Dr. Renée G. Soule
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.
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)
Pocket Project: Healing Collective Trauma 2017 – present