Leslie E. Sponsel has a PhD in Biological and Cultural Anthropology . Over the last four decades he has taught at seven universities in four countries. His courses include amongst others: Ecological Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, Spiritual Ecology, Sacred Places.

From 1974 to 1981 Sponsel conducted several trips to the Venezuelan Amazon to study human ecology with the Yanomami and other indigenous societies. Almost yearly since 1986 Sponsel has made research trips to Thailand to study various aspects of Buddhist ecology and environmentalism together with his wife, Dr. Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel. In recent years their work in northern Thailand has focused on exploring sacred caves.

His latest book is “Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution”. Next up is the book “Natural Wisdom: Exploring Buddhist Ecology and Environmentalism”.

He is developing the Research Institute for Spiritual Ecology (RISE) and its website as founding Director.


Leslie speaks with Joanna about re-thinking/re-feeling/re-visioning our place in Nature; the biomystic roots of ecology; spiritual ecology; animism: the enchantment of Nature; “the military-industrial-media-academic complex”…


 “I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik