Dr. Merritt grew up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin where he developed a deep connection with the land, hence the title of his four-volume Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe: Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology. He is particularly interested in the ecopsychological dimensions of Jungian theory and practice, working with an ecology of the psyche beginning at the intra-psychic level and extending to others and the environment. He lectures and conducts workshops demonstrating how dreams and the I Ching can be used to connect more deeply to the natural world. As an ecologist he finds the application of complexity theory to the main Jungian concepts to be the most meaningful way to talk about archetypes and conceptualizing the analytic process.
Winnicott and participation in Native American ceremonies since 1986 have strongly influenced his worldview.
DIPLOMATE ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland. (1983)
M.A. IN HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY: University of California, Sonoma. (1976)
PH.D. IN INSECT PATHOLOGY: University of California, Berkeley. (1976)
MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN ENTOMOLOGY: University of Wisconsin. (1967)
BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN ENTOMOLOGY: University of Wisconsin. (1966)
Association of Graduates of Analytical Psychology
International Association for Analytical Psychology
C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago
Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education