DR. CORINNA J. MOEBIUS

Corinna Moebius

Eco-Spiritual Coaching,  Teaching & Experiences

Creative Resilience for Mind, Body, Spirit … and Planet

Times Are Changing ... Are You Ready?

If you’re feeling disoriented, disillusioned, and dismayed about the current state of the nation (and world), you’re not alone. How do you survive these times? How do you imagine and act when grieving loss and facing adversity? What’s your own role in liberation, healing, and change now and tomorrow? 

As your eco-spiritual guide, I help you open the way, reweave your life, and co-create change with courage and creative resilience. I also offer transformational walking and ritual experiences and workshops.

What Is Eco-Spiritual Coaching?

If you care about people and planet, and you’re feeling a Call to change your life, consider eco-spiritual coaching: an alternative to traditional life coaching.

As poet and activist Audre Lorde famously stated, “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” To prepare ourselves for the crises of today and tomorrow, we need a new way of thinking about our selves: one NOT rooted in the same kind of thinking that brought us these crises in the first place.

Unfortunately, the life coaching industry has become plagued with an ego-driven ethic of consumerism and exploitation: Multi-Level-Marketing ploys that hook people with promises of wealth and success. In contrast, eco-spiritual coaching is rooted in an ethics of caring sorely needed in today’s world. Eco-spiritual coaching honors balance and reciprocity, wholeness, connection, and solidarity. It strengthens creative resilience.

The tools I share with you are intended to help you survive and navi-create even in the midst of struggle and adversity. I offer my clients is a transformative way of thinking about themselves: one that draws on the wisdom of nature, recent research in the eco/social sciences, and philosophies, metaphysics, and tactics that have helped centuries of exploited and persecuted peoples survive and pursue liberation and change.

Fundamental to my approach is an emphasis on understanding that we are embedded in–and not separate from–the Living Earth: Gaia. What we are doing to the natural world (and our fellow humans who are all part of this world) we are doing to our own selves and our descendants.

As a social scientist, changemaker, and mystic, I help you liberate you mind, body and spirit from techniques of social control disguised in pretty packages. I offer insights on what you and your family and community can do to brace for what lies ahead. I work with changemakers, border-crossers, healers, spiritual persons, social entrepreneurs, artist/creatives, progressives, and anyone else who cares. (Re)integrate your mind, body and spirit with the Living Earth.

  • Embody the wisdom and skills of archetypal figures like the trickster, whose lessons help humans navi-create in times of struggle
  • Engage in critical, creative, collaborative and reflexive inquiry
  • Cycle reflection with action
  • Discover your agency
  • Communicate and connect across “borders”
  • Cast off the spells of paralyzing thoughts and exploitation ethics
  • Learn how learn through your body
  • Discern tools of entrapment by understanding their origins
  • Summon courage
  • Discover your gifts
  • Recognize your capacity to co-create and transform through collective self-effort
  • Create a space for rituals of personal and collective grieving, gratitude, communion and healing
  • Receive the insights that arrive when you are listened to (and listen) deeply, attentively and with genuine caring
  • Re-imagine yourself as a bundle of relationships
  • Cultivate sensitivity, relationships of solidarity, and spaces of belonging with human and non-human communities
  • Root yourself in an ethics of caring
  • Find your wholeness
  • Deepen your your ability to learn from and through your body and creative expression
  • Re-imagine home and your relationship to it
  • Strengthen your resilience with roots and routes
  • Nurture attentiveness to the healing and teaching gifts of your surroundings, havens and crossroads, and the Living Earth

Corinna has inspired me to go back to my community and impact change. She has invigorated me in a profound way!

The knowledge that you shared with me will forever be of value to me no matter where I go in life. I will always remember your constant encouragement and motivation even when I thought I did not deserve it.

Corinna Moebius in a tree

About Corinna J. Moebius, Ph.D.

Hi. I’m an eco-spiritual guide, teacher, writer and speaker. I’ve prioritized care for people, place and planet throughout my life and career.

