I was recently in conversation with a colleague of mine who is fortunate enough to be receiving mentoring from nature connection guru Jon Young at the moment. In a recent telephone conversation Jon explained why ceremonies specifically for new parents are not practised in many Native American traditions – apparently this is because the pressures … Continue reading What does the word “sacred” really mean?
If you’re not telling your own story with your life, it means you’re telling someone else’s. Over the last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to bear witness to an epic journey some dear friends of mine have taken – travelling the length and breadth of Britain to record tales of uncivilised behaviour for a … Continue reading We The Uncivilised
Two weeks ago I went to Spirit Horse on the edge of Snowdonia to take part in a deep nature connection course called The Descent – an incredible experience I’m still trying to process. Two months ago I spent a day and a night in a wild place in southern Portugal engaged in a self-created … Continue reading Soulcraft
I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections. And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill. I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self, and the wounds to the self take a long, long time, only time can help and patience, … Continue reading The Descent
In February I spent three weeks in a place called Auroville, an incredible experimental community in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. My experience of the place was mixed. It was completely inspiring in so many ways and in other ways, as residents were happy to admit, it was struggling. While I was there I too struggled … Continue reading Letters from Auroville
Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human-made technologies that only reflect us back to ourselves, it is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inherence in a more-than-human matrix of sensations and sensibilities. Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, … Continue reading The Silvatici and the Spell of the Sensuous
One of my earliest memories of television is of surrepticiously watching a programme called Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers which was banned by my parents because of it’s satanic content – or so I dimly understood at the time. In the show the famous science fiction writer reported on a variety of arcane … Continue reading World of Strange Powers
A few weeks ago, as I was re-reading my extensive notes on Andy Fisher’s book Radical Ecopsychology (my study of which forms the basis of much of the territory this website explores) I came across an intriguing reference to the anthropologist and social scientist Gregory Bateson. Fisher writes that Bateson’s “claim that polluting Lake Erie … Continue reading Polluting Lake Erie