Full Ecology

Reclaiming Human Nature
Cultural Psychologist & Nature Author
Travels from: Bozeman, MT

“Full Ecology is one of the most important books ever written on the climate crisis.” – Paul Hawken

Best-selling nature author Gary Ferguson & social psychologist Mary M. Clare have linked their expertise to reveal and describe what they call Full Ecology. Their riveting keynote addresses, workshops and retreats are grounded in an innovative blend of cutting-edge biology, storytelling and social science. Offered internationally, these programs are designed to help us step into living more deeply – to open up to our natural  intelligence and resilience. Or as Dr. Clare describes it, “We’re here to inspire people to reclaim their human nature.” The couple’s book, Full Ecology – Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World, has been hailed by internationally renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken as “one of the most important books ever written on the climate crisis.” Full Ecology was published Earth Day (April 22), 2021. It received the Independent Publishers Award for top books published in 2021 about the environment.

Gary Ferguson began his career chronicling the tracks humans leave in nature. Today, though, the author who Publishers Weekly calls “ever-evocative” says he’s working “to portray the tracks nature leaves in us.” Now, with 26 books, Ferguson’s newest title, The Eight Master Lessons of Nature, has gained substantial acclaim throughout the U.S. and across the world. Published in late 2019 with Penguin Random House, this work shines a powerful new light on the dazzling processes that nourish the creative powers of nature. And further, what these processes have to teach us about how we can better navigate our own lives.

From Oregon, via Texas, California, Georgia, Nebraska, and Montana, Mary M Clare, Ph.D., brings her lifelong passion for the natural world together with a 30-year career as a social and cultural psychologist. A fellow in the American Psychological Association Clare has authored over 100 scholarly articles and two books – most recently 100 Voices – Americans Talk About Change (2011), a chronicle of enduring wisdom and immediate guidance in times of sweeping cultural change. Today, she works to open doorways for considering how the natural world – both around us and inside of us – can be tapped as a guiding force for creating more contented and fruitful lives. Her spirited insights and techniques are helping people in homes, schools, workplaces and communities revive their natural capacities for sustaining creative relationships and finding deep resilience in troubling times.

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Full Ecology: Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World

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How to confront the climate crisis without losing heart


It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of global climate breakdown. So how might we develop the inner resolve to confront it? Full Ecology, a collaboration between social-cultural psychologist Mary M. Clare and longtime science writer Gary Ferguson, suggests a path forward. Breaking the modern impulse to see humans as separate from nature, Clare and Ferguson encourage us to learn from the “supremely methodical and highly improvisational” natural systems that touch our lives. True change, they argue, begins with us stopping and questioning assumptions about our place in the world. From this process of reflection, they offer us an alternative blueprint for acting in ecologically healthy ways, and for inspiring others to do the same. Rather than proposing a ten-step plan to save the earth, this book encourages a more elemental rethinking of our connections to nature, and of how such connections might be strengthened for the common good. Practical and poetic, scientific and spiritual, Full Ecology presents a strong, nourishing foundation for climate action.


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Honors, Awards & Recognition

National Bestseller
Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award
Independent Publisher Book Awards

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