Wounded Earth Wounded Psyche: Solastalgia and Nature Deficit Disorder

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Wounded Earth Wounded Psyche: Solastalgia and Nature Deficit Disorder

Time: November 15, 2014 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: c. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
Street: 3040 Gough Street
City/Town: San Francisco, CA
Website or Map: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/…
Event Type: seminar
Organized By: C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
Latest Activity: Nov 27, 2014

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As oceans rise, as climate changes and violent weather threatens our connection to home and landscape it is essential to recognize that a wound to the earth is a wound to our psyches.

We who work with the psyche need to see our patients' suffering in the larger context of our collective "solastalgia" (pain caused by the state of one's home enviroment), and our collective "nature deficit disorder."

This workshop will address our need to find language for the unbearable, the unfathomable. Four writers, three of whom are Jungian analysts and the fourth a Professor Emeritus, will present their own writing on the sacred realms of inner and outer nature, their response to its desecration and the solace and wisdom they garner from dream, myth, and the deep feminine. Participants will be encouraged to write their own responses to these themes. 

Solastalgia is a term coined by Glenn Albrecht, an Australian environmental philosopher. A mash-up of "solace, desolation, and nostalgia," it describes the inability to derive comfort from one's home due to negative environmental change.

Nature Deficit Disorder refers to a hypothesis by Richard Louv that human beings, especially children, are spending less time out of doors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems.

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