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Affiliation: 
Integral Psychology Center
Title: 
Jungian Analyst
Expertise: 
Jungian Ecopsychology

Biography

Dennis Merrit formed a deep connection with the land by growing up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin where he spent countless hours with his dog roaming the woods and marshes along the river. By the time he finished a Ph.D. in Insect Pathology (microbial control of insects), he felt he had lost an important dimension of his relationship with nature. Merrit eventually discovered Carl Jung by being in Berkeley in the late '60s. Big dreams during his psychoanalytic training at the Jung Institute in Zurich sewed the seeds for integrating science and spirituality and developing a sacred sense about nature. This led to a holistic ecopsychological approach in his psychoanalytic practice and conducting week long Spirit in the Land conferences in 1991 and 1992 that attempted to connect people to the land via an integration of science, Jungian Psychology, and Native American spirituality. Twenty years of participation in Lakota Sioux sweat lodge ceremonies and nearly as many years attending sundances on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota have taught him the power of ritual in nature. These influences are reflected in a book in progress, The Dairy Farmers Guide to the Universe: Jung, Hermes, Ecopsychology and Post 9/11.