“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
Dreaming up new stories and practices for how to live fully on Earth and greet it as it shows up inside us, just as we are inside its living presence. Learning to speak Earth. Earthdreaming 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.
The goal of earthdreaming is to envision, tell, and build on new stories and embodied practices for how to come fully, delightfully, and inclusively home to our homeworld as one species among many.
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.
- ED Level 1: Situating Yourself in the World. Learn a combination of simple and yet transformative skills for reconnecting with nature, place, and planet.
- ED Level 2: Enchantivism and Storytelling for Change. Recommended for those interested in being agents of reenchantment and finding the magic in the mess of things.
- Ed Level 3: Living Together in an Animate World. Techniques for tending the things of the world—including places, objects, buildings, and the elements—as presences with which we can converse.
- ED Level 4: Terragnosis: Advanced Earthdreaming, a series that includes ecospiritual rituals and practices to try out. Create your philosophical-spiritual path of reenchantment.
- 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
- Depth Psychology
- Systems Theory
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.