12619803155_0fe06c0140_o-Gary Ferguson

Psychology of Nature

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“We are children of our landscape,” wrote novelist Lawrence Durrell. Much of Gary’s writing and speaking explores this provocative idea: from his having followed so-called “at-risk” teens through two months of compassionate wilderness therapy for Shouting at the Sky, to the story of his own wilderness-based grief recovery after the death of his wife, in The Carry Home. Storytellers, Gary reminds us, have long claimed that nature offers us three things needed to live well in the world: beauty, community, and mystery. When a culture stays connected to those qualities, its people are generally content. Let it lose touch with those qualities, however, and a fearful unease can rule the day.


The Carry HomeThe Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness

Coming November 2014



Shouting at the SkyShouting at the Sky: Troubled Teens and the Promise of the Wild
1999/Farcountry Press 2009



The World's Great Nature Myths: Spirits of the WildSpirits of the Wild: The World’s Great Nature Myths
1996/Falcon Publishing, 2000



Nature's Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children's Nature MovementNature’s Keeper: John Ripley Forbes and the Children’s Nature Movement
Preserve, Inc. 2012



Through the Woods: A Journey Through America's ForestsThrough the Woods: A Journey Through America’s Forests
St. Martin’s Press, 1998




The Healing Wilderness

The Wilderness Act


Nature Mythology

Nature Writing

Wilderness Therapy