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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sloane Merrick
  • 04-02-21

Real Deal

this book is what you want for healing & wildness, which I think the two go together. ✨

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  • Oleksandra
  • 22-06-20

Very interesting

I was happy to hear that some psychotherapists consider soul in its relation to Spirit.
Very useful and interesting book.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Hammyhamster
  • 16-06-17

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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  • miss i a lovelock
  • 17-09-17

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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  • Mrs L
  • 20-03-21

Just what I needed!

This book has arrived at the perfect time. Whilst the narrator is somehow overly expressive and yet monotone, it doesn’t take away from this in depth look at soul discovery and exploration. Have bought the book as well which I rarely do!

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  • Ms W.
  • 04-03-21

Incredible researched and delivered

This incredible book answers a lot of questions and covers so much information and had me the listener intrigued and holding on to his every word. His voice is so appropriate and confirmed a lot I know and gave me more information. I have listened to it many times and never tire of its incredible wisdom and passion. A must listen for everyone especially interested in our soul, nature and growth towards wholeness and finding your soul’s path.

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  • Mr Hoof
  • 09-12-20

Bill's ode to himself

This read like a slightly nauseating and indulgent ode to the authors personal path and story trying very hard to disguise itself as a guidebook. It's relatively devoid of practical and actionable suggestions. It's also very repetitive. A trek into the wilderness with old bill might be lovely but his writing is sadly not

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

Good book, not so good narration

Loved the book and the stories shared in it. Didn't enjoy the narration, could have been done with more involvement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-19

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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  • 2achel
  • 29-07-17

Vision quests explained

After listening to this book, I now understand the what, why and how of vision quests. The book also places the ideas into a wider context for those who do not plan a vision quest. Very interesting

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  • Sarah
  • 30-03-21

Bill Plotkin will take you on a journey

A journey into the wilderness and your own inner wilderness. One of the best books I have ever read. I ended up buying the hardcopy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-20

Great multi faceted insight into connection with self and nature

The book is full of great examples, insights, stories, practises and literature.
Rich in deep psychology this book will be a go to guide for any one wanting more understanding to the nature of the soul and how to facilitate ways of being/becoming more connected with that element of which is mystified and subtle. A bedside go to for the naturalist, the seeker and any one from all walks of life. It’s never too late to pick this book up and journey into yourself with the guidance of some of the practise Bill offers.

The reader is clear and very articulated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

inspirational and uplifting

one to listen to again and again. loved all the stories and overall story. inspirational and soul-shaking

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  • Mrs. K. Skarbek
  • 05-11-19

Wonderful Insight into Wilderness Solos

I very much enjoyed this book. The subject matter centers around the experience of going into a wildnerness solo - just you and nature - no food - for a few days and the incredible changes that it can bring to your spiritual and personal life. I read it as I was about to do my own wilderness solo/vision quest and I found it informative but also a rich spiritual story around man's relationships with nature and his deeper, more wild self. Fantastic information for people looking to do a vision quest but just as wonderful to listen to if you want to get back out into nature and refind your peace and purpose.
The only downside was the narration - I found the strange accent of the narrator very offputting - he doesn't pronounce any of his 't's' which is very difficult to listen to - he voice is also somewhat monotonous in places, but it didn't put me off the book or the subject matter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-19

Insightful

Rich imagery and storytelling..loved it..this should be taught in schools...looking forward to more like this!

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  • Kusum
  • 27-02-19

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The book is extraordinary it has the propensity to change the direction of your life. The only thing for me is that I really dislike the voice of the narrator

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  • Katherine
  • 25-06-17

For the Love of life please Listen!

Incredible Work!! told with clarity and empathy. Grateful for the skills, wisdom and joy that I have collected in the listening. I know I shall return often to listen to some more!