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Bill Plotkin

Bill is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution. As founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute (1981), he has guided thousands of people through nature-based initiatory passages and trains soul initiation guides. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide. Bill is the author of SoulcraftNature and the Human SoulWild Mind, and The Journey of Soul Initiation. His doctorate is in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Learn more about Bill and his work at

Events with Bill Plotkin

A New Cosmic Story
Open Dates

Saturday, July 6, 2024 “If humanity is to escape the stranglehold of the lonely king-of-the-mountain materialism that licenses planetary destruction, it will be when we all tell a new story about who we are and how we come to be in the universe expanding around and within us.” -Kathleen Dean Moore Join us for this inaugural, annual celebration of the New Cosmic Story with evolutionary cosmologists, Earth mystics, and soulcraft guides to the mysteries of nature and psyche. We’ll share insights, conversation, and experiential offerings that have roots in the wisdom of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Carl…