5 – 9 August, 2013
Teachers: Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen
Join nature-based soul guides Bill Plotkin and Geneen Marie Haugen in an experiential exploration of our human psyches as unique expressions of the universal forces and patterns of nature.
As introduced in Bill’s new book (April 2013), Mapping the Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, we will explore the landscape of the psyche through creative expression, focused time alone in nature, group work, movement, voice dialogue, journaling, and other soulcraft practices.
Bill Plotkin, PhD, is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural transformation. As founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide.
Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche, Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, and the forthcoming Mapping the Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche. His doctorate is in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Geneen Marie Haugen is a writer, wilderness wanderer, scholar, and guide to the intertwined mysteries of nature and psyche. She delights in offering wild questions, ceremonies, escapades and reflections that might expand perception of the world, perhaps shift the sense of who we are and what we’re about, and possibly deepen experience of participation with an intelligent, animate Earth/cosmos. Her creative non-fiction and eco-essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including the recent book, Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Earth, and Going Alone: Women’s Adventures in the Wild.
She is on the trail of a doctorate in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at CIIS, with particular allurement to participatory nature mysticism, imagination, and the possible emergence of a new mode of the human that she has called homo imaginens. She is a former tipi-dweller and whitewater river guide who lived for decades in the land of bison, grizzlies, elk, and wolves, absorbing their furred, antlered, clawed, and howling teachings. She now lives amidst the creatures and features of southern Utah’s sandstone labyrinth.
Fees: £950 All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.
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