Creating new stories of collective and individual flourishing
From the physical, emotional, and spiritual illnesses afflicting so many people today to the planet-wide crises we now face—climate change, the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, and other ecological disasters, the repercussions of the mechanistic and disenchanted worldview of Western techno-industrial culture are evident everywhere we look. Today most people in our society suffer from a sense of alienation from the so-called “natural” world, but if we are to make the transition from destructive to generative presence on Earth, we must understand that our collective and individual flourishing is only possible within the context of our Earth community relationships.
Learning, Healing, and Thinking with Ecological Intelligence to meet the existential challenges of our times
Healing these interconnected individual, societal, and planetary ailments requires a fundamental shift in the way we relate to life. The School of Forest Medicine’s one-on-one healing sessions, classes, courses, and initiatory trips provide opportunities to help us remember our essential bond with the living world. All of our embodied and participatory learning experiences help us learn to engage intimately with plants, nonhuman beings, and other forms of ecological intelligence. Orientating ourselves in this way fosters the relational orientations to the world necessary for us to become more fully aware humans and better citizens of the community of life on Earth.