Lectures and Workshops

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Spring 2015 Programs




Psyche as Ecosystem

Lori Pye, Ph.D.

Friday Evening Lecture – May 1, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Free to members | $15 for non-members

This lecture focuses on the ecopsychological idea that the human psyche is an ecosystem. This means that we are connected biologically, ecologically, and psychologically through vast webs of exchanges and vicissitudes across systems that are not always obvious or visible.

We also know there is no waste in the natural world, and that change happens through processes of decay and renewal. We’ll explore the need for the decay and renewal of human ideologies, attitudes, and narratives when they cease to be life serving. These processes harken back to Jung’s notion that psyche is nature. What might this mean however, and what are possible consequences and benefits?

Ecopsychological inquiry is one way in which personal and cultural narratives can be transformed or preserved.

Saturday Workshop - Psyche as Ecosystem

May 2, 2015 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

$50.00 for members | $70.00 for non-members

Ecopsychology is an interdisciplinary field born out of the necessity for a more mature, empathic and ethical awareness of the plurality and interdependency of life and death. The field integrates ecological and depth psychological principles essential to sustainability, and recognizes that all of life’s systems are linked through multiple relationships. This deeper understanding of humanity promotes reflection and insight into the narratives, images, and unconscious foundations that underlie our worldview and encourages behavioral change based on this understanding.

This interactive workshop opens a portal into ecopsychology, thus fostering a deeper understanding of the multifaceted patterns within one’s personal ecosystem, and opening to wider community and cultural applications for ecopsychology. Participants will begin imagining how we might further participate in the process of human evolution.

This workshop will introduce five ecological principles: Energy, Diversity, Waste, Change and Connectivity in order to illustrate our role in the wider web of life. We’ll also examine Jung’s notion that the psychology of the individual is reflected in the psychology of the culture, of our nations, and in our world’s complex issues.

Participants will explore psyche ecopsychologically through imagery, dialogue, and writing in order to gain familiarity of their own ecosystem.

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About Lori Pye

Lori Pye founded and directs Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychology. She also serves as faculty for Kaweah Delta Psychiatric Residency Program, University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB); and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Pye teaches ecopsychology internationally, has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals, and serves on the Editorial Board for Ecopsychology Journal. She is a member of IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication.

Website: www.viridisinstitute.org

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