Gary Ferguson

Best-selling science writer and keynote speaker, Gary Ferguson, began his career chronicling the tracks humans leave in nature. Today, though, the author who Publishers Weekly calls “ever-evocative” says he’s working “to portray the tracks nature leaves in us.” Ferguson’s most recent book, Full Ecology – Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World is co-authored with his wife, Mary M. Clare. Ferguson’s The Eight Master Lessons of Nature, published by Penguin Random House in late 2019 served as the ground for Full Ecology, and has gained substantial acclaim throughout the U.S. and across the world. Eight Master Lessons shines a powerful new light on the dazzling processes that nourish the creative powers of nature. And further, what these processes have to teach us about how we can better navigate our own lives. Learn more…

Mary Clare

From Oregon, Texas, California, Georgia, Nebraska, and now Montana, Mary M Clare, Ph.D., brings her lifelong passion for the natural world together with a 30-year career as a social and cultural psychologist. Most recently, she has co-authored with Gary Ferguson the book Full Ecology – Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World, a book that teaches us to take heart in our kinship with nature as we work to confront the climate crisis. A fellow in the American Psychological Association with over 100 scholarly articles and three books, Mary has worked in collaboration with Tribal Leaders, migrant farm workers, National Park Service leadership, teachers & school administrators, and thousands of graduate students preparing to be community leaders. Mary opens doorways for considering how the natural world around and inside of us can be tapped as a guiding force for more contented and fruitful lives. Her spirited insights and techniques help people revive their natural capacities for sustaining creative relationships and drawing on deep resilience in troubling times. Learn more…

 

Together

Gary & Mary have joined forces to create what they call Full Ecology and in spring of 2021, published Full Ecology – Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World available in bookstores (please consider independent booksellers) and through the publisher Heyday Books. Their riveting keynote addresses, workshops and retreats are grounded in an innovative blend of cutting-edge biology, storytelling and social science. Offered internationally, these programs are designed to help us step into living more deeply. With intelligence, resilience, and renewed comfort with wild improvisation. Answering the world’s invitation to reclaim our human nature.

We would love to hear from you. Please reach out with questions about bookings and workshops – virtual or in-person. Or simply write us with queries about the Full Ecology of your relationships, your work, your life.

Guest Blog: Paula MacKay on Full Ecology

Guest Blog: Paula MacKay on Full Ecology

Paula MacKay is a terrestrial carnivore biologist, a conservation scientist and a wilderness writer.  She and Gary met when Paula was a student in the Ranier Writing Institute, completing her MFA and among Gary's advisees. Paula has read the Full Ecology book and...

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Restoring Land and Soul

Restoring Land and Soul

There’s a place in the southwestern corner of Montana where the river weaves a fine Spiga chain through the wetland and willowed prairies at the ankles of a soaring stretch of Rocky Mountains. The mountains run east to west – an orientation adopted by precious few...

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Wolf Stories

Wolf Stories

Yesterday, we went to a place in Yellowstone National Park where wolves live. We weren’t right there with them, but close enough to stand with other people with high powered spotting scopes to watch from afar. The Junction Butte pack has a good batch of new pups....

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Earth Day on the Cusp of COVID

Earth Day on the Cusp of COVID

Thinking on it, I find it hard to see how one can love the earth but not fellow human beings. And also, it seems incongruous that one could love humanity and exact sins of degradation against nature. Whether wings and feathers or hands and fingers, we share the same...

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Equinox – The Balance Point

Equinox – The Balance Point

In the Reiki tradition, there’s a graphic symbol for harmony – for balance. Sei hei ki. To me, it looks like a dancer, or maybe something winged, and I’ve heard that to draw it well requires open, relaxed and sweeping gestures. People who know and practice Reiki use...

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Weariness & Renewal

Weariness & Renewal

Today the temperature around our home hovers near 0°. "Can super cold weather make me tired?" I ask. We talk about it. It can. Sometimes. That's why it's good to sleep in a cool room. It’s also why trees and fields and waterways need winter. To rest well. Whatever the...

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Look to the Tops of Trees – a Solstice Offering

Look to the Tops of Trees – a Solstice Offering

These are not easy days. Here in the northern hemisphere, nearing winter solstice, we’re deep in the cold and dark. Add to that the count – ten months of COVID-19. Like the dark, the pandemic is here with us. So are other circumstances – embers of rumination and...

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COVID in the House

COVID in the House

Well. We’ve got it. We who, since mid-March, have essentially cloistered – masked, sanitized, distanced. We even disinfect our keys and doorknobs. How in the world did this virus find us? It did. Our symptoms are quite light. We’ll make it fine. But, like you, we have...

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Call & Response

Call & Response

In a functioning ecology, the dialogue between wound and medicine is ongoing; there is a call and response always happening.  Francis Weller Do chickens or the eggs come first? They do.   Am I living or dying? You are.  So, it goes and goes. Call and response. The...

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