Resources

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:

The Sacred Tree

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

As well as several by non-indigenous authors, who were or still are well on their way to becoming Native to this land:

Turtle Island

Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime

New Roots for Agriculture

Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual

The Unsettling of America

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine

Spirituality:

Books:

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.

Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality

The Hidden Spirituality of Men

Coming of the Cosmic Christ

Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen

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:

Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go

The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective

A few other books that have influenced and guided me on my spiritual journey include:

Walking A Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice

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Websites:

Order of the Sacred Earth website

Daily Meditations on Creation Spirituality with Matthew Fox

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations

Wholeheartedness:

Books:

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.

Videos:

Brene´s two Ted Talk videos are well worth viewing. The Power of Vulnerability, and Listening to Shame.