Ecopsychology Teaching & Speaking
Ecopsychology is a relatively new area of human self-awareness that has grown out of the deep ecology and other movements of the 1970’s in response to the growing global environmental crisis. Some of its formative thinkers include Arne Naess, George Sessions, and Theodore Rosak. Its basic tenets state that all life on the planet has intrinsic value and is inseparably bound up in a web of interrelatedness—not only physically, but energetically and spiritually as well. Our wellbeing cannot be separated from the wellbeing of the planet. Ecopsychologist study the implications of these ideas and offer theories and practices to heal the split that has occurred in the minds of modern humans between the health and wholeness of the biosphere and our own health and wholeness.
- Download some Ecopsychological Practices here.
- Download Basic Tenets of Deep Ecology here.
- Download my Ecopsychology Curriculum here
In a one-hour presentation, I outline the basic definition of ecopsychology and make a case for the critical need for each of us to awaken to our own deep interrelatedness to the web of life on planet earth. First, speaking to the split that has occurred between humankind and nature, I offer a perspective through a developmental lens that is one explanation of why this split has occurred. I then speak of current developments in neuroscience in terms of patterns of attention and corresponding somatic (in the body) reactions—making the point that our modern patterns of attention of not developed in a balanced way. The study of attunement by developmental psychologists and neuroscientists is then examined to wrap up the case that we NEED nature and the ineffable qualities of nature for our own wellness.
“When Kinde steps into a room of students and engages them with ideas about ecopsychology you can see their posture change. She invites attentiveness and delivers with her presence, her clarity and humor. Having watched her do this on several occasions I can attest to the fact that it is not an accident. She has a gift for communicating ideas, and these are ideas that truly matter.”
— Stephen A. Goldsmith, Director
Center for the Living City
University Professor for Campus Sustainability
Department of City & Metropolitan Planning
College of Architecture + Planning
University of Utah
I am available to teach courses on Ecopsychology.
- Download my Ecopsychology Curriculum here.