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Soulcraft

Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche
Narrated by: Rob Grgach
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
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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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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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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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must get hard copy too!

loved it so much (kept wanting to stop and highlight passages) that after listening all the way through, I've decided to also get myself a hard copy, to have as a manual. profound, wise, and beautiful.

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  • Joseph Amie
  • 13-01-18

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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  • Sebastian Beca
  • 19-12-17

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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  • L.Swan
  • 14-03-20

Life changing... if you’re ready for it

I started this audible back in August and now just finished it in March. Over these past 6 months, my life has changed dramatically.

I took pause at each moment I felt ‘at capacity’ with the material, to allow the words to resonate deeply, which in turn has manifested as me taking huge leaps toward living out my soul purpose.

While I’m not completely thru the awakening into my second adulthood, I am continuously held by the stories and affirmations that, it is for the betterment of myself, and the world, to maintain pace on my journey to soul—no matter how scary and uncertain each step may be.

Deep gratitude and respect to Bill Plotkin for authoring this book and following his soul path to bring others to theirs, and to Rob Grgach for his brilliant and soulful narration.

One final note: while I prefer audible, I also purchased the book as an easy reference guide. There are poems, excerpts and powerful questions that I find myself referring back to more often than my ability to effectively bookmark as I’m listening.

If there were such thing as a Soulcraft study group, I’d be in!

Other related books I love: The Four Agreements & The Celestine Prophecy — they weave together in a beautiful way that I believe has the power to change the world.

May you, too, find your SoulCraft!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-10-19

Great book

Overall Bill Plotkin's books are great, trying to describe abstract ideas that may have some relevance in some people's lives.

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  • Daniel T.
  • 10-07-19

Very important book Almost 5 stars

The overall message can't be overstated. Modernity, industrialization has neutered soul in the western world and most don't ever realize what the problem is.

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  • Evgenia
  • 18-02-19

Deep snd poetic

Poetic and deep explanation of how we can find meaning in our life. Just listen to it's stories of transformation towards soul centered life. 14 hours of this book send by quickly and left me longing for more.

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  • Kasha
  • 31-07-18

Great audiobook

great book if you don't have time to read it but still want to take it in.