"Patricia Damery's memoir details how, inspired by the experience of tending anorganic farm, she learned to live with the power of this intelligenceand apply it responsibly to healing endeavors. In part a cautionarytale, Damery's story reveals what can happen when professional trainingdoes not entirely validate one's natural way of using one's heartand mind." - John Beebe, M.D., author of Integrity in Depth
"I can highly recommend this book not only for those in theprofessions of psychology and psychiatry, but also for the grower orfarmer contemplating or already practicing biodynamic agriculture. Noother book available describes so well the positive spiritualconsequences when one practices biodynamic agriculture." - Hugh J. Courtney, founder of Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics, Inc. and Earth Legacy Agriculture LLC
From the Author
I got away from the rigors of farming as soon as I was able. When I went to college I studied chemistry, mainly because I scored high in sciences, and, I suspect now, because I am unconsciously drawn to alchemy (as was Carl Jung). I taught high school one year before deciding that was not for me. Although I did not stay in teaching, I was introduced to the study of Jungian psychology through a graduate program in psychology at Sonoma State University near Santa Rosa, California. The openness and creativity of California ignited my love of both psychology and the beautiful, varied land, and as a result, I decided to reside here and to study psychology.
After getting a degree in psychology and becoming licensed to practice psychotherapy, I entered a training program at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation is in part about this experience as well as my return to farming after meeting my husband Donald. Through a farming crisis (also the subject of Farming Soul) we became trained and then certified in Biodynamic agriculture.
I have written two novels, Snakes and Goatsong, both about our relationship to the earth and to each other, as well as various professional articles published in Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, and Psychological Perspectives. I also co-edited an anthology Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way (Fisher King Press, 2012).