The 1st Annual International Forest Therapy Conference and Gathering of Guides will be held on the beautiful grounds of Sonoma State University, just north of San Francisco. Sonoma State is arguably the birthplace of ecopsychology. Its expansive grounds include redwood forests, a stream, wonderful outdoor trails and indoor meeting spaces, and private en-suite rooms with shared kitchen and living facilities. I will be teaching Awakening to Earth’s Archetypes.
On this course you will explore creative writing, poetry, and journal techniques that advance your understanding of the relationship between inner and outer nature. When you engage nature's metaphors, you unearth wild and uncharted aspects of your own psyche, from which to explore greater authenticity and depth in your writing.
I am honored to be the main speaker at the Green Spirit Conference in Pershore, England. If we could truly experience our dreams, inner lives and our physical beings as integral expressions of the planet — how then might we treat ourselves and the Earth? During this talk, we will celebrate our humanity as Earth-born and Earth-directed. Recognizing that we share our 4.5 billion history with rivers, rocks, and ravens, understanding that the oceans course through our veins and the winds flow through our lungs, we awaken to the dormant power of our wild souls. We come to see that because we are connected to the All, every action we take impacts the whole.
This writing retreat offers a creative approach to the turbulent times in which we currently live. If you are a change-maker, seeker or simply a creative person looking for new ways to reflect on and respond to what life throws at us, this approach will provide ample material and techniques to find a language that supports your path.
Across culture, water is seen as a driving element in creativity, desire, and renewal. The archetype of water explored metaphorically helps us see the areas in which we have dam/ned their flow or become stagnant. In