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Psyche & Climate

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 how these manifest outwardly as climate change. More specifically, we’ll explore the ways in which insights from Jungian depth psychology can help us to explore the roots of the climate crisis and to therefore act more effectively to do something about it.

At a Glance

  • Explore ways to reconnect to the natural environment through aspects of Jungian depth psychology
  • Explore your dreams and synchronicities as portals to the unconscious connections between psyche and climate
  • Exploring the psychological dimensions of climate change

About This Course

We have entered a new epoch called the Anthropocene, in which humans now exert tremendous power over the natural world. Our consumption of Earth’s natural resources has reached unimaginable proportions. During the week we will explore our relationship to the world by discovering ways to reconnect to the natural environment through aspects of Jungian depth psychology. Carl 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 numinous nature of the world.

Thus the ultimate challenge is for us to reclaim our connection to the numinosity surrounding us. In doing this we experience the inherent value 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 via regia to the Unus Mundus.” Thus, we are called to tend to unconscious processes that provide a means to experiencing our deep, intrinsic oneness with the world. During the week we will explore our dreams and synchronicities as portals to the unconscious connections between psyche and climate.

This course will appeal to those interested in exploring the psychological dimensions of climate change, the development of practical tools for reconnecting to the sacredness of the everyday world and finding new ways to connect people to the issue of climate change.


Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and on most short courses at the College. He holds a doctorate in behavioural ecology from Oxford University, and before coming to the college taught ecology at the National University in Costa Rica. He is a close associate of James Lovelock and an expert in the study of Gaia theory and deep ecology. He is the author of Animate Earth and Grow Small, Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable World from Schumacher College.

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.

£ 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.