Holistic Psychotherapy

Emily Farrell, MA LMHC

Winter Solstice 2013 – Embracing the Dark

The days are short and the sun is low on the horizon. The north wind whistles down from the Fraser river, bringing freezing cold, starry nights. The season naturally turns our focus inward.

Some activities:

 1) Spend an evening (or 2 or 3) illumined only by candlelight.

2) Walk outside at night without a flashlight – feel your feet, listen, enjoy holiday lighting in the dark.

3) Walk a labyrinth, make time form meditation, music, journaling, art – whatever helps you turn inward.

4) Spend time in solitude, and choose intimate time with loved ones.

5) Create some time on or near the solstice, the shortest day, to reflect on the deepest intent you’d like to work with over the next year.

6) Go outside every day, even if it is cold, wet and windy.

Warm wishes, Emily


A Way Home – Ecopsychology and the Renewal of Ourselves and Our World

…ecology needs psychology, psychology needs ecology. The context for defining sanity in our time has reached planetary magnitude”.

Theodore Roszak, in Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind

We live in an extraordinary historical moment - beset by challenges on all sides, but also ripe with possibility. In the midst of droughts and hurricanes, high oil prices and economic hardship (not to mention the looming specters of climate change and peak oil), it takes courage and optimism to remain engaged with the world.

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Recent Events

May – Sept 2014   A Monthly Circle based on Joanna Macy’s work – This circle met 2x / month for 6 months following the spiral process of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects.

Jan 15, 2014 – Feb 23, 2014   Winter Feast for the Soul – 40 minutes of meditation each day for 40 days, facilitated by teachers from the diverse spiritual traditions of our local community.

October 2013  The Work that Reconnects – Awakening Passion, Purpose and Hope – a one day workshop based on Joanna Macy’s work, supporting each other in our efforts on behalf of the world

Spring 2013 Ecopsychology and Our Relationship with Place – An experiential outdoor class held over 4 evenings in a local park.