'A REVOLUTION IN DISGUISE': Life transformation takes place in the soil

COLUMBIA CITY — When someone first hears of eco-psychology, it may conjure up images of distorted therapy sessions, possibly conducted in nature. But mostly, the assumption is made that eco-psychology is West-Coast, New-Age thinking.However, according to Chad Eckert, of Columbia City, his study of eco- psychology has led him to appreciate the therapeutic benefits found in nature.“When you connect with nature, there is a healing process that takes place,” Eckert said. “You become one with the earth. It allows you to connect with your inner self by being tied to a life-giving source. Its a revolution in disguise.”A 2003 Columbia City High School graduate, Eckert, 28, left his job to pursue a "soul-purpose" in life.“People always ask what you do for a living,” Eckert said. “I think the question is who are you becoming — not what are you doing.”To read the rest of this story, see the June 10 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.