“Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are.” – Ortega y Gassett
The mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote that more than meaning, “what we are seeking is an experience of being alive.” And yet, the modern world is structured to keep us tamped down and tame. It teaches us we are separate from the natural world, cut off from the great wildness that sings from mountaintops and calls to us in the river’s flow.
As part of the Stepping Stones Project Speaker Series, Mary Reynolds Thompson has guided us through five Earth archetypes—deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands––that hold the key to living our wild soul stories, deeply rooted in the world and our own true nature. She helps us all understand how we can partner with these landscapes to come fully alive to your ecological self.
MARY REYNOLDS THOMPSON, CAPF, CPCC, founder of Live Your Wild Soul Story, is an eco-coach and facilitator of journal and poetry therapy who teaches and speaks around the world. Award winning author of Embrace Your Inner Wild and Reclaiming the Wild Soul (a 2015 Nautilus Award winner), her work has been described by Richard Louv as part of the “Great Work of the 21st century: reconnecting to the rest of the natural world, for meaning. For soul.”