Stepping Stones to Wholeness

Becoming More Fully Human

For the past twenty years I have been teaching an environmental science course at Penn State for non-science majors. During this time I have experimented with many ways of inviting students into direct encounters with the wild world of nature, as well as their own inner wilderness.

In the winter of 2007, I decided to organize all the various course exercises, practices, activities and field studies into a coherent manual. I was aided in my effort by Austin Mandryk, who shaped and enriched this manual. Working together we have created a series of twenty explorations that serve as “awakening” opportunities.

These explorations are grouped into four sections. Taken together this four-part journey has the power to awaken body-mind-soul to the gift of life. Walk lightly, follow your heart, open to the mystery....