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.

Gratitude for what Sustains

Gratitude for what Sustains

Maybe you’re gathering with family this weekend. Maybe with friends. And maybe you’re spending the time alone. Whatever the case, there’s little denying the tensions surrounding Thanksgiving in 2019. In these days of public discord, usual glitches in the ways we are...

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Thinking Nature

Thinking Nature

NOTE: Gary's book The Eight Master Lessons of Nature is out as of October 22 - in the US with Dutton, and in Dutch translation with Ten Have. We just returned from the Netherlands for a rich round of interviews and for team Full Ecology to take the stage again - this...

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The Ecology of Poetry

The Ecology of Poetry

This is our friend, Janice Gould. She died with pancreatic cancer on June 28 of this year. She'd turned 70 on April 1. Too soon gone, and no less pure a blessing to the people and other beings who knew her. Janice lived Full Ecology. She walked the curve of this...

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Balance

Balance

One of the things that seems especially characteristic of people is our capacity for self-reflection. It's a byproduct of being able to think. We can participate in our lives and observe ourselves and our circumstances at the same time. It's a super handy skill. When...

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Benevolent Disinterest

Benevolent Disinterest

There is a guiding principle from ancient Hinduism – neti neti – not this, not that. We’ve really grown fond of this ancient method of inquiry. Like Hindu sages have suggested for thousands of years, it can be a reliable prompt for freeing ourselves from traps of the...

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Leaning on What We Know – Loving What we Don’t

Leaning on What We Know – Loving What we Don’t

What can you tell from a hydrangea in full bloom? Maybe something about beauty - something about reliability in the big middle of uncertainty. Maybe something about hanging in there - about stepping out of the way of your own magnificence. Since, there it is, whether...

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Why Intensive Retreats?

Why Intensive Retreats?

If you're on our mailing list, you've been seeing initial word of two retreats we're pulling together. One in mid September in Yellowstone country - a weekend. And another a full week in Guanajuato, Mexico next February. But why retreats? And this...

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Wilderness Rangers – Stewards of Our Public Lands

Wilderness Rangers – Stewards of Our Public Lands

In 1905, management of U.S. forest reserves was transferred from the General Land Office of the Interior Department to the Bureau of Forestry, and thereafter named the United States Forest Service. Some of the most beautiful and precious of these lands are tended by...

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Inquire to Break Through

Inquire to Break Through

Full Ecology can best be found in the times and spaces that on most days you tend not even to see. Sort of like the Chinese ancients observed long ago when they wrote only fish cannot know water. There are circumstances sustaining human life that none of us tends to...

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