Master of Two Worlds: Manifesting Personal Sustainability in Your Life and Work
Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California
April 22-24, 2011
In this Earth Day workshop, Thomas Joseph Doherty, a specialist in ecopsychology, will weave insights from neuroscience, environmental psychology, and mind-body health to present a model of personal sustainability. Thomas will share practices that he uses in his ecopsychology practice to help individuals recognize and validate their emotions about the current environmental situation, develop practices of mindfulness and acceptance, nurture themselves, celebrate their connections to the natural world, and most importantly, to engage in grounded action that manifests their unique sustainability vision and avoids burnout over the long haul.
The title of this workshop is inspired by the final stage of the archetypal hero’s journey: Once a hero has completed his or her trials and adventures, the challenge is to manifest the vision of possibility brought back from the “extraordinary world” into the “real world” of community and society—to be a Master of Two Worlds (M2W). Thomas will show how the M2W model can support agents of change who carry a vision of sustainability and who labor daily to foster their vision in their families, organizations, and communities.
Along the way, Thomas will detail research on the benefits of green spaces for stress reduction and productivity, the diverse ways people understand their connections to the natural world, how to cope with issues like global climate change, and how the M2W perspective corresponds with research on leadership, motivation, and resilience.