Who Are We?

“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” ― Joanna R. Macy

We are a group of practitioners, activists, facilitators and thinkers in the domain of Deep Ecology and the Work That Reconnects in Australia and New Zealand. Through this website we aim to refresh and update access to the wealth of Deep Ecology and Ecophilosophy material already available.

We are also directing our energies to the challenges confronting us: a world where climate change is already upon us, a time of isolation, uncertainty and anxiety brought about by pandemic and conflict. For us, part of this means re-imagining the ways Deep Ecology theory and process is made accessible, including via online workshops.

In addition elders of the movement such as Arne Naess, our approach draws great inspiration from the work of Joanna Macy, and from the life and work of John Seed. We acknowledge the rich vein of nature connection which John has fostered in the Deep Ecology movement as it manifests in Australia and Oceania.

  • John Seed: Bio
    John Seed is founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia. With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Professor Arne Naess, he wrote “Thinking Like a Mountain – Towards a Council of All Beings”
  • Eshana Bragg: Bio
    Eshana is a pioneer in the field of ecopsychology, and has been facilitating deep ecology workshops and the Council of All Beings since the mid-1990’s. She even wrote her PhD about it!
  • Skye Cielita Flor: Bio
    Skye grew up on a farm in South Africa and spent her early yearsimmersed in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation before going on towork as a wilderness guide. She then spent 5 years living in thePeruvian Amazon jungle where she was immersed in the study oftraditional folk medicine (curanderismo) with her indigenous Shipiboteachers of the Mahua-Lopez […]
  • Miraz Indira: Bio
    Miraz has co-facilitated group work with Skye for a number of years, in the form of healing retreats in Peru and deep ecology immersions and workshops in Australia. He has a background in corporate law, dispute resolution, counselling and plant medicine.  He feels that there is something in this deep ecology stuff that is: true… like bird song or […]
  • Patrick: Bio
    ▪︎ Patrick Anderson is a forest activist and student of Buddhism. Since the 1980’s he has participated in and occasionally led Deep Ecology workshops and processes in Australia and Europe. Patrick is a research associate at the Australian National University, president of the Rainforest Information Centre, and chair of the High Carbon Stock Approach, a […]
  • Inna Alex: Bio
    Inna Alex is a passionate deep ecology facilitator, community organizer,  and sustainable living educator. Her earth-based lifestyle in Tui Community, New Zealand, has provided her with many practical skills in permaculture living, organic gardening, healing foods, group facilitation, relationship and women’s work
  • Br. Tenzin (Dr. Alex Anderson): Bio
    Tenzin began his path toward Deep Ecology PhD on impacts of Climate Change on biodiversity. Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, to seek a more fundamental understanding and connection to the natural world, in 2017 he ordained as a monk in the Buddhist tradition.