Soulcraft™ skills and practices evoke the world-shifting experience of soul encounter — the revelation of our unique mythopoetic identity, an identity expressed through symbol and metaphor, image and dream, archetype and myth, an identity embodied in a mysterious story that whispers to us in moments of expanded awareness and exquisite aliveness. The shape and rhythm of this story reveals the hidden treasure that each of us carries for the world — a world longing for the transformative contributions of visionary leaders and artisans of cultural renaissance. Soulcraft practices spring from wilderness rites, depth psychology, ecopsychology, the poetic tradition, nature-based peoples, and from the wild Earth itself — and comprise a contemporary, Western, and nature-rooted path to the terra mysterium of soul initiation.
Soulcraft practices include:
- Soulcentric dreamwork
- Deep imagery
- The way of council
- Solitude and soul tasks in nature
- Tracking and skillful nature observation
- Conversations with the more-than-human world
- Self-designed ceremony
- Shadow work
- Sacred wound work
- Befriending the dark
- Soul poetry and expressive arts
- Ecstatic trance drumming and movement
For a thorough introduction to Soulcraft™ and the underworld journey, read Bill Plotkin’s book, Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche.
For a visionary, nature-aligned model of human development, describing the eight stages of human life and the essential role of wild nature in each, see Plotkin’s Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World.
For an ecocentric map of the psyche — for healing, growing whole, and cultural transformation – see Plotkin’s Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche.
“Soulcraft” is a registered trademark of Bill Plotkin.