Full Ecology



“Mary M Clare and Gary Ferguson offer an eloquent truth: To be disconnected from the rest of nature is to be alienated from our true selves. The health of all life, and the planet itself comprise one health, indivisible.”

Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

Founded in 2016 by social scientist Mary M. Clare and best-selling science writer Gary Ferguson, the Full Ecology project is devoted to reclaiming our human nature. It joins what science and other traditions have learned about how brilliance happens in the natural world, with exciting new discoveries that reveal those same inclinations to be hard-wired into each of us. Full Ecology suggests that healing the planet means also tending our social ecologies – those within us, and between us. And further, that the natural world, of which we’re unquestionably a part, is a reliable guide for how to help that happen.

Dear All,
Here we are in 2023. We continue to trust COVID-19 is becoming less dangerous.
We’re sure it’s given us new skills for living with unpredictable events in health and in our climate, even if we don’t know exactly what they are. All the while, democracy continues demanding that we pay attention. Urgent and necessary calls for social and environmental justice make clear that each and every one of us
is vital as a part of the whole.

As ever, the natural world keeps our hearts beating. Interdependence is our lifeline.
Nature is the reliable guide.





June 17-21 (tentative)

Gifts of Full Ecology –
Meditation, Right Action and Food 

Immerse yourself in wild nature. Be still. Be nourished. Be inspired.
This five-day retreat into the Centennial Valley of southwestern Montana
is anchored in meditation, inquiry, thoughtfully crafted food, and beautiful wanderings
through this wild weave of untrammeled nature.
Our time together will draw on the precepts of Full Ecology, opening doorways
through which we’ll deepen our relationships with the natural world.
Relationships that can show us the way to wisdom and right action in these confounding times.
~enrollment limited~


June 24-28 (tentative)

The Nature of a Writer’s Life
Full Ecology & the Written Word

We had such a wonderful time last summer we’re doing it again.
Bring your passion for writing to these five days of renewal and revitalization,
all in southwest Montana’s incomparable Centennial Mountains. 
You’ll find beautiful accommodations, sumptuous food and uncanny vistas.
Each day we’ll drop deeply into the craft of writing, even as we forge new creative perspectives
through our daily interactions with mountain skies, wildflowers, animals,
and more winged relatives than you can imagine.
~enrollment limited~


Also, we’ve been producing a Podcast –
HOW IT LOOKS FROM HERE – Life in the time of Climate Change.

Listen in on these lively and timely conversations with people from all walks of life.
Each offers insight and refreshing uplift.
Check them out 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.

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 introductory pricing.

Full Ecology Deep Dive

These monthly conversations offer a deeper dive into bridging learning with action to meet the challenges of climate change. Interactive sessions are live streamed. Deep Dives happen the second Tuesday of every month @ 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Inquire for more information.

Full Ecology Connection

The Full Ecology Connection is a membership that offers a cyber portal through which you can connect with us and others in active community. Together we’re 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


Full Ecology is one of the most important books ever written on the climate crisis. Honest, eloquent, touching, free of acronyms and jargon, it goes straight to the heart of cause and cure, the profound disconnect from each other and the natural world. Mary Clare and Gary Ferguson enfold our hopes, fears, and confusion into the splendor and beauty of the natural world from where we can see, feel, and understand how to meet this extraordinary moment in human history.” PAUL HAWKEN, editor of Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming and author of Blessed Unrest and Regeneration


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

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

Join Mary Clare and Gary Ferguson in their exploration of our relationship with the natural world at Amsterdam’s Brainwash Festival.

Full Ecology TEDx Talk: Bozeman Montana

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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