A psychologist is teaching students to prepare emotionally and spiritually for life after the collapse of fossil fuel-based civilization.

Contact: Andre Angelantoni, 415.754.3294

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A psychologist is teaching students to prepare emotionally and spiritually for life after the collapse of fossil fuel-based civilization.

“I think everybody knows deep down in their bones that changes are ahead, and that we are at the end of the world as we have known it,” said Carolyn Baker, Ph.D. “There’s going to be tremendous emotional turbulence as things unravel. People are going to have to cope with their feelings and be anchored to some kind of sense of principle or meaningfulness.”

Starting April 24, Baker will lead a four-week distance-learning course titled “Navigating the Coming Chaos of Unprecedented Transitions.” The Boulder, Colo.-based psychotherapist is the author of “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse” (2009), which is the textbook for this course offered by

The premise of Baker’s book and online course is that a global energy crisis is very near. The world’s oil supply is already at peak production now. As we pass the “peak oil” point, soaring energy costs will disrupt everything from the economy to the food supply, and will make paying down the world’s debt impossible.

“We need to prepare for the daunting changes ahead in our future,” Baker said. “This course and my book are about preparing for the inner transition for life after the peak.”

Books like James Howard Kunstler’s “The Long Emergency” (2005) and television shows like National Geographic’s “Aftermath: World Without Oil” (airing March 8 & 11) are introducing the concept of peak oil to large audiences. The new Transition Town social movement is supporting communities throughout the country to re-make their local economies as they prepare for a world of expensive and likely scarce oil.

The most emphatic among the peak oil proponents are often called “doomers” by their critics and fans alike.

But getting ready for a post-peak oil world isn’t all doom-and-gloom, said André Angelantoni, founder of Baker’s upcoming course is just one of many offered by the California-based online, distance-learning school. Other courses include: “Sustainable Post-Peak Livelihoods,” “Introduction to Sustainable Gardening,” “Chickens 101” and the “UnCrash Course,” the company’s six-week intensive preparation course.

“Our course instructors dedicate a lot of time to showing people the opportunities they have to redesign their lives after oil,” Angelantoni said. “The sooner we acknowledge that the days of cheap oil are numbered, the sooner we can start making realistic plans for the next phase in human history.”

All courses are available to anyone with access to the Internet. Baker’s course will begin on April 24 and consists of four three-hour sessions on consecutive Saturdays. Students call into a central phone line where they can hear the instructor and each other. They follow along with an online PowerPoint presentation and complete homework between sessions.

“When most people first learn about peak oil, they get depressed,” Baker said. “But it’s worse when they are so terrified of this impending change that they don’t even want to hear about it.”

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Contact: André Angelantoni, 415.754.3294


Media coverage resulting from this press release:

Imagining Life Without Oil, and Being Ready*
The New York Times, June 5, 2010

Oil is front and center in doomsday scenarios
MSNBC, June 6, 2010 (syndicated)

[*Note: The online version of this article links to three clients of Duncan Crary Communications: Post Peak Living, James Howard Kunstler and the KrisCan show.]