Margaret, everyone I gave the book to has been so appreciative, whether they live in Colorado or not. I thought it would stimulate family members in other beautiful locations in California, Oregon and Virginia to look at their own areas more deeply and it has.
I’ve just graduated from Vanderbilt University and feel overwhelmed with my failure to put this to use at a top-notch firm or company. My heart tells me that I should follow my passion for hiking and the benefits it has provided me in understanding myself and what it is to be human. I know that you have led groups on silent hikes and are an ecopsychologist- I’m wondering what advice you can give me as I look for a job in this field while attempting to achieve financial independence.
I understand your frustration, especially if your degree was in a field that doesn’t necessarily have a “listing” on Monster.com or wherever. There are certainly no jobs out there for ecopsychologists, per se, you have to make up a business for yourself based on your skills and interests and experience.
If you like hiking, you might consider jobs where you can put your other skills and experience to use. You can get a job working for a non-profit that does trail work in your area (in my area it’s the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and Continental Divide Trail Alliance), in their corporate development or other administrative capacity. You could look into starting your own outfitting business, depending where you live.
Degrees like ecopsychology do require some creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in order to make a living and still do what you believe it. It’s very challenging in this cubicle-corporate culture. But it’s not impossible. There are a lot of people doing things like teaching fly fishing, outfitting, leading retreats, supervising trail work or park ranging. It just depends on your other skills.
I'm Margaret Emerson, a freelance writer, designer and ecopsychologist, and this is my collection of essays and suggested activities on how to connect with nature through contemplative practices while hiking.
All the trails and locations mentioned are in Colorado, within a 2 hour drive from the Denver metro area.
The book, "Contemplative Hiking Along the Colorado Front Range" is available for sale directly from me at http://www.imagesandadjectives.com/whoweare.html, from Amazon.com, or from Denver/Boulder booksellers such as Tattered Cover, Boulder Bookstore or Barnes & Noble. Click on book cover image on the left of this page for more information or to place an order.
I invite you to start by reading "What Is Contemplative Hiking?" at http://contemplativehiking.com/what-is-contemplative-hiking/ and then browse through the posts, which can be found on the "Categories" list on the left side of this page.