June 2012, “Spiritual Ecology” Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand

March 26, 2013, “Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution” at Rotary Club of Honolulu.

June 2013, “Spiritual Ecology,” Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

July 10, 2014, “Spiritual Ecology: Is it a possible solution to the environmental crisis?” Bangkok, Thailand: Spirit in Education Movement.

September 5, 2016, invited paper “Understanding of Spiritual Ecology Revolution,” for the workshop on “Ethics and ecology: Faith-based models for reconnecting with all sentient beings,” Honolulu, HI: International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Congress/World Conservation Congress.

December 11, 2020, invited presentation on “Spiritual Ecology” for the eConference Norwegian Asian Studies Network, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

June 17, 2021, “Natural Wisdom: Meditations on Buddhist Ecology and Environmentalism,” Research Center for Buddhist Studies, College of Language and Cultural Studies, Royal University of Bhutan, Zoom Lecture,

July 17, 2021, “Spiritual Ecology: Four Elemental Questions,” Spiritual Citizenship eConference on Spiritual Activism, Embodied Philosophy, New York City,

April 18, 2022, “Natural Wisdom: Meditations on Buddhist Ecology and Environmentalism,” Hawai`i International Association of Buddhists, Honolulu, Hawai`i, annual membership meeting will follow the Earth Day program



September 2007, “Spiritual Ecology: A New Movement Finds Commonality in Religious Tenets and Environmental Causes,” Malamalama 32(3).

2007, “The Spiritual Lives of Great Environmentalists,” Electronic Green Journal 25:1-9.

August 26, 2012, “Peace of the Rainbow” radio interview with Sonia Fabrigas on K108 (50 minutes). Website:

September 22, 2012, “Issues That Matter” television interview with Native Hawaiian anthropologist Dr. Lynette Cruz on local public access television Channel 53 NATV (60 minutes).

March 1, 2013, “FuturePrimitive” telephone interview with Joanna Harcourt-Smith available as podcast (45 minutes).

October 1, 2013, “Leslie Sponsel on Spiritual Ecology, Connection, and Environmental Change,” Anthropology and Environment Society Engagement Blog


Marion Institute

Adamski, Mary, 2015 (September 25), “Getting Spiritual About Ecology,” Hawaii Catholic Herald

Coleman, Stuart H., 2015, “The Rise of Spiritual Ecology,” Green: Hawaii`s Sustainable Living Magazine

DeMello, Croydon, 2021 (July 26),  podcast interview with Leslie E. Sponsel on Spiritual Ecology, Toronto, Canada: The Focal Thought #55 (33 minutes)




Author in front of a spirit house and sacred tree in Bangkok at Millennium Hotel.

 Charcoal Portrait

Charcoal portrait by Thai artist Thepsiri Suksopa at Chiang Mai in July 2005



Winner in the Science category at the annual Green Book Festival, San Francisco, CA, May 17, 2014.