Ecopsychology, Poetry and Art

August 2021: I’m exploring how I can combine my professional expertise in global policy-making, social change and environmental protection; with my personal passion for creativity, animals, nature and ecopsychology. Uniting these streams in support of each other, so that I can be a fully integrated change maker!

In this section, I allow those two worlds to meet each other.

I have designed a new logo (see top right of this page and on home page) to better reflect the more holistic nature-embracing aspects of myself and my work. This is my old logo right, which seemed too human-centric, hence the change.

The photos left and right are of me with a pine tree, at Hazel Hill Wood in Salisbury, UK.

Please see examples of Elizabeth’s ecopsychology explorations, prose, poetry and art below:

  • July 2021 Hazel Hill Woods “shall we be just like the trees” song: I wrote a song in the lovely Hazel Hill Woods, Salisbury, UK, as part of an ecopsychology weekend run by Alan Heeks, Marcos Frangos and Jane Saunders.
  • May 2020 Ecopsychology Poems: I have written 5 ecopsychology poems based on an exploration of Bill Plotkins the Wild Mind and through a course with the Natural Academy in Somerset, UK.
  • April 2020 Portraits lockdown song: Recorded in 25 different homes and gardens, including mine.
  • April 2016 Being Human is Being You poem: A poem about my daughter, here’s a short extract:

…I shall never again see being human
As merely a pitiful lurch from one struggle to the next
As a hopeless, hapless fight
Against the tragedies our species plays out

Instead being human is being you Poppy
The most perfect little creature
Determination, peace and fire
Etched into your freshly carved face …

  • September 2014 Indigenous Rights PoemWhen the earth is cut: A poem about indigenous rights and the environment. Can the rest of the world learn what aboriginals know: That when the earth is cut, so are we.
  • April 2014 Food Sustainability Poem: Someone, something, somewhere pays: A poem about food sustainability. A factory farmed chicken fillet may seem a bargain, but what about the true cost? From environmental pollution to animal welfare, from a human health crisis to trafficking for forced labour in food processing plants. It adds up to a lot more than £1.50.
  • January 2014 Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Poem: For a time I worked intensively on preventing human trafficking. The Light Behind My Eyes Has Died is a poem about the trafficking of children for sexual exploitation.
  • November 2013 Resting not Wagging: Short prose on my rescue dog Cassie.
  • April 2012 Animal WelfareAs dog rescue kennels face crisis, foster, save a life & transform your own. Pets are not consumer goods. Dog rescue centres are in crisis with too many dogs, not enough kennel spaces or permanent  onward homes, and many healthy beautiful animals being put to sleep as a result. In some cases this foster place literally saves a dog’s life and could transform yours.
  • October 2009 Positive psychology: The happiness project at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch tells us that while a sense of appreciation of both the good and the bad is important, more crucial is acknowledging the part one plays in bringing things of value into one’s own life.
  • January 2009 Being Mum: Mummy’s Guide to Life a hand-painted book written by Elizabeth for her (then 1 year old) daughter.
  • June 2007 Too late prose: As I walk my dogs, I meet a man building a sand mound for his daughter’s coffin.

Art: Please see Elizabeth’s Art Gallery and examples of multimedia projects in my work.

Liberty & Humanity

Look at this incredible work by eco-artist Jeanne K Simmons.