Ecosophy: An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm

Instructor: David Walczyk, EdD, LP, NCPsyA

7.5 CE contact hours for licensed NYS Social Workers, Psychoanalysts and Creative Arts Therapists.

“Individuals must become both more united and increasingly different.”– Felix Guattari

“Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.”– Carl Jung

In this course participants will be introduced to the ethico-aesthetic paradigm called Ecosophy, developed by French psychoanalyst Felix Guattari (1930-1992). Specific attention will be given to his text The Three Ecologies and its critique of capitalism’s effects on our personal and collective mental ecology (subjectivity), social ecology, and environmental ecology. We will connect The Three Ecologies and the psychological tools it provides directly to psychological wellness and clinical practice.

After unpacking and applying the Three Ecologies we will bring in Jung to help us answer the question, did Guattari overlook a fourth ecology? The ecology of spirit. Or might the ecology of spirit already permeate the three ecologies identified by Guattari?

Get ready for a ride into the funhouse of radical psychoanalytic and spiritual critique of capitalism and its intent to form and subjugate your individual and our collective mental, social, and environmental ecologies to its needs and desires. Leave the course with tools for individuating in our time of what Guattari called Integrated World Capitalism (IWC). Leave with new tools for tough times.

Learning Objectives
On completion of this class, you will be able to:

  1. Recall and explain Ecosophy
  2. Demonstrate a pragmatic understanding of Mental Ecology (subjectivity)
  3. Demonstrate a pragmatic understanding of Social Ecology
  4. Demonstrate a pragmatic understanding of Environmental Ecology
  5. Summarize the interdependence of The Three Ecologies
  6. Apply Ecosophy to personal development
  7. Apply Ecosophy to clinical practice
  8. Utilize new psychological tools for our tough times


Brother Damien Joseph, SSF, is a professed member of the Society of Saint Francis, an order of Franciscan Friars in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion. He currently serves as Provincial Secretary for the American Province. He received a BA from Pennsylvania State University and completed graduate study at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL (counseling and theology) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA (theology and ministry). He worked in counseling and case management roles in crisis counseling, inpatient mental health, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and correctional counseling. He values his roles as a teacher, a mentor, an advocate and a servant leader.

Maxson J. McDowell, PhD, LMSW, LP, is a senior Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  Former President of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, he is also a longtime faculty member. He has taught courses in dream interpretation online and in person for over 25 years.  He has published numerous papers on dream interpretation, Jungian psychology, narcissistic injury, systems theory and autism.

David Rottman, MA, is past President of the C.G. Jung Foundation and is a member of the Jung Foundation’s Continuing Education Faculty. He is the author of The Career as a Path to the Soul. He teaches courses on Jungian psychology in the United States and internationally. He has a private practice and is based in New York.

Maria Taveras, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City.  She is also an award-winning creator of Dream Art.  She creates art from images in her own dreams and is the recipient of two Gradiva Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for her Dream Art.  Her Dream Art has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, London, Montreal, and Cape Town.

David Walczyk, EdD, LP, is a Jungian-trained Psychoanalyst, Professor at NYU for 19 years, and a socially responsible design consultant based in NYC.  For over thirty years he has worked at the intersection of creativity, design, psychology, and spirituality. He was a Policy Fellow at the prestigious US National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, a Visiting Scholar at the US Library of Congress, has worked at Columbia University School of Business and General Electric R&D, and has reviewed and evaluated 10’s of millions of dollars in grant applications for the US Government. He was a member of the Board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Visit .

Program Information


$150 per single-day program registration. There are no scholarships available for this program.

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All 5-week courses are $175 for the general public and $150 for members.

Ecosophy: An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm

General Public


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