Deepening Connection Through Animal Communication

Barrett, M.J., Hinz, V., Wijngaarden, V. &  Lovrod, M.  (2021). ‘Speaking’ with Other Animals through Intuitive Interspecies Communication: Towards Cognitive and Interspecies Justice.  In Eds. Alice Hovorka, Sandra McCubbin and Lauren Van Patter. A Research Agenda for Animal Geographies, Chapter 10. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.   

Understanding Multi-Species Communication Methods

Flowers, M., Lipsett, L., Barrett, M.J. (2014). Animism, creativity, and a tree: Shifting into nature connection through attention to subtle energies and contemplative art practice. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 19, 111-126.

Barrett, M.J. (2013). Researching through porosity: An animist research methodology. G. Harvey (Ed.). Handbook of contemporary animism. Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing, 20(1), 56-69.

Barrett, M.J. (2011). Doing animist research in academia: A methodological framework. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 16, 123-141.


Barrett, M.J. (2009). Beyond human-nature-spirit boundaries: Researching with animate EARTH. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan. Available at

Strengthening Human-Animal Relations for Holistic Indigenous Wellness (in collaboration with Elders)

McInnis, A., Kincaid, A., Barrett, M.J., Ham, Corrine, and Community Elders Research Advisory Group. (2019). Strengthening animal-human relationships as a doorway to Indigenous wellness. Ecopsychology, 11(3), 162-173.

Community-Based Publications

Beardy’s-Okemasis Elder’s Research Advisory Group, Barrett, M.J., Kincaid, A., Brass, D., King, A.L., Lovrod, M., Gamble, S. & McGinnis, A. (2019). opawâmowin: pisiskiw êkwa ayisiyiniw wîtâpisowin. Curriculum/wellness model. Also developed as an Audio Book, read by D. Brass and A.L. King. Produced by Twisted Pair Group, Regina, SK. 

Contact to request a copy of resources for community-based workshops which support deepened connection to culture and animals. 

Transformative Sustainability Education

Barrett, M.J., Alphonsus, K., Harmin, M., Epp, T., Hoessler, C., McIntyre, D., Reeder, B., & Singh, B. (2019). Learning for transdisciplinary leadership: Why skilled scholars coming together is not enough. BioScience, 69(9), 736-745.

Barrett, M.J., Harmin, M., Maracle, B., Patterson, M., Thomson, C., Flowers, M., and Bors, K. (2017). Shifting relations with the more-than-human: Six threshold concepts for transformative sustainability learning. Environmental Education Research, 23(1), 131-143.

Barrett, M.J. (2013). Enabling hybrid space: Epistemological diversity in socio-ecological problem-solving. Policy Sciences, 46(2), 179-197.

Kovach, M., Carriere, J., Barrett, M.J., Montgomery, H., and Gilles, C. (2013). Stories of diverse identity locations in Indigenous research. International Review of Qualitative Research, 6(4), 487-509.

Barrett, M.J. (2007). Homework and fieldwork: Investigations into the rhetoric-reality gap in environmental research and pedagogy. Environmental Education Research, 13(2), 209-223.

 Community-Based Publications

Barrett, M.J., Harmin, M., Maracle, K.B., Thomson, C. (2015). Expanding the toolbox: Epistemological stretching and ethical engagement. In S. Basile, K. Gentelet, N. Gros-Louis McHugh (Eds). Toolbox of Research Principles in an Aboriginal Context. Indigenous Peoples and Governance project, the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

For additional publications see Google Scholar below