The tools and insights of Full Ecology aren’t only for those who have the wilderness at their fingertips. The 8 INSTRUCTIONS can be looked to, and the 4 BEHAVIORS practiced in cities, offices, suburbs, and homes: anywhere there is intention and desire to reconnect with the natural world. Please enjoy exploring our work.

Listen to a June 2020 podcast interview with Ten Have press –
all English after introduction.

 What We are Reading

Social Science

Implicit Bias Assessment.
This is a Harvard-based project that has been underway for decades, now. It does what its title suggests – gives you a measured description of the extent to which you think in biased ways that you may not recognize. It’s a public resource.
Implicit Bias Assessment

                Eric Hehman, Ph.D. Seeing Human Laboratory
How individual behavior is affected by generally held
                community values, beliefs and biases (i.e. social ecology).

NYT links between racism and the environment.
RESOURCES from recent weeks.

A national nonprofit leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. –

Mary Annaise Heglar – journalist, thought leader.
Huffington Post article.

Sarah Bellamy – stage director, scholar
Paris Review article. Performing Whiteness

Resmaa Menakem – healer, author, trauma specialist.
Mr. Menakem offers powerful insights into the somatization of racism. The way racism is carried in bodies. Check his website.  Here’s a place to start – a list of great anti-racist resources:

Kim Jones – author, filmmaker.
Listen to Kim Jones on looting. And check out her website. 

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist & policy. expert.
Read Dr. Johnson’s recent WaPo OpEd. And check out her website.

Conservation Science

The Power of Friendship, in both humans and other social animals; the New York Times takes a look at the latest book by neurobiologist Lydia Denworth

The urgent need to change our relationships with wildlife.

Healing Trauma through our connections with animals. A first look at an important new book.

Evolutionary Biology.
A good look at the positive role of collaboration, from a biological point view.

The rise of mammals.
A fascinating look into how we got here.

Talking trees.
A Radio Lab podcast on the research into the mychorzial networks linking trees.

Ecological resilience depends on biodiversity.
An ecology’s biodiversity is the best predictor of its health and recovery from disruption. Now there are decades of science demonstating this relationship.

Eight Master Lessons of Nature. By G. Ferguson.
You may recognize this, but we’re listing again here because of the essential guidance the natural world provides. Always.


Although our Keynotes & Workshops are carefully tailored for the needs of each specific organization, their heart is always geared towards combating the damage done by our separation from nature. Their end goal is always tangible, sustainable change, whether personally, relationally, or organizationally. The EIGHT INSTRUCTIONS—the core principles of Full Ecology—serve as the connective thread interlacing all our workshops, presentations and keynotes. Below are several examples of past keynotes the illustrate the dynamic range of topics and struggles our work addresses.

The tools and insights of Full Ecology aren't only for those who have the wilderness at their fingertips. The 8 INSTRUCTIONS can be practiced and celebrated in cities, offices, suburbs, and homes: anywhere there is intention and desire to reconnect with the natural world. Please enjoy exploring some of our existing work.
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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BLM/PDX – Both/And

BLM/PDX – Both/And

Keep your eyes on the prize. Alice Wine, 1956 Human Social Ecology – The ways we’re in relation with each other. The ecologies of intimacy – of family, friendship, neighborhood, community. Both/And – Holding as worthy, two or more perspectives that appear to be at...

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Whiteness in Nature

Whiteness in Nature

We’re in baffling times. Most of us care deeply – really deeply – about justice for all. We’re profoundly compelled by the urgency to stop the systematic oppression of Black lives. Plenty of information floods social and public media advising white people how to be...

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