My academic and professional work has earned me awards, widespread recognition, and international media coverage. For instance, PBS profiled me in the documentary series, “Women and Girls Lead.” I’m profiled in a popular book on urban planning based on my innovative efforts to ensure that everyday folks have access to the decision-making that impacts where they live and work. The National Trust for Historic Preservation publicly recognized my civic leadership in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Read more about my background and education here.

When I’m not working with clients, you might find me writing on my wraparound porch, interacting with wild birds (and friendly neighbors), walking in forests and in cities, and continuing to meet and create and collaborate with people from every walk of life. I dedicate myself to the Living Earth and to peace among all who dwell on the land.

My Approach

Traditional life coaching relies on a Western European notion of the individual. It assumes that people can change their lives simply by making different choices, giving them control over their behaviors, social relationships and their environments. It sets us up for disappointment when we do not get the results or outcomes we expect.

This notion of “self” has no ties to an ethics of caring for community or planet. It ignores the fact that we humans are embedded in nature and the social relations of communities. What happens when the outcomes we seek have harmful ripple effects on others, and on the environment?

An ego-driven ethic of exploitation leads to devastating effects for all of us. More and more people are now realizing that these ripple effects eventually touch our own lives. 

My approach to eco-spiritual coaching draws on ideas of the self that honor an ethics of caring. Because it emphasizes the power of relationships, it strengthens our creative resilience so together we can face hard times ahead. Working together, we can make change.

The tools I share with my clients engage five primary types of thinking, all of which activate a more caring and resilient self:

  1. Integrative & Critical Thinking
  2. Embodied Creative & Eco-Spiritual Wisdom
  3. Eco-Systems Thinking
  4. Cyclical Time & Relational Space Thinking
  5. Collective/Community Knowledge-Sharing & Expression

1. Integrative & Critical Thinking

Scientists and thought leaders increasingly emphasize the need for “undisciplined” knowledge in order to address today’s big challenges. Yet so many of us have been trained to think in the silos of a particular discipline, sector or subject area of expertise.

In times of struggle, we cannot afford to put blinders on. Doing so hinders our ability to think creatively and work collaboratively. You can learn how to think “outside the box” by understanding how and why the box was constructed in the first place (critical thinking). 

When you apply integrative and critical thinking in your own life, you’re more likely to see possibilities you might have otherwise ignored. You may feel excited to learn and share knowledge with others. And your skill at discernment will help protect you and your loved ones from rabbit holes with unpleasant dead ends.

Pictured above is my dissertation committee: two anthropologists (both  race scholars), me, a sociologist/Cuban diaspora scholar, an architect and a geographer.

Marisol Blanco

2. Embodied Creative & Eco-Spiritual Wisdom

Traditional ideas of the self reinforce the idea that our body is subservient to our mind. For example, we typically receive advice to change our thoughts in order to change our behaviors. 

We can learn through and with our entire body, however. And through movement and other forms of bodily expression, we can shift our thoughts. 

When you realize that your body is not a solid object “dominated” by your head/mind, you open yourself to a kind of awareness that is absolutely vital to facing adversity. You may already realize that you are part of a web of relationships (e.g., family, the people you know and trust, etc.). The next step is to understand the web of relationships that flows through you and beyond you. This is a process of feeling and sensing yourself as part of the natural and spiritual world.

You already have the capacity for this kind of sensing. Just remember the last time you were with a group of people doing the wave or cheering and singing, feeling collective joy. Or when you were in a natural setting, feeling complete interconnectedness and union with everything around you …

My dance teacher Marisol Blanco is pictured above, representing Yemayá, divinity of the ocean.

Marisol Blanco

3. Eco-Systems Thinking

Eco-systems thinking is another kind of knowledge essential for facing the trials of today and tomorrow. Eco-systems thinking involves understanding the interdependent relationships in eco-systems: ripple effects. Many of us are not even aware that we are part of our local eco-systems. We do not know about our bioregion.

We may not have consciousness about how our daily actions impact the world in which we live: locally and well-beyond our local region, now and well into the future. We can also draw on systems thinking to examine relations of power, and the ripple effects of related practices, processes and policies across time and space.

