News - Autumn 2017

Two main news items this autumn.

 

Save the date!

The first is that the save a date for next year's 'Edge of the Wild' ecopscyhology gathering at Green and Away in Worcestershire will be 5th - 8th July 2018. More details to follow on the 'Edge of the Wild' page over the winter. 

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Special conference price for UK ecopsychologists

Secondly, CONFER are again running an ecopsychology conference at the Eden Project from 24th to 26th November: 'Transpersonal Narratives in Eco-psychology' with a special discount for UK ecopsychologists: a self-funded place will cost: £160 rather than the regular £295 and if you book two places at the same time the cost will be £240 if you're a UK ecopsychologist. You can find the full programme and pricing information here. 

 

Conference description: This conference proposes that caring for the natural world of which we are an integral part is critical for our survival and our emotional well-being. Disrespecting that which nurtures us leads to deepening splits, tensions and conflicts within and beyond ourselves, which counter well-being and continue our dissociation from nurturing the planet, our home. 

Simultaneously, embracing the realities of climate change and the interrelated crises we face - for example, the 6th extinction crisis and unprecedented ecosystemic degradation - confronts us collectively and individually with painful but potentially liberating psychological and transpersonal changes arising out of a sense of the impending and most likely irreversible changes for many species on earth. The programme thus rests on the premise that our psychological, social and spiritual health is being damaged alongside the biosphere but that we can still strengthen our capacity as practitioners and activists to counter this downward spiral. 

In this context, we will be looking at spiritual traditions as well as psychological insights that support such capacity, and using insights from these traditions that support/deepen psychotherapy, in an attempt to find our own way through the conflicts posed by the interrelated emergencies. The conference will not offer answers so much as a sharing of the questions and a community of people with common concerns to ask how received, ancient wisdom can support contemporary eco-systemic and psychotherapeutic thinking to help us address and embrace these issues in an effective and empowered way.