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Carrot, Rabbit, Clay

 

make a pinch pot

paint it turquoise

add small red beads, silver

 

smudge with

yellow cedar

white sage

 

form a rabbit of porcelain clay

sculpt a bowl in its back

add sacred objects

 

small gemstones, coins, feathers

dried carrots, blue corn meal,

wishes

 

Night, Mystery & Light

Night, Mystery & Light
Night, Mystery & Light
J.K. McDowell
144 pages, 5.25 x 8 paperback
$12.95

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“McDowell often ends his poems with a challenge to “Jim,” a question usually asking him to make sense of his life. . . . we overhear this final question as if it were directed at us. One of the joys of reading McDowell’s poetry is precisely this that his questions urge us to make deeper sense of our own lives. You will discover, along with him, the almost seamless way the ordinary and non-ordinary realities of our soul’s deep dreaming support and create a multi-layered world to live in. It is a world that intrigues us while reading the poem and that lingers long after we lay the poem aside.” —Tom Cowan, from the foreword of Night, Mystery & Light

…the sinking.

So tell me, did you pray that this day would come?
The Beloved will bring you farther and further
Than this. Make ready my Friend for the next embrace!

Early sunlight sweeps the kitchen quiet. Beyond
The window bees buzz on some flowering bush.
Footsteps come with fresh picked blueberries for breakfast.

A Gift? Here, I give you these tears from my eyes.
Sweet as dreams of Peace, quickly taste them, they dry so fast.
Elsewhere the coastline disappears without a word.

The palms touch lightly, the head bows slightly, the
Eyes close tightly. Hope does not deny that victory
And defeats are assured – Sacred battle awaits.

Careful, many of the things in your field of vision
Look back and sometimes into you. The eyes turned
Inward or outward can be doorways to the Soul.

You never told me Jim, how you chose the river rocks.
In silence Virginia filled her pockets.
Smooth, heavy, reassured for the sinking.


Western Solstice

Western Solstice, Leonore WilsonWestern Solstice
Leonore Wilson
100 pages, 7 x 10 paperback
978-0-9835852-1-3
$13.95

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“Shimmering up and down the original Tree, nature, Western Solstice is a gnosis that explores intense sensual vividness, being, and the flesh through the terrestrial details of a large and generous human empathy. Political, fierce, and tender, Leonore Wilson’s poems take ‘cadence inside herself,’ and ‘anti-matter and matter flagellating, palpitating’ into mysteries of life and death, female presence, the planet, gender, and music. Her process is transformative; the reader’s experience is deliciousness, Gaia, sweet substance, ’Eden to the wasp, shelter and elixir’: like eating ‘Billy Holliday’s limbering voice’; like ’consummating fallen darkness and diffused and fascinating’; or, like ‘being fed clear to the core, and distance bent backwards’—chords of an embodying, gorgeous, and intimate art.” —‘Annah Sobelman, author of In the Bee Latitudes and The Tulip Sacrament

“Leonore Wilson’s Western Solstice contains poems that spring whole and marvelous, shimmering from the earth. Born from a profound, wide-ranging, original and feminine mind, they bewitch the reader with a lush, passionate voice that is ‘all impulse of towards’ and a tensile form that is as breathtaking as its content. This book is a true treasure.” —Cathy Colman, author of Borrowed Dress and Beauty’s Tattoo

“Milk of cathedrals, Edens of wasps—Leonore Wilson’s poems, set in the ‘lovely California golden-boast of stubbornness’ that she knows so well and loves so much, chart the wanderings of forests, the thought-dreams of snakes, the bright and difficult births of souls and poems and gorgeous worldly heavens. These are wise, intricate and beautiful poems. Read them and become more human.” —Joe Ahearn, James Michener Fellow and editor of Bat Terrier

