Two Roads (2020) ISBN 978-1529350395 Reviewed by Piers Warren _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This [...]
‘Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture’ by John Wackman and Elizabeth Knight
New World Library, 2020 ISBN: 978-1608686605 Reviewed [...]
‘The Reindeer Chronicles: And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth’ by Judith Schwartz
Chelsea Green, 2020 ISBN: 978-1603588652 Reviewed by Marian [...]
Chelsea Green, 2020 ISBN: 978-1603589963 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk McCain [...]
Merlin Unwin Books, 2020 ISBN: 978-1913159177 Reviewed by [...]
Watkins Publishing, 2020 ISBN 978-1786784704 Reviewed by Piers Warren _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I've [...]
riverrun, 2019 ISBN: 978-1787478657 Reviewed by Ian Mowll __________________________________________________________________ What would [...]
Shambhala, 2020 ISBN: 978-1611807950 Reviewed by Marian Van [...]
Changemakers Books, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-78904-418-8 Reviewed by Marian Van [...]
Eddison Books Ltd., 2019 ISBN: 9781859064474 Reviewed by Alan Whear [...]
Merlin Unwin Books, 2020 ISBN: 978-1913159177 Reviewed by Piers [...]
‘Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature’ by Sajah Popham
North Atlantic Books, 2019 ISBN: 978-1623173135 Reviewed by Emma Farrell [...]
Bloomsbury Wildlife, 2019 ISBN: 978-1472957344 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk [...]
Coronet, 2019. ISBN:9781473653436 Reviewed by Marian McCain __________________________________________________________________ What [...]
Random House Business, 2018 ISBN: 978-1847941398 Reviewed by Jane Stott [...]
Permanent Publications (2019) ISBN 978-1856233262 Reviewed by Piers Warren ____________________________________________________________________ [...]
‘Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World’ by William Powers
New World Library, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-60868-564-6 Reviewed by Marian [...]
North Atlantic Books, 2018 ISBN: 9781623170479 Reviewed by Marian [...]
Picador, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-5098-0509-9 Reviewed by Marian [...]
North Atlantic Books, 2019 ISBN: 978-1623172985 Reviewed by Trevor Sharman [...]
Practical Inspiration Publishing, 2018 ISBN: 978-1788600453 Reviewed [...]
Faber & Faber, 2018 ISBN: 978-0571336777 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
Permanent Publications, 2018 ISBN: 978-1856233217 Reviewed by Hilary Norton ____________________________________________________________ [...]
Coronet, 2017 ISBN: 9781473630109 Reviewed by Marian Van [...]
‘The Vegan Cook & Gardener: Growing, storing and cooking delicious healthy food all year round’ by Piers Warren & Ella Bee Glendining
Permanent Publications, 2018 ISBN: 978-1856233187 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk McCain [...]
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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2018 ISBN 978-1544741123 Reviewed [...]
Moon Books, 2017 ISBN 978-1785355738 Reviewed by Piers Warren _____________________________________________________________ [...]
ECW Press, 2017 ISBN: 9781770412392 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk McCain [...]
Merlin Unwin Books, 2017 ISBN: 978-1910723357 Reviewed by Diana Lee _____________________________________________________________ [...]
‘Raised By Animals: The Surprising New Science Of Animal Family Dynamics’ by Jennifer L. Verdolin (with a Foreword by Marc Bekoff)
The Experiment, April 2017 ISBN: 978-1615193448 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk [...]
Yale University Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-0300218152 Reviewed by Marian Van [...]
Hodder Paperbacks, 2016 ISBN: 978-1473633360 Reviewed by Ian Mowll _____________________________________________________________ [...]
This book is about integrating spiritual values and techniques into everyday life and making intuitive connections with the place where ancient wisdom affects our daily life.
Mary Reynolds is a talented Irishwoman with ancient magic in her blood and a sublime sense of beauty, both of which she brings to her work as a garden designer. Her aim is to create gardens that are very natural places, gardens in which the energy flows freely and abundantly and which also evoke in us a sense of homecoming, in that they reconnect us with the pulse of Nature and remind us that we, too, are part of the natural world.
‘The Rising Water Project: Real Stories of Flooding, Real Stories of Downshifting’ by Ian Mowll (ed)
In the first part of this book are four captivating and inspiring personal stories of people who turned their lives around in the face of adversity, namely flooding. This section highlights the traumas of flooding and the destruction and wreckage it can cause. The second part is about downshifting and gives four very different personal accounts of people who made conscious efforts to lessen their global footprint and live more simply.
