A lifelong apprentice to nature and psyche, and a regeneratrix of radical (re)pair, Hilary is keen to stir-up the kind of trouble that animates those collective spaces of sympoesis essential to generating systems of increasing interdependence, intra-action and tentacularity. She is at home in ‘both-and’ entanglements that are both dark and fruitful and summon the vital emotional labour and deep response-abilities required to venerate living and dying in the ruins of the inbetweennesses; creating the conditions necessary to gestate a more imaginative, evolutionary repatterning for our flourishing ongoingness in service of all life.
With a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, and an Integrative Body Psychotherapy Certification, Hilary is Associate Professor at Royal Roads University, and Ecopsychotherapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice at True Nature Counselling & Psychotherapy. Drawing upon the wisdom of ecopsychology, depth psychology, systems thinking, the mythopoetic, and embodied, nature-responsive and arts-informed practices, her research, teaching and psychology seek ways to: inspire whole-human, ecologically intelligent epistemes; extend the notion of the individual psyche to a world ensouled; reflect the ethical dilemma, suffering, and loss of our relationships with wildness; and cultivate connections of beauty and belonging with sentient Earth.
While important knowledge has accrued through her formal studies, she credits her most transformative learning to the comprehensive number of Animas programs and trainings she participated in as well as her training with Joanna Macy as a Work That Reconnects facilitator. Living at the rocky edge of the west coast of Canada, she remains faithful to falling more deeply in love with moss-laden, coastal forests, slow-moving slugs, deep reflective waters, and her giant beloved Maremma companion, as they walk each other home.