“Jane Kenyon talked about how the best poetry seems to ‘body forth’ from the poet, and Western Solstice demonstrates this premise. Leonore Wilson’s poems are meditative and deeply felt, but they reach outward rather than inward. These poems sing themselves from body and soul into the world. I have long admired Wilson`s poetry. I find her work to be transcendent, and I am glad for this book with its authentic thought and language that is radiant, redeemable and true.” —Gary Short, Stegner Fellow and author of 10 Poems and 13 Horses, Flying Over Sonny Liston, and Theory of Twilight

Estuaries

Estuaries, Jason Kirkey
Estuaries

Jason Kirkey
86 pages, 8.5×8.5 full color paperback
978-0-9835852-0-6
$17.95

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The poems in this book are an attempt to speak in a common tongue with mountains, rivers, and forests. Too often poetry is thought of as the domain of human creativity with its source in the depths of the imagination. We use it to speak of the world, but not to the non-human world—let alone with it. The poems in Estuaries suggest that speech and poetry are fundamentally rooted in the ecosystem—the detritus of fallen leaves, the curvature of a river bend, and the sound of rain on a heron’s wings. All of this might be regarded as the speech of the Earth. When we speak or write poetry that engages these voices we become participant in the patterns of the watershed.

Every region has its watershed—the area in which all the water flows toward a dominant river and defines the character of its ecology—and each watershed, on its way out to sea, speaks its own poetry. In these times of ecological crisis we ought to listen to the voice of our habitats. We can join in through poetry, becoming consonant with our places on this Earth. The shape of our tongues—the way the sounds roll off like rivers or scrape through our throats like stones—take on the form of the geography we inhabit.

The poems in Estuaries are accompanied by the photography of James Liter, many of which were taken just for the occasion of this book. In presenting the poems alongside these photographs it is not my intention to usurp the images of the poem or the reader’s imagination but to complement them and engage at least one more of the bodily senses. Much like an actual estuary they are the meeting of two forms of art. You can enjoy both the poems and photographs as independent creations or you might view them as a single biome.  Just as there are a variety of ways to experience an ecosystem, there are many ways in which Estuaries can be read.

“Come in to the reeds and rushes—there is work to do.”

{Jason Kirkey, from the Preface of Estuaries}

Estuary

There is an estuary
where streams and wild rivers meet
and mingle with the salted tides.
It gathers all the water to it
like the afterlife of rain: inevitable!

I too must be an estuary of confluent tides—
this earth-body of antlered thoughts,
the decay of leaves: my branching mind.
Tumbling with stones and salmon toward the sea,
the rivers of the Earth move through me.

Note to Self

Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out; Jamie K. ReaserNote to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out
Jamie K. Reaser
160 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 Paperback
$14.95

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“This is poetry for the soul…It took me down into my depths, beckoning me to dig fearlessly into my composted dreams, commitments, and deep yearnings. I resisted the urge to read the entire collection in one sitting, instead ruminating over each poem as one might a grand painting or a sacred gospel.”

Christopher Uhl, PhD, author of Developing Ecological Consciousness: Path to a Sustainable World

“Jamie K. Reaser is a rare bird, indeed: a mystic naturalist, a gifted poet, and a virtuoso guide to soul. With the Siren song of her seductive verse, this chthonic critter will grab you by the ankles and draw you down toward the ecstatic and terrifying mysteries of the one life you can call your own, your one true gift for this breaking world. ”

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., Author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of  Nature and Psyche and Nature and the Human Soul

“Jamie’s poetry lands in my soul like gentle rain on a desert. Not since the Persian mystics have I read poems that seem to flow so resonantly into my heart, providing swells of guidance and ripples of remembrance about how best to live through these changing times. This is a language of essence, but though lean, it is luscious, stirring readers to a fuller savoring, celebrating and participation in this transformative time. Everyone should read this book who wishes to season their lives with savory reminders of the luminosity and sacredness of life.”

—Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

Note to Self is a reminder that sitting with uncertainty is a call to one’s soul to reunite with the sacred pathway that is each of our birthright. Reaser’s poems are pure sage wisdom and invoke our keys to wholeness with divine Self.”

—Jeanine M. Canty, Ph.D., Core Faculty and Chair, Environmental Studies, Naropa University

“Reading Jamie’s poems touched my heart. Her ability to weave words together opened my eyes to see things like never before. I continue to discover deeper meanings.”

—Andrew Soliz, Founder, Sacred Ways

“Change begins within each of us. Yet when confronted with compelling evidence, ‘the facts,’ we often fail to alter destructive attitudes, flawed perceptions and old habits. Jamie K. Reaser’s Note to Self is poetic permeating oil tracing its way down the threads of our hearts, reaching deep to places where important choices must be made.”

—Larry J. Schweiger, President, National Wildlife Federation

Cosmosophia


CosmosophiaCosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth
Theodore Richards
314 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 Paperback
$17.95

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Advance Praise for Cosmosophia

“Richards writes skillfully and soulfully about the most pressing issues of our times, and the deeper crisis out of which they have emerged. Drawing from a vast trove of knowledge about the world’s religious, mystical, and philosophical traditions, he extracts the most valuable gems, polishes them with the revolutionary insights of modern science, and forges a radiant, new cosmosophy—a universal wisdom that honors the wisdom of the universe. The beauty of this mythos is that it, like the cosmos, is not static but dynamic, inviting our active participation and imaginative engagement.

“This book succeeds in instilling reverence for a living universe and hope for a dying planet. May Cosmosophia blossom and flourish in the hearts of all beings!”
—Darrin Drda, author of The Four Global Truths

“Theodore Richards’ poetic book, Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth, calls us and challenges us to never cease making meaning of life. Richards recognizes that we are on the verge of awakening to a new myth, a new story of human and cosmic significance that honors our deep past, embraces the totality of community, and yearns for fullness of life for generations to come.  Richards insightfully explores the roots of the current crisis of meaning and, using the womb and birthing as primary metaphors, midwifes us into a profound sense of the cosmos as womb.  Cosmosophia truly gives birth to a vision of the Universe that is healing, hopeful, and compassionate.”
—Linda Gibler, PhD., author of From Beginning to Baptism: Scientific and Sacred Stories of Water, Oil, and Fire

Theodore Richards . . . takes us on an epic journey . . . It is his journey and it is our journey.  It is humanity’s journey and though it necessarily includes the misery of cruelty and oppression, there is wisdom at work as well . . . Things could be so different.  We wandered away from our African origins so many millennia ago, and though we have become lost and confused, the universe leaves clues everywhere.  A new beginning is possible, a new feeling of the interconnectedness of all things is before us.  Richards takes us on a journey into the edge of the universe which is the edge of the human being which is the edge of God.
—Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story, on Handprints on the Womb

“Theodore Richards is a unique and gifted social activist, one with a well nourished brain as well as a conscience. His commitment to inner city youth wounded as so many are by a culture that prefers consumption to compassion and preaches couchpotatoitism over creativity, he has spent years bringing alive the potential of young people in finding their in-depth selves and their place in our amazing universe. In a previous generation someone of Theodore’s depth and integrity might have worked out his vocation in a monastery. In our time, he finds his way in the urban world of struggle and promise, despair and hope. He is a philosopher-activist who listens deeply and walks his talk.  What he is learning is worth our all listening to.”
—Matthew Fox, Author of Original Blessing and The Hidden Spirituality of Men

Huntley Meadows

Huntley Meadows
Huntley Meadows: A Naturalist’s Journal in Verse
Jamie K. Reaser, with a forward by David S. Wilcove
214 pages, 6 x 9 Paperback
978-0-9799246-7-5
$15.95

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Watching an individual leaf
waltz its way down
from blue can’t be
any less miraculous than
birth.

