Craig Chalquist

Craig Chalquist, PhD

Department Chair and Associate Professor
East-West Psychology

CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Craig Chalquist, PhD., is the program chair of the East-West Psychology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Craig focuses his scholarly writing and teaching on depth psychology, ecopsychology, qualitative research, Systems Theory, ecotherapy, and mythology from a psychological perspective. He practices what he refers to as "Deep Education": the kind that invites the human relationship to nature, elements, creatures, and Earth to shift from mere utility to deep appreciation. "'Deep' also means encouraging the learner to probe through appearances, surfaces, and customary explanations to explore persistent motifs, images, collective fantasies, and other structural forces that shape institutions, works of culture, and technologies and that constitute the true foundations of our time."

He also trains psychotherapists in ecotherapy techniques, has presented at Bioneers, and gives local presentations on "Gardening and Mental Health." He is on the editorial board of the journal Ecopsychology and a member of the International Association for Ecotherapy. Read my 'Welcome from the Chair'

Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place came out in 2007, Deep California in 2008, and he is co-editor with Linda Buzzell-Saltzman, MFT of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, Sierra Club's 2009 sequel to Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. 2009 also saw publication of Storied Lives: Discovering and Deepening Your Personal Myth and The Tears of Llorona: A Californian Odyssey of Place, Myth, and Homecoming. In 2010 he published The Folly of Repetition and the Wisdom of Remembrance: 30 Crucial Neglected Lessons of History and edited the anthology Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled. In 2011 he finished the Animate California Trilogy by publishing Ventral Depths and Edges, Peaks, and Vales. [All books available at Amazon.com.]

Has written for ReVision, AlterNet, HopeDance Magazine, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Spring Journal, Dream Network Journal, Jung Journal, Psychological Perspectives, The California Psychologist, and four anthologies, and has been interviewed by Time Magazine, SELF Magazine, Whole Living, Adbusters, the Los Angeles Times, the Conejo Valley Daily News, the Contra Costa Times, and Green Patriot Radio. In 2010 he presented "Ecotherapy: A Cultural Therapeutics for Coming Home" at Bioneers in San Rafael, CA.

Founder and owner of World Soul Books. Trained in Etudes and Spectrum Learning eCollege online learning platforms. Consulting terrapsychologist. Director of the Encyclopedia Sophia Project. Strong supporter of the Earth Charter Initiative. Dreamer-up of the Terrania Compact. Manager of the Deep Educators Network at LinkedIn. Founder of the Earthrise Guild, a professional association for Deep Educators.

Recent Blog Posts

"A Psyche the Size of the Sea" 

"Earthrise: A Mythic Image for Our Time?'

"Terrapsychology: 'The Environment' is You!"


The Hierarchy of Eco-Needs 

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