Love Affairs with the Land edited by Jamie K. Reaser
Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land
Edited by Jamie K. Reaser and Susan Chernak McElroy
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
“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
“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