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Mid-Week Tree Speak: Spirituality & the Wood-Wide-Web at Prairiewoods

  • Details

  • 3/11/20
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • $10 – $35
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Educational
  • Outdoor

Event Description

Pause mid-week to explore and celebrate the recent glut of books and spiritual practices associated with trees. How do trees reach out to us and animate our spiritual journey? The poetess Mary Oliver writes, “When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locusts, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily.” As trees speak to our souls in many ways, we will read excerpts from recent books about the sacredness of trees and enter the woods to immerse ourselves in their healing energy. Each week’s gathering, facilitated by Laura Weber at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha), will include time for prayer-poetry, forest bathing and conversation around the following books: Overstory by Richard Powers (March 4); The Wild Trees by Richard Preston and The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohleben (March 11); Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet by Jean Shinoda Bolen (March 18); and To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey From Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest by Diana Beresford-Kroeger (March 25). While spring is marching in, let’s listen to the deep wisdom of our arbor-elders and breathe their same breath of life! The cos is $10 per session or $35 for the four-week series. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.