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Susan B. Eirich, Author

Susan Eirich feeding a deer fawn
Susan with Buttercup, an orphaned mule deer fawn


Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D.

Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, biologist, and practical visionary. Her goal has always been to see through others’ eyes as a way to enhance understanding between cultures, peoples and species. She blends animal and human psychology into an ecopsychology and spiritual ecology perspective.

Founding Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary & Retreat Center in 2000, she pioneered Reconnection Ecology®, a unique approach toward global conservation and preservation based on her experiences living with rescued wild animals over their lifetimes. In every venue she can, Susan shares startling and heart-opening stories and videos that demonstrate why deeply understanding wild animals can heal the trauma that humans, animals, and our Earth are currently experiencing. 

“Expanding our sense of community to truly include all Life is a very effective way to address climate change because we begin to see the interconnected systems of how nature works.”

– Susan B. Eirich, Author

Susan Eirich as a toddler with her father
Susan and her father in their garden in
Cambridge, England
Susan Eirich building a wigwam as a dog companion lays nearby
Susan building an authentic wigwam at Manitoga, a Nature Conservancy Preserve in the Hudson Highlands
Susan Eirich riding a sorrel horse through the woods
Susan travelling the Yellowstone to Yukon Wildlife Corridor
(Photo by Wayne Sawchuck)

Susan has taught psychology at universities around the world, worked in maximum-security prisons, developed a university counseling center, directed a Nature Conservancy Preserve and lived in remote corners of Nepal, the Mid- and Far East, the Northwest Territories and the Amazon rainforest. She believes it is urgent to inspire the global community to expand wildlife corridors in a network throughout the continents, and works to preserve her local Yellowstone to Yukon wildlife corridor, the last intact wildlife mountain corridor in the world.

“All Life is sacred is a radical statement, because if we believe it, it means a profound reordering of how we live, consume and function together as a society. But we need a radical shift. To solve our ecological crisis human consciousness must expand to connect with all Life, with its multitude of wisdoms, intelligences and spirit.”

– Susan B. Eirich, Author

An Invitation to Participate in a Book

A woman is transformed by an experience with a dying kitten.
A man is forever changed by an interaction with a group of trees.
A runner pausing over a rushing river hears the words,” Everything must change…”
We have profound experiences in nature more often than many think.

I invite you to share an experience in nature that has moved you. 

Where do we go for solace, healing, and hope in turbulent times? Our natural instinct is to turn to each other and to nature. Many of us have had profound experiences in nature, but society doesn’t offer support for them or the teachings they offer. And yet, these experiences light a path to the way nature works and illuminate our integral connection to and expression of it. These experiences guide us to an ancient wisdom within us where we can access creative solutions to our current crises. Recognizing, trusting, and sharing these experiences makes them more powerful. I call this Reconnection Ecology®.

It is crucial that we support each other in this endeavor. In this spirit, I would like to invite you to share a profound experience you have had in nature for possible inclusion in a book I am writing about Reconnection Ecology®. It is my hope this will contribute to a tipping point where we expand our awareness to include all Life in our decisions. Please know that anything you offer will be held in the strictest confidence.

If you are interested, send an email to and we will forward more details. If your experience is selected and you agree, I may give you a call to further explore the dimensions of your experience. We may also hold online conversations where we can share these experiences and inspire one another.

Get in Touch

Susan B. Eirich can be reached via email at