ecopsychology Counseling and Consulting
Nature-based Healing & Transformative Learning
Blessed are those who soften the emotional rigidity of their hearts,
for they shall have all the power of Nature. ~Jeshua
The primary focus of Ecopsychology Counseling and Consulting is aligning and heeding the laws of Nature. The soul or psyche seeks to align with the "logos" of "home," which is the central meaning of ecopsychology. Turns out, this process is healing, energizing, and restorative for the individual, community, and our world. Like a tree, we are rooted in the vast web, and ancient lineage of life. Deeply rooted and reaching toward the light, we are life-sustaining and full of surprises. Uniquely suited to specific relationships, environments, and communities, we confidently move forward to pursue our dreams. These ecological dimensions of of "home" coalesce into a vibrant sense of self, capable of creative responses, passionate focus, and abundant joy. Often, they need intelligent attentiveness, attunement, and a tune-up.
I work with individuals and groups in person or online.
Rates are variable and realistic.
Please invite me to be a guest speaker (if I am in your area)
For a free 20 minute consult, contact me.
Angel Training via NVC
For the past 13 years, I have been a volunteer in San Quentin teaching weekly Nonviolent Communication classes in our Yearlong Program. Part of BayNVC's Safer Communities Project (I was out of town for the group photo, darn!). we are a cohesive team who has, in my opinion, helped transform the culture of SQ. I also work with a weekly support group called "Aftercare" or ARC, a weekly support grou for addicts committed to sobriety and accountability and dignity. My primary focus and learning in San Quentin are paths of accountablity that are healing, transformative, and empowering. In my experience, most guys behind bars are not becoming hardened criminals. No, they are working harder than most of us out here to regain their humanity and response-ability. Prisoners must face the Board of Paroles for past mistakes, a daunting challenge! As I tell them, "You are in angel training." Could we say the same of ourselves?
Interested in "Angel Training via NVC," contact me.
I teach classes and work with couples, individuals, and groups.
A rare interpersonal spiritual practice, NVC is therapeutic, transformative, and profoundly useful.
online classes & Groups
Ecological 12-Step Program
Hello, my name is "[your name]" and I'm in recovery from Western Civilization....
When looking at our inability to face the consequences of modernity, and change, do you sometimes wonder, "Hey, are dealing with addiction here?" Addicts usually hit the wall before admitting they are powerless over their addition. Well? Have you hit the wall yet? I have. I have lots I want to work on. Please join me for an Ecological 12-step program, (the first of its kind, as far as I know) where we are each invited to pick ONE expression of addiction to western civilization (plastic? cell phone? late nights? driving? comfort? money? status?) and put ourselves through the 12-steps, which is a profoundly healing path of accountability. Our healing journey will be fun, tough, profound, and creative. (How will you make amends to the ocean? insects? future generations?).
My work in San Quentin inspires me to convene this group. I observe that most of us are missing out the healing power and gravitas of accountability. We do not vigorously challenge our negative habits as the #1 job in our lives, nor do most of us openly acknowledge criminal thinking vis-à-vis our ecological family and future generations. We are missing out! So, let's do it, and let's have fun transmuting complicity into conscious participation.
This group has a rolling "admission." Drop in anytime.
Twice monthly--1st and 3rd Tuesdays 6-7pm California time via Zoom.
Donations accepted via paypal, but not required.
Contact me ASAP if interested.
Monthly Monday Meetings for Ecopsychology Practitioners
Ecopsychology Training and Research Group
Ecopsychology Working Group
Once a month I will convene a Monthly Monday Meeting for Ecopsychology Practitioners covering topics pertinent to our vocation and praxis. We will share ideas, resources, and perspectives on given themes (announced one month before each meeting). We will also have suggested readings and links or even movies. This will be a collegial support group, as well as a path of learning and skill development.We will have opportunities to share our work, network, perhaps create projects together. I also hope to invite guests to share their perspectives.
First Monday of the Month
Rolling Admission (though monthly meetings will build upon each other)
6-7:30 pm California Time via Zoom
Payment by donation--your donation helps me go the extra mile for us
Contact me if interested. Once we have 6 participants, we will begin.
Emergent Truth in Soulful Times: How do we Face, Speak and Act in Truth in a World of Falsehood and Fear
April 6-7 Earthrise Center, Petaluma
My workshop: “Healing Shame by Cultivating Truth”
Sometimes truth is welcomed. Other times it is hard to swallow, let alone honor or share. Ecological accountability is one of those difficult truths. Even a whiff of blame evokes shame. As the truth of our complicity in causing environmental harm is exposed, tallied, and made clear, we walk deeper and deeper into fields of shame. This is a delicate situation for “truth workers” because wholesome responses to shame are not humanity’s strong suit.
Whether truth is experienced as a battering ram or a place of belonging depends upon our capacity to work insightfully and firmly with shame. In this workshop, we will explore the vital role shame plays in the maintenance, repair, and evolution of complex living systems. This participatory workshop will involve outdoor time in small groups, exploratory improvised theatre, and hopefully a few laughs. Along with belonging and empathy, humor is a time-honored way to mitigate the intensity of shame while still heeding its life-serving purposes.
My workshop: Transpersonal Dimensions of Accountability
Accepting accountability, responsibility, or agency for one’s life and behavior have long been emphasized as essential for psychological health and maturity by schools of psychology and philosophy ranging from existentialism to Buddhism. But accountability is gritty work. Denial, anger, shame, and heartbreak shape the contours of culpability. Might traversing this rugged terrain, where darker aspects of human nature are laid bare, be redeeming—and even transcendent? What are the transpersonal dimensions of accountability?
Twelve years teaching Nonviolent Communication in San Quentin has opened my mind and heart to the higher octaves of accountability. Men serving life sentences must face the Board of Paroles and demonstrate a mature capacity for accountably. Going to the Board is a challenge most of us will not face. So why should accountability matter to us? Tragically, what my students identify as “criminal thinking” is not relegated solely to criminals. Who among us has not been trapped in this kind of mindset, or related dysfunctions, at some point in our lives? From a transpersonal perspective, most of us are caught in a deceptively selfish mindset and dangerously limited sense of self.
Further, in a times ecological reckoning, how we engage accountability determines whether the consequences of our actions happen to us or for us. Having choice in this matter requires a capacity to endure shame in wholesome ways and be available to the transcendent dimensions of accountability.
Let’s turn to look clearly at complicity and culpability. Doing so reveals why this arduous undertaking is necessary and beneficial for all of us. The intention of this interactive presentation is to prepare us, both individually and communally, to forge a transcendent path of ecological accountability willingly, even gladly, and with as much good humor as we can muster.