Welcome, Spring Newsletter 2018
The timing could not be better. With new growth and energy, the eeai is finding a respectful synchronicity with the seasons. Having felt the immense power of the snow and storms that just passed us, sunny spring days are back making early green promises and suggestions of hope to both the human and other-than-human nature on this island we call Ireland.
Particularly over the winter season just past, much effort and commitment by our hardworking volunteering team has ensured not alone this offering – our first eeai newsletter – but the adoption of our draft constitution by our interim eeai committee. Our fresh new website sets out our associations mission, aims and structure on a platform which promotes the work of our professional practitioners and welcomes our growing numbers of eeai subscribers. The slow, silent and steady work over the winter has coaxed the eeai towards exciting new expression for its steadily growing community.
Since tentatively co-founding the eeai with Ger Byrne in 2014, I have had the privilege of meeting and hearing from so many interesting and wonderful people from all corners of Ireland, all of whom are concerned about both the effects and causes of climate change and the challenges of today and the days ahead.
However, there is good news amid the seemingly never-ending onslaught of concerning global press releases.
There are people on this island who deeply and passionately care about what is happening to our planet. I have met with them. They exist, and best of all – they are making a real difference. They offer hope and guide our steps, helping us humans to reconnect with our ‘other-than-human’ nature, ensuring that we experience ourselves and others in a more enlightened way – a kinder and more compassionate way.
The practice and availability of ecopsychology and ecotherapy and its acceptance as an approved evidenced based approach has grown steadily here in Ireland over the past four years. And from the early days, this association understood the value and benefit of ensuring everybody is welcome in our community. Following on from our initial 2016 autumn gathering in Phoenix Park, our ethos, aims and core values were agreed upon and developed to what they are today. My thanks and gratitude to everybody who shared ideas, discussions, their time and presence along with welcoming me to their homes, projects and practices since I set out on my earliest steps on this path.
Sadly missed but not forgotten by the eeai is the late Martin Jordan from the UK, a leading respected contributor to the research on ecopsychology who we have named as our ‘Posthumous Mentor’. Without Martin’s kind and wise words and great fondness for Ireland, there may never have been an eeai.
So please make contact with us, help us to grow strong and learn together in harmony with all nature. We would be delighted to welcome you to the community as a member, subscriber or volunteer. As I have said many times before;
‘Whoever you are, you have a precious message to share in the eeai community’.
Every Warmest Spring Wish,
eeai | Interim Chair and Co Founder