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European Ecopsych Conference in Hawai’i September 26, 2013


If you plan to be in Hawai’i at the end of Sept/beginning of October, please consider attending the 4th conference of the European Ecopsychology Society.

It’s being held in Hawai’i instead of Europe this year because this year’s conference chair is now a resident of Nechung Temple, a retreat center on the Big Island that some Naropa folk tell me is a favorite of the Dalai Lama.

The conference theme is “Waha Pono: Learning to Do What’s Right.” And I’m giving the keynote address. (Gulp.) They’ve asked me to talk about teaching ecopsychology.

As I suffer from a bit of “impostor syndrome,” my first response upon being asked to keynote was to wonder, “Why on earth do they want me?!” I mean, after all, there are many more famous people around. So figuring that life is short so why not be gutsy while we can, I asked. The response was this:

I think having you do this is PONO at so many levels. …It offers an excellent opportunity for the folks interpreting and implementing “ecopsychology” a unique (in your case, triple) perspective… Mostly, because you are personable, knowledgeable, and wise, and your energy is contagious.

So okay! I think basically what he’s saying is that I won’t be boring.  –I can handle that. They’ve given me a long session, and my goal is for it to be both deep and fun.

Three of my former students will also be there – and also presenting!  I’m very much looking forward to reconnecting with Melissa Edwards, Danielle Richardson and Kaikea Blakemore, with my beloved colleague-friends Jorge Conesa-Sevilla and Julianne Skai Arbor, and with that beautiful Big Island ‘aina (land), which has been one of my greatest teachers.

This trip is my big ecological footprint splurge; the first such in many years. The irony of flying to discuss ecological issues does not escape me. But joining together with like-minded souls to forge deep and lasting connection seems worth it. Once in awhile. With attention paid to much more simple living on either end of that time to balance it out somewhat.

People are coming from all over the world. Perhaps you will be one of them?


September 28th – October 2nd, 2013

Nechung Temple in Wood Valley, Pāhala, Big Island, Hawai’i

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Mending Our Relations with the Natural World – Conference October 26, 2010

Missing earthy connection and ceremony in your life?  Consider coming to the Earth Medicine Alliance’s “Mending Our Relations with the Natural World” conference at the Unitarian Universalist Center (1187 Franklin St.) in San Francisco on November 6-7.

On Saturday afternoon, I will offer a presentation on “Bringing Earth Reverence into Everyday Life” in collaboration with my dear friend Maria Owl Gutierrez.

Description: “How can we take “reverence” beyond a mental concept and begin to place it at the core of our daily lives? Through stories, philosophy, and fun interactive exercises, we will explore practical ways to gain intimacy with ‘nature’ in body, mind, and spirit. Aspects include expanding our animal senses and animistic sensibilities, creating personal rituals and magical retreats that can restore our souls, and deliberately fostering intimate and reciprocally beneficial relationships with more-than-human relatives and the Sacred Web of Life. We’ll let sensual awareness, intellectual understanding, imagination, and gratitude guide our hearts and minds toward everyday respect and celebration.”

On Sunday, other folks are leading ceremonies outdoors, including two in SF and a Salmon Welcoming at Muir Beach.

The purpose of the conference is this: “In addition to consecrating a space for practitioners of diverse earth-honoring ways to share wisdom and make new connections with one another, the conference aims to deepen our understanding of and relationships with the land and natural powers of the San Francisco Bay Area.”

There are many multicultural offerings that range from spirituality of Native America, Africa, Asia and others to song and to clinical mental health. Registration is limited to 250 people, and the cost is quite reasonable at $50 for both days.

If you come because of this post, please be sure to tell me!