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I currently serve as Professor in the M.A. program in Ecopsychology at Naropa University, a wonderful institution dedicated to contemplative education.
I am also available for individual support/practices in spiritual ecopsychology and practical ways to “green” your life. Besides having taught aspects of environmental sustainability since 1999, I’m an ACISTE-certified Spiritual Guidance Counselor, CMT, minister and celebrant, wilderness rites-of-passage guide, ceremonial artist, lover/scholar of myth, story and song, and long-term practitioner of shamanism. I am very interested in helping you reclaim your sense of deep, reciprocal belonging, both ancestral and place-based. If you are interested in working with me, write a brief email to tfields8 [at] yahoo.com. I also welcome new allies and venues for collaborative projects – especially local.
Upcoming Public Events:
- Resource Materials or Venerated Elders? The Role of Cultural Worldviews in “Rights of Nature” Political Movements. Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness 38th annual conference. March 28-30, 2019. McMenamins Edgefield, Portland, OR.
- Labyrinth! My partner and I have just purchased a home in unincorporated Boulder County that includes a full-scale Chartres-style labyrinth in its back yard. Labyrinth walking is currently available by appointment. We are also plotting future events incorporating its power for the public.
- Psychology of Wilderness Experience Intensive course for Naropa University’s M.A. Ecopsychology program. Includes a three-day fasting solo. (Not open to the public.)
- 2019 – June 2-11, with co-guides Shea Armstrong and Sandy Shea. Chimera Springs Ranch, Colorado.
- International Ecopsychology Society 7th biennial conference, Sept. 25-29, 2019. La Lobera de Gredos, Arenas de San Pedro, Avila, Spain. Theme: We Are Nature: Celebration of Life and Good Living.
Selected Past Events:
- Echoes From the Forest: An Experiential Exploration of Consciousness in Nature. 48th Annual Jean Gebser Society Conference, “Gebser and Asia: Theory, Practice, Engagement.” Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado. October 12–14, 2018
- MC and Invocation for Naropa University’s 2018 Convocation. Wed, August 29, 2018.
- 8-day Womens’ River Retreat down Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River of Utah. Co-guiding for The River’s Path with Lauren Bond Kovsky. May 5-14, 2018. For more information and signup: https://theriverspath.org/womens-river-retreats/
- An Animistic Ecotherapy Practice: Stones as Mentors (Invited speaker). International Ecopsychology Society annual conference. Villa Serrana, Lavalleja, Uruguay, Sept 29-Oct 3, 2017. Theme: Biophilia & Ancestral Memory. Conference languages: Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
- Rise UP! Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, CO. Story, song & nature-connection for district-wide Junior High youth retreat. “The image we are using is a tree reaching for the skies. We are focusing on the nourishment of personal spiritual practice (the roots) the strength of community (the trunk) and the gifts we have to give to make the world a better place (the leaves and fruit.)” March 4, 2017.
- Book launch for Shadows & Light: Theory, Research, & Practice in Transpersonal Psychology, vols. 1 & 2. Francis J. Kaklauskas, Carla J. Clements, Dan Hocoy, and Louis Hoffman, Eds. Spoke about my chapter, “Taming the Tyranny of Time,” and sang “St. James Infirmary” with the band Home Groove and Mark Miller.
- Psychology of Wilderness Experience Intensive course for Naropa University’s M.A. program in Transpersonal Ecopsychology. Includes a three-day fasting solo. (Not open to the public.)
- 2017 – June 10-18, 2017, with co-guides Shea Armstrong and Sandy Shea. Chimera Springs Ranch, Colorado.
- 2016 – June 5-13, with co-guides Shea Armstrong and Sandy Shea. Chimera Springs Ranch, Colorado
- 2015 – June 13-20, 2015, with co-guide Scott Brown and apprentice guide Sandy Shea. Chimera Springs Ranch, Colorado.
- 2014 – June 13-20, with co-guide Scott Brown and assistant Shea Armstrong. Chimera Springs Ranch, Colorado.
- 2013 – June 13-20, with co-guide Scott Brown. Chimera Springs Ranch, Colorado.
- 2012 – June 18-24, with guest co-guide Maria Owl Gutierrez and assistant Scott Brown. Stillpoint retreat land, Colorado.
- Fostering Nature Connections and Joy as a Resilience Strategy talk/workshop.
