Bill Plotkin

“... to wander far from the familiar "home" of his adolescent ways of belonging, doing, and being. He must, as poet Mary Oliver puts it, "stride deeper and deeper into the world." His culture will greatly influence the manner in which he wanders, as will his gender, physical constitution, psychological temperament, age, and bio-region. In one culture, his wandering might take him geographically far from his hometown or village. In another culture, geographic movement will have little importance for the true depth of his wandering. What is critical is not whether he engages in this practice or that, or undergoes this ritual or another, but that his wandering changes his relationship to the world, that he leaves the home of his adolescent identity, and that his border crossings usher him into the mysteries of nature and psyché.”


Bill Plotkin, Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World
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Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World by Bill Plotkin
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