Bioneers 2024 Conference

Interactive Session – The Ecology of Our Inner Landscapes

The emerging field of Climate Psychology provides an ecological understanding of our psyche and effective tools for leveraging the full range of our human capacities toward resolving the deep challenges of our times. Trauma-informed practices and perspectives offer ways to metabolize and channel our emotions, so that we can become engaged stewards of the planet. In this context, visceral feelings related to the crises facing us are understood as a healthy response to the troubled state of the world.

This experiential workshop will provide a brief overview of evolutionary psychology, cognitive biases and trauma-informed perspectives as they relate to the climate crisis, and will guide us into our innate belonging to the Earth with a range of psychospiritual practices. The exploration of our inner landscapes will include some approaches drawn from Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects.” Reconnecting within ourselves, with each other, and with the larger non-human world, cultivates an inner resilience that can awaken us to the healing recognition of our belonging in the family of all beings and permit us to participate effectively in systemic, collective transformation. Facilitated by Leslie Davenport and Adrián Villasenor-Galarza.

Skillful Means Center, Dharma College


March 28th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm


Leslie Davenport
Author, Professor, Climate Psychology Consultant
Adrián Villaseñor
Core Faculty, East West Psychology Department
California Institute of Integral Studies