Nature

In our technology-driven, workaday world, connecting with nature has never before been more essential. A Wilder Life, a beautiful oversized lifestyle book, gives readers indispensable ideas for interacting with the great outdoors. Learn to plant a night-blooming garden, navigate by reading the stars, build an outdoor shelter, make dry shampoo, identify insects, cultivate butterflies in a backyard, or tint your clothes with natural dyes. Divided into sections pertaining to each season and covering self-reliance, growing and gardening, cooking, health and beauty, and wilderness, and with photos and illustrations evocative of the great outdoors, A Wilder Life shows that getting in touch with nature is possible no matter who you are, or where you are.

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A Wilder Life: A Season-By-Season Guide to Getting in Touch with Nature Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781579655938
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Published: Artisan Publishers - January 26th, 2016

Explore the wild and beautiful Pacific west coast by turning the pages of this ABC book. You'll encounter bears and cougars, find huckleberries and limpets, and even discover a xiphister. From an ancient rainforest to rugged beaches and underwater marine life, from crashing waves to calm tidal pools, the stunning illustrations bring this intertidal zone to life. Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and suggestions for exploring the region.

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West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781554984404
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 15th, 2015

You don't need to be a kid to benefit from the fun activities in this interactive nature guide. Joseph Cornell's best-loved outdoor games, formerly published in the classics Sharing Nature with Children and Sharing the Joy of Nature, are now combined into one volume and expanded to include even more joyful activities. Divided into four sections which correspond to the four stages of "flow learning," the games are aimed to awaken enthusiasm, focus attention, offer direct experience, or share inspiration. Depending on what is needed for the group at what time and what place, choices include: Wild Animal Scramble, Predator-Prey, Sound Map, Caterpillar Walk, Folding Poem, A Letter to Myself, and much, much more. Cornell's love of the natural world comes through on every page, lifting the reader up, up…quite possibly out of one's chair and into a nearby forest or park. Discover what sparked a movement in the field of environmental education in this treasury of fifty-four activities, teaching tips, and nature philosophy. A great resource for teachers, parents, and anyone who wants to become more vibrantly alive, playful, and at one with the environment.

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By Joseph Cornell, Richard Louv (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781565892873
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Published: Crystal Clarity Publishers - June 15th, 2015

Did you know that some redwoods still among us first sprouted during the Roman Empire? Or that a redwood will grow a new trunk when injured? Or that some animals living high in the redwood canopy have never seen the ground? These hardy, rain-manufacturing, fire-resistant ancient giants are home to plants, other trees (amazingly), birds, banana slugs, salamanders, and (ugh) flying squirrels, among other critters. And they're endangered! Jason Chin was inspired to write about these majestic trees, sight unseen, when he read Richard Preston's accounts of climbing in the redwood canopy. After visiting a forest in California, Chin was so moved by the experience that he wrote Redwoods, an imaginative and richly illustrated story of a boy on a subway who finds a book about the trees and magically steps into a redwood forest. Any child who reads this treasure will no doubt feel that same spark of magic.

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By Jason Chin, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250062697
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Published: Square Fish - May 26th, 2015

I had never heard of "plant dieting" before picking up this book, but quickly learned that it's a ceremonial practice to deepen one's relationship with nature by ingesting specific plants in order to receive their healing energy and wisdom. In California, it's not unusual to find edible marigold flowers or dandelions in a bag of mixed greens from the Farmers' Market. Still, the idea of ingesting a plant sounded to me like a formula for an altered mental state. I'd rather meditate on a plant than take it into my body. What if I ingest something poisonous? Well, luckily this book is written by a medical herbalist and medicine woman who has practiced the art for more than 30 years. Carole Guyett knows her stuff. She gives instructions on how to make plant elixirs, a whole chapter on how to prepare for the ceremony (through diet restriction and a gentle liver cleanse), and how to partake of the plant's energy. She gives a detailed description for each plant, offers some background history and folklore, describes its place in contemporary herbal medicine, its healing qualities, habitat, and where it can be found. Then it's on to making the elixir, preparing for the ceremony, and a bevy of reflections from those who have experienced the plant initiation. The author ties the ceremonies into Eight Celtic Fire Festivals, and includes access to four audio journeys to facilitate the initiations in this book. As a way to deepen our relationship to Nature, tap into higher levels of consciousness, and connect more with the planet as a whole, this book is a magical guide.

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By Carole Guyett, Pam Montgomery (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781591432135
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Published: Bear & Company - March 26th, 2015

For many, trekking into the wilderness is a spiritual experience in itself: pushing one's body to the edge, reconnecting to the environment, and navigating the external and internal landscape away from civilization. Reading a book on the trail might seem counterintuitive to this exploration of nature, self, and the divine. But Belden Lane discovered that "wilderness reading" illuminated his experience. For his inner and outer excursions, this university professor chose the spiritual writings of saints and mystics from various religions, including Christianity, Sufism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The reader travels along as Lane deepens his practice of mindfulness in the isolated valley called Moonshine Hollow, following the words of Thich Nhat Hanh. In Canyonlands National Park, he faces lessons in fear alongside the wisdom of John of the Cross. From Dag Hammarskjold and the Ozark's Gunstock Hollow he learns to travel light. The masters teach him how to pay attention, practice silence, embrace solitude, and develop wonder; while nature reveals lessons in disillusionment, fear, failure, dying, and delight. The wilderness we traverse may be in the backcountry, or—as the author points out—in the waiting room of Radiation Oncology. His message: when we confront whatever impedes our growth, our spiritual journey begins.

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Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780199927814
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 1st, 2014