Nature Connection


Why Forests Give You Awe

Nautilus, October 2018

Oliver Sacks on Nature’s Beauty as a Gateway into Deep Time and a Lens on the Interconnectedness of the Universe

“The sense of deep time brings a deep peace with it, a detachment from the timescale, the urgencies, of daily life… a profound sense of being at home, a sort of companionship with the earth.”

Brain Pickings, July 2018

Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds

Some of the places most sought after by recreationists are also culturally, spiritually or economically vital to tribes. We need to honor that.

Outside, July 2018

'Bad things happen in the woods': the anxiety of hiking while black

The Guardian, July 2018

Nature Is Medicine—Even in a Prison Cell

The “Moss-in-Prison” project helped me bring my love for trees and forest to men and women in the deepest windowless reaches of the prison system.

Yes Magazine, May 2018

Nature Therapy: How Nature Can Help Heal and Expand Your Awareness

The Chopra Center, April 2018

Thoreau on Nature as Prayer

“In the street and in society I am almost invariably cheap and dissipated, my life is unspeakably mean.”

Brain Pickings, March 2018

We Need a Revolution: It Starts with Falling in Love with the Earth

We and the Earth Are one.

Uplift Connect, March 2018

Lessons in Stillness From One of the Quietest Places on Earth

In the wilderness of Washington State’s Hoh Rain Forest, a poet searches for the rare peace that true silence can offer.

The New York Times, November 2017

How Modern Life Became Disconnected from Nature

Since the 1950s, research suggests, we have become more and more distanced from nature and its life-giving benefits.

Greater Good Magazine, September 2017

The Hidden Memories of Plants

Inside a quiet revolution in the study of the world’s other great kingdom.

Atlas Obscura, September 2017

Nature's calling -- for more human diversity

CNN, September 2017

How Listening to Trees Can Help Reveal Nature’s Connections

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, August 2017

How to Be Mindful Walking in the Rain

The New York Times, August 2017


Mamoo, August 2017

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years

Mauro Morandi's failing catamaran was carried to Budelli Island nearly three decades ago by chance. He never left.

National Geographic, July 2017

Silence and the Presence of Everything

Silence is an endangered species, says Gordon Hempton. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a “solar-powered jukebox.” Quiet is a “think tank of the soul.” We take in the world through his ears.

On Being, December 2016

“Why is the world so beautiful?” This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.” An expert in moss — a bryologist — she describes mosses as the “coral reefs of the forest.” Her work opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as “inanimate.” She says that as our knowledge about plant life unfolds, human vocabulary and imaginations must adapt.

On Being, February 2016

The Eco-Self: 7 Ways to Draw Us Closer to Nature

Elephant Journal, February 2016

Plant Totems

Excerpt from Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Connect with Totems in Your Ecosystem

Spirituality & Health Magazine, January 2016

Spirituality & Health, October 2015

How Awe Makes Us Generous

Greater Good Magazine, August 2015

Connecting with the Spirits of Plants: Step-by-Step Instructions

The following is excerpted from Sacred Plant Initiations: Communicating with Plants for Healing and Higher Consciousness, published by Inner Traditions.

Reality Sandwich, April 2015

Plant Spirit Shamanism: Hearing the Call of the Plants

Pachamama Alliance, February 2015

How 'friluftsliv' can help you reconnect with nature

The Norwegian word, coined in 1859, has come to embody Norway's cultural enchantment with nature. It doesn't translate easily to English, but the basic spirit of friluftsliv hides inside all of us.

Mother Nature Network, June 2014

Plant Ally: An Ancient Idea for Modern Man

Mother Earth News, December 2013

Teaching Among the Trees

American Forests Magazine, Winter 2012

Why naturalize outdoor learning environments.

Natural Learning Initiative, January 2012

Our Spiritual Connection to Nature

Huffington Post, July 2010