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Publisher's Summary

Since 1980, depth psychologist Bill Plotkin has been guiding women and men into the wilderness - the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the American West - but also into the wilds of the soul. He calls this work soulcraft.

There's a great longing in all people to uncover the secrets and mysteries of our individual lives, to find the unique gift we were born to bring to our communities, and to experience our full membership in the more-than-human world. This journey to soul is a descent into layers of the self, much deeper than personality, a journey meant for each one of us, not just for the heroes and heroines of mythology.

A modern handbook for the journey, Soulcraft is not an imitation of indigenous ways, but a contemporary nature-based approach born from wilderness experience, the traditions of Western culture, and the cross-cultural heritage of all humanity. Filled with stories, poems, and guidelines, Soulcraft introduces over 40 practices that facilitate the descent to soul, including dreamwork, wilderness vision fasts, talking across the species boundaries, council, self-designed ceremony, nature-based shadow work, and the arts of romance, being lost, and storytelling.

©2003 Bill Plotkin (P)2017 Tantor

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"Here is an abundantly wise and carefully crafted survival guide for the wild soul currently dozing (or dying) at the heart of your civilized life." (David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous)

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interesting ideas but nearly unlistenable

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yes, but i had to eventually quit listening and actually read the book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Rob Grgach has one of the worst voice over accents i've listened to. i began to laugh at this work whenever i would hear him say "mount-in" or "fount-in" (mountain , fountain). it was so distracting, i had to stop.

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So heartfelt

A wonderful book, recitation and underlying teachings. Great to step down into your soul and give life to your vision.

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  • Hammyhamster
  • 06-16-17

Amazing book, not as good reader

I loved this book but I have to admit I find the voice tricky to come to terms with. There is so little emotion or creative performance.

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  • miss i a lovelock
  • 09-17-17

book of the year !

this book changed my life when I read it, stuck in the doldrums and looking for some understanding of the deep yearning I felt for a richer, more purposeful life....
I am more alive now nearing 50 than ever before ..more connected to myself, my reason for being alive and to life on earth..thank-you bill plottkin and geneen haughan who helped him craft this wonder.

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  • 2achel
  • 07-29-17

Vision quests explained

After listening to this book, I now understand the what, why and how of vision quests. The book also places the ideas into a wider context for those who do not plan a vision quest. Very interesting

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  • Katherine
  • 06-25-17

For the Love of life please Listen!

Incredible Work!! told with clarity and empathy. Grateful for the skills, wisdom and joy that I have collected in the listening. I know I shall return often to listen to some more!