Dolores LaChapelle grew up in Denver, Colorado, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Denver University in 1947. In 1975 LaChapelle founded the Way of the Mountain Learning Center in Silverton, Colorado, where she teaches Tai Chi, writes, climbs mountains, skis, and leads experiential ecology workshops. She has become widely known as one of the first American woman to advocate Deep Ecology, a subject that she has written about widely in books such as Earth Festivals (1976) and Earth Wisdom (1978). In many of her works, LaChapelle makes the case that it will take more than legislation and improved technologies to reestablish a sustainable relationship with the land, but will require a personal connection fostered through ritual and ceremony, as was the case throughout much of preindustrial history.
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