- Stones as Mentors: Spiritual Ecotherapy pre-workshop. For both: Invited presenter at Climate Crisis Solutions: Charting a New Course conference, sponsored by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, October 21-23, 2016. (Blog post with descriptions of my workshops)
- Listening to the Stones. Experiential workshop for Wilderness Guides Council, Buckhorn Camp, CO. Sept 10-14, 2016. (I also led a barn dance / community singing eve, upon spontaneous request by the organizers!)
- Menstruation Transitions ritual (intergenerational & unofficial). Beltania festival. La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, Colorado Springs. May 19-22, 2016.
- Keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. ‘I Am You as You Are He as You Are Me and We Are All Together’: Fostering Ecopsychological Relationship with Place. PDF with my keynote abstract: SAC conf announcement 2016 Conference theme: Wisdom Sits in Places: Place, Space, and Consciousness. University Place Hotel and Conference Center, Portland, Oregon, March 31-April 2, 2016.
- To All My Relations: Stories of Interspecies Communications and Kinship. Invited conversation with Luisah Teish as a bonus on her Coming Home Through Myth audio series. Teish: “Our intention is for you to open to the beauty and joys of life on Earth through folklore, myths, and actions that empower your relationship to Mother Nature creating in you a spiritual awakening.” The Shift Network, May 28-July 16, 2015.
- Making Thought Whole Again. Invited dialogue with host Glenn Aparicio Parry, linguist Matthew Bronson, and philosopher Ashok Kumar Gangadean as part of Native Wisdom for Modern Times. Evolver Learning Lab. 5-week webinar begins July 25; our session is on July 16, 2015
- Radical Compassion conference at Naropa University: Brief speech about developing compassionate relationship with the more-than-human world and ourselves through Transpersonal Ecopsychology. Friday Oct. 17, 2014. (Opening act for Joanna Macy!)
- Catnip and Ant Bites: Use of Entheogens by Other-than-Human Animals, and its Ecopsychological Implications. Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness conference, Portland OR, March 27-30, 2014.
- Keynote speaker for the European Ecopsychology Society‘s 2013 conference, themed “Learning to Do What’s Right: Waha Pono.” Nechung Temple, Big Island, Hawai’i, Sept 28-Oct 2, 2013.
- Sustainability Across the Curriculum – Naropa University faculty development workshop, co-taught with Candace Walworth and Andrew Schelling, March 2014.
- “We Ain’t Got No Wildlife Here”: Transformative Effects of a Contemplative Assignment in Ecoliteracy. Chosen by Naropa University as of three “Green Papers” on Contemplative Education and Ecological Sustainability for President Obama’s campus challenge. Green Papers presentation at Naropa’s Arapahoe Campus, Boulder, CO, September 2012.
- Pagan Chanting Circle. Join professors Tina Fields and Anne Parker in a pagan circle to offer gratitude for this moment in the wheel of the year. Together we will sing many beloved, inspired and beautiful chants from various pagan paths to connect with the earth, the seasons, our deepest selves and more. Naropa Unversity’s Nalanda Campus, Boulder CO. Community Practice Day: March 6, 2012, 1 – 2:30 pm.
- Chieftain, Peasant, Shrub and Bramble: Indigenous Irish Relationship with Trees. “In contrast to the contemporary industrial growth society’s view of plants as nonsentient beings to be used or killed at will for our own benefit, the complex indigenous legal system known in Ireland as the Brehon Law, used from prehistory up until the 17th century, delineated penalties for mistreating trees and shrubs that were not dissimilar from the penalties for mistreating other humans. This paper describes these and discusses some environmental ramifications of animistic vs. inanimistic cultural consciousness.” In panel, “Botanical Influences on Cultural Consciousness.” February 10, 2012. Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness annual conference. Millenium Harvest House, Boulder, CO.
- At the same conference, I also moderated the panel on Teaching Consciousness: Strategies from the Field and Class, which featured a number of Naropa faculty speaking about transformative work with students in the wilderness.
- SEED Institute’s Language of Spirit conference: A Dialogue Exploring the Nature of Reality from Indigenous and Western Science Perspectives. This brings Native elders, linguists, physicists, & other scholars and visionaries together to discuss a topic in depth. This year’s topic: Science, Technology & Creativity – how technology has impacted our essential humanness. Your worldview may never be the same again, and you’ll like it that way. Aug 14-16, 2011, Albuquerque NM.
