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  • Would love others' thoughts on my latest ecopsychology blog at The Huffington Post on ways to stay sane as the world self-destructs.


  • I've been following shinrin-yoku and have started a website for people who are interested in knowing more about the practice of "forest breathing." www.shinrin-yoku.org. There's a little introductory video on the website. Some of you will recognize at least a couple of faces in the video.

  • I've been a hiker, backpacker; I've lived 'off the grid' prior to that phrase being coined. Just a week ago I hiked up in the headlands. The wildflowers are out and basking and rising toward the Sun. It came to me how divinely surrounded and safe I feel while out in nature. My childhood scene was unpredictable; in nature it is completely predictable, safe and nurturing_sustainable.

    I have a story: having finally obtained health insurance I was recently told I had a basal cell and that it needed to be removed at an out of pocket cost of $2000 +/-.  Gasping on where I was going to get the funds to pay I decided that I would use a product called Black Salve/Sierra Salve. It is made up of four herbs:Red Clover, Blood Root, Galangal and Sheep Sorrel. It is applied topically. If it is burning it is removing cancer, if there is no cancer it will not burn. I applied it to the basal cell area and around the area as a precautionary measure. It was left on for an hour and it burned like the dickens. It brought a dark spot out toward the base of my nose, it ate a hole in the left smile line of my face, and it burned the skin around my upper left lip. For three days the lower left side of my face was swollen. It left an awful looking mess. For a month I kept the area moist, especially the hole on my smile line which is 5 weeks later at the final stages of healing, barely to be seen. Due to the size of that hole I kept the area completely moist alternating topical products with a homemade calendula/beeswax cream a friend of mine gave me as a seasonal gift, vitamin E, and neosporin on the hole as that was minimally 1/4 of an inch deep. In the latter stages and currently I am using Jason's vitamin E at night just to offset scaring.

    It is not just the cost of health insurance. For instance, I can barely afford the monthly premium, next is the out-of-pocket expenses that are completely out of the ball park. The natural gifts of the Universe are plentiful. The Earth truly gives unconditionally_as more and more people cannot access the medicine offered here (U.S.) more people will be led to alternatives. Itadakimaso dear Planet.

    Note:The physician did not know if basal cells multiple or just grow larger. I felt a M.D., willing to hack and cut, should know the answer to that question. The charge for 2 ten minute office visits and 3 biopsies was over $900.00 out-of-pocket.

    I have a motive writing this story and that is this: A LIFESTYLE is a decision and a commitment. We can easily be 'cool' with natural healing remedies however we are EMPOWERED and PARTNERS with the PLANET when we truly commit to alternative health measures. A secondary gift is that these measures do not involve toxicity, disposable landfill items, energy, ...this list can continue. Much Love to All out there.

    Liz Wise

  • aloha i love EcoPsychology since 80s when living in country, forest, camping out & Hawaii.  I loved nature a few hours of my whole childhood, wanting to sleep out on the ground my whole life, hearts desire.  Our back to Nature movement keeps inspiring my primal instincts for organic health awareness, meditating & learning the patterns & cycles of Natures infinite seasons. I began wondering, wanting, feeling & growing my lost smothered instincts from normal numb city living in multi semi conscious fears. Then gradually healing old blocks meditating in nature, camping out in bush, trusting wilderness, even screaming at animals in my camp at nite.  The ReWilding movement includes Kids Lib in Nature, natural home & water birthing, prenatal & baby massage & yoga, fun!

    EcoPsychology is lead by head or primal instincts in our organs, glands hormones & nerves normally numbed down by hospital birth trauma & neglect of total love bonding with mother from birth in family bed & weaning by cooperative agreements.  My current 2 yr research/creative project ins Our Baby Dialogs' about natural homebirth & midwifery, compared to normal hospital delivery, is like compating medicine to natural health, public school to homeducation & local ecology, ORGardening, Grounding & Acclimatizing to Natures deep creative patterns from microbes to storms, soil, plant & animal fertility in watershed & airshed we breathe. We love camping out & there's 100 of games for learning how Gaia surrounds us constantly creating, as kids make up new games, words & ways of loving nature with instincts we are learning with them leading us.

  • IUCN
    Today’s IUCN 2012 World Conservation Congress theme is Nature+ life: Saving nature, why bother? Do you think we can live without nature? Let us know what you think and submit your questions to an expert panel of World Leaders. http://ow.ly/dBZmC

  • Next week is the International Conservation Congress, this year to be held in South Korea. Lori Pye's present workshop: "Cultivating Ecological and Psychological Resilence" Sept 17, Jeju, South Korea.


  • Yesterday I had the pleasure of smelling raw, fresh and succulent smelling dirt from Patricia Damery's open palm, as she turned a pile of compost and pulled out a treasure of rich soil and offered it to the group of us, gathered at her farm in Napa.

    There is nothing like the smell of fresh dirt.  My brain and body relaxed and became alert at the same time.  However, when I am in the 'new car smell', I wilt.

    There is even a scent on the market called 'new car smell' for those who love it- Full of phlatlates and plastic chemicals, it is the car buyer's high, I suppose.

    My computer screen is almost composed of plastics, and I am struck by Dianne Ackerman's article featured in the NYTimes today.  the artwork in the article is especially arresting, to my eye anyway. Nature: Now showing on TV


    I wonder what the depth Eco community thinks of this - i value the exposure to 'nature' via screens, but yesterday spent at a farm with wind, sun, goats and soil was something I will remember on many levels.

    thanks, julie

  • I ran into this article today.  It seems worth sharing:

    Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice

    Volume 7, Issue 1, 2012

    Embodiment and embedment: integrating dance/movement therapy, body psychotherapy, and ecopsychology

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Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries

In light of this new story from the New York Times, Thursday's (3-24-16) free webinar on Depth Psychology and Climate Change with climate scientist/Jungian Dr. Jeff Kiehl is even more important... NYT: "Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries" Climate scientists agree that humanity is about to cause an equal or greater rise in sea level, but they have tended to assume that such a large increase would take centuries, at least. The new paper argues that it…

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Article: Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative

So appreciated this article which articulates something I often feel implicitly--but don't always acknowledge explicitly.... "We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what's broken".... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/02/25/mental-benefits-water_n_5791024.html

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This is how many trees are left on the planet

' These statistics are yet another voice that will touch you in the cry to take notice of what's going on on our planet: "There are currently 422 trees per person in the world but, if current trends continue, that will fall to 214 in 150 years. It’s a sobering thought to realise just how much of an impact we are having on this relatively tiny ball of rock we call a planet..." Read the full article here: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-many-trees-are-left-on-the-planet-2015-9

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An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma.

An Indigenous Approach To Healing Trauma (via Alliance member Lori Pye, founder of Viridis Institute (Grad programs for Ecopsychology)) People have always experienced pain, and in the vast span of time before the colonial expansion of western culture, indigenous cultures weren’t without their methods of dealing with trauma. For centuries we’ve largely ignored the wisdom of those among us who are still directly connected to ancestral ways of knowledge. As our modern lifestyle collides with the…

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