We exist to reconnect people and nature through the spread of ecological knowledge and experiential learning practices.
Animist Ecology began as experiential learning experiences in the urban wilderness of Stanley Park in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.
These early nature quests involved a fusion of forest meditation, ecological knowledge, and ancient history that focused on immersive sensory experience of the living spirit of nature.
Word spread and these nature quests involved into nature immersion retreats that we have hosted around the world and working directly with ecological teachers from a wide variety of traditions and geographical regions.
Today, we host nature retreats, crowdfund reforestation projects, and run the world's premiere online membership community for learning ecological knowledge and connecting with other nature-inspired changemakers.
Our mission is to connect people and nature. We believe in taking learning outside the narrow confines of classrooms and passive lectures and make it a fun, playful, and fascinating experience that inspires our students to go deeper into this life-changing ecological knowledge.
Photos from our experiential learning adventures and nature retreats.
Why I started Animist Ecology and a little about my self-directed learning philosophy.
I spent most of my life up until my early twenties feeling like schools were a kind of prison.
Even in my studies at the University of British Columbia, I was continually disappointed how fascinating subjects were taught in ways that were dry and not easily applicable to the real world.
I had always gone to the forest to unplug and reconnect from the stress and anxieties of the world.
When I started my self-directed learning company DIY Genius in 2011, I began to teach attention-enhancing meditation and flow psychology practices and eventually that lead to connecting that with my lifelong fascination with the natural world.
I did my first nature quests that wasn't with close friends and family in the Spring of 2015 in Stanley Park and things just spread from there thanks to the word-of-mouth of social media.
I did my first retreat abroad in my winter home of Koh Phangan, Thailand in 2017 and since then I've been leading retreats and experiential learning adventures all over the world.
I believe that nature is our best teacher and in these times of climate breakdown the most important knowledge is build through developing a relationship with the natural world that sustains our existence and uplifts our spirit.
My interest in nature connection and animistic knowledge developed out my desire to develop a deeper sense of place and connection to nature.
We are nature but too many of us have forgotten this. A big part of the connection is the primal connection to the web of life that is often referred to as Animism.
I have found that develop ecological knowledge and animistic ways of perception is a powerful antidote to the dangerous sense of alienation and separation from nature often experienced in the modern world.
That's why I teach, because I believe this knowledge can be a missing link in the puzzle of reconnecting human civilization with its roots in nature.