Mind and nature are inseparable. Ecopsychology is an exciting emerging perspective that explores the connection between psychological and ecological health. It links psychological ills and addictions to lacks in awareness and a perceived disconnection from natural origins. We will explore the historical and cultural influences underlying and leading up to this perceived separation from nature, cultural differences in perspectives, and assumptions in psychology, as well as the connections between pathology and this perceived separateness from nature, and the role of connectedness with nature in child development. We will also address the role of innovation, creativity and active hope in ecopsychological healing.Students will depend their understanding of historical and cultural influences on our perceptions of our place in the ecology; of the impacts our perceptions, beliefs, and cosmologies on ecology and psychological wellness; students will explore personal change and transformation, the role of ecopsychology in psychological health, and the roles of psychological health and active hope in planetary transformation.
Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. Students will review video lectures that will supplement the two books we're using, and submit journal entries to me via Canvas. We will spend on Zoom in breakout groups, sharing journal entries and reflections; I will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevents students from accessing those meetings.