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 – all of which are inter-related.
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.
I am currently working on several forthcoming books in an Eco-Literacy series including Understanding the Ecology of Energy – A Key to a Sustainable Path for the Future of Humanity and 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 a classroom teaching activity curriculum currently titled The Walk of Fame: The History of Life on Planet Earth that will walk classrooms of children and adults through an understanding of the human species relationship to other life forms across the broad spectrum of evolutionary history.
I will be adding more about these works in the near future.
The Earth Wisdom subsection of resources could easily also be under Spirituality heading, and yet Earth Wisdom contains a deeply physical experience of the earth and her ways both at the individual and cultural levels and includes books by indigenous authors or written in their words that have deeply influenced me:
As well as several by non-indigenous authors, who were or still are well on their way to becoming Native to this land:
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. 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.
Another giant in this modern age of helping us to connect with our True Self and a spirituality that is connected through time and cultures and grounded in the best that religion offers is Richard Rohr. He has many books, of which I’ve read and recommend include:
A few other books that have influenced and guided me on my spiritual journey include:
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 on 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.