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Holos Institute Ecopsychology Conference 2018

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Conference Theme: “Biodiversity: Embracing our Interdependence

with Bill Plotkin, PhD as keynote speaker
and special guests, Joanna Macy, PhD
and Chief Caleen Sisk

The 2018 Holos Institute Ecopsychology Conference brings together a community of clinicians, healing arts professionals, and others who share concern for the environment to forge a way forward in these challenging times. Together we will create community, explore collaboration, refine ideas, and engender hope and resilience. We will be looking at the role of an evolving psychology to meet the challenges of a changing environmental and socio-political climate and exploring the importance of biodiversity for a sustainable life on earth. This year we are drawing upon the field of depth psychology to inform the intricate relationship of psyche and nature.

Mary Good will be speaking on a panel, as well as offering a workshop with author Sylvia Linsteadt:

Soliphilia: Cultivating Connection to Place, Self and Other in Challenging Times with Mary Good, MFT and Sylvia Linsteadt
Weaving together myth, natural history, mindfulness and tracking, this workshop will invite participants to become “claimed” by the land and develop a sense of “Soliphilia”. A term coined by Australian professor Glenn Albrecht, Soliphilia is love and responsibility for a place, bioregion, planet and the unity of interrelated interests within it. It is the antidote to Solistalgia – emotional pain that stems from the recognition that the place where one resides and loves is under political and environmental assault. Participants will spend time on the land around IONS, exploring practices that they can bring back to their personal and professional lives to foster resiliency and hopefulness.

Come join us in this wonderful a chance to connect and build community!

We will be offering an array of inspiring speakers, experiential workshops and presentations on applications of ecopsychology.We have a line-up of wonderful speakers, including Bill Plotkin, Joanna Macy, Caleen Sisk, Geneen Marie Haugen, Barbara Holifield, Rob Fisher, and many others.  This year we have added an optional evening program where there will be a documentary film introduced by Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. We will be meeting on the gorgeous campus of the Earthrise Retreat Center which is part of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, 30 minutes north of San Francisco, just south of Petaluma. Situated on 195 acres of oak studded rolling hills, the campus includes an old oak grove, a labyrinth, lovely gardens and hiking trails – all of which we will access during the post-lunch breakout workshops. This year we have extending the conference time along with the duration of the post-lunch breakout sessions. There will be an opportunity to browse books and publications by presenters and attendees and generally network amongst like-minded, eco-conscious folk.