One thread runs though the considerable diversity of my life; a fascination with the human condition and our relationship to the other than human world. That fascination has never been purely theoretical and I’ve always been concerned with how life might be nurtured to fuller flowering. This thread led me through philosophy, art, activism and academia, until finally I saw the connection; ecopsychology. I facilitate nature connection workshops, practice as a Counselor and conduct research. I have a PhD in Religious Studies and have published work on ecopsychology, animism, embodied knowing and the power of place.
I’m a photographer, writer, and long-time member of ICE (see my “bio” page for specifics), and over the last 10+ years I have been conducting long-term research experiments on how to create and host nature-connected environments online, using my businesses Clear Light Communications and weDialogue, and my work with Digital+Earth Wisdom.
See my websites or contact me for more information.
I started in a PhD in Consciousness in 1979 and eventually had a career teaching mainstream psychology courses until 2008 along the way I taught courses in Eco-Philosophy the psychological dimension in the 1980’s. I have taught various modules, courses and guest lectures under titles such as Sustainable Development, Environmental Ethics, Landscape Perception, Development, Building and Planning and Architecture at the Universities of Bangor, Nottingham, London and provided consultancy of various kinds throughout the UK. The field has now changed such that EcoPsychology is effectively mainstream.
In the 1990’s I developed the first academic courses in the UK in EcoPsychology and EcoTherapy at the University of Bangor and gave the first paper on EcoPsychology to the British Psychological Society.
I am now working on a project called the Disconsolamentum.
Kimberly (Kim) Keenan, MS, MSW, LCSW, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the State of Illinois and adjunct professor of graduate studies at The University of Illinois. She earned her PhD in Applied Ecology and has been regionally and nationally recognized for her work specializing in improving food systems within vulnerable communities. In addition to having maintained a thriving family therapy practice, Kim is a national speaker, educator and freelance writer. She is the author of Anxiety Mapping for Kids and has been a contributing author of over 20 articles in her 28 years of experience working with families and communities. Her research in the health benefits of nature is featured in Health Environment & Research Design Journal, “Nature Contacts: Employee Wellness in Healthcare”, Winter 2015. In 2012, she created her own not-for-profit, The gitm Foundation, where she serves as education and research director. She serves on the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Taskforce, the Homegrown by Heroes Illinois State Veteran Agricultural Workgroup and directs the Tri County Fresh Food Hub.
Short Description: Psychotherapist, Ecotherapist, Author, College Educator.
Description: Co-editor with Craig Chalquist of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (Sierra Club Books, 2009) and blogger for The Huffington Post on ecotherapy and ecopsychology. Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Depth Psychology M.A./Ph.D. program in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Ecopsychology. Editorial Board member of Ecopsychology journal, co-editor with Craig Chalquist of Dec. 2015 special issue on “Ecopsychology and the Long Emergency.” Author of “The Many Ecotherapies” chapter in the 2016 Palgrave Macmillan anthology Ecotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, edited by Martin Jordan and Joseph Hinds.
City: Santa Barbara
State or Province: California
Email address: lindabuzzell [at] gmail [dot] com
Tags: ecopsychology, ecotherapy, ecoresilience, ecospirituality.
When she is not at the counselling office, you can find her online as an instructor in psychology (and soon: ecopsychology!) for a global online university. Or you might catch her buying yet another book for her dream library.
Intensely interested in nature of all kinds (Nature with a capital N, human nature, animal nature, nature of relationships, etc.), much of her studies and leisure are related to ecopsychology, ecotherapy, psychology, relational cultural theory, and others.
Convinced that much of our nature is connected to early development and inheritance, Mary is also drawn to subjects like neuroscience, attachment, epigenetics, the formation of values and culture and their relationship to identity, and the subsequent effects of all these on individual and generational resilience.
On a path of unhurried spiritual reflection, she is undergoing a process of decolonization and development by re-immersing in inherited nature-based indigenous traditions and philosophy. One of her most valued inheritance is the innate understanding of living nature namelessly and corporeally (how does one explain this?). She wishes to integrate decolonization methods in the study and teaching of ecopsychology, and in the practice of ecotherapy.
When there’s an extra minute or two, she volunteers for a center on indigenous studies, a school of Thai massage, and sits on a couple of non-profit boards. And when she gets more than a minute, she may dance, pick up a paintbrush, use an old typewriter, and give massage. Everyday she non-verbally communicates with plants and animals and gives thanks through the air. She also sings for no reason at all and to no one in particular.
She hopes to widen her eco-sensitive connections through this directory.
I offer consultation and coaching by phone and Skype, for both personal and professional development, based on tools and principles drawn from psychosynthesis, ecopsychology, and the Work That Reconnects. I also offer on-line courses in psychosynthesis.
My dear friend and mentor Joanna Macy, and I recently revised our 1998 book Coming Back to Life. The new edition is subtitled: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects. My other books include: Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning, Held in Love: Life Stories To Inspire Us Through Times of Change (co-editor Carolyn Treadway), and Lighting A Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.
I am one of two UK delegates on the International Adventure Therapy Committee and am vice chair of the Institute of Outdoor Learning Outdoor and Adventure Therapy Special Interest Group (OATSIG).
I’ve worked with the UK Mindfulness Trainers Network helping to develop national guidelines for mindfulness teachers and trainers and am an Ecotherapist and Humanistic Psychology practitioner. Having taught at Salford, Lancaster and Manchester Metropolitan Universities I am now researching the role of nature and mindfulness in the Faculty of Health and Science at the University of Cumbria.
An Ecotherapist and Humanistic Psychology practitioner, I have a BSc(Hons) in Integrated Therapy and an MSc which examined the role of environment in improving health. I am a member of the Mountain Leader Training Association and Institute of Outdoor Learning.
My current work includes helping people with chronic conditions as well as those coping with stress and anxiety. In the past I have worked with a wide range of clients, from young people in the Criminal Justice System through to business executives.
In addition to health based work I have been a mountain leader for over thirty years, former military medic and am an emergency care practitioner. I’m also Casualty Care coordinator of a Lake District mountain rescue team and a medic on adventure races. I am a TRiM (trauma risk management) assessor for Mountain Rescue and the Police.
In addition to the listed website I have a blog at: