There is a language beyond human language, an elemental language, one that rises from the land itself. I remember Dan Rather saying about Chernobyl, "If it weren't for the wind, nobody would know this story." The wind was the person that told the story.
- Linda Hogan
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Craig Chalquist, PhD is a core faculty member in the Department of Consciousness & Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University. A thesis adviser, dissertation coordinator, visiting scholar, and research director, he also teaches depth psychology, ecopsychology, family therapy, social science research, history of psychology, and mythology at various Bay Area schools. He has written for AlterNet, HopeDance Magazine, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Spring, Dream Network Journal, and four anthologies, and has been interviewed by the L.A. Times, the Conejo Valley Daily News, and, more recently, San Francisco Magazine. His books include Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place (Spring Journal Books, 2007), Deep California (iUniverse, 2008), and the anthology Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (co-editor with Linda Buzzell), Sierra Club's sequel to Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. He lives and works in the Bay Area and is a Member of the Foundation for Mythological Studies and on the board of the International Association for Ecotherapy. Recent publications. Recent presentations. Personal web page.Matthew Cochran is a geologist, doctoral student, expert tracker, wilderness guide, and vision guide as well as a student of depth psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he is studying and doing field research toward his PhD. His poetic style and profound sense of natural processes is bringing him to the attention of his field's leading lights. His plans include working on a journal to host writings that focus on dream interpretation and ecological field experience. Cochran is also the founder of a new discipline he calls archetypal geology and is busy in Arizona finishing up a chapter for an ecopsychology anthology and setting up a nonprofit for place-focused ecological work.
Laura Mitchell, MA PhD is an art therapist, psychotherapist, and depth psychologist whose doctoral field research included a careful study of the petroglyphs left in northern San Diego County by the indigenous people of California. She has also been instrumental in helping local communities deal with the impact of urbanization and its impact on local ecosystems. Her work with place has introduced a number of new ideas and practices into the study of the complex interrelationships between geographical locale, folklore, rock art, and psychology.
Sarah Rankin earned her master's degree in Depth Psychology from Sonoma State University in 2007. Originally from the Four Corners area, she earned her bachelor's degree at Fort Lewis College in Durago, Colorado before becoming an elementary school teacher, yoga practitioner, runner, and avid walker. Her interests include dream, mythology, deep writing as an exploration of personal narrative, and various soul-based nature practices.