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Thanksgiving 2020: Cultivating Gratitude and Resilience in Times of Hardship

By Deborah Parrish Snyder

November 26, 2020 | Releases & Announcements

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the close of a year that continues to test our resilience. As the common adage says, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Being limited in our ability to travel and many of us working from home, this time has been ripe with opportunities for personal insight, time to cultivate our gardens, care for our family and homes, and reflect more deeply on the meaning that we want to engender within our lives. For this, we are grateful.

We are honored to work with authors and editors producing some of the most pioneering works in the fields of consciousness and biospherics. Our aim at Synergetic Press is to provoke critical, independent thought. However, it is up to us as individuals to integrate ideas from the books and articles we read, turning inspiration into real-world action, and ultimately change.

Over the past several years, the slogan “Be the change you want to see in the world” has guided our selection of books to publish and the events to produce. We aim to uplift and fuel the new generation of thought leaders and planetary stewards putting forward new models with the intention of making the ways that are no longer serving our planet obsolete.

As we learn to live in an economy that competes for our attention with a constant stream of things to occupy it, how do we resist losing sight of what is important? In our latest book, The Revolution We Expected, Claudio Naranjo writes “If we wish to intervene collectively to achieve a better world, then, self-awareness is very important.” Achieving a better world relies on our present trajectory and our capacity to increase our awareness, return to our wilderness selves, reconnect to our love for nature, relish the sounds of silence that we have lost contact with in our commodified age. 

To some degree, this year has pushed us ever closer to the precipice; the critical juncture at which we are impelled to take action. Collectively at a tipping point, the converging crises of our planet have become unavoidable as we are forced to acknowledge and work through the hard reality of climate change, living through a global pandemic, and the socio-economic chaos it has activated.

Even so, at Synergetic Press we remain optimists, maintaining faith in the power of human connection and creativity, and their ability to redefine topographies. The winds of change fill our sails, and even in this time of difficulty, we are embracing them as opportunities to chart the important conversations of our time together with our authors and readers.

As Stanislav and Christina Grof highlight in their timeless classic Spiritual Emergency, crisis contains within it an inherent danger, as well as the seeds of transformation. It is our hope that in this liminal space that we build resilience, and share tools and insights to evolve a balanced, healthy future. 

We have a growing team of dedicated people working at Synergetic Press to help us do that. You can meet us all at

Giving Thanks to Our Readers

Finally, we are grateful to our readers. Thank you for your curious minds and for sharing our books with others. We are offering a 40% discount on all titles through January 4th. Use the coupon code “GIVETHANKS40” when you check out.

Deborah Parrish Snyder


Deborah has published over 40 books through her publishing house Synergetic Press, Ltd. in global ecology, regenerative agriculture, ethnobotany, psychedelics, and social justice, since establishing it in 1984. In 1986, she was on the team that designed and built a large-scale closed ecological system, Biosphere 2, developing the publications and educational programs for the complex. In 1990, she started The Biosphere Press, an imprint of the Biosphere 2 project, producing a dozen books and a classroom curriculum for children on biospheres and biomes. While at Biosphere 2, Deborah met Richard Evans Schultes, the grandfather of contemporary ethnobotany. She went on to publish his two books of photographs he made documenting people’s use of plant medicine in the NW Colombian Amazonia. Deborah is a director and VP of the U.S. non-profit, the Institute of Ecotechnics, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Synergia Ranch. The Institute owns the RV Heraclitus, an 84-foot ferrocement Chinese Junk design that sailed 270,000 miles around Planet Ocean, with two years up the Amazon on an ethnobotanical expedition inspired by Schultes (1980-1982). Deborah currently lives at Synergia Ranch organic farm and retreat center where she lives, contributes to the farm operations when she can, and continues publishing books.


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