This project investigates the idea of the earth as an extension of self, in the development with a mutually sustaining and energising relationship between the body, the environment and each other.
It builds on existing research into ecology and eco-psychology (deep ecology, ecofeminism), somatic ecology, and Indigenous knowledge to develop a range of embodied environmental empathy exercises. These multi-sensory exercises enabled a comparative study of both prior and post participation responses. The study investigates the impact of improving one’s relationship with their body and the environment by invoking personal and planetary healing. This healing includes greater personal well-being, pro-environmental behaviours, and a transition to regenerative modes of thinking and interacting with the environment, rather than extractive paradigms.