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.


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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Listening – Learning

Listening – Learning

Here in this sweep of valley ringed by mountains, there are .. finally .. undeniable signs of spring. Every year, the emergence of this season equates with a rekindling, a renewal of human spirit. It’s something to do with having made it through the dark time – the...

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THIS. A Full Ecology Blog

THIS. A Full Ecology Blog

We thought we’d jump in with our first Full Ecology blog during EARTH WEEK – you know, the week that follows Earth Day? Monday, April 22 was the 49th time people have formally joined together across communities and countries (now more than 190) to celebrate the...

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