John Davis, PhD

John Davis, PhD

John Davis, PhD

John has been leading wilderness rites of passage and other nature-based retreats since 1984. As a professor at Naropa University for many years, he directed the MA programs in ecopsychology and transpersonal psychology and taught wilderness therapy. A teacher of the Diamond Approach since 1983, he is the author of The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A. H. Almaas (Shambhala). He has written book chapters for the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature; Nature and the Human Spirit; Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment; and Ritual and Healing among other books, including—believe it or not—a book on dance aerobics. His ecopsychology and wilderness rites of passage articles have appeared in a number of journals, including Ecopsychology; The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies; and Russian and South African journals. His Diamond in the Rough work integrates his passions for the School’s approach to “primitive ecopsychology” and the Diamond Approach. Married and the father of three grown children and four grandchildren, John lives outside Boulder, Colorado. His website is at http://www.johnvdavis.com.