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World Communion, St. Francis and Laudato Si’

World Communion, St. Francis and Laudato Si’

Sunday, Oct. 2nd this year was World Communion Sunday. Today, Oct. 4th is the day marked by Catholics, some Protestants and even a few post-religious folx as St. Francis day, or the feast of Saint Francis. St. Francis of Assisi is known for his love of nature, a life...

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Fall Equinox – turn, turn, turn

Fall Equinox – turn, turn, turn

I was shuffling around the garden shed looking for my crate of dormant tulip bulbs when images of my childhood surfaced in the cool darkness of the Dutch dawn.  I remembered tumbling into the kitchen, grubby from school, grabbing a floppy slice of bologna to run back...

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Welcome to the pack, Butterbean

Welcome to the pack, Butterbean

Some of y’all know that we lost our dear Louie this summer to cancer. Beautiful people, it is my honor to introduce Butterbean, the newest member of our family who arrived this weekend. No paws will ever fill the Louie-sized hole in our hearts, but we are deeply...

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A wildwood book deal!

A wildwood book deal!

Friends and kinfolx, I am excited to finally share that I’ve signed a book deal with WildhousePublications, a vibrant new imprint that aligns with my verdant vision and values. Good grief, y’all, for over 50 years I’ve been on a crooked and branching path from...

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Sit Spot – be still and know

Sit Spot – be still and know

“The first good thing is the goodness of nature." - Julian of Norwich How many seconds has it been since you checked your phone? How long is your to-do list? How are culture wars treating you? Maybe it's time for a sit spot.Taking time to regularly rest and reset in a...

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Back to School and Back to Nature

Back to School and Back to Nature

Healthy teachers are the foundation for healthy classrooms. How can a walk in the woods increase faculty and staff well-being and resilience within an educational setting? How can forest and nature therapy help mitigate the stressful demands of the classroom?

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Picking Blackberries & Taking Selfies

Picking Blackberries & Taking Selfies

The day before we hitched Sugar Magnolia to the station wagon I logged out of Facebook and deleted it from my phone, but not before sharing one of those inane "taking a break from social media" social media posts. With an intention to only share one image a day on...

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A Guide’s Harvest

A Guide’s Harvest

I began my journey as a nature therapy guide long before I found the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guides, but have found my people and myself through the hospitality, process and connections in this wise and gentle community. My reasons for searching and...

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Urban Foraging in Amsterdam

Urban Foraging in Amsterdam

Before I moved to Europe the only kind of tea that would pass these lips was iced and sweet. Tea made in my mother's house was brewed and served according to very strict guidelines: There was one small aluminum pot used to make the tea. No other other pot would do and...

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Unplugging In, With and For Nature

Unplugging In, With and For Nature

We are not apart from nature, we are a part of nature. When we experience and embody our interdependence with the more-than-human world, we recognize the opportunity to partner with creation to work toward environmental justice for all.

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