I am slowly building and adding resources here that serve to connect with wild nature for students and adults in developing their own knowledge about our Earth and to physically connect with wild nature, and their own inner wild. I will be adding more as resources are developed or discovered.
There are three key areas to start with: Earth Wisdom and Skills, Spirituality, and Wholeheartedness
Earth Wisdom and Skills:
This is a workbook that I’ve written to help others learn to make leather from deerskins for clothing using ancient all-natural methods: Natural Deerskin Tanning Workbook by Brent Thomas Ladd
I am currently writing a workbook, Sacred Earth – Sacred Soil, on connecting with the ground we walk on, garden, farm, play, and live is forthcoming. It will feature science-based fun and easy to use methods for observing testing and monitoring soil health where you live.
I am also working on an eco-literacy project that will produce a classroom teaching activity currently titled The Walk of Fame: The History of Life on Planet Earth
I will be adding much more here in the near future.
A new book that helps develop community and connection through a sacred vow of “being the best lover and defender of Earth that I can be” has helped me personally, and has led to me working with a great group of other people to start a local discussion group. The book is Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love & Action by Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, and Jennifer Listug (links to Amazon books).
Another set of books with writings by Matthew Fox, religious scholar, priest, and spiritual elder about the concepts and methods of creation-based spirituality have been a huge help for me.
I recommend checking out the Order of the Sacred Earth website
My most recommended author on this subject is Dr. Brene´ Brown, Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston. Her research and writings about her findings of wholehearted people have made a big impact for those working on becoming wholehearted people, families, and communities. These are books I have read and recommend (listed in order of publication date):
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Rising Strong: How the Ability to ReseTransformsms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone – this is the first book I read in her series, and it hooked me as one of the most authentic and helpful books I’ve ever read.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts.