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Nature and Psyche

Course dates: 
Monday, 14 May, 2018 to Friday, 18 May, 2018

With Stephan Harding and Jeffrey Kiehl

Explore the connections between the inner dynamics of the psyche and learn how these manifest in our experiences of nature.  We’ll look at ways in which insights from Jungian depth psychology can help us to understand the roots of our connections with nature.  How can we become more engaged with the natural world and how can we protect it?

At a Glance

  • Explore ways to reconnect to the world of nature through aspects of Jungian depth psychology
  • Explore dreams and synchronicities as portals to the unconscious connections between psyche and nature
  • Explore the psychological dimensions of the current global ecological situation
  • Learn psychological approaches for helping you to connect more deeply with your own wholeness within that of nature

About This Course

We have entered a new epoch called the Anthropocene in which we humans now exert tremendous power for good or ill over the natural world. Given the important role humans now play in Earth’s future, it is essential to consider how nature and psyche interact and influence one another. Understanding the varied relationships between psyche and nature lie at the very core of living in a healthy balance with the world.

Jung was very prescient in his recognition that our loss of connection to our inner sense of wholeness rests at the root of many of our global problems and that this one-sidedness has led to a loss of connection to the sacred quality of our planet. Thus the ultimate challenge is for us to reclaim a genuine, life-giving connection to the sacredness surrounding us. In doing this we experience the intrinsic value and wholeness of the natural world and thus are less likely to destroy it.

Jung states that, “The experience of the unconscious, whatever form it may take, is an approach to wholeness, the one experience lacking in our modern civilization. It is the royal road to the Unus Mundus”- a powerful healing experience of integration between inner and outer worlds - between our conscious and unconscious psyche.

In this course we will introduce you to insights and practices from Jungian depth psychology for experiencing wholeness so that you can connect more deeply with a personal sense of meaning in Earth’s unfolding evolutionary journey. As part of this work, we will explore dreams and synchronicities as portals to the unconscious connections between psyche and nature. This course will appeal to those interested in exploring the psychological dimensions of our embeddedness in the world of nature, the development of practical tools for reconnecting to the sacredness of the everyday world and in finding new ways to help empower ourselves to do something in our lives to contribute nourishing and protecting both and nature and psyche.


Jeffrey Kiehl

Jeffrey Kiehl

Jeffrey Kiehl is a Jungian analyst in Santa Cruz, California. He is a senior climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds a masters degree in psychology and is a senior training analyst at the CG Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is the author of the recently published book Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future (Columbia U. Press), which provides a Jungian, phenomenological perspective on climate change.

Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan oversees the MSc in Holistic Science, teaching on the core models and as part of several of the short courses at the College. Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953, and  came to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue).  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world, and his scientific cast of mind lead him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University. After completing his first degree he returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. After Oxford Stephan was appointed Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica, where he lived for two years before becoming a founder member of Schumacher College in 1990.  The College’s first teacher was James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that lead to their joint appointment as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.

£ 795.00
Course fees include basic accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We ask you to arrive between 11:30 - 1 on the first day of your course so that the group can begin the experience by dining together. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however for you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please call 01803 847237 for more details.