THE GREAT MISSION OF THE 21st CENTURY

LEARN MORE   Much has been accomplished in the areas of recycling, organic agriculture, and consumption, eco-friendly building, renewable energy, restoration of some ecosystems, protesting harmful development and divesting from fossil fuels.  All these activities reinforce each other and are expanding. They are essential cornerstones of the Ecological Era.

Most of us are adhering to green behaviors: recycling, composting, buying and eating more organic foods, etc. Many are engaged in the vital tasks of environmental activism. But it will take time and effort to really cross over into the Eco Era.  Naming our destination helps hasten the transitional process of changing our worldview. 

The holistic Ecological paradigm views humans as an inseparable part of Nature and provides an Earth-centered structure that can help secure a sustainable future for all members of the biosphere. It is based on empathy, interdependence, collaboration, and co-operation and honors the rights of the Earth, the laws of Nature and the leadership of women as equal partners with men.

I’ve chosen to emphasize the future possibilities for humanity, rather than catalog all the ways the current industrial, patriarchal and materialistic mindset is destroying the Earth for shortsighted gain.  This archaic paradigm is based on the false assumption that humans are separate from Nature and can, therefore, dominate and exploit her resources without consequence.  The wrathful weathers of climate change prove the opposite is true but appeals to reason and moral exhortations have so far not stopped the momentum of destruction and greed.

Thomas Berry also uses the term ‘Ecozoic’ to highlight the current geobiological end of the flourishing Cenozoic period when mammals and flowering plants emerged. Some scientists have labeled the new geologic epoch as the ‘Anthropocene’ which means ‘determined by humans.’ The term Ecological Era relates to the cultural shift out of the Industrial Era that must now occur with all due speed if we and all our fellow creatures are to survive.

My hope is that if enough people can shift into an Earth-centered lifestyle, it will help break the hypnotic trance of the industrial-consumerist agenda, which is leading to the death of Nature and our demise as a species. To ease the transition into a more humble role and mindset, I’m emphasizing the many methods and benefits of Nature connection in my book and how pleasurable it feels to be deeply bonded with the Living Earth.

About Shanti



Known for her wisdom, insight, down to Earth perspective and vivid personal stories, Shanti is an Ecopsychologist and ecotherapist, natural health consultant, university teacher and an expressive arts, meditation and movement instructor. Through her classes, seminars and international retreats, She has taught Nature- based healing practices, depth psychology and new paradigm principles to thousands of clients and students for over 35 years.

She weaves together many strands of knowledge and experiential learning in the tapestry of her work with groups and individuals, presentations and forth-coming book. She offers consultations, talks, seminars and retreats.

MORE ABOUT SHANTI

Mission Statement

Shanti’s mission is to help midwife the Ecological Era by sharing practices and principles that support people in developing a transformative, healing connection to their inner nature and to the powers of the Living Earth.

Once we know we are part of the Earth's network of energy and intelligence, we will take action to preserve her ecosystems as our larger body. The Earth is a living being and can guide us in co-creating a slower, simpler eco-centric lifestyle that is sustainable and in harmony with Nature.

Supportive Comments

Good work Shanti in emphasizing the beneficial aspects of Nature connection as a support and motivation for environmental activism, like that of 350.org.
-- BILL McKIBBEN, Author, Activist and Co-founder of 350.org.

Shanti is a friend of the Pachamama Alliance and a pro-active Ecopsychologist, who is dedicated to helping change the dream of the modern world.
-- LYNNE TWIST, Author and Co-founder of Pachamama Alliance.

Shanti is an enlightening messenger overflowing with knowledge, insight and wisdom.
-- TERRY LASZLO-GOPADZE, Author, Presenter and Storyteller

Shanti is a great advocate of Nature-oriented healing practices.
-- SHIRLEY MACLAINE, Actress and Author,

Shanti’s work helps people release painful patterns and develop a Nature- oriented mindset that generates healing energy, creative inspiration and spiritual growth.
-- SHIVANI BURROWS-GOODWILL, Curriculum Instructor at the Southern California Waldorf Teacher Training Institute

This work is Shanti's loving gift to the shift.
-- BARBARA MARX HUBBARD, Author and Futurist Visionary

READ MORE