Section 12: TRACK 1

Anima Mundi: Listening to the Art and Soul of Nature

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Track 1: Anima Mundi

The idea that the world itself may have a soul has become prominent again in various spheres of thought, including archetypal psychology, Gaia theory, eco-feminism, and consciousness studies. If the world does have a soul or psyche, might this psyche ‘speak’ in the same symbolic language and imagery as the personal or collective unconscious – through art and dreams? In this track, we’ll weave together discussions of Nature’s creativity and creative expression, pan-psychism/pan-experientialism, and more.

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Bonnie Tarwater

Rev. Bonnie Tarwater has served both United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist churches and was ordained in 1999. She has been the first woman minister in most of the churches she has served and is currently the director of the Center for AWE, Art, Wisdom and the Earth, a home church. She grew up in Asia and worked previously in the professional theater as a director, producer, playwright, actress and drama teacher and founded a theater in San Diego prior to entering the ministry. She continues to explore the visual and performing arts and dream work to open our hearts, create community, serve God and teach about our oneness with creation.

Bonnie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego, CA; a Masters of Fine Arts in Theater from The American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA and a Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology and has a certificate as a dream facilitator from the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work. Her grown sons are David who will be married next year and Ben who recently married Ariel.Bonnie is married to Dr. Walt Rutherford a Marriage and Family Therapist.

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