Mar 20, 2022 • 1HR 4M

Nature, Spirit, and Disintegration

Join hosts Emma Nicholson and Chris Wells for Episode 10 with Eric Windhorst

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What can be positive about disintegration? Join us for an exploration of positive disintegration through conversation and shared stories. It’s a framework for understanding a variety of intense experiences that often look and feel like mental illness, but which can also be viewed as building blocks for creating an authentic personality.

In episode 10, Chris and Emma were joined by Dr. Eric Windhorst, a counsellor, coach, and psychotherapist committed to helping others connect with their inner nature (their true, authentic selves) and outer nature (the wider, more-than-human world). Eric shared his story with us and connected his experiences of personal growth and development with Dąbrowski’s theory as well as other frameworks. He discussed spirituality, an aspect of self that is often overlooked in intellectual frameworks, and we learned about Eric’s journey to becoming his authentic self. Eric recalled an experience working in a greenhouse during his teen years and how that led him to take a holistic approach in nurturing his clients and allowing them to discover themselves. He talked with us about the work he does with intense, gifted, creative, and highly sensitive adults, and how his own discoveries and transformations have informed his practice.

Poems that Eric shared with us

The Journey by David Whyte

The Way It Is by William Stafford

The Return by Geneen Marie Haugen

More from Eric

Eric’s website

Uniting Inner Nature and Outer Nature: Gifted Adult Development and Ecotherapy (PDF of Eric’s paper in Advanced Development Journal, Vol. 16)

We encouraged Eric to join us for the 2022 Dąbrowski Congress this summer. Chris and Eric first met at the 2018 Congress (PDF of the proceedings) in Naperville, IL.

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