Full Ecology

Full Ecology is the revitalizing work of social, cultural psychologist Mary M Clare and science writer Gary Ferguson. Joining the best thinking from their respective disciplines, the couple reveal a powerful antidote to modern-day disconnect – the wild and simple act of reclaiming your relationship with nature. Your human nature. With Full Ecology they invite you to explore strategies for restoring relationship with the natural world – strategies that have immediate application for relationships with others and with yourself. Right here and now, in the middle of these insistently busy lives Gary & Mary lead us into the essential instructions of nature. The nature that surrounds us. The nature we so easily forget we ARE.

Dear All,
Here we are – all together in the last half of 2020.
COVID-19 still has us close to home. At the same time wildfire and rising water alongside urgent and necessary calls for social justice make clear that 
each and every one of us
is vital as a part of the whole.

As ever, the guidance we all need is in nature. Check it out.
And thank you for joining us on the journey.


— Along the way, we’ve just launched a Podcast –
HOW IT LOOKS FROM HERE – Life in the time of COVID.
These conversations offer insight and refreshing uplift.
Check them here.

gary & mary

Full Ecology Update


Early each month, we’ll post a publicly accessible video with an update on what the natural world, including humans, is up to. What we know now that we didn’t know last month. What you can be doing this month to support and live from the best of your human nature. Click here for the
October, 2020 Update.



Full Ecology Focus


Online courses focused on the fundamentals of the 4 Behaviors & the 8 Instructions. These LIVE and pre-recorded courses provide opportunity for personal inquiry and practical experience with cultivating your human nature.
Check out our current course offerings and special introductory pricing.
Coming soon ~ Special members-only pricing for Full Ecology Connection members. 



Full Ecology Deep Dive


These monthly conversations offer a deeper dive into bridging learning with action to meet the challenges of climate change. Interactive inquiry sessions are live streamed.
Next Deep Dive: October 6, 2020 6:00 p.m. MDT
For more information, write us here.

Full Ecology Connection

Coming this Fall – the Full Ecology Connection, a cyber portal through which you can connect with us and others in active community. Together we will be better able to reclaim and live well
from our human nature.



We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
~T. S. Eliot

Building from the 8 INSTRUCTIONS of the natural world Mary & Gary create customized workshops, keynotes and retreats for professional organizations, community groups, businesses, and higher education. As Eliot suggests, the truth that is most our own can be the thing that is most foreign to us. Full Ecology reveals 4 BEHAVIORS natural to humans that make the lessons of the natural world available for guiding and inspiring our lives. Mary & Gary show how these lessons support the expression of human nature in action and in relationship.

“Kudos and massive gratitude to Mary & Gary for bringing the concepts of Full Ecology to the general population.”
Linda Grimm, certified public accountant

Recent and upcoming publications!


A riveting manifesto for the millions of people who long to forge a more vital, meaningful connection to the natural world to live a better, more fulfilling life.


Award-winning. “The beauty is on every page. A big-hearted soul-searching memoir about grief and ritual and identity.” LA Times


A deeper look into the integral connection between humans and nature. Here is a guide to the path forward in these challenging times. ~Forthcoming, Earth Day 2021, Heyday Books.

Science writer Gary Ferguson has been exploring the natural world and sharing it through writing for over thirty years and 26 books.  Across those same years, Mary M Clare was deep in investigation of social, cultural and developmental psychology as they apply to supporting people in everyday lives. 

With Full Ecology, the two combine their considerable forces to address the increasingly urgent realities of climate change. 

Full Ecology at the

International Brainwash Festival: Amsterdam


Watch the TEDx Talk that introduces Full Ecology. Mary & Gary urge us to reclaim our human nature. When we live from connection, we are better able to support each other and the living world that supports all of us.

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