Ecopsychology is a relatively new and developing field of study and practice. As a field of study, ecopsychology evolved in response to the environmental movement originating in the 1960’s. As a practice, therapists, coaches, educators, and health and business professionals are integrating the emerging principles of ecopsychology into their work, with the intention of supporting healing between humans and the planet.
The basic tenets of ecopsychology state that all life has intrinsic value and is physically, energetically and spiritually part of a web of interrelatedness and interdependency. The health of humans cannot be separated from the health of the planet.
There are ecopsychological practices and ways of being that invite and support a reconnection to take place. Because of the complexities of modern culture, it sometimes takes a concerted effort to re-activate our relationships with nature in this ancient way. Wilderness walks, ceremonies, education and rites of initiation and passage are portals to this healing between humans and the planet.