Animas Valley Institute
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The Animas Valley Institute — founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980 — offers multi-day immersions into the wilds of nature and psyche for the purpose of retrieving the unique, mysterious identity hidden in the soul-waters of each life. Animas originated and continues to evolve a contemporary Western, nature-based approach to the journey of soul initiation — to our knowledge, the first of its kind. While learning how to facilitate the encounter with soul, we discovered the vital importance of first cultivating all facets of innate human wholeness, resulting in one of the rare methods of human development that embraces the full spectrum of human capacities, an approach we call the Wild Mind work. Along the way, we were also fortunate to identify the eco-centric stages of life that lead to psychological maturity — true adulthood and elderhood. We call this model of human development the Soulcentric Wheel, a model that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation. Our work is to support the necessary consciousness shift from an ego-centric culture through the process of eco-awakening and then to visionary adulthood thereby regenerating the culture.