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Chris Hoffman

Ecopsychologist, Poet, Climate Activist

Chris Hoffman is an ecopsychologist, poet, and climate activist with a professional background in organization development (applied group psychology) and counseling. 

Chris is the author of The Hoop and the Tree: A Compass for Finding a Deeper Relationship with All Life, (ecopsychology / spirituality), now in its 20th anniversary revised edition, expanded with a key new chapter: "The Hoop and the Tree for Healing and Transformation."

Chris is also the author of four books of poetry: Cairns, Realization Point, On the Way, and Son of the Earth. His poetry has appeared in national publications including Appalachia, The Christian Science Monitor, The Climbing Art, Sea Kayaker, Spiritus, Sufi Journal, and The Chrysalis Reader, and in the anthologies The Soul Unearthed and EarthLight: Spiritual Wisdom for an Ecological Age and So Many Voices. He enjoys performing his poetry both solo and in music and dance collaborations. His poetry deals with themes of nature, relationship, and spirit.  

As an organization development consultant and licensed professional counselor, Chris has worked in a variety of clinical and organizational settings, including consulting with a Fortune 500 energy company (from union level to executive), counseling at mental health agencies, and teaching ecopsychology at Naropa University. He holds a BA from Yale University, a Masters' degree from Northeastern University, and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Now retired, Chris devotes most of his time to writing and to volunteer work for social justice and a livable climate through putting a price on carbon and transitioning to renewable energy.

Chris is a long-time practitioner of Zen and T’ai Chi and has studied traditional psycho-spiritual healing practices and sacred dance. His wilderness experience includes backpacking, mountaineering, sea kayaking, and river running. With his wife he completed the 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago. He and his wife live in Boulder, Colorado.  They have one adult son.


PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS in addition to poetry and The Hoop and the Tree:

Hoffman, C. (2007). Change mastery, simplified. OD Practitioner, Fall Vol. 39 No 4. 5-10.
Hoffman, C. (1999). The tree in the hoop: The shape of all shapes.  The Quest, November/December, 223-227.
Hoffman, C. (1998). The hoop and the tree: An ecological model of health.  The Humanistic Psychologist, (26, 1/2/3) Spring/Summer/Autumn, 123-154.
Hoffman, C. (1995). Comfort zones: Establishing team norms.  The 1995 annual: Developing human resources - consulting. San Diego: Pfeiffer & Co. (Jossey-Bass) 29-39.
Hoffman, C., Wilcox, L., Gomez, E., & Hollander, C. (1992). Sociometric applications in a corporate environment. Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry, 45(1), Spring, 3-16.
Hoffman, C. (1988). An application of the sensitivity cycle to organizational groups. Hakomi Forum, Summer, 57-61. (ISSN 0884-5808).

The Afro-pop band Monkey Siren has recorded his lyrics on two CD’s.

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