“Craig Chalquist is able to weave psychology, mythology, story, and place into a new kind of education that inspires us to know more deeply who we are, where we came from, what we dream of, and how we can manifest our deep desires in life. ”
– Marilyn Fowler, Leadership Consultant and Former Program Chair

 

Earthdreaming:

a body of imaginative Earth-honoring practices for enriching our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. It is a deep psychology not only of humans, but of everything we interact with. 

Combining interior exploration with crafting responses to outer concerns, earthdreaming can be done in bits, as a phase of life, or as a life path. 

For I have known, to some extent, what the Earth Horizon has been thinking about.”
– Mary Austin

 

 

Goal:

The goal of earthdreaming is to envision, tell, and build on new stories for how to come fully, delightfully, and inclusively home to our homeworld as one species among many.

Emphasis:

Earthdreaming emphasizes the consciousness-deepening dimensions of our relations with the world: “dreaming” as night dreaming, as day visioning, and as updating our orienting stories, as when C.G. Jung writes of “dreaming the myth onward.” We cherish what we come to love; and we cannot move toward what we cannot imagine. To actualize new possibilities we must first dream them up.

Who can be an earthdreamer?

Those who dream about nature, animals, places, or planet. Burned-out activists, or concerned citizens not called to activism. Healers wishing to work with more than psychology or psychiatry. Those in need of storytelling skills to use for personal or collective work. Those desiring new tools for awakening people to our impact on nature. Seekers interested in a new frame of orientation to self, life, and world. Those for whom workshops and therapy have not solved key questions. Anyone who wants to reconnect imaginative vision and effective action. Those looking for a grounded spiritual path beyond or outside of religion. Religious people wanting to add a nature-revering dimension to their faith.

 

Earthdreaming modules:

  • An informational presentation (slideshow, webinar, sermon) that includes a set of lifestyle-enhancing reflective practices to try out.
  • A complete workshop on earthdreaming.
  • A beginning, intermediate, or advanced course of study.
  • Training in nondual activism: enchantivism.
  • A set of ecospiritual rituals and practices to try out.
  • Creating your philosophical-spiritual path.
  • All of the above in one package.
  • Personal consulting.

Topics examples:

  • Eco-dreaming practices
  • Engaging the soul of place
  • Life rhythms and nature cycles
  • Nature and healing
  • Transformation through story
  • Working with living systems
  • Personal myth: beg. and adv. 
  • Modern myth: beg. and adv.
  • Rituals, earth stories, rites of passage
  • Terragnosis and earth-honoring spiritual practices.

 

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein


 

Informing Disciplines:

  • Ecopsychology
  • Ecotherapy
  • Depth Psychology
  • Systems Theory
  • Terrapsychology
  • Enchantivism
  • Ecospirituality
  • Mythology
  • Storytelling


Examples of Earthdreaming:

  • Interpreting interesting daily events as one would interpret dream symbols
  • Learning more about the animals and elements we dream about
  • Getting to know the rhythms of a local natural scene by visiting it regularly
  • Checking on how nature contact decreases anxiety and lifts mood
  • Comparing themes in our life to those unfolding in the places where we live
  • Tracing parallels between archetypal patterns around us and their interior expressions
  • Sharing stories about renewing our relations with the natural world (and each other)
  • Learning how to move from a compelling concern into action in the world
  • Moving from what depresses and scares to wider stories of what inspires
  • Composing simple but powerful rite of passage ceremonies for key transitions
  • Advocacy for plants, animals, and countryside beyond parties and politics
  • Outdoor reflective exercises that amplify our sense of the soul of place and planet
  • Comparing lunar and seasonal cycles to how our lives unfold.

 

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“Our challenge is to create a new language, even a new sense of what it is to be human. It is to transcend not only national limitations, but even our species isolation, to enter into the larger community of living species. This brings about a completely new sense of reality and value.”
– Thomas Berry