Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What do women, living embedded in a wilderness environment over an extended period of time, bring to consciousness and dialogue from their spiritual experiences in nature?
by Jones, Montanna Louise, M.A., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2012, 156; 1513330
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research was to bring to consciousness and dialogue the spiritual experiences of women who have lived a minimum of 20 years in a wilderness environment. A feminist approach using heuristic and organic inquiry methods provided a vehicle to collect and record the voices of five women, who lived in the wilderness for 20 years or more, off the grid. Having resided in the community with these women for that same period of time and having had many spiritual experiences in nature, I joined the other women in documenting our experiences. This research brought to light the widening gap in consciousness between those who live off the grid in wilderness areas and those who do not. Indigenous science, transpersonal psychology, ecofeminism, ecopsychology, education, and women's spirituality contribute a great deal to this conversation. Alternatives to the status quo are presented which give hope for our future relationship with the planet and possibilities for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grahn, Judy
Commitee: Feathers, Suu, Teish, Luisah
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Residential Women's Spirituality
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Ecopsychology, Education, Enviornment, Nature, Transpersonal psychology, Women's spirituality
Publication Number: 1513330
ISBN: 978-1-267-42586-7
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