A very good introduction to ecopsychology: Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind  eds Theodore Roszak, Mary Gomes & Alan Kanner. Sierra Club Books  1995

Online papers

Good intro papers: Ecopsychology by J. Seed; Multiple Approaches to Ecopsychology by R. Greenway

Keepers of the Earth by Jeannette Armstrong

Walking With Bears: An Ecopsychological Study of Timothy (Dexter) Treadwell by Conesa-Sevilla, J. (2008).  The Trumpeter, 24, 1, 136-150.

Articles by Leslie Gray on shamanism and ecopsychology.

Nature and Self: An Ambivalent Attachment? by Martin Jordan (and various other articles)

Oedipus and Ecopsychology  – Parts One and Two by Mimi Hilson Katzenbach

Joanna Macy’s website has some excerpts from her books on The Work that Reconnects.

Cosmic Walk: Awakening the Ecological Self  by Hilary Prentice

A New Climate for Psychotherapy  by Rosemary Randall

Ecopsychology and Beyond Anthropocentrism  by John Seed

Thinking Like  a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings. John Seed, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming, Arne Naess.  New Society, 1988.  (Text of entire book online)

Mary Watkins  ‘From Individualism to the Interdependent Self; Changing the Paradigm of the Self in Psychotherapy’. Watkins  M  Psychological Perspectives 27  p52 – 69, 1992.

The Elephant in the Room by Patrick Whitefield

See the new Ecopsychology Journal and Gatherings, ICE journal

Peters, Roderick    The Eagle and the Serpent (1987) Journal of Analytical Psychology; 32, pp 359-381. (An excellent paper, sadly not online)

Ideas for Practice 

Coming Back to Life.  Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown.  Excellent handbook for group process. Also see Joanna Macy’s website

See John Seed’s Website, go to Deep Ecology and you will find a variety of ideas for processes, books, articles etc.

Nature-Guided Therapy – brief integrative strategies for health and wellbeing. George Burns  Brunner/Mazel 1998.

Some ecopsychology texts

These books appear in order of date:

The Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, Earth. Tacey, David 2009 Daimon Verlag.

C.G.Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature and the Primitive. Vine Deloria. Spring Journal Pub 2009.

Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind Eds Buzzel and Chalquist. Sierra Club Books. 2009

Out of the Shadow: Ecopsychology, Story and Encounters with the Land. Rinda West  Univ Virginia Press 2008.

Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma. Jerome Bernstein  Routledge  2006. (See

Psyche and Nature Parts 1 and 2 of Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture. New Orleans, Louisiana, Fall 2006

Making Place Making Self.   Inger Birkeland Ashgate Books, 2005.

Last child in the woods: saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. Richard Louv Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2005.

The Earth has a Soul: The Nature Writings of C.G.Jung. Meredith Sabini (Ed) North Atlantic Books 2002.

The Healing Fields. Jenny Grut  London: Frances Lincoln, 2002. Written by a therapist about her work with asylum seekers and refugees on allotments in London, UK.

Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life.  Andy Fisher  State Univ NY Press 2001.

Nature and Psyche: Radical Environmentalism and the Politics of Subjectivity. David Kidner  New York Press 2001.

The Love of Nature and the End of the World: The Unspoken Dimensions of Environmental Concern. Shierry Weber Nicholsen  MIT Press, 2001.

The Other Side of Eden. Hugh Brody. North Point Press, 2001.

The Great Work: Our Way into the Future. Thomas Berry Random House, 1999.

Sight and Sensibility: The Ecopsychology of Perception.  Laura Sewell NY: Penguin Putnam, 1999

Healing Gardens; Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations.  Clare Cooper Marcus and Marni Barnes.  Wiley and Sons, 1998

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman. Clarissa Pinkola Estes  Rider, 1998

The Forsaken Garden. Four Conversations on the deep meaning of environmental illness. Nancy Ryley. 1998. (with Laurens van der Post, Marion Woodman, Ross Woodman, and Thomas Berry) Quest Books, Wheaton Illinois.

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World. David Abram. Random House 1997.

The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that have shaped western thinking. Richard Tarnas  1996

Ecological Psychology: Healing the Split between Planet and Self. Deborah DuNann Winter   Harper and Collins.  1996  (Now published  as: The Psychology of Environmental Problems. D. DuNann Winter &  SusanKoger. Erlbaum Assoc. 2004)

The Lens of Deep Ecology. Pain for the World, Systems Theory, and finding our Power to Make a Difference.  Chris Johnstone. Institute of Deep Ecology, UK  1994.

My name is Chellis and I’m in recovery from western civilization Chellis Glendinning.  Boston: Shambhala Books, 1994

We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy and the World is Getting Worse. James Hillman & Michael Ventura.   Harper, 1993

Earth Tales.   Alida Gersie  Green Print, 1992.  (On story telling: sadly out of print)

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit    Daniel Quinn    Bantam Books, 1992. A highly imaginative book written as a dialogue, gorilla teaching a human about history.

World as Lover, World as Self  Joanna Macy. Parallax Press 1991

The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image  Anne Baring and Jules Cashford Penguin 1991. Breathtaking history of the image of the goddess.

The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God .  Rupert Sheldrake  Century 1990

Towards a Transpersonal Ecology. Warwick Fox. Shambala Pub 1990

Woman and Nature.  Susan Griffin   The Women’s Press, 1984

A Testament to the Wilderness Ten Essays from The Wilderness Congress in 1983    Ed C.A. Meier (Jungian Analyst) The Lapis Press 1985

Nature and Madness   Paul Shepard   Univ Georgia Press, 1982 


The Eagle and the Serpent. Peters, Roderick. Journal of Analytical Psychology 1987; 32, pp 359-381.

Why is the Self Empty? Cushman P  American Psychologist, 40(5) 599-611, 1990

Why psychology is mute about the Environmental Crisis. Environmental Ethics. David Kidner  Vol16 Winter 1994, p 359 – 376

Wilderness Practice/Rites of Passage

The Book of the Vision Quest: Personal Transformation in the Wilderness. Steven Foster and Meredith Little. Prentice Hall, 1987.

Soulcraft: Crossing into the mysteries of Nature and Psyche. Bill Plotkin. New World Library 2003. 

Nature and the Human Soul. Bill Plotkin. New World Library 2008.

The Ecology of Adventure – Masters Thesis   Dave Key (extensive bibliography)

An Exploration of Wilderness Effects: A Phenomenological Inquiry   Scott Taylor (good bibliography)

Related Books

Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh   Helena Norberg-Hodge   Sierra Club Books, 1992. This book provides not only an intimate look at Ladakh’s traditional culture, but also an unflinching description of the psychological, social, and environmental costs of modernisation.

Of Water and the Spirit. Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman.  Malidoma Some. Penguin/Arkana 1995


The Way of Wyrd  Brian Bates Hay House UK 2004

Naturecure  Richard Mabey  Beautifully written piece of autobiography describing Richard Mabey’s breakdown and recovery through nature and imagination.

Prodigal Summer   Barbara Kingsolver 2000, Harper Collins

By Lindsay Clarke: Chymical Wedding; Parsival and the Stone from Heaven; Alice’s Masque.                                                                                                                             

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