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.
What We are Reading
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. – https://outdoorafro.com/
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:
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.
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.
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.
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...
We've been in the back country. Hiking to a few mountain tops. Resting in the valleys in between. Funny how time in the wilderness can fit in the category of vacation - meaning something like leave everyday life behind. Go for the escape.Take a break from the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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