“Craig Chalquist’s great aim of creating and supporting communities of belonging everywhere is evidenced by the many educational programs and certificates he has developed in public education and in academia. One of his great gifts to others is the inspiration to imagine a new future to enact for ourselves and the world.”
– Marilyn Fowler, Leadership Consultant and Former Program Chair

 

Earthdreaming:

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. 

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

 

 

Goal:

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 is the parent and foundation of enchantivism and the practice / experiential arm of the field of terrapsychology, a psychology of reenchantment for living in an animate world.

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.

Earn online earthdreaming badges:

  • ED Level 1: Situating Yourself in the World. Learn a combination of simple and yet transformative skills for reconnecting with nature, place, and planet.
    See Level 1 skills.
  • 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.
    See Level 2 skills.
  • Ed Level 3: Living Systems. Techniques for working with the deep linkages binding together selfhood, family legacies, ancestry, and place.
    See Level 3 skills.  
  • ED Level 4: Terragnosis: Earthdreaming as Spiritual Path, a series that includes ecospiritual rituals and practices to try out. Create your philosophical-spiritual way of reenchantment.
    See Level 4 skills.

$375 per badge/level. For each level, you receive six weeks of online training, six audios filled with learning activities, weekly assignments to help you implement them, feedback on your efforts, six hour-long live classes with other earthdreamer learners, a quantity of education usually reserved for graduate students, a variety of informative readings and resources, and two individual 45-minute consultations.

Completing all 4 levels confers the Certificate in Earthdreaming.

Read the instructor bio.

 

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 transformation.

Aspiring writers who wish to improve and be published.

Community organizers in need of practical psychological education.

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 into practical, results-getting dreaming and doing.

Heralds of hope looking for support, techniques, and new tools.

Those looking for a grounded path of reverence beyond or in addition to religion.

 

“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
  • Family Systems
  • Terrapsychology
  • Enchantivism
  • Ecospirituality
  • Mythology/Folklore
  • 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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Earthdreaming FAQ.

 

“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