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Dr. Renée G. Soule

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One who can harm can also heal. I did not know this when i was young. Hopelessly surveying environmental destruction caused by humans, I wondered, “Are we a cancer upon the earth?” I was studying to be a medical doctor, but Western medicine did not offer a path of healing that I perceived was necessary. The rapid decline of earth’s living systems is our greatest health threat AND we are the cause of this decline. What does it mean to be a healer in the context of this situation? 

Paralyzed by ecological shame and frozen in despair, I needed an ecopsychologist! Over many years, I have become the doctor that I needed.

Wilderness, prison, travel, parenting, years of study, and self-reflection have taught me the true power of being human. One who can harm can also heal, yes. But this transformation is hard-won. Our deepest nature is wild, wholesome, medicinal and basically good, but this deep inner nature is as vulnerable to being hurt, exploited, and compromised as other living system.


Wild wisdom and internally rooted ethics are as endangered as any natural system–and as resilient. This is why I am an environmental activist with an inner focus. The living system I protect and serve is the deep inner nature human beings.


Formal Education

BA in German Literature and pre-medical studies Sonoma State University (SSU)
MA in Wilderness Psychology Sonoma State University
PhD in Ecopsychology from Meridian University


Trainings & Specializations
Organic Farming & Native Habitat Restoration 1984 – 2003
Wilderness Guiding and Eco-Philosophy with Robert Greenway 1986

Buddhist Studies in India 1990-1991

Vision Quest Guiding at the School of Lost Borders 1993
Deep Ecology Training and the Work that Reconnects with Joanna Macy 1991 – present
Yoga Praxis (theory and practice) and Daily Practice 1979 – present
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) w. Marshall Rosenberg

LIFE Program Robert Gonzalez 2004 – 2010 & ongoing Trainings

Workshops and trainings with Micheal Meade & Mosaic Voices 2006 – present
NVC trainer in San Quentin 2006 – present (includes ongoing training)

Certified Purpose Guide with Purpose Guides Institute 2015-present
Thomas Hübl Core Group: Contemporary Mysticism 2013-present 

Pocket Project: Healing Collective Trauma 2017 – present 

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