 

Praise for Huntley Meadows

“Jamie K. Reaser’s poetic account of a year in Huntley Meadows in the heart of Washington is a treasure. A top-rank scientist committed to conservation biology, Reaser turns out to be a poet able to project images of the natural world that echo reality—and at the same time move the reader’s spirit. Read it and then go there!” —Donald Kennedy, PhD, President Emeritus of Stanford University

“In the lineage of Oliver, Stegner, Lopez and Thoreau, Jamie K. Reaser’s exquisite year-long record, Huntley Meadows, guides us as readers to a sacred return. In this living homage to fur, feather, scale and root we remember the deep love possible for a place through the seasons. The spirit of a shaman-poet and the keen eye of a naturalist come together in these pages. The end result is a collection of verses wherein a special place is given a voice. Listening to such voices offers all of us resurrection and renewal.”  -Frank Owen, creator of the online poetry experience, nekyia.poetry

“Reaser’s words are able to reach us within our deep fatigue, stirring us to venture out into the remaining untouched places and turn within. She bring us with her out into the tall grasses to watch the illusive Red Fox and listen to the Bluebirds conversing with the Wren, knowing that we will find what we need to sooth our modern ails in the simplicity, constancy and grace of our surround. What Reaser gathered during her time at Huntley Meadows has the potential to make our wanting lives much richer.” -L.M. Browning author of: Oak Wise and Ruminations at Twilight

“Jamie K. Reaser’s poems transport you into the natural world of Huntley Meadows, a magical place in the heart of the DC Metropolitan area. Her words are a welcoming awakening to a sense of nature, something many of us are losing and trying to regain.” -Gabriela Chavarria, PhD, Director of National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Science Center

“Soulful and delicious appetizers of poem that make you want to visit Huntley Meadows every day and see what Dr. Reaser has seen. She makes the invisible suddenly visible, and beautiful.” -Kevin Munroe, Huntley Meadows, Park Manager

The Salmon in the Spring

The Salmon in the Spring
The Salmon in the Spring: The Ecology of Celtic Spirituality

Jason Kirkey, with a foreword by Frank MacEowen
296 pages, 6×9 Paperback
978-0-9799246-6-8
$17.95

Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Silver Medal in Mind-Body-Spirit

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Soul and Nature—the inner and outer landscape—are one: they are the wildness of the world and the wildness of the self.  To alienate ourselves from one is to alienate ourselves from the Other.

Praise for The Salmon in the Spring

“Here at the end of the Cenozoic Era with the life systems withering away, a surprising creativity appears, a kind of mystical balancing act.  The world’s spiritual traditions are entering into deeply engaged conversations through which the riches of each are ignited in new ways.  With The Salmon in the Spring, Jason Kirkey has boldly carved out his place in this exciting work with his original interpretations of the concepts and stories of ancient Ireland . . . Kirkey’s vision speaks directly to our present ecological challenge.  Rejecting those nature-denying forms of spirituality that have been used too easily to justify our domestication of the planet, The Salmon in the Spring announces its thrilling spiritual foundation:  “Our wild nature is our soul.” —Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies

The Salmon in the Spring is a bold book.  It is bold because it—no less so than its author—isn’t content to rest back on its philosophical laurels and ponder by-gone eras.  To the contrary, Kirkey and The Salmon in the Spring invite and initiate the reader into a deep dive within the interior space of the Celtic mystic, but in archetypal and pragmatic ways that make an important contribution to the domain of ecopsychology today.” —Frank MacEowen, author of The Mist-Filled Path, The Spiral of Memory and Belonging, and The Celtic Way of Seeing

The Salmon in the Spring presents a new perspective on Irish myth, interpreting traditional tales through the lens of ecopsychology and Buddhist insight. Kirkey’s readings are clear, compassionate, and respectful of the tradition while at the same time offering relevant openings for a global interest in Celtic spiritualities and their potential as a source for ecological healing in a time of great crisis. With exemplary honesty about his sources and inspirations, Kirkey weaves a poetic and poignant argument for the necessity of reexamining Western mythic models as we search for balance in a swiftly changing biosphere. —Erynn Rowan Laurie, author of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom

