Re-Wilding the Psyche:
A Nature-Based Immersion
With Brian Stafford, MD and Claire Dunn
Our culture might domesticate our minds, limiting what we perceive, feel, think and imagine, but our minds are actually wild! They possess astonishing resources, untapped potentials and depths that we might not even know exist until we discover how to access them, cultivate their powers, and eventually integrate them into our everyday lives in service to ourselves, our culture, and the more-than-human-world.
Based on an eco-psychological approach to the Self and Bill Plotkin’s ground-breaking mature eco-psychology as described in Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, in this intensive, we will explore these depths and potentials — which we call the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness. This immersion is a precursor to our ability to heal ourselves and discover the gifts of our protector parts who actually love us but keep us small.
Our exploration will include
- how to recognise and consciously cultivate the four facets of the Self
- how each facet of the Self provides essential resources for the underworld journey (the descent to soul), a radical transformation of personal identity, and the potential to be living as a visionary artisan of cultural evolution.
Through a variety of eco-psychology and Soulcraft practices we will explore the landscape of the psyche while immersed in the wilds.
$130/$110. Includes dinner Saturday night.
Numbers are limited. Bookings essential.
More information: email@example.com
Can’t make the workshop? Brian Stafford will be in conversation with Claire Dunn on Monday the 11th September in Melbourne. See here for more details.
Brian Stafford, MD, MPH is a depth psychiatrist, wilderness guide, poet, essayist, and agent of human and cultural transformation.
Previously, he was an academic pediatrician, and an adult, adolescent, child, perinatal and infant psychiatrist with numerous clinical, research, and educational publications as well as many institutional, state, and national awards.
He began asking the most important questions that the poet David Whyte states “can make or unmake a life.” He began to realize that Western culture has little wisdom to save itself and contributes to the continuation of what Dr. Bill Plotkin calls “Patho-Adolescent” Culture.
He also saw that his own profession, academic psychiatry and medicine, has little or nothing to say about the top 10 problems facing the planet. He continued to become aware that the pervasive psychiatric worldview of what it means to be human was limited and limiting.
After a period of wandering and his own vision fast, he retrained as an eco-therapist, depth psychotherapist, wilderness guide, and retreat facilitator and now guides individuals and groups in wild locales around the globe to the place they most long and fear to go – the numinous depths of their inner wilderness – their soul – the place of deepest medicine for themselves, their profession, and the Earth.
He guides and teaches with humor, playfulness, compassion, discernment, and a deep remembering of the fullness of what each human life can, should and was meant to be.
Claire Dunn is a writer, educator, Rewilding facilitator and barefoot explorer.
Claire worked for many years as an environmental campaigner, before studying deep ecology with Joanna Macy, eco-psychology, and wilderness survival skills.
In 2010, Claire embarked on a year of bush retreat. Her recent book My Year Without Matches: Escaping the City in search of the Wild is the best-selling memoir of that journey, Claire is currently working on another memoir, this time exploring wildness in the urban landscape.
Claire is a passionate advocate for ‘rewilding’ our inner and outer landscapes. She facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats, contemporary wilderness rites of passage and offers individual mentoring.