About Irene

About the author, Irene Friesen Wolfstone

I live in Treaty 1 territory in eastern Manitoba, a region traditionally inhabited by Ojibwe First Nation.  I am an elder ecofeminist settler living on sacred land where an ancient indigenous culture left signs of their respect for Mother Earth. In response, I work on decolonizing myself so that I can listen to Her voice in embodied, relational, creative and unitive ways. My lifelong journey from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism accelerated 15 years ago and brought me to this place where living in a round home inspires me to think outside the box and to explore an ecocentric way of being.  Motivated by deep concern about the impact of climate change on the earth-home I leave to my grandchildren. This website allows me to share my learnings from my Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (2016) and to lay the foundation for doctoral studies.

My Learning Journey

  • MA – Integrated Studies (Athabasca University) 2016
  • B.A. (U.Manitoba) 1972;   Cert.Ed. (U.Manitoba) 1974;  B.Th. (CMBC) 1978.
  • 30+ years experience as an educator in high schools, adult education and corporate training
  • Applied Counseling Certificate (U.Manitoba, Continuing Education)
  • Focusing & Complex Trauma Certificate (Prairie Region for Focusing)
  • Focusing Oriented Therapist (Focusing Institute)
  • advanced training with Foundation for Shamanic Studies

Academic Publications and Presentations

 Academic Publications

  •  “Becoming Ecocentric: Transgressive Learning” accepted for publication as a chapter in conference book. Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).
  • “Deconstructing Necrophilia,”” Canadian Woman Studies Journal, 31(1-2), 7-13. Will be reprinted as a chapter in forthcoming book published by Inanna Press.
  • Mnajdra: Cosmology of the Sky,” Journal of Integrated Studies (forthcoming)

Articles in peer review

  • “Learning to Become Ecocentric” submitted for publication to Canadian Journal of Environmental Education.

Peer-reviewed academic presentations

  • “Indigenous Matricultures” presented to AWSM, March 25, 2017.
  • “Becoming Ecocentric: Narratives of Transformation” presented to Under Western Skies Conference at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Sept 27-30, 2016
  • “Becoming Ecocentric: Facilitating Connectedness to Nature” presented to Holistic Education Conference at University of Manitoba, May 12-15, 2016
  • “Becoming Ecocentric: A Transgressive Pedagogy” presented to CGCER conference at University of Alberta, Nov.5-7, 2015
  • “Mnajdra: Cosmology of the Sky,” presented to SEAC2014 conference at University of Malta, Sept.22-25, 2014

Non peer-reviewed publications

Megalithic Temple built in Neolithic Era. Gozo, Malta. 2012.


2 Responses to About Irene

  1. Dawn Work-MaKinne says:

    Irene, I was so touched by your presentation at our ASWM panel on Saturday. Would you be willing to share your PowerPoint with me? I would like to use it as a jumping off point to begin stretching my mind in some new directions! Bright and deep blessings, Dawn

    • Irene Friesen Wolfstone says:

      Hi Dawn. Thank you for your kind comments. Look for an email from wolfston@…with my presentation. I so enjoyed your presentation on Hildegard as Wisdom Keeper. It was delightful to hear a chorus of women in our audience repeating the Latin words after you played the music clip. I recommend an extraordinary CD of her music titled “The Origin of Fire”by Anonymous (2005 http://www.harmoniamundi.com). It explores her theme of “Fiery Spirit”.

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