Watershed Ecotherapy is just part of an array of resources available on ecopsychology and ecotherapy. If you’d like to continue your exploration, I’ve gathered some websites and books that you may find helpful. Additionally, check out the Book Reviews section of this site for more detailed looks at some of the available reading material.
Got a recommendation for a resource not listed here? Contact me at rebeccalexa(at)watershedecotherapy(dot)com! I’m specifically looking for practical, preferably free, tools for clients and/or counselors and/or people not currently in therapy but who would like to benefit from ecopsychology in their everyday lives.
I do not list ecotherapists’ individual practice websites here; that’s what the Find an Ecotherapist page is for. If you are holding an ecopsychology/ecotherapy event, such as a workshop, ecotherapy group or conference, I’d like to add you to the calendar. Let me know if you want to be added to either at rebeccalexa(at)watershedecotherapy(dot)com.
If you’d like to start exploring the concept of ecopsychology beyond this website but aren’t able or interested in committing to books, here are a few online options to get you started.
Ecopsychology on Wikipedia: yes, I know it’s Wikipedia, but if you’re just looking for a quick overview it’s a pretty good summary.
Ecopsychology: the first peer-reviewed journal on ecopsychology and ecotherapy, it’s available only online. Some articles from each issue may be read free of charge; a full subscription is $149/year.
European Journal of Ecopsychology: while this journal hasn’t been updated in a couple of years, all archived issues are available to read online for free.
International Community for Ecopsychology: an organization of ecopsychology practitioners founded in the late 1990s; the website features a blog, an archived journal (Gatherings), listings of practitioners and other resources.
Children & Nature Network: founded by author Richard Louv, the mission of this organization is “to fuel the worldwide grassroots movement to reconnect children with nature”.
Most of these can be found on Amazon; however, when possible I recommend either buying them directly from the author when possible, or patronizing your friendly neighborhood indie bookstore who would be more than happy to make a special order for you if the book isn’t currently in stock. (Having spent a decade in Portland, OR I’m a huge fan of Powell’s City of Books, personally.)
For more in-depth looks at some of these texts, check out the Book Reviews section of the site.
Buzzell, L. and Chalquist, C. (eds.) Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
Clinebell, Howard (1996). Ecotherapy: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Earth. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Coleman, Mark (2006). Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. Movato, CA: New World Library.
Fisher, Andy (2002). Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Hall, Charlton (2013). Mindful Ecotherapy Handbook. Self-published.
Kahn, P. and Hasbach, P. (eds) (2012). Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Kaplan, R. and Kaplan, S. (1995). The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ulrich’s Bookstore.
Jordan, Martin (2014). Nature and Therapy: Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy in Outdoor Spaces. Abington, UK: Routledge.
Louv, Richard (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Louv, Richard (2012). The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Louv, Richard (2016). Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community and Combat Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
Macy, J. and Brown, M.Y. (1998). Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers.
Metzner, Ralph (1999). Green Psychology: Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth. Rochster, Vermont: Park Street Press.
Plotkin, Bill (2008). Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. Novato, California: New World Library.
Plotkin, Bill (2003). Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche. Novato, California: New World Library.
Roszak, Theodore (1992). The Voice of the Earth. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Roszak, T., Gomes, M. and Kanner, Allen D. (eds) (1995). Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
Thompson, Claire (2014). Mindfulness and the Natural World: Bringing Our Awareness Back to Nature. Metro.