Ecopsychology Camp: Cultivating Ecological and Psychological Resiliency

In nature, either you adapt or die. This also applies to human behavior, but how might we adapt more consciously? We can learn from nature´s inherent resiliency and the many ecological processes that mirror and inform human behavior. The human psyche can be described as an ecosystem, since our psychology also contains processes resulting from constant interactions between our relationships and our environment. This is an area for the most potential for change in behaviors, attitudes, and world views that ultimately foster or inhibit sustainability.

Ecopsychology Camp will offer comparisons from depth psychology with corresponding principles in biology and ecology that can help us understand how narratives can either hold an existing behavior, belief system or practice in place, or stimulate the creation of change – resulting in a new narrative toward self, others and the natural world. This deeper understanding promotes reflection and insight into the often destructive and unconscious narratives that underlie our worldview, undermines culture, and drives our social, economic and conservation practices.

We will explore five principles: Everything Runs on Energy, There is No Waste in Nature, Diversity is Necessary, Everything is Connected, and Change is Inevitable in order to learn how to develop an ecopsychological consciousness that encourages behavioral change, adaptability, resiliency and sustainability in all systems. Our aim is to change the brain to change the narrative and vice versus and why the development of a sustainable psychology (consciousness) can effect sustainable change in the world.

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