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Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love Paperback – June 6, 2015
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"A sumptuous feast." -- Dr. Susan Block, Author, The Bonobo Way, Los Angeles
"The blueprint the world needs." -- Robyn Vogel, MA, Intimacy Coach, Montreal, Canada
"Truly Inspiring." -- Dr. Anya Trahan, Author, Opening Love
"The potential to define a new era for humanity." -- Christiane Pelmas, MSW, Author, Women's Wisdom, Founder of the ReWilding, Colorado
"Epic, a classic." Dr. Martha Tara Lee, Clinical Sexologist, Singapore
"Sexual energy and global health: A must read for a sustainable world." Baba Dez Nicholls, Founder of ISTA, International School of Temple Arts
"Sensitively, artfully compiled and edited, Ecosexuality delivers the goods with grace and passion." Randy Ralston, Sexologist, Coach, Bodyworker, Ireland
About the Author
Co-edited by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D'Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen.
SerenaGaia is the sacred name of Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD. SerenaGaia believes that "love is the ecology of life." Her prophetic books, including Gaia and Eros, have inspired readers around the world to open up to the glories of our amorous life on this beautiful blue dot the Greeks called "wide-bosomed Gaia." Artfully weaving together ecology and eroticism, SerenaGaia revives the vibrant, prehistoric connection between nurturing Gaia and mischievous Eros, envisioned as a primal force that "blows the breath of life into all beings." She is the author/editor of many books about Love, including Bisexuality and Queer Theory (2011), Plural Loves (2005), Women and Bisexuality (2003). A renown public speaker, SerenaGaia teaches Humanities and Cinema at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and is working on exciting new books. She was a 2012-13 Fellow for "Amorous Visions" at U Conn's Humanities Institute.
Lindsay Hagamen is creating a culture where we can live freely and love fully as we tend to our only home, this Earth. She is the President of the Windward Foundation, an intentional community dedicated to developing the knowledge needed to live well with one another and the Earth. Lindsay is the co-creator of the annual EcoSex Convergence, and offers workshops on ecosexuality, community, and land-based living. Lindsay studied Ecological Sciences at Brown University. Her interest is in exploring what lies at the heart of human connection - sexuality. She believes that "in order to live well with nature we need to live well with our own human nature." Healing and embracing our sexuality creates a foundation from which we can create whole-cloth solutions for an ecologically sustainable culture. At Windward, Lindsay focuses her energy on dry-land permaculture and holistic forest management, growing healthy food and forest products for her tribe.
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Some of the work may seem superfluous or unnecessary at first. For example, what role does opening one's own heart play in solving environmental issues, for example? A surprisingly strong role, it turns out, because we learn to identify with the rest of the biome in which we live, and begin to see the interdependence of various plants and animals. In doing that, we learn the truth about our own deep interdependence with other people and with the planet, at which point the reasons for ecosexuality to come into being become clear.
Ecosexuality can help us learn how to survive beyond the next 100 years. This book is the distilled essence of their message. We would all do well to heed this message while we still have time to avert some of the climate havoc that is to come.
As I continued my journey through the book, I found people writing about this movement from all different disciplines and perspectives. It is so amazing to know that so many people out there are starting to think and live in these new ways. This gives me hope for human survival on this planet, and more than that, hope that we will find ways to do more than survive, to really care for this planet and ourselves so that we actually find ourselves thriving. Even more inspiring is that the way forward may not be one of dogged sacrifice, but rather one of pleasure and collaboration. As we learn the “arts of loving” love becomes “a renewable resource that energizes our communities.”
I am so grateful to the editors of this book. I no longer feel alone in my beliefs and pursuits. I now feel connected to a whole range of people working for positive change through Ecosexuality.
If you're interested in developing as an individual on any level, and willing to acknowledge that sexuality is an inevitable component inherent to our lives on this planet, that should be plenty of justification for reading this book. It's enriching my life, that I can assure you.
And for those still unsure they want to invest in this worthy compilation, here's a little preview for the unconvinced buyer that I believe shows how humble and important this work is: “For me, the practice of ecosexuality involves taking a principled stand that integrates sexuality and environmental concerns into a proactive whole... Sexuality is a powerful expression of the life force that flows within us, and, as an ecosexual, I strive to focus that power through the lens of the ecosystem that supports all life, including mine. This focus amplifies the impact of my actions, increases the resilience of my relationships and builds toward creating the critical mass of sustainable systems that is needed in order to drive meaningful change.” - Walt Patrick (from “Engaging Ecosexuality: A Communitarian’s Perspective”, which you can read a sneak peek of here: http://ecosexbook.com/excerpt-from-engaging-ecosexuality-a-communitarians-perspective/ )