The trees featured in this collection are striking in their resemblance to humans--they grow, stretch, ache, bend, and break; provide protection and comfort; and express tenderness and love--offering readers a new perspective of and appreciation for the natural environment. The photographs reveal and identify not only recognizable emotions in the branches and trunks but also the extent of what trees do for humanity, such as clean the air and shade homes and gardens. The images also speak to the spiritual grandeur of trees, encouraging a greater consciousness of the fundaments of nature and of humankind's relationship to something greater than themselves.
Much more than a simple botanical text or field guide, HumaniTrees takes us on a walk through the forest to explore aspects of our own human nature. Using striking photographs of trees that represent these qualities, paired with inspirational quotes, this book encourages us to contemplate the relationship between our humanity, Mother Nature, and to something greater than ourselves. A handy discussion guide is included that provides an interpretive starting point for classrooms, book clubs, nature walks, or family outings.
About the Author
Joan Klostermann-Ketels a partner in BeingOfSoundSpirit, which is dedicated to the health and well-being of the human spirit, and the author of PersonaliTrees. She also runs a corporate training firm, Ketels Contract Training. She lives in Eldora, Iowa.
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"Humanitrees offers us the chance to see with new eyes the trees all around us."
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"By exploring the links between Nature and Soul, between within and without, Joan Klostermann Ketels is doing something invaluable for our time of global transformation."
" Fred Hageneder, author of The Meaning of Trees, The Living Wisdom of Trees and Yew " A History
"PersonaliTrees and HumaniTrees artfully highlights the underlying intelligence of nature and how environmental forces shape Earth's flora. Joan's unique observations help reconnect humans to our true humanity, and the fact that we too are an integral part of Nature."
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