For nigh on 200,000 years, Homo sapiens existed as nomadic hunter-gatherers, a time period that equates to over 99% of human history. These people were deeply aware of and connected to their environments, relying directly upon them and living fully immersed within them. It is only since the onset of the agricultural age 10,000 years ago that we began cultivating and domesticating wild nature...
How many of us sometimes feel that we are scratching at the walls of our lives, looking for a wilder space beyond? Does this modern, sterile existence crush the breath out of us? Feral is the lyrical story of George Monbiot’s efforts to re-engage with nature and discover a new way of living. He writes about how, by restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems both on land and at sea, we can bring joy back to our lives.
Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth eco-psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution. The founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands through nature-based initiatory passages, and says every human being has a unique and mystical relationship to the wild world, with the conscious discovery and cultivation of that relationship at the core of true adulthood.
"I am nature, not separated and alone, but interwoven in a deeply mysterious and evolving relationship with the unfolding 13.8 billion-yearold universe story. In my everyday living, this can seem like a radical shift of awareness and one that has been working within me for some years. However, in truth, I have come full circle, having started out in a deep connectedness with nature, as a child, immersed in wonder and discovery.” Rhonda Brandrick explores an ecological approach to therapy.