Indigenize!

Rekindle Your Wild Joy and Deep Belonging to the Earth

About / Contact October 8, 2009

About the Blog

This blog began with the idea of offering ideas and strategies that could help us to rekindle our wild joy and sense of deep belonging to this earth.

It centers around spiritual ecology and the arts, with facets including bioregional awareness, animistic perspectives, strategies for simple living, and low/no-tech DIY fun. But being a free blog, there is also poetry, humor, sharing of life stories, rants, songs, my contradance calling calendar, random nature nuggets, and a few terrible puns.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “indigenous” as “(Adjective). 1. produced, growing, living, or occurring natively or naturally in a particular region or environment; 2: innate, inborn.”  This blog’s title, “Indigenize,” is intentionally provocative. It is not intended to to dismiss or co-opt First Nations cultures or Indigenous peoples. The word is presented in verb form to foment action; to help all people in the modern industrial growth society to come to feel a deep physical, mental, and spiritual belonging to the earth overall, our ancestral heritages, and the specific places we live. Ask yourself this: you may live here, but how much do you really inhabit the place as home? From the experience of belonging as opposed to perceived ownership, we will be more likely to feel ourselves to be a beloved and important part of life here, able to take a deep breath of relaxation. As adults, we will also be more likely to care for our home places and other-than-human neighbors like beloved relatives rather than lifeless  possessions to use, waste, ruin, or discard at will. I hope the contents here inspire and help you to come to feel and enjoy more depth of belonging.

About the Author

pic of me at EES Uruguay Oct 2017Tina R. Fields, Ph.D., has taught about the cultural & spiritual sides of environmental issues at the college level since 1999 at four institutions. This includes 5 years of living outdoors in tents with the Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University, traveling in the wild with her students for over 200 days per year. Before that, she lived with a part-wolf for 13 years, a relationship that taught her a great deal about interspecies communication and respect.

Tina now dwells with her partner, another dog, and chickens in Boulder, Colorado. There, she serves as full Professor in the M.A. program in Ecopsychology at Naropa University, a unique accredited institution dedicated to contemplative education. She has served on the executive board of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. As of 2019, she is one of two chosen USA representatives to the International Ecopsychology Society.

Her work ties together ecopsychology, earth-based spiritual wisdom, bioregional literacy, art and storytelling to help westerners become indigenous to these lands and waters we now live with. This work can be done wherever you are living, from rural to extremely urban environments. When approached from a consciousness state of belonging, environmental behavior change can more easily shift in our minds from being a perceived burden to being a chosen joy.

Dr. Fields is available for individual support in spiritual ecopsychology, rewilding the soul, and practical ways to “green” your life. In addition to her knowledge of environmental issues and strategies, she is certified in Forest Medicine through the Japan-based International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine (INFOM), an ACISTE-certified Spiritual Guidance Counselor, a pagan/interfaith minister, long-term student/practitioner of shamanism and druidry, lay herbalist, CMT, and wilderness rites-of passage leader with current WFR medical training. She is a Registered Psychotherapist in the State of Colorado and a member of Spiritual Directors International. Her office space features a full-scale Chartres style labyrinth in the back yard.

In addition to ecopsychological work, Tina is an accomplished visual and performance artist. Her current artistic passion is building community joy through calling contra and barn dances (see calendar),  and crafting implements for sacred ceremony such as drums and masks. She has also served as visual Artist-In-Residence in rural California and Nevada, shown visual art in numerous venues across the west, worked as an actor, storyteller, and singer, facilitated many seasonal and life-change ceremonies, employed myth-telling in much of her work with groups in the outdoors, and led singing through the open (and perfection-free) group EnChantMent.

On the side, Tina is a gleeful DIYer who delights in making useful things out of “junk” and “weeds,” living history buff, voracious reader of mythopoeic fiction, and incorrigible punster.

For more yet, check out the pages and links on this site.

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Contact email: tfields8@yahoo.com

 

18 Responses to “About / Contact”

  1. Bruce Kunkel Says:

    Thanks for the invite. Will try to make the sing!!

  2. Katharine Says:

    Fabulous blog, Tina! I will add you to my blogroll.
    Katharine

  3. Cyndee Joncas (Rhiceneth) Says:

    Hi Tina,

    What a great blog/web-site. So great to read your posts and thoughts. Even though we only got to hang out for a little bit, you made an impression on my life! I’ll never forget the story you told us at the event where we slept outside on our airmattresses – Mary Culhaney with the dead man on her back!

    Thanks for being you!

    Cyndee/Rhiceneth

  4. Shaun Phillips Says:

    Keep up the wonderful work!

  5. […] on 31 July 2010) Our “house caller” is the radi­ant Tina Fields. […]

  6. Tina Fields Says:

    (Facebook link/share)
    Daniel Foor – Earth Medicine Alliance:

    Happy to share a link here for one of our conference presenters Tina Fields. Her blog is full of all kinds of goodness and her background in ecopsych, wilderness education, song, ritual, dance, mask-making, and other earthy goodness. Yay!

  7. Delight, pure delight! Daniel Foor and I walked the length of the Ridge Trail on San Bruno Mountain today – and if I’d looked at the words for Power of Raven I’d have sung it all along the trail. Even though it was groups of crows, not ravens, that visited us several times as we walked, their shiny black presence was a joy. I loved your song, and unless you tell me that you’ve recorded it somewhere that it’s available for sale, this week-end at the Mountain Watch Board retreat, I’ll make up my approximation of what you sang at the Earth Medicine conference. THAT was pure delight, as well. Many thanks – Ginny

  8. Huberta Says:

    I really like your blog. It seems to me that you have many wise words to say and not afraid to speak aloud.

  9. Melissa Craig-Morse Says:

    Tina, I just spent the last two hours ravenously reading your blog. Dan suggested I visit there to get some ideas for starting up my own, and I couldn’t stop being amazed and delighted. WOW!! Brilliantly written, exuberant, funny, insightful, in short, I was amazed. I subscribed. Meanwhile I’m trying to figure how what “database name” and “ftp” mean . . . one little second at a time . . .

    • Tina Fields Says:

      Thank you so much, Melissa! And best of luck with your own. Yes indeed, one little bit at a time. I only intended to put up my contradance calling schedule, and look what happened.

  10. Mark Nallia Says:

    Looking for you out in the cosmos,how are you?

  11. Shawn Says:

    Hi,

    You might want to believe, then you might on the other hand you might know. I think you know.

  12. Sounds like you have an awesome life. I love the sound of EnChantMent 🙂

    • BrujaHa Says:

      Thank you, Lorna. Your words encourage me to start it up again here in Colorado, where I now live. Bright blessings to you in the new year.

  13. Watching the Paris Summit and it hit me like a shot… INDIGENIZE!!! I google it and I find your site… I am sending an arrow of love and respect from a drawn bow of heartfelt joy… So good to see your work! I am working in the land of The Peacemaker here in Albany N,Y in Mental Health to help traumatized people become “Real People”. If we have international movements to colonize, we must learn to Indigenize. I hope to stay in touch and follow your work.

  14. JGBergstrom Says:

    Solstice 2019? Surprised I’ve made it: https://youtu.be/lVXfyJ8xne8 Yes that’s me…………… I’m still not ok from it.


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