Pınar is a neurodivergent QTPOC from Huanca, Turkish and Chinese ancestries. Growing up not feeling particularly drawn to urban queer culture, they found empowerment in their queerness with the more-than-human world. Canyon wrens, domestic cats, fall leaves, grey foxes, desert creeks, and cottonwoods have been some of their queer peers and mentors. This guided them toward their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology through studies at Prescott College, Wilderness Awareness School, School of Lost Borders, Animas Valley Institute and Naropa University. Their undergraduate work was in applied ecopsychology with a somatic and depth approach through a decolonial and queer lens. Pınar’s passions include wilderness/ancestral skills, rites of passage, trauma remediation (personal/ancestral/ecological), cultural/ecological roles of queers, decolonization, indigenous solidarity work, natural history, soul work, empowerment of marginalized voices, neurodivergence advocacy, radical mental health, wildlife tracking and the ecological intelligence of emotions.
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