Healing with Nature In Mind Edited by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist Foreword by David W. Orr Paperback, 312 pages ISBN: 978-1-57805-161-8
In 1995, Sierra Club Books published Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind, the influential anthology edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary Gomes, and Allen Kanner that brought together psychologists and ecologists to define a new discipline and a new vision of planetary and personal health. Since then, more the more people have come to psychotherapy with concerns and fears about humankind’s damaged relationship with the web of life we depend on—and therapists are asking: Where can I find out more about the psycheworld connection? How can I do hands-on work in this area? This new volume is the eagerly awaited response.
Ecotherapy, or applied ecopsychology, encompasses a broad range of nature-based methods of psychological healing, grounded in the crucial fact that people are inseparable from the rest of nature and nurtured by healthy interaction with the Earth. Leaders in the field, including Theodore Roszak, Robert Greenway, and Mary Watkins, contribute essays that take into account the latest scientific understandings and the deepest indigenous wisdom. Other key thinkers, from Bill McKibben to Richard Louv to Joanna Macy, explore the links between ecotherapy, spiritual development, and restoring community.
As mental-health professionals find themselves challenged to provide hard evidence that their practices actually work, and as costs for traditional modes of psychotherapy rise rapidly out of sight, this book offers practitioners and interested lay readers alike a spectrum of safe, effective alternative approaches backed by a growing body of research.
Linda Buzzell, founder of the International Association for Ecotherapy, is a psychotherapist and career counselor in private practice; she lives in Santa Barbara, California. Craig Chalquist teaches psychology and related fields at John F. Kennedy University and is the author of two previous books; he lives in Walnut Creek, California.
Restoring the Earth / Healing the Mind Edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner; forewords by Lester R. Brown and James Hillman Paperback, 366 pages ISBN: 978-0-87156-406-1
This pathfinding collection has become a seminal text for the burgeoning ecopsychology movement, which has brought key new insights to environmentalism and revolutionized modern psychology. Its writers show how the health of the planet is inextricably linked to the psychological health of humanity, individually and collectively.
Contributors to this volume include the premier psychotherapists, thinkers, and eco-activists working in this field. James Hillman, the world-renowned Jungian analyst, identifies as the “one core issue for all psychology” the nature and limits of human identity, and relates this to the condition of the planet. Earth Island Institute head Carl Anthony argues for “a genuinely multicultural self and a global civil society without racism” as fundamental to human and earthly well-being. And Buddhist writer and therapist Joanna Macy speaks of the need to open up our feelings for our threatened planet as an antidote to environmental despair.
“Is it possible,” asks co-editor Theodore Roszak, “that the planetary and the personal are pointing the way forward to some new basis for a sustainable economic and emotional life?” Ecopsychology in practice has begun to affirm this, aided by these definitive writings.
"A breakthrough book. It makes crystal clear that the natural world is not just an `environment' around us, but it is us, existing inside our souls and minds."--Jerry Mander
"A very exciting book of enormous interest for everyone concerned with the future of our species--environmentalists and legislators, industrialists and educators, you and me. Its message should become part of Western thought."--Jane Goodall