James has been facilitating nature-based archetypal experiences and integration around the world for many years. He holds a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology and the Certificate in Ecopsychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. His doctoral research provides a foundation for an archetypally patterned ecotherapy integrating different approaches into a regenerative relationship to the entire earth community. He has been a guest lecturer at Grand Valley State University on topics such as shamanic traditions, Jungian art and aesthetics, world mythology, and the hero’s journey. He is the author of the upcoming Hilltending Notebooks, a series of ebooks on nurturing health and wellness in our relationship to the earth. His previous publications include journal essays, the collection of poetry A Language We Once Knew, and the photography for Jason Kirkey’s Estuaries. He currently lives on a small farm in west Michigan with his wife, three border collies, and a flock of Dorper sheep, where they are in the process of researching and implementing regenerative practices for psyche and earth.
Hilltending has also grown out of my personal experiences in and with nature.