The Intelligence of the Interstitial

Extended Embodiment and the Ecological Self

A course with Sophie Strand


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“I want to have actual roots. I want my spirituality to have fur, pheromones, funk.”
– Sophie Strand

We have behaved like ordinary cells for too long, pretending there is no movement from the inside to the outside or vice versa. We have believed, for too long, that our minds belong to us as individuals. Yet advances in everything from forest ecology to microbiology show us we are not siloed selves, but relational networks, built metabolically by our every biome-laced breath, thinking through filamentous connectivity rather than inside one neatly bounded mind. What does it mean to distribute our ideas of cognition, individual health, storytelling, and intuition out into webs of relationship that include pollution, microplastic, old growth forests, and mycorrhizal fungi? What if there are futures only visible from the spaces “between” minds and species and belief systems?

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  • Challenging the notion of individuality in cognition
  • Embracing the concept of relational networks
  • Incorporating insights from forest ecology and microbiology
  • Metabolic interconnections and biome-laced breath
  • Exploring the boundaries of the individual mind
  • Shifting from siloed selves to interconnected webs
  • Redefining ideas of cognition, individual health, storytelling, and intuition


Sophie Strand

is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. Yet it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Give her a salamander and a stone and she’ll write you a love story. Sophie was raised by house cats, puff balls, possums, raccoons, and an opinionated, crippled goose. She believes strongly that all thinking happens interstitially – between beings, ideas, differences, mythical gradients.

She is the author of The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine and The Madonna Secret. She is also finishing a collection of essays about navigating an incurable genetic disease and early trauma through ecological storytelling.

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