Emma Palmer is a relational body psychotherapist, ecopsychologist, supervisor and facilitator. She’s been a practising, registered therapist since 2003 and is based in Bristol, UK. Emma encountered Buddhism in 1995 and was ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order from 2005-2016. She has since taken the precepts in the Soto Zen tradition and has led and/or supported retreats in the UK at Taraloka and Gaia House, Ecodharma in Spain, and is a long-distance supporter of the Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Center in Colorado. In 2012 Mantra Books published her first book, Meditating with Character, and she has since published numerous papers and three further books: Other than Mother, Bodywise and #MeToo: Counsellors and Psychotherapists Speak about Sexual Violence and Abuse. She’s felt extraordinarily appreciative of practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ecopsychologist Emma Palmer reflects on the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the explosion of tributes and condemnations that followed. How can we honor both the grief and the rage, while working to dismantle the systems of oppression that still enmesh us?
A journey to an ancient landscape inspires a British ecopsychologist and dharma practitioner to reflect on the contraction of her life during the pandemic and how Buddhist teachings help her stay open.