When I listen to Jason Kirkey retell the old tales and the ancient truths from the Celtic mystical tradition, I am encouraged that the wisdom of our ancestors can still inspire a modern spiritual life. His “silver branch perception” helps us re-imagine ourselves as a species so we can live sane and relevant lives. The Salmon in the Spring is an eloquent calling to be fully present and engaged in our time and place in both human and mythic history. —Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head and Yearning for the Wind

One man’s journey to understand himSelf and what it is to be human in the time of the Great Turning. Dare to explore these pages and your own inner wisdom. —Jamie K. Reaser, PhD, ecopsychologists and co-editor of Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land

Love Affairs with Herps

Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians
Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians
Jamie K. Reaser (editor)
252 pages, 5×8 Paperback
978-0-9799246-5-1
$12.95

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Praise for Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians

Ever since that infamous episode in The Garden of Eden, we humans have desperately needed to heal our relationship with the scaly and slippery ones. Unfairly disenfranchised from our goodwill for thousands of years, “herps” deserve to be loved for what they really are: fascinating, life-giving, and the only creatures with perpetual smiles. —Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers

Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians is a must read! This riveting book provides a unique glimpse into the fascinating world of reptiles, amphibians, and the people who love them. Finally, there is some good PR for herps, as well as proof that I’m not insane or alone in my desire to kiss a snake. —Donald Schultz, Producer and Host of Discovery television series I Was Bitten, Feeding Frenzy

This wonderful collection of essays offers a glimpse into the special world of reptiles, and the spell they cast on those who have devoted their lives to their study. If you love nature, whether or not you’re “into” reptiles, you’ll find much to enjoy, and you just may come away with a newfound appreciation and respect for these fascinating, often beautiful and frequently misunderstood creatures. —Russ Case, Editor, Reptiles Magazine and ReptileChannel.com

How does it happen that ordinary, well balanced, people end up dedicating their lives to snakes?  This book by Reaser and her colleagues answers this question, not only for snakes, but for turtles and lizards, and frogs and toads and salamanders, too. Enjoy these stories.  If you are young (or young at heart), there may be an epiphany awaiting you. If “herps” have long since been your passion, let these tales take you back to those early formative days, when everything that has happened since first began. —Michael J.  Lannoo, Ph.D, Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine and editor of Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species

This is a book you can only read until sundown, at which time you will be inspired to visit the amphibians and reptiles in your own neighborhood. The stories contained herein will rekindle memories of your own first connection to nature, making you want to relive that moment and motivating you to help protect these amazing animals and their wild habitats. —Shelly Grow, Conservation Biologist, Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Ever since that infamous episode in The Garden of Eden, we humans have desperately needed to heal our relationship with the scaly and slippery ones. Unfairly disenfranchised from our goodwill for thousands of years, “herps” deserve to be loved for what they really are: fascinating, life-giving, and the only creatures with perpetual smiles. - Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers
 
Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians is a must read! This riveting book provides a unique glimpse into the fascinating world of reptiles, amphibians, and the people who love them. Finally, there is some good PR for herps, as well as proof that I'm not insane or alone in my desire to kiss a snake. - Donald Schultz, Producer/Host of Gurney Productions, Discovery television series “I WAS BITTEN, FEEDING FRENZY”
 
This wonderful collection of essays offers a glimpse into the special world of reptiles, and the spell they cast on those who have devoted their lives to their study. If you love nature, whether or not you're "into" reptiles, you'll find much to enjoy, and you just may come away with a newfound appreciation and respect for these fascinating, often beautiful and frequently misunderstood creatures. - Russ Case, Editor, REPTILES magazine, ReptileChannel.com
 

