trainer over with 30 years experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, I have explored
'Facing the Future'
Optimism is important: we need to believe in the possibility of a better world, a successful transition to sustainability. But optimism needs to be grounded in reality, in knowing that there is a very real possibility of failure and catastrophe. As Joanna Macy teaches, activist energy flows from facing, rather than avoiding, our despair.and helpless grief. Only then can we think effectively about what the future may hold, and about the role of ecopsychology in caring for the emotional pain which will become more and more widespread and apparent. We need to face the future so that it doesn't break us.
widely in a number of therapy modalities, and now practice and teach Embodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy. I have a
grown up daughter. I have written several books, including Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction; Wild Therapy; Not A Tame Lion: Writings
on Therapy in its Social and Political Context; and Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems.
I live in Cornwall with my partner and grow vegetables. http://www.nicktotton.net