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Bill Plotkin

Bill Plotkin, PhD, is an eco-depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural regeneration. As founder of southwest Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute, he has, since 1980, guided thousands of women and men on the journey of soul initiation. He’s also been a research psychologist (studying nonordinary states of consciousness), rock musician, and white-water river guide. In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a “call to spiritual adventure,” leading him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. His previous books are Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook), Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (a nature-based stage model of human development), and Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche (a nature-based map of the psyche). His doctorate in psychology is from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Visit him online at

An Interview with Bill Plotkin about Wild Mind

A Talk with Bill Plotkin about Wild Mind

What does it mean to have a wild mind?

As author Gary Snyder notes, “To speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness.” To have a wild mind is to have a whole mind. People with wild minds are those who have cultivated...

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There’s so much more to who you are than you know right now. You are, indeed, something mysterious and someone magnificent. You hold within you — secreted for safekeeping in your heart — a great gift for this world. Although you might sometimes feel like...

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A Talk with Bill Plotkin, author of THE JOURNEY OF SOUL INITIATION

Soul initiation is an essential spiritual adventure that most of the world has forgotten — or not yet discovered. In his new book, The Journey...

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Embracing Nature & Soul

In our moment of history, perhaps the most sweeping and radical transformation ever to occur on Earth is under way. This “moment” is the twenty-first century, a...

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Soulcentric Parenting of Preschool Children in an Egocentric World

To be soulcentric is to seek out the ways soul attempts to guide our...

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The Journey from Childhood to Adulthood:

The Importance and Limitations of Rites of Passage


Contemporary, Western society...

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