Animas Valley Institute

Animas Valley Institute — founded by Bill Plotkin in 1980 — offers multi-day immersions into the wilds of nature and psyche for the purpose of retrieving the unique, mysterious identity hidden in the soul-waters of each life. Animas originated and continues to evolve a contemporary Western, nature-based approach to the journey of soul initiation — to our knowledge, the first of its kind.

While learning how to facilitate the encounter with soul, we discovered the vital importance of first cultivating all facets of innate human wholeness, resulting in one of the rare methods of human development that embraces the full spectrum of human capacities, an approach we call the Wild Mind work. Along the way, we were also fortunate to identify the ecocentric stages of life that lead to psychological maturity — true adulthood and elderhood. We call this model of human development the Soulcentric Wheel, a model that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation.

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The Two Streams of Animas Valley: Wild Mind and the Underworld of Soul

What’s New

New Essay by Bill Plotkin

A Brief Introduction to the Eco-Soulcentric Developmental Wheel (as presented in Nature and the Human Soul)

Bill Plotkin’s “Nature and the Human Soul” selected #1 of Eight Books Every Spiritual Seeker Should Read. Check it out!

SPECIAL OFFER! We are extending the Early Registration Discount ($170!) for our April Quest, April 12th-April 23. Few spots still available – don’t delay!

May Animas Quest All camping Quest, Get Early Bird Discount!

Soulcraft Intensive offered in New Mexico, May 13-17
Wild Mind, Breitenbush Hot Springs, May 31st-June 4th

2015 Programs

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Who We Are

Animas is a nonprofit organization of 10 to 15 guides and a small staff with offices in Durango, Colorado, USA. Since 2008, we have structured ourselves as a team-led, service organization with no executive director…

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What We Do

Founded in 1980, the institute offers a rich assortment of journeys into the mysteries of nature and psyche, including soulcraft intensives, contemporary vision fasts, and training programs for nature-based soul guides.

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Bill’s Books

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Bill Plotkin

Bill Plotkin

Learn more about Bill Plotkin, the founder of Animas Valley Institute.

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Upcoming Programs

Cortez, Colorado

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