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

June 10, 2013

Chad Eckert, 28, has returned to Columbia City with a mission to touch lives with the healing elements found in gardening. Photo contributed

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.”

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