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Ecopsychology: Caring for The Link That Binds Us to Nature

Hobrechtstrasse 66, Vorderhaus EG Berlin, 12047


Though most of what we today can call ‘humanity” was born, and developed, in conditions of wilderness, or very close proximity to nature, the construction of our Western, anthropocentric society has taken this humanity beyond its contact with natural environment, radically distancing one from the other, and has led toward ever more self-centredness. We are today living the consequences this disconnection has brought about, with suffering multiplied across ecological, economic, social and psychological levels. When our environment is polluted, we become sick — and when we become sick, we neglect the environment even more focussing on our individual problems.

Ecopsychology is a transdisciplinary field of inquiry that proposes to study and restore this fundamental link between the inner life of man and nature. In this sense, it is a double therapeutic movement: understanding our inner conflicts can help us pay more attention to nature and, conversely, more time spent in the wilderness can help us get better lives.

Through an introduction to ecopsychology, we will discover together the texts of Arne Næss, philosopher of deep ecology, on empathy and modesty, but also of Carl Gustav Jung on nature, technology and modern life, as well as the recent work of the French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Marie Romanens, the report of the French journalist Pascale d'Erm on the therapeutic power of the wilderness and the forests, as well as the proposals for a practical ecopsychology workshop by the American philosopher Joanna Macy.

Symposium: Format consists of a thirty-minute lecture, followed by discussion, followed by proposals for reading material. We are curious to find out more about your perspective on the topic and want to provide space for you to take a more active role.

Lecturer and Facilitator
Mathilde Ramadier lives as a writer and translator between Berlin and France. After the first degree as a designer, she went on to study Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis at the University Paris VIII, then obtaining a Masters Degree in Contemporary Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure. She is mostly writing essays, graphic novels and articles on ecology and social issues like feminism and labour rights. She has regularly given workshops in schools and during her residencies as a writer. She recently gave a TEDx Talk on anger.

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