- Hardly “Common:” Crows and Ravens in Folklore & Spiritual Contexts. Join me for an engaging presentation about the Corvidae, focusing mainly on crows and ravens. Here on this continent, crows have assimilated to human life wonderfully, whereas in Hawai’i, the native crow is nearly extinct. Why? After learning the basics about the birds and their lives, we’ll look at crows & ravens’ appearance in folklore and spiritual context cross-culturally. This will include Crow’s role as a family spirit helper in Hawaii, and Raven as Trickster among Pacific Northwest tribes, in relationship with an ancient Norse deity, and observed for divination omens in such diverse places as Britain and Tibet. Please bring your own tales about any of the Corvidae to share. Napa-Solano Audubon Society monthly meeting, open to the public. April 12, 2011, 7-9 pm, Vallejo, CA.
- Trance Induction through Contra Dance: Weaving Communitas. American Anthropological Association conference, Nov 17-21, 2010. New Orleans, LA.
- Bringing Earth Reverence into Everyday Life. (Co-presented with Maria Owl Gutierrez.) Mending Our Relations with the Natural World, the first conference of the Earth Medicine Alliance. First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Francisco, Nov. 6, 2010. Blog Post with Details & PDF brochure link
- Language of Spirit conference: A Dialogue Exploring the Nature of Reality from Indigenous and Western Science Perspectives. Invited “inner circle” participant. Theme: Time Travel! Albuquerque, NM, Aug 14-17, 2010. PDF brochure
- “We Ain’t Got No Wildlife in Marin City”: The Use of Epistemological Story in Teaching Ecoliteracy. Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC) conference. U.C. Berkeley, CA, March 2010. PDF Brochure
- Enchantment – Employing Song to Shift Consciousness. Experiential workshop, Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC) conference. U.C. Berkeley, CA, March 2010. PDF Brochure
- Eco-Anxiety. Radio interviews for the News, with Will Sterrett. KTRH 740 (Texas), July 29, 2008.
- Biospheric Family Values: A Foray into Spiritual Ecopsychology. The Great Turning: Education, Leadership and Activism for a Life Sustaining Civilization conference. Geneva Point Conference Center, Moultonboro, NH, October 2007.
- Wearing the Other’s Skin: The Great Selchie (in Story, Song, and Lived Experience). Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) Chautauqua. Occidental CA, Sept. 8-9, 2006.
- Ecopsychology. Radio interview for The Ecology Hour, with Samantha Abbott & Chris Skyhawk. KZYX (Mendocino CA), August 15, 2006.
- Kumu Pohaku (Stones as Teachers): Awakening to the Spiritual Dimension of Ecosystems. International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS). Theme: Complexity, Democracy, & Sustainability. Sonoma State University, CA, July 2006.
- Wildlife Neighbors. Storytelling & song about our local wildlife neighbors, for grades 2-5. Sonoma County Library, May 2006.
- Tears for Mother Earth’s Child: The Fragile Desert as Victim of the Iraq Invasion. Mother’s Day Rally for Peace, co-sponsored by CodePink. Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa CA, May 14, 2006.
- Indigenous Wisdom and Alternative Healing. Earth Day College for high school students, sponsored by the Green MBA Program, New College of CA, North Bay Campus. May 2005.
- Ecology and Consciousness. Panel presentation. EcoFest, Sebastopol CA, October 3, 2004.
- Education for Sustainability. Thoreau Center for Sustainability. “Pizza and Politics” series. San Francisco CA, July 20, 2004.
- Education for a Just, Sacred, and Sustainable World. “Reclaim the Commons – Deconstructing Empire” Teach-In and Conference. (Numerous locations in San Francisco, CA), June 2004.
- “What About MY Environment?” – Incorporating Environmental Justice Issues into Environmental Education. North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) conference.Two-day experiential workshop in Toward the Just City strand, team-taught with Brian Johnson. Boston, MA, August 2002.
- Volatile Spirits: Ecological Imbalance & Supernatural Assault in Contemporary America. In Challenging the Institutionalized Sacred panel (presented in absentia). American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., November 2001.
- With a Blindfold On: An Ecopsychological/Animistic Critique of Neo-Shamanic Practices. Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. Portland OR, March 1998.
- The Role of Collective Story in Ecological Behavior Modification on the Island of Bali. Northern California Women’s Caucus: Religious Studies. Spring Meeting. Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley CA, May 1997.
- Earth’s Blood. Blood Magick Art Ritual (In Celebration of Menstruation/Menopause). The Lab, San Francisco CA, June 1996.
- Shifting Historical Perceptions of Other Animals, as Seen through Cross-Cultural Mythologies and Art. (Lecture and slide show.) Mythopoeic Society conference, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, July 1996.
- Weed Women (Wildcrafting and Preparation of Herbal Remedies). Gardnerville NV, 1987-89.