How does it happen that ordinary, well balanced, people end up dedicating their lives to snakes?This book by Reaser and her colleagues answers this question, not only for snakes, but for turtles and lizards, and frogs and toads and salamanders, too. Enjoy these stories.If you are young (or young at heart), there may be an epiphany awaiting you. If “herps” have long since been your passion, let these tales take you back to those early formative days, when everything that has happened since first began. – Michael J.Lannoo. Ph.D, Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine and editor, Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species

 
This is a book you can only read until sundown, at which time you will be inspired to visit the amphibians and reptiles in your own neighborhood. The stories contained herein will rekindle memories of your own first connection to nature, making you want to relive that moment and motivating you to help protect these amazing animals and their wild
habitats. - Shelly Grow, Conservation Biologist, Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Love Affairs with the Land

Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land
Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land
Jamie K. Reaser and Susan Chernak McElroy (editors)
160 pages, 5×8 Paperback
978-0-9799246-3-7
$12.95

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Do you remember the first time you feel in love? Within these pages you will find love stories, rapturous love affairs with the land, shameless seductions, betrothals, vows exchanged, marriages of the soul, heartaches, partings, healings, and renewals. The authors are the courters and the courted . . . Their landscape paramours embrace them and they grow forth from within.

Praise for Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land

 

 

“This is how we make the best environmentalists-by teaching people to fall in love with their places. For it is the love of place that inspires the deepest and most sustainable actions on behalf of the earth. I highly recommend this passionate and engaging love story.” —Jed Swift, M.A., Director, Ecopsychology Program, Naropa University, Boulder, CO.

“A stirring book…filled with transcendent and highly personal moments of revelation, of awe, reverence and love for nature… the profound truth and magic of becoming one with life on Earth. This is a book for anyone anywhere…from the camper’s backpack to bedside tables.”  —Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, Director, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, Washington, DC.

Like many ecologists, I had a love affair with nature (especially with butterflies) long before I became a scientist.  The love affairs described here will either tell you what I mean, or remind you of your own affair.  Either way, you’ll enjoy them.”  —Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, co-author of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment.

“An inspiring book that brings back the best memories of first love. The book re-awakened me to all the wild things and places thatamidst long ‘to do’ listsI don’t have time to directly experience anymore, and it made me want to reclaim them as part of my life. The essays are a testament to the fact that we all need to return to the roots of our first love and renew our love affair with Nature.”  —Dr. Gabriela Chavarria, Natural Resources Defense Council

“Biophilia—love of the more-than-human world—is our birthright, as natural as the bonding between mother and child. Earth is indeed the maternal matrix from which we and all other creatures emerge. But the wild world also beckons us in the manner of a lover, and as a teacher of sustainable and reverent living, and as our surest initiator into the mysteries of soul. In this captivating volume, Jamie K. Reaser and Susan Chernak McElroy have assembled an exceptional collection of sensuous and wonder-filled tales and practices to further rouse and spark our own “love affairs with the land.” —Dr. Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and Nature and the Human Soul.

“The ‘Millennial Generation,’ larger in size than even the Baby Boomers, is inside and plugged-in, raising the specter that America could lose a generation of outdoor enthusiasts.  We’re at risk of losing our collective inner voices, diminished, but crying out the psychological, physiological, and spiritual call of nature.  Courting the Wild surfaces and gathers elegantly the passionate enunciations of everyday people with cathartic personal realizations that OUT there is, inextricably and rewardingly, IN all of us.”  —Mickey Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Outward Bound, Inc.

“Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land gives voice to the passion and need so many of us have inside for the natural world around us. These needs are physicalclean air, clean water, nutritious foodbut also emotional and psychologicalan inner well-being that links us to the greater whole. This collection of stories articulates the many reasons why I work in the environmental field and provides me with fodder to inspire my children and my students to become leaders in taking care of this amazing world in which we live.” —Dr. Laura Meyerson, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

“Full of bustle and busy-ness, today’s ‘modern’ societies leave people roaming from cafe to club to computer in search of love.  Courting the Wild reminds us that love is available to each of us, every day, in our natural surroundingsthe ancient, innate, and healing love experienced through re-connecting with nature.  The book’s blissful accounts illustrate how for each of us, there is a natural place where we can go to escape the stressful noise of our go, go, go, societyto find the quiet that we need to hear the guiding voice of our heart whispering into our soul what direction to take next.” —Dr. Jon Gelbard, Executive Director, Conservation Value Institute and National Sustainability Producer, Green Apple Festival.

 

“This is how we make the best environmentalists-by teaching people to fall in love with their places. For it is the love of place that inspires the deepest and most sustainable actions on behalf of the earth. I highly recommend this passionate and engaging love story.” —Jed Swift, M.A., Director, Ecopsychology Program, Naropa University, Boulder, CO.

“A stirring book……filled with transcendent and highly personal moments of revelation, of awe, reverence and love for nature……the profound truth and magic of becoming one with life on Earth. This is a book for anyone anywhere…from the camper’s backpack to bedside tables.” —Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, Director, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, Washington, DC.

Like many ecologists, I had a love affair with nature (especially with butterflies) long before I became a scientist.The love affairs described here will either tell you what I mean, or remind you of your own affair.Either way, you’ll enjoy them.” —Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, co-author of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment.

 

“An inspiring book that brings back the best memories of first love. The book re-awakened me to all the wild things and places that amidst long ‘to do’ listsI don’t have time to directly experience anymore, and it made me want to reclaim them as part of my life. The essays are a testament to the fact that we all need to return to the roots of our first love and renew our love affair with Nature.” —Dr. Gabriela Chavarria, Natural Resources Defense Council

 

“Biophilia—love of the more-than-human world—is our birthright, as natural as the bonding between mother and child. Earth is indeed the maternal matrix from which we and all other creatures emerge. But the wild world also beckons us in the manner of a lover, and as a teacher of sustainable and reverent living, and as our surest initiator into the mysteries of soul. In this captivating volume, Jamie K. Reaser and Susan Chernak McElroy have assembled an exceptional collection of sensuous and wonder-filled tales and practices to further rouse and spark our own “love affairs with the land.” —Dr. Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and Nature and the Human Soul.

“The ‘Millennial Generation,’ larger in size than even the Baby Boomers, is inside and plugged-in, raising the specter that America could lose a generation of outdoor enthusiasts.We’re at risk of losing our collective inner voices, diminished, but crying out the psychological, physiological, and spiritual call of nature.”Courting the Wild…”

surfaces and gathers elegantly the passionate enunciations of everyday people with cathartic personal realizations that OUT there is, inextricably and rewardingly, IN all of us.” —Mickey Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Outward Bound, Inc.

 

“Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land gives voice to the passion and need so many of us have inside for the natural world around us. These needs are physicalclean air, clean water, nutritious foodbut also emotional and psychologicalan inner well-being that links us to the greater whole. This collection of stories articulates the many reasons why I work in the environmental field and provides me with fodder to inspire my children and my students to become leaders in taking care of this amazing world in which we live.” —Dr. Laura Meyerson, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

“Full of bustle and busy-ness, today’s ‘modern’ societies leave people roaming from cafe to club to computer in search of love.Courting the Wild reminds us that love is available to each of us, every day, in our natural surroundingsthe ancient, innate, and healing love experienced through re-connecting with nature.The book’s blissful accounts illustrate how for each of us, there is a natural place where we can go to escape the stressful noise of our go, go, go, societyto find the quiet that we need to hear the guiding voice of our heart whispering into our soul what direction to take next.” —Dr. Jon Gelbard, Executive Director, Conservation Value Institute and National Sustainability Producer, Green Apple Festival.