Long before the dawn of the faith traditions we know today, humans sought their spiritual sustenance in the natural world. In this presentation, Philip Chard, a thought leader in the field of eco-psychology, draws on both ancient wisdom and contemporary psychological research to illustrate how nature interaction overcomes emotional distress, heals traumatic wounds, promotes self-understanding, nurtures mindfulness, and furthers spiritual growth. Touching on topics as diverse as animal intelligence, quantum physics, cross-species communication, neuroscience, contemplative practices and Earth-centered religions, Philip will identify some of the many “doorways to the divine” that nature offers to us all.
Philip Chard is a practicing psychotherapist who writes an award-winning weekly column in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL titled “Out Of My Mind,” and is author of The Healing Earth, which won the 1995 Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature’s Ways, which examines the spiritual aspects of nature interaction. Philip is a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul, has been a guest expert on ABC Television’s 20/20, and has presented at the Brookings Institution, among many other venues.