The Story of Animist Ecology
Our mission to spread eco-mindfulness and empower a new generation of teachers and students to learn outside in the forest.
A picture is worth a thousand words so here are some photos from our educational nature retreats and experiential learning adventures in the last 4 years.
How Animist Ecology Started
Animist Ecology began as a forest meditation workshop in Stanley Park in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia in the summer of 2015.
Combining learning about the local ecology with practicing meditation and eco-mindfulness practices in the forest, we began to do regular experiential learning adventure in Stanley Park studying the local ecology throughout the four seasons of the year.
From there, we grew into experiential learning adventures in the Pacific Spirit Rainforest, the Coast Mountains and the ancient rainforests of Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island.
Today, we run educational nature retreats in Western Canada, Thailand, Mexico and our first retreat in Panama will be in February 2020.
Our belief is that education should be reconnected with nature and that experiential learning in the real world should be education system of the future.
We want to help empower a new generation of people who learn and teach outside in their local forests and spread ecological knowledge in highly developed, modern communities that are disconnected from nature.
Animist Ecology combines two important things:
Animism is not a belief system but a value-system based on the worldview that the world is a sacred place and we are part of it. It rejects the modern materialist worldview of Cartesian dualism that we are separate from nature.
Ecology is rooted in the early science of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. The word Ecology is derived from the Greek word oikos, which is the study of our relationship to our home and the interconnected web of life we exist within.
About The Guide
After teaching meditation and flow psychology for a few years through my self-directed learning company DIY Genius, I decided to teach my first forest meditation workshop in Stanley Park in the Spring of 2015.
I've always gone to nature to unplug, relax and reconnect so that naturally led to teaching forest meditation and ecology through direct experience, which I call eco-mindfulness.
I studied ancient ancient and modern history at the University of Victoria and I gained much of my knowledge in the last decade traveling the world studying ancient civilizations, ecology and meditation with teachers from around the world.
I did my first retreat abroad in Koh Phangan, Thailand in the Spring of 2017 and since then I've been leading educational nature retreats and experiential learning adventures in temperate and tropical rainforests.
I believe that nature is our best teacher and that the human heart grows cold when isolated from nature.
In this turbulent time of climate change and obsessive materialism, I believe the most important knowledge we can gain is built through developing a better relationship with the natural world.
My interest in nature connection and animistic knowledge developed out of my desire to develop a deeper sense of place and connection to nature living in the city.
My education in the forest, began in the Pacific Spirit Rainforest and Stanley Park in my home of Vancouver, British Columbia.
To learn more about the philosophy of Animist Ecology, read my educational guides about eco-mindfulness, the lost language of animism and intelligence in nature.