Edge of the Wild   The Annual UK Ecopsychology Gathering


(Image by Gordon Sheret (2015 delegate)

Keynotes 2016

The 2016 Edge of the Wild gathering is from 4 to 7 August

Colin Campbell

'Elements and archetypes: The Search for a New Inner Topography in Flatland'

Colin Campbell“Man feels himself isolated in the cosmos, because he is no longer involved in nature. . . . natural phenomenon. . . . have slowly lost their symbolic implications. Thunder is no longer the voice of an angry god, nor is lightening his avenging missile.  No river contains a spirit, no trees the life principle. . . .no snake the embodiment of wisdom, no mountain cave the home of the great demon. No voices now speak to man from stones, plants and animals, nor does he speak to them believing they can hear.  His contact with nature has gone, and with it has gone the profound emotional energy that this symbolic connection supplied". James Hollis paraphrasing C.G. Jung

Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana. During this time he acquired knowledge of Tswana culture and its traditional medicinal and spiritual practices.  He has been trained and initiated as a traditional doctor and sangoma.

Colin is currently a full time practitioner of traditional African medicine. He has a practice in Cape town, South Africa.  He also co-runs a training school and resource center in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas.  The center also hosts trainings in indigenous cosmology and African customary law.

Hilary Prentice

'The Wild Goose, the Condor, the Eagle and the Blue Jewel'

'We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light the way through an uncertain future'  

From the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

Hilary has been passionate Hilary Prenticeabout Ecopsychology since the early 1990s, and was active in the early UK movement, enquiring, speaking, writing, facilitating and co-founding the original UK Ecopsychology Network with Tania Dolley. After moving to Devon in 2000 she found this work fed naturally into instigating an 'inner' or consciousness dimension to the Transition Movement, co-founding the 'Heart and Soul' Group of Transition Town Totnes. This went on to be developed as 'Inner Transition' nationally and internationally.

Over the years she has become increasingly inspired by indigenous teachings and practices, remarkably consistent from around the world, as very often representing the clearest and most insightful to be found in Ecopsychology and beyond. Honouring and re-honouring these teachings and practices and the people who have continued to hold the knowledge of how to live sustainably on this beautiful earth, listening and learning from those who are now very generously offering them to the world as essential medicine for our times - and of course supporting the struggles and rising up of indigenous people across the planet - these have become a lifetime commitment for her.

She has been a working psychotherapist or counsellor in various settings since the 1980s, and lived and practiced on Dartmoor for 15 years until moving into Totnes last October.

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