A lifelong apprentice to nature and psyche, Hilary Leighton, PhD, MEd, IBP, RCC is associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University and an eco-psychotherapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice at True Nature Counselling and Psychotherapy. Drawing upon the wisdom of ecopsychology, depth psychology, shadow-work, whole systems thinking, dream tending, mythology, nature-and arts-based practices, and poetry, her research, teaching, and earth- and body-centred psychology reflect the ethical dilemma, suffering and loss of our relationship with what is wild and contemplates embodied, embedded learning as an initiatory journey toward maturation and a more soulful way of belonging to the world. She feels guiding others toward their true natures and genuine (genius) paths, to be a blessing. Leighton holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Victoria (2014), a Master of Education in Curriculum and Education from Simon Fraser University (2004), an Integrative Body Psychotherapy Certification, and is a Myers-Briggs Certified Instructor and not least of all, a TWTR facilitator. She was recipient of the University of Victoria Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Award (2012-14).
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
As above, every year I lead a three week graduate residency for the MAEEC that is built upon TWTR and offers many of the teachings found in Coming Back to Life. In fact, that is one of the textbooks my students purchase and read along with Dave Abram's Spell of the Sensuous (these two are good companions for the journey). I have also facilitated many Truth Mandalas, Open Sentences, Widening Circles, Councils of All Beings, Deep Time experiences, etc. for large and small groups over the last decade and a half as the need arises from audiences of 200 to intimate groups of 6-8. I weave Joanna's work (among others) into all curricula, it acts as "the bones" to what we flesh out together and embody individually in spaces of co-creative teaching and learning.