Section IX: Reimagining and Reinventing Bodily-Spiritual Health

Track 6: Eco-feminism
(Heather Eaton)


The convergence of ecology and feminism offers many possibilities that will be explored in depth in terms of basic assumptions, essential history and analyses, compelling issues and promising directions. Ecofeminism, like Whitehead, rejects Cartesian dualism, and grounds its critiques in concrete experience, especially that of women.


Key Concepts and Questions:

  • Ecological consciousness and the global awareness of women’s rights are shaping human consciousness in evolutionary and revolutionary ways. What is the significance of this for moving towards an ecological civilization?
  • What are the intersections points between women and nature that have contributed to their mutual oppression in many cultures around the world?
  • What are the current ideological forces, social practices and structural systems that continue to limit the potential of women and denigrate the natural world?
  • What ecofeminist insights bring to the conversation of a planetary civilization?
  • What particular contributions is the connection between ecology and feminism bringing forth that are necessary for current planetary transformations?
  • Models of selfhood assumed or constructed by our economic systems. What alternatives to homoeconomicus can be imagined, such as a web of relations?


Track Sessions #1
Friday, June 5
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ecofeminism: Emergence and Global Relevance
Heather Eaton, Saint Paul University, Ottawa


Track Sessions #2
Friday, June 5
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Larry Rasmussen


Track Sessions #3
Saturday, June 6
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Discussion of Conference Themes


Track Sessions #4
Saturday, June 6 
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Edible Entanglements and the Politics of Food
Shelley  Dennis


Track Sessions #5
Saturday, June 6 
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Ecofeminist Models of Selfhood
Terra Rowe, Drew University


Track Sessions #6
Sunday, June 7
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Kimberly Carfore, California Institute of Integral Studies


Track Sessions #7
Sunday, June 7
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ecofeminism and Spirituality in Higher Education
Jane Jepson, Counselor, Cypress College & PhD student, California Institute of Integral Studies


Track Sessions #8
Sunday, June 7
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Open Discussion


Related Readings:

Eaton, Heather. Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies.  London: T&T Clark International, 2005.

Eaton, Heather and Lois Ann Lorentzen Ecofeminism & Globalization: Exploring Culture, Context, and Religion.  Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2003.

Giacalone, Robert and Carole L. Jurkiewiez, eds. Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2002.

Mallory, Chaone, “Locating Ecofeminism in Encounters with Food and Place,” J Agric Environ Ethics (2013) 26:171–189

McKenna, Erin., “Feminism and Farming: A Response to Paul Thompson’s the Agrarian Vision,” J Agric Environ Ethics (2012) 25:529–534.

Mies, Maria, and Vandana Shiva. Ecofeminism. London : Zed Books, 1993.

Plumwood, Val. Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. London: Routledge, 1993.

Riley-Taylor, E. (2002). Ecology, Spirituality, and Education: Curriculum for Relational Knowing (Counterpoints). Bern, CH:  Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2002.

Santos, Esperanza and Margie Lancanilao, “Women Contributing to Food Sovereignty through Sustainable Agriculture,” Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies 2011 26 (1–2): 447-451

Spretnak, C. (2011). Relational Reality: New Discoveries of Interrelatedness that are Transforming the Modern World. Topsham, ME: Green Horizon Books, 2011.

Vance, Linda, “Ecofeminism and Wilderness”,  NWSA Journal Vol. 9, No. 3, (Autumn, 1997), pp. 60-76.