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As a Naturalist Educator and New-Native Forager, Cowley brings his intimate experience with the natural world to the table, pioneering his vision for an American Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ATEK) system. With the mission of networking together sustainability-minded educators he founded the New-Native Foundation in 2012. As the volunteer resident Naturalist and Program Coordinator (and Community Garden manager) for The Westerly Land Trust, he helps develop educational programs that support the mission and strengthen partnerships. He has also been employed in a similar capacity with the Tomaquag Museum, which focuses on preserving the stories and culture of Southern New England Tribes. For over ten years has worked as a scientific illustrator, exhibit designer, and creative consultant, services he now utilizes to enhance the reach and visibility of causes he believes in.

After 15 years of self-exploration into movement modalities and martial arts, including multiple forms of meditation, qigong, tai chi, bagua, yoga, reiki, energywork and somatics, Cowley differed to lessons derived through submissive experiences in Nature. With a personal philosophy of "Body as Teacher, Nature as Preacher", over five years he spent obsessive hours revisiting the structural integrity of primal movement and mechanics. Seeking a modality that was inherently non-martial from its inception, he developed Personal Circle Method, which refined subtleties in postural alignment functionality for daily adaptation in and out of Nature. Autodidactic submission of Self yielded the philosophy that outlines his personal practice of Moving Meditation in Nature that he teaches today known as Embodyssey

Cowley is the author of Presence (Wild Animal Publishing, 2010), and Environmental Connection: A New-Native Initiative (Wild Animal Publishing, 2012). He resides in Westerly Rhode Island where he offers workshops, seminars and lectures, foraging walks and awareness/immersion hikes to his community.

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Environmental Connection interview with Cowley in the Westerly Sun: click for article

New-Native Foundation interview "Modern Day Thoreau" with Cowley in Sun Chronicle: click for article