Member of the European Ecopsychology Society


Marcella Danon_Palermo 2007 Jorge Conesa-Sevilla
Neurocognitive psychologist
Ecopsychology is, for me...
Our area addresses an "Old Affliction" rooted in two psychologically distinguishable etiologies: Nature Estrangement and Nature Alienation.  Because these are an "old affliction" we ecopsychologists have potential access to diverse, cross-cultural wisdom.  Ecopsychology brings back to the social & behavioral sciences and to the humanities, the focus of studying eigenwelt-mitwelt-umwelt interactions, with the umwelt being understood as wilderness.   Addressing eigenwelt-mitwelt-umwelt interactions means deconstructing "psychology" to include Nature as the center of our studies; an ultimate force psychology.

In my personal life it translates into...
reconnecting with "nature" at many levels, affective, cognitive, and with new-found biomechanics,  from multiple perspectives: scientifically, poetically, mythical, practically, contemplative.  It means "simply" the daily practices of being "in Nature," "working in Nature" in ways that give rise to sustainable MIND-NATURE semiosis.  It means, always, going back to authentic telluric origins.

I teach ecopsychology in the area of:
Academically, I teach a full palette of courses designed to immerse individuals, abstractly and physically, in MIND-NATURE semiosis.  Practically/clinically, it involves addressing a number of diagnosable dis-affectations that signify the etiologies of nature estrangement and alienation.

I provide my services and do research in:

One of the workshops I lead is in:

Stalking Dis-Affectations

Recognition (diagnosis) of symptoms associated with nature estrangement and alienation as a preliminary step toward ecopsychological "intervention"

Examination of speech patterns, written habits, and schemas that clarify MIND-NATURE semiosis for a given individual.   Second, develop individualized practices that elucidate biosemiotic need.  Third, consultation as to what practices are best suited for an individual.

  • Evaluation of biomechanics and its relation to attentional and affective states
    Practice tracking as a practical task for mindfulness and to combat anthropocentrism.
  • Practice Zazen wandering.
  • Re-schematizing "endurance" as one resource in nature affiliation.
An initial, three-hour informational meeting.  Then, a review of the specific activities and associated outcomes-one hour.  Finally, a week-long experiential workshop in nature which includes a two-day intensive (personalized) retreat.   Including in the week-long excursion is a one-day debriefing where participant (participants) shared their insights and experiences..

Short Curriculm:
Jorge Conesa-Sevilla developed Semiotic Matrix Theory (SMT) in 1998 as a biosemiotic (and ecosemiotic) integral model of inter-disciplinary "ecologial interactions." In 2005, along with Marcella Danon, they began an ecopsychology group in Italy and Switzerland that later became the European Ecopsychology Society (EES). He reads and writes across disciplines with interests in evolutionary psychology, human ecology, and ecosemiotics (psycho-eco-semiotics). He continues to apply SMT to other proposals such as "Panarchy."

In addition to writing Ecological Outcome Psychological Theory (1999) and Ecopsychology as Ultimate Force Psychology: A Biosemiotic Approach to Nature Estrangement and Nature Alienation (2006), he has published many articles in the areas of semiotics, ecopsychological biosemiotics, and environmental philosophy. In 1989 he received a B.A. (triple-special major--Whole Human) combining psychobiology, Eastern religion and biology from Humboldt State University in California. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in experimental psychology from The University of Toledo, Ohio
My way of putting into practice the principles I teach...
  • Active, daily, and mindful participation in nature
  • Involvement with local governments and community working toward sustainable solutions
  • Teaching new generations of students of all ages how to reconnect with Nature in profound and long-lasting ways

A message for Earth...
There is no one "you" that can hear me.  I feel only the responsibility to do what is right: to bring my mind to a natural tempo, to clean up my own mess.

What I would like from EES and what topics I will like it to delve deeply in:
How a General Semantics (also semiotic and biosemiotic) approach can be used to re-address the role that language plays in our conceptualization of "nature," our relation to "it," and the means for formulating new telluric means for revamping language-schema habits that directly lead to a misinterpretation of "nature," and of our estrangement from its processes.

EES European Ecopsychology Society  -


EES Italia - ecopsicologia"at"
EES España - luzgredos"at"
EES Greece - c_apostolaki"at"


EES Usa -  jorgeconesa"at"
EES Uruguay - info"at"
EES Mexico - flor.roura"at"