Nature and the Human Soul, a new book by Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.
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Nearly everyone senses the richness and mystery of the soul and longs to bring this depth more fully into their lives—and their lives more fully into that depth. But few know how to begin or to quicken this process. Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, by psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin, offers an engaging map to the paths and pitfalls of the lifelong journey to wholeness and maturity.

Nature & the Human Soul introduces an innovative developmental psychology that shows how fully and creatively we can mature when we allow soul and wild nature to guide us. Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the patterns and rhythms of wild nature, a template for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation.

This book explores nature’s ways — and every vital culture’s ways — for raising healthy children; preparing adolescents for the initiatory adventure that opens the way to mature, authentic adulthood; and enhancing the cultural artistry and fulfillment of adult and elder lives.



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“With Nature and the Human Soul, Bill Plotkin once again works miracles. This vital book provides a road map to help us remember how to be human — which means how to be a human being in relationship to the natural world, to our home. We owe Bill Plotkin a deep debt of gratitude for this important work.”
— Derrick Jensen, author of A Language Older Than Words and As the World Burns

“Brilliant, accessible, respectful and compassionate, Nature and the Human Soul weaves a practical path for anyone, from any culture, to become whole, leading a soul-centered life that will benefit themselves and everyone and everything around them. Science, as currently practiced, can only tell us what is. Nature and the Human Soul shows what could be (and should be). There is an old adage that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The publication of Nature and the Human Soul may well signal that humanity is ready to learn a better way. It should be read by everyone, particularly those who choose to be parents, educate our children, guide our cultures and communities, and envision a better world.”
— Dan Popov, PhD, cofounder of The Virtues Project and coauthor of The Family Virtues Guide

Nature and the Human Soul offers a consolidated and invaluable template for psychological and social development — not only personally, but collectively as well. Bill Plotkin defines the eight stages of human life and describes the cultural and individual tasks for each stage in brilliant, insightful, and masterful ways.”
— Angeles Arrien, PhD, cultural anthropologist and author of The Four-Fold Way and The Second Half of Life

 

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