Category Archives: natural world

Robert Macfarlane on the Celtic culture of retreat, & wildness

‘[The] Celtic Christian culture of retreat originated in the Ireland of the fifth and sixth centuries. Begun by St Patrick in the 430s, and inspired by the desert saints of the preceding centuries, the practice of retreat spread to what … Continue reading

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Joanna Macy on Separation, Connection & the 3 Movements

“In the first movement, our infancy as a species, we felt no separation from the natural world around us. Trees, rocks, and plants surrounded us with a living presence as intimate and pulsing as our own bodies. In that primal … Continue reading

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Helen Macdonald on landscape nostalgia

“I think of all the complicated histories that landscapes have, and how easy it is to wipe them away, put easier, safer histories in their place. They are only safe for us. The fields where I fly Mabel back in … Continue reading

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Henry Beston on our concept of animals

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions … Continue reading

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Robert Macfarlane on Mountains

“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy … Continue reading

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Robert MacFarlane on reading the surface

We too felt this was a profound passage and metaphor. Here’s the book link, to Robert’s wonderful book:- Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter Counselling in Exeter since 1994

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Morning in a New Land – Mary Oliver

Click on the link above to visit Mary’s Facebook page for this beautiful poem, as we embark on 2018. Here’s the text, for those who have difficulty following Facebook links:- ‘Morning In A New Land In trees still dripping night … Continue reading

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