Two vivid accounts of sailing pilgrimages the author recently undertook in his small yacht, Coral, from the southern coast of England to Ireland, and to the far north of Scotland. Yet his book is not simply a day-to-day account of things that happened or had to be done in order for him to reach various historical sacred places of interest. Its richness lies in his skill of including additional material, writers, and sharing thoughts and knowledge he has about Nature, and our interactions and relationships with her.
The Manual seeks to identify the key elements that enable collaborative groups to thrive, how their healthy development can be facilitated with many practical exercises and rituals drawn from and credited to a wide range of sources. Starhawk illustrates her concepts by applying these elements and processes to a dramatically created fictional co-housing cooperative working its way through difficulties and challenges. And she ends by referring to the amazing levels of global collaboration offered by digital technology and how all organisations must adapt and evolve to the changing contexts of our times.
This ebook on Deep Green Living is a collection of articles written by fourteen different authors and is in four parts. The first is about feeling our sense of place on the Earth, the second looks at our lifestyles, the third is about wildness and the final part discusses our relationship with the natural world. The intention of the ebook is to help us to find our place in the world and to inspire us to live in good relationship with the Earth and all beings.
This author is an ecopsychologist with a counselling practice, and her specialty, which she describes as 'bioregional totemism' takes a much wider and more holistic approach than many of her colleagues. She calls it a self-created, spirit-centred neoshamanic path. It begins with a reminder that everything we touch came in some way from a natural source and that: …even living in the middle of the city, I spend every moment immersed in nature. "
William defines ritual as activities that bring about a change: “symbolic actions through which we can give our soul or psyche an important message”. He says that from ritual we can receive clear and potent messages; have a sense of belonging, but most importantly receive the gift of connection with Nature, with the other-than-human. Ritual can put us in direct connection with the mysterious, the numinous, the Other.
The decision to have – or not to have—children, says this author, is "a private decision with global consequences." Her book is intended to help those who are involved in making the decision whether or not to remain childless and includes all genders, creeds, cultures and the different reasons for considering this. Her greatest inspiration came from Stephanie Mills’ graduation speech, during the time when the population explosion began to cause concern. Stephanie said, "I am terribly saddened by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is have no children at all."
Dazzled and seduced by 21st century technology, our children—and we ourselves—tend to spend so much time staring at screens nowadays that there is no time left for a walk in the woods, for gazing dreamily into the night sky or even for enjoying some peace and silence. Following on from Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, this third book from Richard Louv is a huge and marvellous collection of ideas and resources aimed at getting families of all ages back outside and interacting with the rest of Nature.
Spiritual activism is about being both ‘spiritually active,’ i.e. inspiring others, as well as being ‘spiritually grounded,’ i.e. being a compassionate activist with protests and practical action. It has ten chapters covering a wide range of territory, each ending with a case study featuring a well-known person who has been involved in spiritual activism such as Julia Butterfly Hill, Gandhi, Muhammad (pbuh) and Desmond Tutu.
‘Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence’ by Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen and Cliff Bowman
We have, in our western society, the god of science. So often we hear “scientists say…” in the press. And, for many people, this implies a statement of authority. But the problem is that western science is essentially value-less. This mind-set has led to such things as testing on animals, factory farming and the proliferation of deadly weapons. How did we get to this place and what can be done about it? Whilst the book covers a lot of territory, this is the key question it addresses.
‘A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom–Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories’ by David Young, Robert Rogers and Russell Willier
pbk 328 pp North Atlantic Books 2015 ISBN: 978-1583949030 Reviewed [...]
This would be a good book for study in schools because it offers scientific and technical information about ecology, sociology and psychology at a level that is very accessible. The author, a Scottish environmentalist, relates this to the inner life and thence the outward actions of all of us. Essentially, it’s a book about climate change and the human mind-set that has brought it about but continues to deny any responsibility. It also gives us constructive suggestions for a way forward.
As an environmental lawyer, Canadian writer David Boyd knows full well that much of the environmental news these days is bad news. However he also knows that although news tends to make more compelling headlines than good news, there is good news to be found. Although we have a very, very long way to go, it is a fact that: From air pollution to safe drinking water, from greener cities to renewable energy, we've made remarkable but widely underacknowledged progress. And his aim was to document as many examples of this kind of good news as he could fit between two covers.
Ranging as it does from in-depth explanations of neuropsychological processes to personal stories from surfers, divers, fishermen, sailors and others, this book is so impressively comprehensive that it could easily have been subtitled 'Everything you always wanted to know about our human relationship to water and lots more that you never even imagined.'
James Rebanks was born into a family which has farmed in Cumbria for at least 600 years and he learnt his shepherding skills from his grandfather and father from early childhood. As a young man he stretched his wings and went to Oxford, but that only made him more aware of the depth of his connection with the Lakes and farming. His book draws us into an extraordinary understanding of his small, remote upland world and its sheep and shepherds.