ERIC Number: ED234961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
In Wilderness is Our Self Preservation.
Trocco, Frank; Cohen, Mike
The National Audubon Society Expedition Institute utilizes an outdoor experiential program which allows people and nature to achieve dynamic equilibrium and has been demonstrated successfully with high school through field programs led by Master's students. The Institute works with the premise that truly sustaining and potent education is the process which aids humankind in developing behavior congruent with maintaining the Earth as a living organism. Assumptions are (1) Earth is seen in its entirety as a living organism; (2) nature and human nature are one; (3) people are an organ of the organization of the Earth; (4) all elements of the Earth-organism system are interrelated; (5) our culture, language, and symbols are presently inadequate to explain Earth as a living organism; (6) sensing the totality of the Earth as a living system involves sensing the wholeness of yourself; and (7) the life of the planet is in continual fluctuation between tension and tension-release of energy. These assumptions are used to create a conceptual framework that accepts tension as the common denominator between people and the rest of life and a methodology which encourages people to experience and express feelings and thus reduce interpersonal tensions and become close to nature and animate feelings of self-preservation. (MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Audubon Society Expedition Institute
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