‘Re-enchanting the Earth’ is a site for bringing together the various threads of my work as a crofter, writer, storyteller, narrative ecopsychologist, and editor of EarthLines Magazine.
In the ‘Courses‘ section you’ll find information about a wide variety of writers’ retreats in the fields of nature writing and ecopsychology, which take place in the beautiful, remote and wild Outer Hebrides where I live. These retreats, and new online distance learning courses, are designed to help other writers to deepen and re-enchant their work, and to help people engage with their own journeys of personal transformation.
Why ‘re-enchanting’? Because around the beginning of the twentieth century, German sociologist and political economist Max Weber characterized the growth of western Modernity as the ‘progressive disenchantment of the world’. And so the challenge we face today is to re-enchant the world: to claw back the sense of wonder and magic that we’ve lost; to breathe flesh back onto the bleached bones of our wild selves. Re-enchanting the Earth is a site for conversations about the stories that help create that transformation, and about ways of living and being that connect us with the natural world. You’ll find a selection of my work and writings, and a blog whose subject matter ranges from narrative psychology to mythology and storytelling, to reflections about life on a working croft in the farthest reaches of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.