When we make decisions grounded in an ethics of caring and guided by eco-systems thinking, we generate ripples of healing, growth, transformation. When we analyze 

For instance, we can’t understand a polluted river just by observing it in its current state. We must ask who and what is impacted by the pollution (and how) (throughout the watershed), what is causing the pollution, who benefits from continuing the pollution, etc.

The photo above was taken during my certification course with Grow Permaculture, where I learned directly from renowned permaculturalist Koreen Brennan.

Marisol Blanco

4. Cyclical Time & Relational Space Thinking

I understand time as cyclical, not linear; themes and scenarios from the past continue to re-emerge in the present. Inspired by the great Haitian scholar Michel Rolph-Trouillot, I illuminate the processes used to silence particular histories and create “single stories.” These single stories can profoundly impact our individual and collective identities.

As a college student, I worked as a researcher on the Race & Ethnicity chapter for the Historical Atlas of Massachusetts. This experience sparked my desire to learn stories about the relationship between people and place. Currently, I am writing a book about the development of a heritage district in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood and its impact on Cuban American identity.

Land is a material, sensory space, but we experience it differently based on how we live in our bodies, how others treat our bodies, and the histories that inform how others treat our bodies. I understand and “feel” space (and my own body) as a weaving of flows of power, stories, and human/non-human relations. Our identities are formed in part by how we ascribe meanings to places, how we make relationships between places meaningful, and how we create and believe stories about a particular place/time and the people associated with it.

Pictured above is the cover of a book I co-authored: A History of Little Havana, a people’s history of the famous Miami neighborhood.

 

Marisol Blanco

5. Collective/Community Knowledge-Sharing & Expression

I deeply value the knowledge and solidarity that develops through collaborative sharing and dialogue with others, especially across lines of social difference. When we co-create with others different from ourselves, we learn and benefit from each person’s unique perspective, life experience, and contributions. We open opportunities for building relationships and alliances. What we learn may help us to release ourselves from “single stories”–including single stories about ourselves.

Beginning in high school, I began developing friendships with people from diverse backgrounds and from historically silenced communities. I’ve lived in predominantly Latin@ neighborhoods for most of my adult life. Listening to personal stories of discrimination from my Black and Brown friends in particular instilled in me a deep level of empathy, sensitivity and awareness. In my 20s, I became particularly concerned about differential access to spaces for knowledge-making and sharing, both online and in the lived, material world. You can read more here.

As a consultant, I have advised cities and regions how to build more equitable and inclusive processes for stakeholder participation in the decisions that impact where people live and work. I wrote a federally funded youth civic engagement curriculum piloted in after-school programs nationwide.

When I led a South Florida civic engagement initiative, I launched the region’s first summit on arts and civic engagement and a series of changemaker summits focused on inclusive placemaking and sustainability. I’ve produced (and performed at) numerous small- and large-scale arts and cultural events and festivals where diverse people meet and experience collective joy.

Above is a photo of a World Cafe community dialogue I facilitated as director of a regional civic engagement initiative (“Imagine Miami”) for South Florida.

Corinna Moebius is the embodiment of talent, passion, compassion, boundless generosity and above all action. I have enjoyed working with her and have watched all of her community empowerment projects grow into networks of proactive communities and successful civic engagements.”

Evelin Ramirez-Gleasman

President, Community Builders of America

Group synthesis activities are very challenging. You need someone who can communicate to the group and to each individual, in multiple modalities. Corinna has a deep, intuitive sense about different learning styles, interpersonal reactions to group activities, and creating space for individual co-learning and expression. She sees the forest, and each tree at the same time. She can communicate complex material in a form that everyone understands: via word, image, sound, motion, and silence. I would never venture into a group synthesis activity without her wisdom..”

Anthony Olivieri

Founder/Principal, FHEED LLC (Food for Health, the Environment, Economy & Democracy)

For 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunters and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world. Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.”
— Janine Benyus, American science writer

Encounters with Strangers Along the Path

On a balmy Sunday in May, I decided I'd finally go for a walk along a walking trail I'd heard about from a neighbor. I'm still relatively new to my Baltimore neighborhood, so I was thrilled to learn about it! The path connects two neighborhoods via a bridge over...

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