Category Archives: Ecopsychology

Make it real

Right now in a park or garden near you there are real spiders weaving real webs. If you watch this video, you’ll probably have forgotten it by this time tomorrow. If you ever watch a spider weaving a web in … Continue reading

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Protest Marches: What’s the point?

I was at the Climate Change March in London on Sunday. I hadn’t planned on going. “What’s the point?” I thought. I’ve been to many protest marches over the years and I’d begun to doubt if they made any difference. … Continue reading

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New place, new thinking?

After living in London for several decades, I recently moved to Devon. Today marks my first month here and I’m wondering if living in the countryside instead of the city is having any impact on my thinking. Philosopher Christopher Preston … Continue reading

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Sex, sensuality and the natural connection

I can’t help thinking that Valentine’s Day is too early in the year: Sex in the great outdoors is often as good as it gets, but not in mid-February! The Pagan celebration of sex and fertility, Beltane, falls on May … Continue reading

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Get the venue right …

I’ve been away at two events over the last few weeks, both of which exemplified the power of place. The UK Ecopsychology Gathering took place at Green and Away, an outdoor conference centre. Both the weather and our interactions were … Continue reading

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Relationship is the key: dirt and therapy

I’m just home from an event organized by my local Transition Town group that focused on soil, poetically described by Bill Logan as “dirt – the ecstatic skin of the Earth”. We watched the movie and then grounded the experience … Continue reading

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Focusing in Nature

Put simply, Focusing is a means of opening our awareness to the “bodily sensed knowledge” which Eugene Gendlin calls the “felt sense” (Gendlin, 1981). The term ‘felt sense’ describes those fuzzy feelings that we don’t usually pay much attention to … Continue reading

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Running Late

I was running late, so instead of going to my usual sit spot I headed for a small park near work. I sat on a park bench and opened my sensory awareness to the place. Despite the closeness of a … Continue reading

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Liminal space

I found myself at my sit spot at dusk yesterday evening. The sun had already pretty much set; the sky was a deep, almost purple, blue and the Park was slowly sliding into shadow. A few birds were still singing … Continue reading

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Twyford Down

Twenty years ago protesters struggled to save Twyford Down from destruction by the M3 motorway, and although the road was built the campaign continues to have an impact. Twyford Down marked the beginning of a movement which was active at hundreds of anti-road campaigns … Continue reading

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